Associate Professor of Sociology
Alexander Riley received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. His areas of specialization include Cultural Sociology, Sociological Theory, Popular Culture, Leisure and Consumption, Intellectuals, Religion, Knowledge, Art and Music, and The Body.
He has written Saints, Heroes, Myths and Rites: Classical Durkheimian Studies of Religion and Society; Godless Intellectuals?: The Intellectual Pursuit of the Sacred Reinvented; Impure Play: Sacredness, Transgression, and the Tragic in Popular Culture; Cultural Theory: An Introduction with Philip Smith and Un ethnologue dans les tranchées, Lettres de Robert Hertz à sa femme Alice with Philippe Besnard.