• Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies; Acting Chair of Urban Studies
  • 864.294.2479
  • Johns Hall 106K
  • aaron.passell@furman.edu
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Having studied urban sociology, political economy, and social theory at NYU with Harvey Molotch, Neil Brenner, and Craig Calhoun among others, Aaron Passell embarked on the research on New Urbanism that became his book, Building the New Urbanism (Routledge, 2013). At the same time, Dr. Passell pursued teaching positions that led him from George Washington University to Muhlenberg College to the University of Pennsylvania and, ultimately, to Furman. While at Furman, he has undertaken new research on LEED for Neighborhood Development, a green building rating system for neighborhood-scale developments, and, more recently, on Midtown Detroit, a seemingly successful urban revitalization project in the midst of a failing city.

Name Title Description

SOC-101

Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to the sociological perspective on human behavior, including an analysis of theory, research methods, culture, society, personality, the socialization process, social institutions and social change.

SOC-201

Social Problems

Analysis of current social problems and social policies: the definitions and causes of problems as well as the efficacy and feasibility of proposed solutions.

SOC-223

Urban Community

Exploration of the dynamics of urbanization and urbanism, with an emphasis on American cities. The roles of urban places, institutions, and lifestyles are explored in depth.

SOC-475

Sociology Seminar

Advanced reading, research and discussion course for covering a specific topic in Sociology. Topics vary by professor and could include such topics as Organized Deviance: Terrorists, the Mafia and Genocidal States or Environmental Sociology. This course requires an independent or collaborative research project. May be repeated for credit based on change of topic.

  • Building the New Urbanism: Places, Professions, and Profits in the American Metropolitan Landscape (Routledge, 2013)
  • "SF Novels and Sociological Experimentation," in P. L. Thomas, Ed., Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction (Sense, 2013).
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2000-2005.
Education
Ph.D.
New York University
B.A.
Wesleyan University

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