Contact Information

309 Garland Hall

Research Interests

  • Work and Occupations
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Movements


PhD, University of Chicago, 1980

Curriculum Vitae

Daniel B. Cornfield

Professor of Sociology
Editor, Work and Occupations
Affiliated Faculty, Political Science
Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award, 2008-09
Fellow, Labor and Employment Relations Association, 2013

What factors—social, political, economic, and cultural–influence and shape the formation of inclusive, diverse, democratic communities?

Over the last half-century, the transition from manufacturing toward a two-tier service economy has been accompanied by the individualization of risk and sharpening income inequality. These trends have diminished societal capacity for addressing the marginalization of social and cultural minorities, and for realizing inclusive, diverse, democratic communities.

I am presently engaged in two book projects on reconstituting community in a diverse and individualistic age. The first is a study of occupational community-building among an increasingly diverse workforce of Nashville musicians whose corporate art world is rapidly transitioning toward an entrepreneurial art world of independent, do-it-yourself, self-contained bands and artists.  The second study addresses how pre- and post-movement biographical and occupational trajectories of 1960-era Nashville civil rights activists, trained in non-violence in movement workshops, contributed to the continued mobilization of the civil rights movement and the diffusion of movement messages of non-violence and social integration.