I am a cultural and political sociologist. Broadly speaking, I study and teach democratic citizenship in the United States. I focus on the cultural and social underpinnings of democracy: what do people need to know, be, and do to make democracy work? My current research is on public opinion, letters to the editor, and democratic citizenship. I am a regular contributor to Scatterplot, the sociology blog, and I read a variety of other social scientific, academic, and political blogs.
You can view my Curriculum Vitae by clicking here. You'll need to download a suitable PDF reader, such as the
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Information on my classes, including syllabi and reading lists, may be found at http://perrin.socsci.unc.edu/classes.
The following papers of mine are available or forthcoming:
- Throop, Elizabeth M., et al. "Pass the Popcorn: 'Obesogenic' behaviors and stigma in children's movies." Obesity, Forthcoming. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., Philip N. Cohen, and Neal Caren. "Are Children of Parents Who Had Same-Sex Relationships Disadvantaged? A scientific evaluation of the no-differences hypothesis." Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, September, 2013. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., Steven J. Tepper, Neal Caren, and Sally Morris. "Cultures of the Tea Party." Conference Presentation, American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, August, 2011. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J. "Public Opinion". In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Sociology, Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., and Katherine McFarland. "Social Theory and Public Opinion." Annual Review of Sociology 37 (2011). Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., Steven J. Tepper, Neal Caren, and Sally Morris. "Cultures of the Tea Party." Contexts Spring, 2011. Available here.
- Evans, John H., Sally T. Hillsman, Andrew Perrin, Mario
L. Small, and Sandra S. Smith. "Report to the American Sociological
Association Council Regarding the 2010 National Research Council
Assessment of Doctoral Programs." February, 2011. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew. "Grasping for authenticity." (review of Bender, Courtney, The New Metaphysicals). The Immanent Frame, June 22, 2010. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J. "Comment on Anna Carola Fresci and Vittorio Mete, 'Conjuring Politics.'" Sociologica 2-3, 2009. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J. "Why You Voted." Contexts, Fall, 2008. Available here or here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., and Katherine McFarland. "The Sociology of Political Representation and Deliberation." Sociology Compass, June, 2008. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., and Sondra J. Smolek. "Who Trusts? Race,
Gender, and the September 11 Rally Effect Among Young Adults."
Social Science Research 38:1 (March, 2009), 134-145. Available here.
- Prasad, Monica, Andrew J. Perrin, Kieran Bezila, Kate
Kindleberger, Steve Hoffman, Kim Manturuk, and Ashleigh Smith
Powers. "'There Must be a Reason': Osama, Saddam, and the Social
Psychology of False Beliefs." Sociological
Inquiry 79:2 (May, 2009). Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., and Stephen B. Vaisey. "Parallel Public
Spheres: Distance and Discourse in Letters to the Editor."
American Journal of Sociology 114:3 (November, 2008). Available here.
- Prasad, Monica, Andrew J. Perrin, Kieran Bezila, Steve
Hoffman, Kate Kindleberger, Kim Manturuk, and Ashleigh Smith
Powers. "The Undeserving Rich: 'Moral Values' and the
White Working Class." Sociological Forum 24:2 (2009): 225-253. Available here.
- Hipp, John, and Andrew J. Perrin. "The Simultaneous Effect of Social Distance and Physical Distance on the Formation of Neighborhood Ties." City and Community 8:1 (2009): 5-25. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., and Hedwig Lee. "The Undertheorized
Environment: Sociological Theory and the Ontology of Behavioral
Genetics." Sociological Perspectives 50:2 (Summer, 2007), 303--322. Available here.
- Hipp, John, and Andrew J. Perrin. "Nested Loyalties: Local
Networks' Effects on Neighbourhood and Community Cohesion."
Urban Studies 43: 13 (December, 2006), 2503--2523. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J., Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Lindsay Hirschfeld,
and Susan Wilker. "Contest Time: Time, Territory, and
Representation in the Postmodern Electoral Crisis."
Theory & Society 35 (2006), 351--391. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J. "Political Microcultures: Linking Civic
Life and Democratic Discourse." Social
Forces 84:2 (December, 2005), 1049--1082. Available here.
- Adorno, Theodor W. "Opinion Research and Publicness,"
translated, and with an introduction, by Andrew J. Perrin and Lars
Jarkko. Sociological Theory 23:1 (March, 2005), 116--123. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J. "National Threat and Political Culture:
Authoritarianism, Anti-Authoritarianism, and the September 11
Attacks." Political Psychology 26:2 (April, 2005), 167--194. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J. "Making 'Silicon Valley': Culture,
Representation, and Technology at the Tech Museum."
The Communication Review 5:1 (2002), 65--81. Available here.
