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Jonathan H. Turner

Jonathan H. Turner

University Professor

Phone: (951) 827-4622
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: jonathan.turner@ucr.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan H. Turner is primarily a general theorist. He seeks to integrate existing theories in order to produce more robust, comprehensive, and thus general explanatory theories. He is committed to making sociology a hard science, like any other natural science in which theoretical explanations are developed that explain basic dynamic forces of the universe that operate in all times and places. In addition to his theoretical work, he has substantive interests in such subfields as stratification, ethnic discrimination, institutions, bio- or evolutionary sociology, sociology of emotions, interaction processes, history of ideas, formal theory construction and modeling, neurology as it affects emotional arousal and interpersonal behavior. He has been at UCR since 1969. 

He the author or coauthor of some 40 books and another 9 edited books. He has published well over 200 research articles and chapters, mostly on theoretical sociology but also in his areas of specialized interests. Among his most recent books is his three-volume Theoretical Principles of Sociology, which develops abstract laws and principles of the operative dynamics of the macro-, meso-, and micro-level social universes. His most recent book, Revolt from the Middle: Emotional Stratification and Change in Post-industrial Societies came out in late 2014. His edited book, Handbook of Evolution and Society: Toward an Evolutionary Social Science (with Richard Machalek and Alexandra Maryanski) was published in 2015; and he has two additional books soon to go into print: The New Evolutionary Sociology and On the Origins of Religions: by means of natural selection.

He has been Faculty Research Lecture in the University of California and recently was named the 38th University Professor since 1960 in the University of California System in 2010.


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