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Geoff Harkness

photo of Geoff Harkness Gaige Hall (GH) 354​
(401) 456-8026

​Academic Background

Geoff Harkness is an assistant professor of sociology. He joined the department in 2017. Professor Harkness earned a B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University. He teaches courses in sociology, law and society, and quantitative research methods that serve the sociology and justice studies programs. Before coming to RIC, he taught at Morningside and Grinnell Colleges. Professor Harkness also spent three years as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Northwestern and Carnegie Mellon Universities in Doha, Qatar.

Professor Harkness’ scholarship focuses on the interactive, micro practices of group behavior and the role of stratification and inequality in shaping culture. His research examines phenomena such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, social movements, and globalization through topics that include hip hop, street gangs, sports, clothing, marriage, and popular culture. His research has been widely published by academic journals and scholarly presses. His first book, Chicago Hustle and Flow: Gangs, Gangsta Rap, and Social Class, was an ethnography that explored the relationship between rap music and street gangs in Chicago. It won the 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the Midwest Sociological Society. In 2018, Harkness became Treasurer of the Midwest Sociological Society.​

​Courses Taught

FYS 100 First Year Seminar
JSTD 466 Seminar in Justice Studies
SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 207 Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC 306 Work and Organizations
SOC 318 Law and Society
SOC 460 Senior Seminar in Sociology
SOC 504 Advanced Quantitative Analysis​

Page last updated: April 10, 2019