Faculty Profiles

Avery Gordon
Ph.D. Boston College
Research Interests

Avery Gordon is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London.  In 2012, she was the Anna Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin where she worked on a collaborative project with Ines Schaber exhibited at dOCUMENTA (13).  She is the author of Notes for the Breitenau Room of The Workhouse—A Project by Ines Schaber and Avery Gordon; Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People and Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination, among other books and articles.  Recent scholarly publications have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Race & Class, PMLA, and other collections. Her work focuses on radical thought in action and over the last few years, she has been writing about captivity, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them.  Since 1997, she has co-hosted No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program “No Alibis” on KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara.  She is also he Keeper of the Hawthorne Archives, which records the living history of the arrival and existence of a group of runaways, secessionists and in-differents who form autonomous zones and settlements, and have receded from living as obedient (and also resistant or resisting) subjects.  

Teaching Areas

1:  Introduction to Sociology

118L: Sociology of Art & Literature

178:  The Prisoner

233:  Problems in Radical Thought

Course Listing

Contact Information

Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg 3405
office hours
Crash Policy

Policy for Soc 1:

There are no waiting lists or add codes for Soc 1. You must register into an open section. If no sections are open, course is closed. No exceptions are made under any circumstances.  Course closes for adds on GOLD end of first week of classes.

Policy for upper division courses:

No waiting list. Registration by GOLD only. Any student registered who fails to attend first class is dropped.