Alexander Riley

Alexander Riley

Professor of Sociology
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About Alexander Riley

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Courses Typically Offered

  • SOCI 110: Social Problems in the 21st Century
  • SOCI 140: American Society and Culture
  • SOCI 205: The View from the Right: Conservative, Reactionary, and Anti-Revolutionary Thought in the Western World
  • SOCI 211: Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 212: Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 240: The Social Forms of Religious Life: Religion's Role in Social Order and Conflict
  • SOCI 252: Faces of Death: Death in Human Nature and Culture
  • SOCI 328: The Opium of the Intellectuals: Utopianism and Political Religion among the Western Intellectual Classes

Selected Publications

  • Toward a Biosocial Science: Evolutionary Theory, Human Nature, and Social Life, New York and London: Routledge, 2021
  • Reflecting on the 1960s at 50: A Concise Account of How the 1960s Changed America, for Better and for Worse, ed., New York and London: Routledge, 2020
  • The Totalitarian Legacy of the Bolshevik Revolution, ed. with Alf Siewers, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019
  • Angel Patriots in the Sky: The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America, New York, NY: New York University Press, 2015
  • The Social Thought of Émile Durkheim, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2014
  • Godless Intellectuals?: The Intellectual Pursuit of the Sacred Reinvented, New York: Berghahn Books, 2010
  • Impure Play: Sacredness, Transgression, and the Tragic in Popular Culture, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010

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