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 will present Rick DesRochers, Long Island University-Post Campus, Department of Theatre, October 14, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization."|
|•Michael Kimmel and Gloria Steinem co-author New York Times opinion piece on consensual sex on college campuses entitled "Yes Is Better Than No."
•Kristen Shorette receives ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project, "Freedom from Discrimination as Human Right? The Global Human Rights Regime and the Diffusion of Affirmative Action since 1965"
•Carrie Shandra selected as a Fellow of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's Switzer Research Program
•Nicholas Wilson, Yale University, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Corruption and the Making of Modern Bureaucracy: Evidence from the British Empire in India."
•IHSS will present Steven Skiena, Stony Brook University, Department of Computer Science, September 18, 2:30 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank.
|•Suzan Walters was named a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Recipient by SAGE.|
|•Cathy Marrone receives the Sister Margareet Ann Landry Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stony Brook Student Life Awards Ceremony|
•Study by Arnout van de Rijt and Michael Restivo published in PNAS and featured in The Economist
•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"
Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356, tel.: +1 (631) 632-7700