Curriculum Vita

BENJAMIN D. ZABLOCKI

 

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY

Family Status: Married, 3 children, two grandchildren

 

EDUCATION

B.A.          COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 1962  Mathematics

Ph.D.         THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY 1967  Social Relations

Post Doc    HAHNEMANN MEDICAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY 1981  Psychiatry and Psychology of the Extended Family

 

EMPLOYMENT

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, (1966-72)

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Quality Laboratory, and Lecturer, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, (1972-73)

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, (1973-77)

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology (1977-82)

Professor, Department of Sociology (1982- 2012)

Director of Graduate Studies, Dept of Sociology (2004-2006)

Chair, Department of Sociology (2006 – 2009)

 

 OTHER PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES

Visiting Lecturer (1972-73)

CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH, New York City

Senior Research Associate (1973-82)

HAHNEMANN MEDICAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia

Visiting Professor, Division of Mental Health Sciences (1980-81)

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Director, Sociological Laboratory (1977-82)

Director, Social Science Research Center (1982-94)

Associate Member, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (1985-2000)

Director, Computing Division of Center for Social Science Research and Instruction (1999-2002)

UNIVERSITY OF PISA, Pisa, Italy

Visiting Professor (2004)

 

 FUNDED SUPPORT

Structures of Social and Spiritual Capital in Religious and Nonreligious Groups. The Templeton Foundation [co-principal investigator] ($153,000) 2006-2008

Religious Movement Survival After Death of Charismatic Leader. Rutgers University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ($1,000) 2005-2006

Networks of Influence and Affect: A 25 Year Panel Study. National Science Foundation [principal investigator] ($171,960) 1999-2001

Crises of Authenticity in New Religious Movements, Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis ($2,000) 1996

An Instructional Classroom for the Social Sciences. State of New Jersey Equipment Leasing Fund ($11,500) 1994

The American Family Panel: A Pilot Study for Longitudinal Investigation of the Changing Values in the American Family.  1992-93, Lilly Endowment,  [co-investigator]  ($74,000) 1992-93

Computing Foundations for a Common Methods Curriculum in the Social Sciences.  Rutgers University Council for the Improvement of Teaching. [sole investigator] ($6,400) 1987

The Online Community: An Emerging Psychosocial Phenomenon.  Rutgers University Research Council [sole investigator] ($1,000) 1985

Early to Mid-Adult Marijuana Use: A Longitudinal Study.   National Institute on Drug Abuse,  [principal investigator]  ($698,631)  1985-88

A Pilot Study of Drug Rehabilitation in Communal Households.  The Rutgers Research Council.  [sole investigator]  ($1,200)  1984

Data Base Instruction in Sociology.  The Rutgers University Council for Instructional Development. [sole investigator] ($4,116) 1984

The Enduring Effects of Collective Influence.  National Science Foundation [principal investigator]  ($66,125)  1982-1984

A Study of Intergenerational Family Networks.  The Rutgers University Research Council. [sole investigator]  ($1,600)  1981

Developing a Computer Package for the Multiplex Analysis of Sociometric Network Data.  The Columbia University Council for Research in the Social Sciences.  (sole investigator).  ($4,000)  1976

Alienation and the Investment of Self in the Urban Commune.  National Institute of Mental Health (principal investigator).  ($113,000)  1974-1976

A Comparative Study of Day Care Systems in Six Large American Cities. The Russell Sage Foundation.  (principal investigator).  ($142,000)  1974-1976

 

FELLOWSHIPS

Rutgers University Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture (1999-2000)

Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis (1996-1997)

National Institute of Mental Health, Pre-doctoral Fellowship (1963-1966)

 

 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

INTERNATIONAL CULTIC STUDIES ASSOCIATION

Member (2003-present)

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH

Member, Social Science and Population Study Section (1980-84)

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Social Science grant proposal reviewer (1978-present)

AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

Council, Community Section (1982-83)

William J. Goode Book Award Committee (1987)

 

 

 PUBLICATIONS

Books:

Religious Totalism [edited volume, Zablocki et al] Syracuse: Syracuse University Press (forthcoming?). Note: This book has been held up by prolonged litigation threats.

 Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field [edited volume, Zablocki and Robbins] Toronto: University of of Toronto Press.  (2001).

