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Douglas V. Porpora, PhD

Professor of Sociology

Douglas Porpora, PhD

Office: PSA 215
Phone: 215.895.2404
Email: porporad@drexel.edu


Education

  • PhD, Sociology, Temple University, 1982

Research and Teaching Interests

  • War, Genocide, Torture, and Human Rights
  • Macro-Moral Reasoning in Public Sphere Debate
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Moral and Political Communication
  • Religion

Biography

Douglas Porpora is professor of sociology in the Department of Culture and Communication. He has published widely on social theory. Among his books are The Concept of Social Structure (Greenwood 1987), How Holocausts Happen: The United States in Central America (Temple 1992) and Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life (Oxford 2001).


Selected Publications

  • Post-Ethical Society: The Iraq War, Abu Ghraib, and the Moral Failure of the Secular. Douglas Porpora, Alexander Nikolaev, Julia Hagemann, and Alexander Jenkins. Forthcoming, University of Chicago Press.
  • Douglas Porpora (2013) “How Many Thoughts Are There? Or Why We Likely Have No Tegmark Duplicates 1010^115 meters Away.” Philosophical Studies 163:133–149.
  • Tyson Mitman, Alexander Nikolaev and Douglas Porpora (2012) “The Critical Moral Voice on U.S. Newspaper Opinion Pages” Communication, Culture, and Critique 5 (3): 392-408.
  • Alexander Jenkins, Alexander Nikolaev, and Douglas Porpora (2012) “Moral Reasoning and the Online Debate about Iraq” Political Communication 29:1, 44-63.
  • Magali Sarfatti Larson and Douglas Porpora (2011) “The Resistible Rise of Sarah Palin” in Sociological Forum 26 (4): 754-778.
  • Douglas Porpora (2011) “Critical Terrorism Studies: A Political Economic Approach Grounded in Critical Realism.” Critical Studies on Terrorism 4 (1): 39-56.
  • Douglas Porpora, Alexander Nikolaev, and Julia Hagemann. Torture, Abuse, Frames, and the Washington Post. Journal of Communication. 60(2): 254-270, June 2010.
  • Talking War: How Elite U.S. Newspaper Editorials and Opinion Pieces Debated the Attack on Iraq. With Alexander Nikolaev. Sociological Focus. 40 (1): 6-25, 2007.
  • Methodological Atheism, Methodological Agnosticism, and Religious Experience. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. 36 (1): 57-75, 2006.
  • Transcendence: Critical Realism and God. With Margaret Archer and Andrew Collier. London: Routledge. 2004.
  • Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life. New York: Oxford University Press. 2001.
  • How Holocausts Happen: The United States in Central America. Philadelphia: Temple University. 1990.
  • The Concept of Social Structure. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 1987.