Alexander Riley

Alexander Riley

Professor of Sociology
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About Alexander Riley

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Courses Taught

  • SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 140: American Society and Culture
  • SOCI 211: Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 212: Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 221: Science, Truth, and Social Order: The Study of Science as Social Practice
  • SOCI 238: Brain, Mind, Self, and Society
  • 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 261: Sociology of the Arts
  • SOCI 265: The Sixties and American Society: Conflict, Contravention, Consequences
  • SOCI 300: Evolution, Biology and Society

Selected Publications


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

Durkheim, the Durkheimians and Art, ed. with William Watts Miller and W. S. F. Pickering, New York and London: Berghahn Books, 2013

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

Saints, Heroes, Myths, and Rites: Classical Durkheimian Studies of Religion and Society, ed. with Sarah Daynes and Cyril Isnart, Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2009

Cultural Theory: An Introduction, 2nd edition, with Philip Smith, London: Blackwell, 2008

Un ethnologue à la guerre. Lettres de Robert Hertz à sa femme Alice (août 1914-avril 1915), ed. with Philippe Besnard, Paris: Éditions CNRS, 2002

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