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Douglas Porpora, PhD

Director, Graduate Programs in Communication, Culture & Media, Professor, Department of Sociology

College of Arts and Sciences






Porpora is a 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 1980), 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). Porpora’s new book, Public Debate in Post-Ethical Society: The Attack on Iraq, Abu Ghraib, and the Moral Failure of the Secular, was released from University of Chicago Press in 2013.

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In the News

  • Vatican observers look for thaw between Pope Francis, U.S. nuns

    Douglas Porpora, PhD, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about a possible thaw in relations between nuns and the Vatican on Dec. 28 that was picked up by the Sacramento Bee, the Orlando Sentinel, the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and a number of other outlets.

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