Paul Dean, PhD
Elliott Hall 211
61 S. Sandusky St.
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015-2370
See my CV
In addition to being co-creator and co-editor of The Sociological Cinema, I am Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology-Anthropology Department, and Interim Director of Faculty Development. My teaching and research areas include Stratification and Inequality; Race and Ethnicity; Social Justice; Social Movements; Economic Sociology; Socially Responsible Business; Sociological Theory; Globalization; First-Gen Students; and Service Learning. Along with co-author George Ritzer, I have written two books: Globalization: A Basic Text (2015, 2021) and Globalization: The Essentials (2019). I have also published on corporate social responsibility, stratification across race and class, educational travel, service learning, and even Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.
My current research continues my work on social inequality and justice. In a new book project, I am exploring first-gen college graduates who pursue professional work that promotes social and economic justice. Through 35 in-depth interviews, I examine how first-gen graduates draw upon their working class roots, the role that working-class cultural capital plays in their professional work, and how they navigate middle-class contexts while trying to stay true to their working class roots. In a second project, I am collaborating with two other faculty at OWU to examine the effectiveness of anti-racist programming for first-year students.
At OWU, I have won the Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for Encouragement of Teachers (2018), Presidential Award for Racial and Cultural Diversity (2017), and Bishop Francis Emner Kearns Faculty of the Year Award (2016).
In what limited free time academia affords, I like to hike, brew my own beer, cook, and see live music as much as possible.