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Adalberto Aguirre has teaching interests are in social inequality, the sociology of education, formal organizations, critical race theory and sociolinguistics. Professor Aguirre's research has focused on workplace issues for women and minority faculty, the relationship between race and death sentencing, the role of the master narrative in the social sciences, and the association between bilingual proficiency and grammatical knowledge.

Steven Brint is Director of the National Science Foundation-supported Colleges and Universities 2000 study and an authority on comparative education, American higher education, the sociology of professions, and middle-class politics. He is the author of four books: The Diverted Dream (Oxford University Press, 1989), In an Age of Experts (Princeton University Press, 1994), and Schools and Societies (Pine Forge/Sage, 1998) and The Future of the City of Intellect: The Changing American University (Stanford University Press, 2002). His work on education, the professions and middle-class politics has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Work and Occupations, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Education, and in volumes edited by such scholars as William Julius Wilson, Morris Fiorina, Theda Skocpol, and Terry Nichols Clark.

Karen Pyke, Ph.D., is a critical race feminist theorist who studies internalized racial/gendered oppression among second-generation Asian Americans. Her recent research elaborates intersectional theory through the study of resistance and complicity, and examines institutional gender-neutral practices that promote faculty gender inequity. Pyke is the recipient of two national awards for her contribution to feminist intersectional theory: the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on Sex and Gender Section for "Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities: 'Doing' Gender across Cultural Worlds," and the Jessica Bernard Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper award from the National Council of Family Relations for "Class-based Masculinities: The Interdependence of Gender, Class, and Interpersonal Power." Both articles appeared in Gender & Society.

Victoria Reyes (PhD, Princeton, 2015) studies global inequality using a cultural and relational lens. She sees culture as something that cannot be separated from other fields and relationships as the relevant unit of analysis for examining social life. In particular, she uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the dynamics of foreign-controlled places she calls “global borderlands,” patterns of global inequality vis-à-vis travel and cultural wealth, and negotiations of meaning and power with a focus on how this relates to racial, gender, and class inequalities. Her research has appeared in Theory and Society, City & Community, Poetics, International Journal of Comparative Sociology and elsewhere. Current projects include a book manuscript on global borderlands, the social construction of sovereignty, and the racialized and gendered construction of cultural wealth.

Jan E. Stets is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Social Psychology Research Laboratory. She is a micro-theorist who studies such issues as the self, identity, emotions, and behavior. She uses the framework of identity theory to inform her work. In the gender area, she examines how individuals conceptualize themselves in terms of their gender (one’s gender identity), and how this conceptualization influences their behavior within and across situations. She is the co-author of such books as Identity Theory (Oxford Press, 2009) and The Sociology of Emotions (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She is past director of the sociology program at the National Science Foundation (2008-10), past chair of the ASA Section on Emotions (2008-09), and past chair of the ASA Section on Social Psychology (2012-13). She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and a member of the Sociological Research Association, an honor society of sociological scholars.