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Sociology Faculty

Kaufman, Peter

Ph.D., MA, Sociology, Stony Brook University
BA, Political Science, Earlham College

Associate Professor

Department: Sociology
Office: JFT 508
Phone: (845) 257-3503

Office Hours

T01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
R12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

And by appointment

Career History

Joined the faculty at SUNY New Paltz in 1999.

Teaching Interests

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Sociology
Sociological Theory
Education and Society (Writing Intensive)
Social Interaction (Writing Intensive)
Social Structure and the Individual (Writing Intensive)
Social Change
Sociology of Sport
Senior Seminar

Awards, Honors & Recognition

2011 Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York
2010 LA&S Faculty Research Support Initiative (Summer Support), SUNY New Paltz
2007 Research Fellow. Center for Sport and Society, Northeastern University
2006 Student Research Initiative Grant, SUNY New Paltz
2004 Research and Creative Project Award, SUNY New Paltz


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Immergut, Matthew and Peter Kaufman. 2014. “A Sociology of No-Self: Applying Buddhist Social Theory to Symbolic Interaction.” Symbolic Interaction 37(2):264-282).

Kaufman, Peter. 2013. “Scribo Ergo Cogito: Reflexivity through Writing.” Teaching Sociology 41(1): 70-81.

Kaufman, Peter and Eli A. Wolf. 2010. “Playing and Protesting: Sport as a Vehicle for Social Change.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 34(2): 154-175.

Kaufman, Peter and Todd Schoepflin. 2009. “Last But Not Least: The Pedagogical Insights of ‘Intellectual Craftsmanship’” Teaching Sociology 37(1): 20-30.

Kaufman, Peter. 2008. “Boos, Bans, and Backlash: The Consequences of Being an Activist Athlete.” Humanity and Society 32(3):215-237.

Halasz, Judith and Peter Kaufman. 2008. “Sociology as Pedagogy: How Ideas from the Discipline can Inform Teaching and Learning.” Teaching Sociology 36(4):301-317.

Fobes, Catherine and Peter Kaufman. 2008. “Critical Pedagogy in the Sociology Classroom: Challenges and Concerns.” Teaching Sociology 36(1):26-33.

Kaufman, Peter. 2005. “Middle-Class Social Reproduction: The Activation and Negotiation of Structural Advantages” Sociological Forum. 20(2):245-270.

Kaufman, Peter and Kenneth A. Feldman. 2004. “Forming Identities in College: A Sociological Approach.” Research in Higher Education 45(5):463-496.

Roschelle, Anne R. and Peter Kaufman. 2004. “Fitting In and Fighting Back: Stigma Management Strategies Among Homeless Kids.” Symbolic Interaction 44(1):23-46.

Kaufman, Peter. 2003. “Learning to Not Labor: How Working-Class Individuals Construct Middle-Class Identities.” The Sociological Quarterly. 44(3):481-504.

Kaufman, Peter. 2001. “All the News Not Fit to Print: Using Censored Stories as an Exercise in Critical Pedagogy.” Teaching Sociology 29:80-87.

Kaufman, Peter. 1999. “The Contrasting Orientations Toward Work and Family Between Female and Male College Students.” Sociological Focus. 32(3):229-246.

Kaufman, Peter. 1997. “Michael Jordan Meets C. Wright Mills: Illustrating the Sociological Imagination with Objects from Everyday Life.” Teaching Sociology 25:309-314.

Everyday Sociology Blog (published by W. W. Norton).

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

University Writing Board (Chair, 2013-2014)
Liberal Education Committee
Strategic Vision Committee
Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Board

Editorial Board, Teaching Sociology

American Sociological Association
Eastern Sociological Society
Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education