Educational Background

  • B.A. McGill University, November 1980 (with Great Distinction)
  • A.M. Brown University, June 1982
  • Ph.D. Brown University, May 1985

Research Interests

  • Income inequality
  • Political participation
  • The feminization of poverty 
  • The social expectations and cultural constructions of marriage and wedding ritual among American college students

Areas of Specialization

  • Social Stratification (Income Inequality, Class and Gender)
  • Political Sociology (Social movements, Genocide and the Holocaust))
  • Demography (Marriage and Family, Aging, World Urbanization)


  • SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 208 - Methods of Social Research
  • SOCI 409 - How holocausts Happen: The History and Sociology of Genocide
  • SOCI 410 - Remembering the Holocaust
  • SOCI 437 - Rags to Riches: Social Mobility in America
  • CAPS 428 - Mating and Marrying: Families In America
  • UNIV 215 - Aging: Person and Society

Selected Publications

2005 "Social Mobility and the American Dream: What Do College Students Believe?" College Student Journal 39 (4) (December): 716-28.

2005 "Does Money Buy Happiness?  A Look at Gen Y College Students Beliefs" Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology  33(2) (November):119-129.

2003 "Goals of College Students: Some Gender Differences" Deborah A. Abowitz and David Knox. College Student Journal  37 (4) (December), 550-56.

2003 "Weddings: Some Data on College Student Perceptions" by David Knox, Marty E. Zusman, Kristen McGinty, and Deborah A. Abowitz. College Student Journal. 37 (2) (June), 197-200.

2003 "Life Goals Among Greek College Students" Deborah A. Abowitz and David Knox. College Student Journal. 37(1) (March), 96-99.

2002 "Bringing the Sociological Into the Discussion: Teaching the Sociology of Genocide and the Holocaust" Teaching Sociology 30(1)(January), 26-38.

1994 "Developing Awareness and Use of Library Resources in Undergraduate Sociology: A Sample Assignment " Teaching Sociology 22 (1) (January), 58-64.

1990 "Socio-Political Participation and the Significance of Social Context: A Model of Competing Interests and Obligations." Social Science Quarterly 71(3) (Sept),543-66.

1990 "Teaching Demography to Undergraduates: A Pedagogical Dilemma." Teaching Sociology 18(1) (January), 63-68.

1986 "Income Inequality in Canada: Class versus Status" Virginia Journal of Sociology 2 (Fall), 1-32.

1986 "Data Indicate The Feminization of Poverty in Canada , Too" Sociology and Social Research 70 (3) (April), 209-13.


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