William Ryan Force
Associate Professor of Sociology | Director of minor in Women's & Gender Studies
PhD, University of Missouri (2011)
MA, University of South Florida (2005)
BA, University of South Florida (2003)
My research program emphasizes the accomplishment of identity at the intersection of culture, language, and power. I have published the following:
"Toward a Cryptoscience." Chapter in The Supernatural in History, Society, and Culture (edited by Dennis Waskul and Marc Eaton; 2018; Temple University Press). My chapter articulates an argument for the academic exploration of the supernatural, providing a framework through which various supernatural topics are considered.
“Trick-or-Treating.” Chapter in Popular Culture as Everyday Life (edited by Dennis Waskul and Phillip Vannini; 2015, Routledge Press). This essay considers gift-giving as a micro-political technology of identity construction.
“The Code of Harry: Performing Normativity in Dexter” in Crime, Media, Culture (2010; vol. 6, issue 3). A theoretical analysis of identity performance in the TV series Dexter.
“Consumption Styles and the Fluid Complexity of Punk Authenticity" in Symbolic Interaction (2009; vol. 32, issue 4). An ethnographic study of the construction and maintenance of punk identity.
In addition to my teaching, I coordinate Safe Space training on campus and direct the Women's & Gender Studies minor. I am also pleased to act as the faculty advisor for the student organization Feminists Unite! (https://twitter.com/WNEFeminists).
Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Identity, Popular Culture, Postmodernism, Semiotics, Social Control, Sociology of Everyday Life, Subculture
Introduction to Sociology
Race & Ethnicity
Sociology of Religion
Culture & Subculture in the US & UK
Sociology of Culture
Anarchy & Society
Power in Everyday Life
The State v. The People
First Year Seminar