Alienation and Charisma: A Study of Contemporary American Communes.  New York:  The Free Press.  (1980)

The Joyful Community: An Account of the Bruderhof— A Communal Movement     Now in Its Third Generation Chicago:  University of Chicago Press (1980)  (originally published by Penguin Books, 1971)

 

 Articles and Chapters:

“Research on New Religious Movements in the Post 9/11 World” in Philip Lucas and Thomas Robbins (ed.) The Future of New Religions in the 21st Century.        New York: Routledge (with J. Anna Looney) (2003)

“The Reliability and Validity of Apostate Accounts in the Study of New Religious Movements.”  Apologetics Index (2003)

“The Urban Communes Data Set: A Gold Mine for Secondary Research” Connections 24:54-59 (with John Levi Martin and King-To Yeung) (2002)

“Foreword to From Slogans to Mantras” in Stephen Kent, From Slogans to Mantras: Social Protest and Religious Conversion in the Late Vietnam Era. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press (2002)

“Vulnerability and Objectivity in the Participant Observation of the Sacred” Religion and Social Order  9:225-245 (2001)

 Finding a Middle Ground in a Polarized Scholarly Arena” in Benjamin Zablocki and Thomas Robbins (ed.) in Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2001).

“Toward a Demystified and Disinterested Scientific Theory of Brainwashing” in Benjamin Zablocki and Thomas Robbins (ed.) in Misunderstanding Cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2001).

“What the Study of Communities Can Tell Us About the Feasibility of Community” in Ed Lehman (ed.) Communitarian Thought. Baltimore: Rowen and Littlefield (1999).

“Distinguishing Abusive From Benign Religions” Cult Info (1999).

“Hyper Compliance in Charismatic Groups” in David Franks and Tom Smith (ed.) Social Perspectives on Emotion (vol 5). Greenwich, CN: JAI Press (1999)

“Exit Cost Analysis: A New Approach to the Scientific Study of Brainwashing.” Nova Religio. (1998)

“Reply to Bromley” Nova Religio. (1998)

“Reply to ‘Religious Devoutness Construed as Pathology’ by Bartholomew and O’Dea” International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. (1998)

“The Blacklisting of a Concept: The Strange History of the Brainwashing Conjecture in the Sociology of Religion.”  Nova Religio (1997)

“Introduction” to Miriam Arnold Holmes Cast Out in the World. San Francisco: Carrier Pigeon. (1997)

“Methodological Individualism and Collective Behavior.” in Jon Clark (ed.) The Work of James S. Coleman. London: Falmer (1995)

“A Bill of Rights for Intentional Communities” Communities (1995)

“Rational Models of Charismatic Influence.”  in Aage Sorensen and Seymour Spilerman (ed.) Social Theory and Social Policy: Essays in Honor of James S. Coleman.  New York: Praeger.  (1993)

“Marijuana Use, Introspectiveness, and Mental Health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  (with Angela Aidala, Stephen Hansell, and Helene Raskin White)  (1991)

“The Communes of the 1970s: Who Joined and Why?”  Journal of Family Issues. (with Angela Aidala)  (1991)

“A Longitudinal Investigation of Drug Use and Work Patterns among Adults.”  Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. (with Helene Raskin White and Angela Aidala) (1988)

“Oneida Community” World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: World Book (1988)

“Hippies” World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: World Book (1988)

“National and International Social Implications of Decision Criteria for Nonproliferation Requirements” in Robert Sachs (ed.) National Energy Issues.  Cambridge, MA: Ballinger (1981)

“Communal Living,” in Encyclopedia International.  Danbury, CN:  Grolier Publishing Co. (1980)

“Communes, Encounter Groups, and the Search for Community,” in Kenneth Boch (ed.) In Search for Community.  Denver, American Association for the Advancement of Science Symposia.  (1978)

“Other Choices:  A Sociologist Explores Alternatives to the Contemporary American Family,” in Israel Zwerling (ed.) The American Family.  Philadelphia:  Smith, Kline & French.  (1978)

“The Use of Crisis as a Mechanism of Social Control,” in George Zollschan and Walter Hirsch (eds.) Social Change:  Conjectures, Explorations, and Diagnoses.  Cambridge: Schenkman Publishing Co.  (1976)

“The Differentiation of Lifestyles,” Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 2, p. 269, Palo Alto:  Annual Reviews (with Rosabeth Kanter).  (1976)

The Bureaucratization of Child care.  New York:  Bureau of Applied Social Research and The Russell Sage Foundation.  (1976)

“Problems of Anarchism in Hippie Communes.” in Rosabeth Kanter (ed.) Communes: Creating and Managing the Collective Life.  New York:  Harper and Row.  (1972)

“The Social Structure of Drug Based Communes,” in Drug Abuse and Drug Subculture.  Washington:  U.S. Government Printing office.  (1972)

“The Genesis of Normative Systems in Rural Hippie Communities.” in Robert Buckout (ed.) Toward Social Change. New York: Harper and Row. (1971)

“Anarchy and Decision Making in the Contemporary Commune.”  Proceedings of the Institute For Advanced Studies (Seminar on Decision Making in Non-Voting Groups). Vienna, Austria. (1971)

“Dictator’s Dilemma: A Simulation of the Hoarding and Sharing of Scarce Resources under Varying Collective Decision Rules.”  Proceedings of the Institute For Advanced Studies (Seminar on Decision Making in Non-Voting Groups). Vienna, Austria. (1971)

 

 RESEARCH REPORTS

“Final Report on Structures of Social and Spiritual Capital.” Metanexus Foundation. (with John Levi Martin) 2009

“Final Report on Networks of Influence and Affect: A 25 Year Panel Study.” National Science Foundation (with John Levi Martin) 2004

“Reported Motivations for Using and Abandoning the Use of Marijuana.” Urban Communes Project, Rutgers University (with Angela Aidala and Helene Raskin White) 1988

“Early to Mid-Adult Marijuana Use: Second Year Report.” Project Report, NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, Washington, DC (with Angela Aidala and Helene Raskin White) 1987

“Rates of Substance Use by Sex and Religious Background.” Urban Communes Project, Rutgers University (with Angela Aidala and Helene Raskin White) 1987

“The Timing of Events in Marijuana Use Careers.” Urban Communes Project, Rutgers University (with Debbi Schaubman) 1987

“Early to Mid-Adult Marijuana Use: First Year Report.” Project Report, NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, Washington, DC (with Angela Aidala and Helene Raskin White) 1986.

“Computer Applications in Social and Behavioral Science Instruction.” Social Science Research Center Position Paper (with D.R. Smith) 1984

“Some Theoretical Convergences Between Sociology and Family Systems Theory.” Hahnemann University Seminar on Recent Advances in the Social Sciences 1981

“The Looking Glass Self: A Testable Model.” Urban Communes Project, Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University 1977

“Fracture Points in the Decay of Communal Households.”  Urban Communes Project, Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University 1976

“Alienation and Investment of Self in the Urban Commune.” Project Report, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH, Washington, DC 1976

“A Computer Program for Multi-Level Survey Analysis With Panel Data” Ad-Hoc Network Seminar, Columbia University (with others) 1975

“Estimating the Parameters in a Two-Stage Sampling Model with a Scarce and Uncountable Population.” Urban Communes Project, Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University 1974

“Solar Water Heating: A Model of the Assisted Diffusion of an Innovation.” Environmental Quality Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (with others) 1973

“The Cerritos Report: A Study of the Unanticipated Ecological and Demographic  Effects of Rapid Suburbanization in Southern California.” Environmental Quality Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (with others) 1973

 

 

 PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES

“Beyond Indoctrination: Programmatic Socialization in New Religious Movements” presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Francisco (2009)

“Socialization into New Religious Movements” panel organized for the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Francisco (2009)

“The Attribution of Charisma in Small Groups and Organizations” presented at the annual meetings of the International Cultic Studies Association, Geneva (2009)

“The Sequelae of Participation in New Religious Movements” session organized for the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Louisville (2008)

“Panel Analysis Comparing New Religious Movement Loyalists and Apostates over a 25 Year Periods” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Louisville (2008)

“A Pared Down Scientific Theory of Brainwashing” presented at the annual meetings of the International Cultic Studies Association, Philadelphia (2008)

“A Scientific Theory of Brainwashing” presented at the annual meetings of the Family Action Information Resource, London (2008)

“The Need for a Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Transformative Social Influence” presented at the annual meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society (2008)

“Gender Differences in Midlife Outcomes Among Participants in New Religious Movements in Early Adulthood” presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Tampa (2007)

“Religious Otherness and Community Solidarity” session organized for the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Tampa (2007)

“The Concept of Spiritual Capital” presented at the Annual Meetings of the Metanexus Foundation, Tampa (2007)

“Religious Movement Apostasy: Predictors in Youth, Consequences in Midlife” presented at the Annual Meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York City (2007)

“Interviewing and Collecting Data from Detainees and Defectors” presented at the Annual Meetings of the International Cultic Studies Association, Brussels (2007)

“Post-Cultic Regret: More Subtle than it Might Seem” presented at the Annual Meetings of the International Cultic Studies Association, Brussels (2007)

“Hyper Compliance and Neuroplasticity: Toward Scientifically Verifiable Tracing of Brainwashing Effects ” presented at the Annual Meetings of the International Cultic Studies Association, Brussels (2007)

“The Predictive Effect of Emotions on Friendship Dyads’ Endurance over the Adult Life Course,” presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Montreal (2006)

“Charismatic Discipleship Careers” presented at the Annual Meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston (2006)

“Changes in Religious Doubt in A Life Course Perspective,” presented at the Annual Meetings of the Asociation for the Study of Religion, Philadelphia (2005)

“Mechanisms of Influence in Religious Recruitment,” presented at the annual meetings of the International Cultic Studies Association, Madrid, Spain (2005)

“Distinguishing Harmful from Unharmful Religious Movements,” presented at the annual meetings of the International Cultic Studies Association, Madrid, Spain (2005)

“Cognitive Theory in Lalich’s Bounded Choice Model of Cults” presented at the annual meetings of the American Family Foundation, Atlanta (2004)

“The Aging of Disciple Relationships” presented at the annual meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, San Francisco (2004)

“Methodological Falacies in Anthony’s Critique of Exit Cost Analysis” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Norfolk, VA (2003)

“Gender Differences in Religiosity 25 Years After Initial Cult Experience” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Norfolk, VA (2003)

“Epistemological Controversies in the Study of Extreme Persuasion” presented at the annual meetings of the Social Practice Association, Atlanta (2003)

“Life Course Versus Episodic Approaches to the Study of New Religious Movement Careers” presented at the annual meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Atlanta (2003)

“Theories of Cult Involvement Must be Based on Empirical Research” presented at the annual meetings of the American Family Foundation, Orange, CA (2003)

“Gender Differences in a Quarter-Century Panel Study on Cult Participation” presented at the annual meetings of the American Family Foundation, Orange, CA (2003)

“A Critique of Julius Rubin’s Book: The Other Side of Joy” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Columbus, OH (2001)

“A Re-Analysis of the Wessinger Data on Millenarian Violence in Religious Groups” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Columbus, OH (2001)

 

“Charismatic Relationships: Interactive Dependencies between Leaders and Followers” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Columbus, OH (2001)

 

“The Legacy of Tom Robbin: The Voice of a Moderate” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Columbus, OH (2001)

 

“A Critique of Psychological Methodology in the Scientific Study of Religious Conversion” presented at the annual meetings of the American Family Foundation, Newark (2001)

 

“Cults and the Social Sciences” presented at the annual meetings of the American Family Foundation, Newark (2001)

 

“Millennial Social Movements” presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Anaheim (2001)

 

“Critique of Apocalypse Observed” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston (2000)

 

“Questions of Motivation in NRM Research” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston (2000)

 

“The Birth and Death of New Religious Movements” presented at the annual meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Washington, DC (2000)

 

“The Need for Triangulation in the Study of New Religious Movements” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Montreal (1998)

 

“Vulnerability and Objectivity in the Act of Participant-Observation of the Sacred” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Montreal (1998)

 

“What Communities Can Teach Us About Community” presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA (1998)

 

“Hallmarks, Hooligans, and Hostages: Three Aspects of Children in Cults” presented at the annual meetings of the American Family Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (1998)

 

“Distinguishing Front-Stage from Back-Stage Behavior in the Study of Religious Communities” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego, CA (1997)

 

“The Manipulation of Exit Costs to Reduce Switching By Sectarian Groups in Competitive Religious Markets” presented at the annual meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Relgion, Toronto, Canada (1997)

 

“A Sociological Theory of Cults” presented at the annual meetings of the American Family Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (1997)

 

“The Blacklisting of a Concept: The Strange History of the Brainwashing Conjecture in the Sociology of Religion” presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Nashville, TN (1996)

 

“Authenticity as a Resource: The Management and Transmission of Charismatic Authentication Mechanisms in Religious Organizations” presented at the seminar on Religion of the Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University (1996)

 

“The Reliability and Validity of Apostate Accounts in the Study of New Religious Movements.” presented at the annual meetings, Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York City (1996)

 

“Strategies For Religious Totalism in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Sectarian Communities” presented at the annual meetings, American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C. (1995)

 

“Charismatic Succession and Crises of Authenticity in Religious Communities: A Comparative and Historical Analysis.”  Association For the Sociology of Religion annual meetings, Los Angeles, (1994)

 

“The Scientific Investigation of the Brainwashing Conjecture.”  American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meetings, Washington, D.C. (1991)

 

“Subtle Effects of Cult Membership.”  Society for the Study of Social Influence annual meetings, Los Angeles, (1988)

 

“Drug Use and Work Patterns Among Adults”  Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meetings,  Atlanta, GA, (1988)  (with Angela Aidala and Helene Raskin White)

 

“The Drug Consumption Patterns of Baby Boomers: Age, Birth Cohort, Period and Subculture Effects.”  Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meetings,  Atlanta, GA, (1988)  (with Angela Aidala and Helene Raskin White)

 

“Alternatives to Conventional Adulthood: Ideals and Practices in a Spiritual Community.”  Eastern Sociological Society annual meetings, Philadelphia, PA, (1988)

 

“Models of Education in the Kibbutz and American Communes” Hebrew University School of Education Symposium on Kibbutz Education (1985)

 

“Alienation in Communes” International Conference on Kibbutz and Communes, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (1985)

 

“Using Computers with Large Online Data Sets to Teach Sociology” American Sociological Association (1984)

 

“Sudden Loss of Charisma” American Sociological Association (1982)

 

“Cult Membership as a Rejection of Jewish Community” American Sociological Association (1981)

 

“Follow the Leader: Motives and Settings of Apocalyptic Cultures” California School of Professional Psychology (1979)

 

“Energy and Behavior” session chair at conference on “The Social Dimensions of Energy Options” Ramapo College (1979)

 

“The Community and the Individual” Conference on Shaker Life, William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut. (1978)

 

“New Communities: An Examination of Assumptions” American Sociological Association (1978)

 

“Alternate Lifestyles” American Orthopsychiatric Society, (1977)

 

“Growing Up in Intentional Communities” Harvard University School of Education (1977)

 

“Use of Network Analysis to Predict the Solidarity of Communal Groups” University of Chicago Seminar on Network Analysis (1976)

 

“Commitment and Social Control in Communitarian Societies” Columbia University Seminar on Individual and Society (1976)

 

“Alienation and Charisma in a Context of Decision Making” Public Choice Society (1975)

 

“Models of Utopia in Contemporary American Society” Swarthmore College (1974)

 

“The Bruderhof: How it has Changed Since the 1960s” Cornell University (1974)

 

“Communes, Planning, and the Future of Community in America” American Sociological Association (1973)

 

“Communal Childrearing in Comparative Perspective” American Psychological Association 1972 [Revised version presented at Annual Symposium of the University of Minnesota Center for the Study of the Family, 1973]

 

“Some Models of Commune Integration and Disintegration” American Sociological Association (1972)

 

 

MEDIA PRESENTATIONS

Documentary on Cultic Violence and Criminal Behavior for The Discovery Channel (2006) Interview Format

Documentary on New Religious Movements for RAI (Italian National Television (2005) Interview format

Late Night With Rod and Al on BBC (2003) Interview format

 48 Hours (CBS) (1997) Dan Rather Special on Cults

6:00 News (ch 69 NJ) (1997)   Interview format

Sonia Live in LA (CNN) (1989) Talk Show Format

Miscellaneous local and network radio appearances (1971-present)

Miscellaneous interviews in Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle

 

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES

Representative, Recruitment Planning Committee, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University (2006-present)

Chair, Events Committee, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University (2006-present)

Representative from the Department of Sociology to the Rutgers Foundation (2006-present)

Representative to Promotion Reading Committee, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University (2005-present)

Chair, Computing Committee, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University (2004-present)

Representative to the Graduate Program Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University (2004-present)

Representative to the Executive Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University (2004-present)

Chair, Web Page Committee, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University (2004-present)

Faculty Mentor (2003-present)

Representative to the PEC Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University, (2001, 2005, 2006)

Representative to the Search Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University, (2001-present)

Representative to the CSRI Oversight Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University, (2001-present)

Representative to Personnel Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University, (2001-present)

Representative to the Graduate Program Committee, Dept. of Sociology, Rutgers University (2001- present)

Representative to the CSRI Advisory Council (1999-2000)

Representative to the Undergraduate Seed Grant Evaluation Committee, Rutgers University, (1998-1999)

Representative to the Year 2000 Computing Committee, Rutgers University, (1998-1999)

Representative to Personnel Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University, (1998-1999, 2006-2007)

Representative to Executive Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University, (1998-1999, 2004-present)

Representative to Recruitment Committee, Dept of Sociology, Rutgers University, (1996-1998)

Representative to the Bylaws Committee, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University (1996-present)

Representative to the Faculty Council, Rutgers University (1990-1991)

Chair, Interdepartmental Steering Committee of the Social Science Research Center, Rutgers University (1982-1991)

Representative, Committee on Budget and Planning, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University (1988-89)

Representative, Rutgers University Supercomputer Fellowship Committee (1986-88)

Chair, Interdepartmental Committee of Graduate Instruction in Statistics and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (1985-89)

Representative or Alternate to Appointments and Promotions Committee, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University (most years, 1982-present)

Representative to Executive Committee, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University (1979-1985)

Representative from the Department of Sociology to the International Association for Information Service and Technology (1983-84)

Representative from the Department of Sociology to the Graduate School Social Science Curriculum Review Committee, Rutgers University (1978-80, 2004-present)

Chair, Committee on Graduate Methods Training and Comprehensive Examinations, Sociology Department, Rutgers University (1977-82)

Chair, Committee on Methodology and Mathematical Sociology Curriculum, Dept of Sociology, Columbia University (1975-77)

Chair, Committee on Methodology and Mathematical Sociology Curriculum, Dept of Sociology, Columbia University (1975-77)

Chair, Committee on Methodology and Mathematical Sociology Curriculum, Dept of Sociology, Columbia University (1975-77)

Chair, Ad Hoc Faculty Seminar on the Application of Graph Theory and Network Analysis to Social Research, Columbia University (1974-78)

Chair, Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination Committee in Mathematical Sociology, Columbia University (1974-76)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Undergraduate: Social Psychology, Religion, Theory, Alcohol Problems, Methods, Computer Methods, Statistics, Advanced Statistics, Interviewing Techniques, Demography, Family, Urban, Deviance, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Utopian Societies, Community, Social Networks, Collective Decision Making, Games and Simulations

Graduate: Social Psychology, Classical Theory, Research Methods, Statistics, Religion, Math Models, Field Methods, Collective Behavior, Research Design, Network Analysis, Interviewing Techniques

 

DISSERTATIONS SUPERVISED

Elizabeth Williamson (in progress) “Mobilizing Emotions and Constructing Culture at Social Movement Recruiting and Training Events” Rutgers University

Brian Hall (2002) “Chinese Americans at the Border of Christian Faith” Rutgers University.

Richard Phillips (2001) “Saints in ‘Zion,’ Saints in ‘Babylon’: Mormonism, Pluralism, and the Transformation of Religious Vitality in the United States” Rutgers University.

Meri Wieder. (1996) “Family Background and Community Dynamics” Rutgers University School of Nursing.

Anna Looney (1995) “New Perspectives on Past Commitments: Mid-Life Reflections on Past Experience in Young Adulthood” Rutgers University.

Deborah Podus (1992) “Taxing Problems in Church-State Relations” Rutgers University

Nathan Church (1983) “The Stability of Religious Communes” Rutgers University

Raymond Bradley (1982) “Pyramids of Power and Communion: The Structural Properties of Charismatic Communes.” Columbia University.

Angela Aidala (1980) “Ideological Systems: A Longitudinal Study of Norms, Values, and Ideology.” Columbia University.

Helen Zinn (1978) “Membership Turnover in Religious Groups” Columbia University.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Chair, Department of Sociology (2006 – present)

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology (2004-2006)

Director CSRI Computing (1999-2000).

Director Social Science Research Center (1982-94) Responsible for the installation and management of a VAX 11/780 computer, later for the transition to a pc Local Area Network.  Also responsible for the administration of grant services and grant management within the sociology department.

Director Sociological Laboratory (1977-82) Responsible for Coordinating and giving technical support to all machine assisted data analytic activities of the sociology department.