Daniel G. Renfrow
"The role of professor is not to act as gatekeeper of knowledge. My role is to model to students how to ask important questions about our shared human experience, and then how to interrogate these questions in a meaningful way. Sociology becomes a central part of the liberal arts experience because, at its core, it teaches us to think differently about our everyday experiences, forces us to confront the structures that influence our life chances, and challenges us to make enduring social change."
Professor Renfrow has always been intrigued with the unexamined, taken-for-granted rules which shape our everyday lives. His research explores the social psychological underpinnings of inequalities embedded within patriarchal, heteronormative, and anthropocentric practices. His research agenda joins efforts of other scholars committed to the integration of social psychological theories to bridge the micro-macro gap. Social justice and social change are salient concerns in both Professor Renfrow's teaching and scholarship. He is concerned not only with understanding social processes but also with exploring how we may use our social psychological knowledge to interrupt social inequalities where they exist.
1999 B.A. Eastern Kentucky University, Sociology (summa cum laude)
2002 M.A. University of Washington, Sociology
2005 Ph.D. University of Washington, Sociology
Renfrow, Daniel G. and Dylan Bruce*. Forthcoming. "Premarital Sex." Entry in the Encyclopedia of Social Deviance. Edited by Craig Forsyth and Heith Copes. NY: Sage.
Howard, Judith A. and Daniel G. Renfrow. 2013. "Intersectionality." Chapter 6 in Handbook of the Social Psychology of Inequality. Edited by Jane McLeod, Edward Lawler and Michael Schwalbe. NY: Kluwer-Plenum.
Renfrow, Daniel G. and Judith A. Howard. 2012. "Social Psychology of Gender and Race." Chapter 19 in Handbook of Social Psychology, 2nd ed. Edited by John D. DeLamater and Amanda Ward. NY: Kluwer-Plenum.
Hollander, Jocelyn A., Daniel G. Renfrow, and Judith A. Howard. 2011. Gendered Situations, Gendered Selves: A Gender Lens on Social Psychology, 2ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Manuscripts in Progress
Elisabeth Rollo* and Daniel G. Renfrow. "The Presentation of Gendered and Sexual Selves: Sexting on Campus."
Renfrow, Daniel G., Chris Guard*, and Paul LePore. "When Celebration Turns to Tragedy: (Re) Defining the Situation When Fans Rush the Field."
*Wells College student or alumnae/i
- Principles of Sociology
- Humans, Animals, and Interaction
- Men and Masculinities
- Introduction to Sociological Theory
- Research Methods in the Social Sciences
- Families and Intimate Relationships
- Urban Sociology
- Senior Research Seminar
- Sociology Internship
- Independent Study in Sociology
- Tutorial: Sociology of the Paranormal
- First Year Writing Seminar: Queer Representations in American Cinema