Richard Perry

Adjunct Instructor in Sociology
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 212A
2035 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-7337

Brief Biography

Methods & Theories: Qualitative, Material culture studies, constructivism, neoMarxist conflict

Academic interests: Science & Technology studies, Race/Ethnicity, Social organization of collective Memory, Sociology of Art, Popular Culture



graduate degrees in Sociology (University of California - San Diego), American Studies (California State University - Fullerton), Educational Administration (University of Wisconsin)

additional graduate work in Sociology (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)

undergraduate degree in Philosophy (Millsaps College)


Employment History

teaching at Elon: 2001-3, 2011-present

elsewhere: Wake Technical Community College, 2003-10; Gaston College, 1996-8; San Diego City College, 1995-6

Courses Taught

current: Intro, Sociology through Film

previous: Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology

elsewhere: Technology & Society, Popular Culture, The American South, Social Diversity

Current Projects


in progress: Southern White Memory and the Civil Rights Movement








most recently: "Cultural Stereo-Types: The Rise & Fall of the Ghetto Blaster" (annual conference of the Society for the History of Technology, Cleveland, OH, November 2011).




Service Activities

Member of the Orange County Human Relations Commission, 2009-12