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Faculty Profiles

Norman K. Denzin

228 Gregory Hall


Ph.D., University of Iowa (Sociology)


Research Professor of Communications
College of Communications Scholar
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Cinema Studies
Professor in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory


Denzin is the author, editor or co-editor of numerous books, including his recent works, “Searching for Yellowstone: Race, Gender, Family and Memory in the Postmodern West” (2008), “Symbolic Interactionism and Cultural Studies: The Politics of Interpretation,” “Performance Ethnography: Critical Pedagogy and the Politics of Culture,” “Screening Race: Hollywood and the Cinema of Racial Violence,” and “9/11 In American Culture.” His books, “The Alcoholic Self” and “The Recovering Alcoholic,” won the prestigious Charles H. Cooley Award of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and were nominated for the C. Wright Mills Award. In 1997 he was awarded the prestigious George Herbert Mead Award for lifetime contributions to the study of human interaction by the Society for the Symbolic Interaction. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor of “The Handbook of Qualitative Research, 3/e,” co-editor of “Handbook of Critical Indigenous Methodology,’ co-editor of “Qualitative Inquiry, editor of Cultural Studies — Critical Methodologies,” editor of “Studies in Symbolic Interaction,” founding president of the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry and director of the International Center of Qualitative Research.

Research/Creative Endeavor

Denzin’s areas of interest include theories of social interaction, critical pedogogy, cultural studies and interpretive research, cinema and critical race theory, performance studies, performance ethnography, social psychology, biographical method in the human disciplines.

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