Ph.D. 1977, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Areas of Interest
War and the Military; Revolutions; and Organizational Sociology
My research falls within the comparative-historical study of warfare, empire, and revolution. I am interested large-scale collective political violence, and in particular in the social bases of military strategy, doctrine, and threat assessment. Military analysts are amateur sociologists, creating theories about how military operations change society. I attempt to evaluate and explain these lay theories of society held by the military. I am currently working on two broad projects stemming from these general interests.
The first is a comparative-historical sociology of counterinsurgency and counterrevolution. As part of this, I examine theories of counterinsurgency and assess their sociological validity. The second research project is a study of military occupations of other countries. I ask what leads to military intervention, what sorts of problems military occupiers face, how they deal with resistance, what sorts of state-building projects they have, how they understand the societies they control, and how they eventually disengage from these occupations. This work is based on archival research in Britain and the United States.
News & Events
•IHSS, co-sponsored with the Department of History presents Samuel Roberts, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, April 22nd, 2:30 PM, SBS N320, "Black Politics, Caught Between Criminalization and Medicalization: Methadone Maintenance, Decriminalization, and Harm Reduction, 1965-1990."
•Brooke Ellison, Ph.D. 2012, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Management at Stony Brook University, was selected by the World Economic Forum as a 2014 Global Leader.
|•Tarun Banerjee receives Sociology Department's Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award.
•Crystal Fleming receives Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
•IHSS will present Lawrence Frohman, Stony Brook University, Department of History, February 12th, 11:30 AM, SBS N320, "Surveillance, Security, Divinity"
|Michael Schwartz named Distinguished Teaching Professor by the State University of New York Board of Trustees|
|• Professor Adam Possamai, University of West Sydney, to speak on "Contemporary Religion and Australian Aborigines", Wednesday, October 30th, 3:00 PM, Stony Brook Manhattan, sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology, SBU Institute for Global Studies, and International Academic Programs and Services
•Memory in the Disciplines Workshop welcomes Professor Suparna Rajaram, Stony Brook University, "Collaborative Memory: A Cognitive Perspective", Wednesday, October 30th, 2:30 PM, SBS N403
•IHSS co Sponsored with the Department of History presents Patrick Weil, CNRS and Yale Law School, October 30th, 4:30 PM, SBS N320, "From Emma Goldman to Edward Snowden: How Denationalization of "Radical" Americans Reshaped American Citizenship
•IHSS presents Robert Chase, Stony Brook History Department, October 22nd, 2:30 PM, SBS N320, "Slaves of the State Revolt: The Prisoners' Rights Movement and the Construction of the Carceral State"
|•Arnout van de Rijt wins $275k NSF grant for in vivo experimental research on arbitrary social inequality
•Screening of the film, ESCAPE FIRE, Tuesday, September 17th, 4:00 PM, SBS N403
•IHSS presents Clayton Fordahl, Stony Brook Sociology Department, September 24th, 2:30 PM, SBS N405, Imperium in imperio: Martyrdom, the Roman Empire, and the Creation of Christian Sovereignty"
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