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Name: Peter Kaufman
Academic Rank: Professor
Department: Sociology

Expertise Keywords: College Teaching (methods and practices), Social Inequality, Sociology of education, Sociology of Sport

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Expertise: Much of my research focuses on education and teaching. I have published articles and presented papers at national and regional conferences on college students' identities and about the methods of teaching in college. I have also conducted research and written articles on activist athletes. My dissertation, "The Production and Reproduction of Middle Class Identities: Toward a Synthesis of Agency and Structure," explored the processes through which college students embrace a middle class identity and then work towards achieving middle class status.

Currrent Research: I am currently co-authoring a book tentatively tiled, Teaching with Compassion: An Educator's Oath to Teach from the Heart.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-3503
E-mail Address: kaufmanp@newpaltz.edu
Personal Web Site: http://www.newpaltz.edu/~kaufmanp


SUNY Stony Brook 1992--1999 MA; Ph.D 1999 Sociology
Earlham College 1985-1989 BA 1989 Political Science


2011 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Organizational Memberships

American Sociological Association

Eastern Sociological Association

Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction

Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education


2017. “Critical Contemplative Pedagogy.” Radical Pedagogy 14(1).

2014. “A Sociology of No-Self: Applying Buddhist Social Theory to Symbolic Interaction.” Symbolic Interaction 37(2): 264-282 (co-authored with Matthew Immergut).

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

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

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

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

2008. "Sociology as Pedagogy: How Ideas from the Discipline can Inform Teaching and Learning" (with Judith Halasz). Teaching Sociology 36(4):301-317.

2008. “Gaining Voice through Silence.” Feminist Teacher 18(2):175-177.

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

2006. Critical Pedagogy in the Sociology Classroom, 2nd Edition. Compiled and Edited by Peter Kaufman. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

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

2004. Forming Identities in College: A Sociological Approach. Research in Higher Education (with Kenneth A. Feldman). 45(5):463-496.

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

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

2002. Critical Pedagogy in the Sociology Classroom. Compiled and Edited by Peter Kaufman. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

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

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

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