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309 Garland Hall

Office Hours Fall 2019:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm

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, American Studies and Political Science
Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award
Elected Member, Sociological Research Association
Fellow, Labor and Employment Relations Association

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 a book project on 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.  This is a collaborative project with Professors Larry Isaac and Dennis Dickerson and the Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr.