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Kristin Lawler
Kristin Lawler Chairperson
Associate Professor

Ph.D., City University of New York
B.A., The Catholic University of America

Areas of Interest 
  • Political economy
  • Social movements
  • Popular culture

  • SOC 324 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 302 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 306 The Family
  • SOC 310 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 301 Social Problems
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Research Areas
Studies popular culture, economic class, and the labor movement.

Recent Publications
Lawler, Kristin. The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism, New York: Routledge, 2011.

Chapters and Edited Volumes
Lawler, Kristin (forthcoming) "The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream" in Class: A Reader: Perspectives from History, Political Economy, and Cultural Studies, Stanley Aronowitz and Michael Roberts, eds., Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.

Lawler, Kristin (2013) "'Fix the Tired': Cultural Politics and the Struggle for Shorter Hours" in Living With Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, Ron Scapp, and Brian Seitz, eds., New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Articles and Book Reviews
Lawler, Kristin (2014) Oceanic Futures: Mataroa and the Mediterranean Imaginary. Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Winter 2014.

Lawler, Kristin (2013) The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream. Z Magazine, Volume 26, Number 3, March 2013.

Lawler, Kristin (2011) Fear of a Slacker Revolution: Occupy Wall Street and the Cultural Politics of the Class Struggle. Possible Futures Digital Forum, Social Science Research Council. Read the full article

Kornblum, William, and Kristin Lawler (2011) Collecting and Connecting in New York’s Central Park. Lo Squaderno: Explorations in Space and Society, Special Issue on Urban Knowledge, No. 19, March 2011.

Lawler, Kristin (2008), Book review of Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom (Santa Monica: Santa Monica Press, 2008) in Southwest Journal of Cultures, Winter 2008. Read the review

Lawler, Kristin (2005), Book review of Hard Work: Remaking the Labor Movement (Rick Fantasia and Kim Voss, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004) in New Politics Vol. X, Number 3, Summer 2005.

Lawler, Kristin (2004), Book review of The New Left Revisited (John McMillian and Paul Buhle, eds., Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003) in New Politics Vol IX, Number 4, Winter 2004.

Kornblum, William, and Kristin Lawler (2000, 2001), Public Use of Urban Parks: A Research Manual. New York: Lila Wallace Foundation.

with Zukin, Sharon, et. al. (1998) From Coney Island to Las Vegas in the Urban Imaginary: Discursive Practices of Growth and Decline. Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 33, Number 5, May.

Works in Progress
Less is More: Shorter Hours and the Cultural Politics of Class, with Michael Roberts.Book proposal under review and research in progress.

Conferences, Presentations, and Invited Talks 
Althusser and Reproduction: A Symptomatic Reading of the Politics of Defeat, Presentation at Left Forum, “Rereading Althusser” panel co-sponsored by Verso Books, publisher of Althusser’s newly-translated On the Reproduction of Capitalism, May 31, 2014.

The Cultural Politics of the Gezi Uprising, Presentation at Left Forum, “Gezi Resistance,” May 31, 2014.

Reform School: Higher Education and the Politics of the Speedup, Presentation at Left Forum, “Is Education Reform Possible?” June 1, 2014.

Slacker Politics: the Work Ethic and the Mediterranean Imaginary, invited public address, Raches Town Hall, Ikaria, Greece, July 18, 2013.

The Cultural Politics of Shangri-La. Invited conference presentation, “Mataroa: Against Crisis, for the Commons.” Ikaria, Greece, July 15, 2013.

The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism. Invited presentation, Dept. of Sociology Alumni Book Lecture, CUNY Graduate Center, May 3, 2013.

The American Surfer: Studying Popular Culture and Class. Invited presentation, Dept. of Sociology, Marymount Manhattan College, April 27, 2012.

Primitivism, Counterculture, and the Surfer Image. Invited presentation, Dept. of Anthropology, Montclair State University, April 17, 2012.

The American Surfer: Freedom and Work in Popular Culture. Invited presentation, Dept. of Sociology, San Diego State University, March 16, 2012.

The American Surfer: the Politics of a Subversive Image. Invited presentation, Dept. of Anthropology, Montclair State University, April 21, 2011.

The American Surfer: Capitalism and the Countercultural Image. Presentation at the Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA, April 8, 2009.

Radical: The Image of the Surfer and the Politics of Popular Culture. Presentation at Regular Session on Popular Culture, American Sociological Association, New York, NY, August 11, 2007.

Professional Activities 
Member, Editorial Board, Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. Peer reviewer, Routledge, 2012

Academic Partner, with William Kornblum, Report on the Public Use of Central Park, 2011.
Read the report

College Service  
Chair, Department of Sociology, July 2014 - present
Director, Mentorship Program, May 2009 – June 2014
Chair, Faculty Affairs Committee, September 2010 – present
Co-Chair, Middle States Standard 13 Committee, September 2010 – May 2011
Member, Elections Committee, September 2010 – present
Member, Budget Council, September 2010 – May 2012
Department Representative, Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, January 2009 – present
Chair, New Faculty Search Committee, Department of Sociology, Spring 2013
Member, Search Committee for Director of Admissions, Fall 2013

Supervisor, Student Research and Action Projects:
  • Spring 2013: Placemaking and Public Spaces on Campus: College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Spring 2013: Bottles for Water Project
  • Spring 2012: Making Connections: The Sisters of Charity, the Students of Mount Vincent, and Immigration in Southwest Yonkers
  • Spring 2010: CMSV student participation in Report on the Public Use of Central Park

Past Teaching Positions   
Assistant Professor, The College of Mount Saint Vincent, Department of Sociology, 2008 –present 

Courses: Social Theory, Race and Ethnicity, The Family, Sociology of Deviance, Social Problems, Introduction to Sociology, The Sociological Imagination, Politics and Culture

CUNY Writing Fellow, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 2006-2008
Graduate Teaching Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer, Queens College, 1995-2000, 2003-2006

Courses: Foundations of Social Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Social, Research, Social Change and Social Movements, Race and Ethnicity in American Society


Read more about Dr. Lawler

"Scholars and Mentors"
CMSV News Fall 2011