Roberta Coles Professor

Office:  Lalumiere Hall, 352

Phone:  (414) 288-3440

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Curriculum Vitae

Sample syllabi:

I originally went to graduate school to be a journalist, but when I left journalism
school, I still felt that I didn’t have a deep understanding of how the world works. I
knew what happened, but had no a way of explaining it. So I decided to take a few
sociology courses as a supplement, and instead I fell in love with it and went on to get
my doctorate in this fascinating discipline. It’s a discipline that helped me explain
my own individual experience as well as that of the larger society.

Research Interests


My research interests have changed over the years from war and peace to family and fatherhood issues. However, underlying those apparently divergent topics has been an abiding interest in inequality, particularly socioeconomic class and race & ethnicity. Some of my articles have appeared in The Sociological Quarterly, Sociology of Religion, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and the Journal of Aging Studies.


Teaching interests:


Family, race and family, food and water, urban issues


View the links below for my recent books:


    (Columbia University Press)









Contact the Department of
Social and Cultural Sciences

Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 340
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6838 | Fax: (414) 288-6444