perrin_andrew_UNC_small.jpg Andrew J. Perrin, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
CB#3210, 159 Hamilton Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3210 - (919) 962-6876 - fax (919) 962-7568

Professional Information

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 Adobe Acrobat Reader or XPDF to view them.

My Classes

Information on my classes, including syllabi and reading lists, may be found at

Papers Available

The following papers of mine are available or forthcoming:


Additional Information for Studies

Hats I Wear

Public Information

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.

Personal Information

My parents own a house in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, which is available for rental. More information can be found at

Computer Tips

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 Forces ( and various online surveys for my research.

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