Hello! My name is Peter Kaufman. I am a professor of sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. I joined the SUNY New Paltz faculty in 1999. I received my Ph.D. in 1999 from Stony Brook University and my B.A. in 1989 from Earlham College.

I consider myself somewhat of a generalist in that my teaching and scholarly interests are varied. Since coming to SUNY New Paltz, I have taught 11 different courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology (Required)
  • Sociological Theory (Required)
  • Education and Society (Writing Intensive elective)
  • Social Interaction (Writing Intensive elective)
  • Social Change (elective)
  • Social Structure and the Individual (Writing Intensive elective)
  • Social Problems (elective)
  • Sociology of Sport (elective)
  • Senior Seminar (Required)
  • Social Structure and Change (Graduate)
  • Sociology of Education (Graduate)

My publications cover a wide range of topics including education, social class, identity formation, social psychology, sports, stigma management, contemplative pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). My work has appeared in journals such as The Sociological Quarterly, Research in Higher Education, Symbolic Interaction, Sociological Forum, Teaching Sociology, and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. I have also compiled and edited two editions of Critical Pedagogy in the Sociology Classroom–a teaching resource guide published by the American Sociological Association.

Since 2011, I have been a regular contributor to the Everyday Sociology Blog published by W.W. & Norton.

My new book, Teaching with Compassion: An Educator’s Oath to Teach from the Heart, co-authored with Janine Schipper, is now available!





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