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Urban hike through northwest San Francisco, March 2009

Ormsbee, J. Todd

Assoc Professor,  Humanities
Associate Professor,   American Studies

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-4544

Office Hours
Fall 2011: W 10:30-12:00, 13:00-15:00; or by appointment; or by online chat

Areas of Expertise: Sociology, History

Willing to be a media source Media Source   Willing to be a speaker Speaker   Willing to be a collaborative researcher Collaborative Researcher


  • Doctor of Philosophy. Univ Of Kansas Main Campus, 2004
  • Master of Arts, American Studies
    Univ Of Kansas Main Campus, Kansas, United States, 1998

Expertise Summary

Religion: Sociology of Religion, particularly contemporary Mormonism. Gay and Lesbian culture: Primarily from a sociological perspective, but with some historical depth; my own research is focused on gay men.

Symbolic Interaction & Sociological social psychology

Social Theory: Especially the nature, function, origins of culture and how it works, with heavy emphasis in John Dewey and William James' theory of mind and democracy.

Currently beginning a project that hopes to rethink social theory in light of recent research in cognitive science and human evolution.