- Perrin, Andrew J. "CodeRead: Using Natural Language
Processing for Automatic Coding of Textual Data." Social
Science Computer Review 19:2 (2001), 213--220. Available here.
- Klinenberg, Eric, and Andrew J. Perrin. "Symbolic Politics
in the Information Age: The 1996 Presidential Campaign in
Cyberspace." Information, Communication, and Society 1:3
(2000), 17--38. Available here.
Terror, Fetish, Fantasy, and Reification:
Violence and Meaning in the Namibian Independence Movement, from the
Nationalisms Conference at UC Irvine in 1996.
- Election Fetishism: Perceptions of Southern African Democratization. From the New York African Studies Association 19th Annual Conference, New York City, April, 1995.
- Perrin, Andrew J. American Democracy: Toqueville, Town Halls, and Twitter. Forthcoming, Polity Press (London), 2014.
- Pollock, Friedrich, Theodor W. Adorno, and the Frankfurt School. Group Experiment and Other Writings: The Frankfurt School on Public Opinion in Postwar Germany. Edited, Translated, and Introduced by Andrew J. Perrin and Jeffrey K. Olick. (Harvard University Press, 2011)
- Adorno, Theodor W., edited, translated, and with an introduction by Jeffrey K. Olick and Andrew J. Perrin. Guilt and Defense: On the Legacies of National Socialism in Postwar Germany (Harvard University Press, 2010)
- Perrin, Andrew J.
Citizen Speak: The Democratic Imagination in American Life (University of Chicago Press, 2006)
- Coser, Rose Laub, Laura Anker, and Andrew J. Perrin. Women of Courage: Jewish and Italian Immigrant Women in New York
Additional Information for Studies
- Survey questions (interview schedule) for Spring, 2010, North Carolina and Tennessee issues poll, available here. This survey is the primary data for our 2011 Contexts/ASA paper, "Cultures of the Tea Party," and for ongoing research on the Tea Party.
- Texts of the scenarios used for my 2000 focus groups in Alameda County,
California, can be found here.
- Methodological details and appendix for my 2008 AJS article, "Parallel Public Spheres," can be found here.
Hats I Wear
- Member, UNC Faculty Athletics Committe, 2012-2015
- Former Associate chair of sociology (2009-2012)
- Former member, UNC Educational Policy Committee, 2006-2012 (Chair, 2008-10)
- Secretary/Treasurer, Theory Section, American Sociological Association, 2007--2011
- Consulting Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 2012-2014
- Member, Editorial Board, Sociological Theory
- Newsletter and Website Editor, Culture Section, American Sociological Association, 2006--2011
- Book Review Editor, Social Forces, 2002--2007
- Member, Faculty Advisory Board, Institute for Arts and Humanities
- Member, Book Selection Committee, Carolina Summer Reading Program, 2008-09
- A statement by 112 UNC faculty on principles for athletics at UNC
- A May, 2008, press release showing relatively long-term, broad support for North Carolina public employee collective bargaining is here.
- Click here for the open letter to Chancellor Moeser regarding funding proposals that affect the curriculum.
- Click here for an informal questionnaire and responses from candidates for faculty governance office in spring, 2006.
A short biography
In 1991-92, I worked for The Namibian
, an independent newspaper in Windhoek, Namibia.
I graduated from Swarthmore College in 1994 and spent the following summer working for the Grassroots Policy Project on labor-environment coalition building in the Great Lakes. I am now a Senior Research Fellow at GPP.
I then moved to Rochester, New York, where I worked for Tex-Port, Inc., doing
computer repairs and support. My biggest customer was Electronic Data Systems (EDS), which in turn was under contract to support three General Motors units in the Rochester area.
I got my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.
In addition, I used to do various computer work for the Demography department and consulting work for DHL World Airways.
My parents own a house in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, which is available for rental. More information can be found at http://perrin.socsci.unc.edu/coserhouse.
I am a Linux snob; my home, office, and laptop computers all run versions of
Debian Linux. I also seek (more or less
successfully) to use as much free software as I can,
and to contribute to free software if and when I can. As a practical matter,
I tend to help more with documentation and help than with coding, since my
programming skills are sub-par.
Some of my most commonly used free software packages are:
I've posted some random computer tips, many of them relating to Perl and Samba. There's also some information on using linux, particularly Debian, on the UNC campus and on UNC's CCI desktops.
You can get that stuff here.
Websites I maintain or am involved with include
Culture Web, the official site
of the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association; and
North Carolina At Work, a clearinghouse
for information on unions and workplace issues in North Carolina.
Other Websites Hosted Here
This is my personal server, used for research and experimental
purposes. Other sites hosted here include the
database containing information on the book
review section of Social
and various online surveys for my research.