Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Thomas Henricks

Tom Mould Professor of Sociology and Distinguished University Professor
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Thomas Henricks’ research interests focus on social theory, modernization and change, popular culture, race and ethnic relations, and, especially, the physiological, environmental, social, cultural and psychological relationships that shape behavior and experience in sports and play. In his work, Henricks sees play as a specific strategy of self-realization. From sports and games to art, music, jokes, riddles, friendly arguments and teasing among siblings, play provides a full exploration of the possibilities of what it means to be human. In his research, Henricks delves into the social meanings behind play and its ability to help people envision better versions of themselves.


M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Chicago
B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from North Central College

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