Torlina, Jeff
Associate Professor
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Jeff Torlina

Associate Professor of Sociology

Behavioral Science Department




Ph.D., Sociology (2003) University at Albany, State University of New York.

    dissertation title: “The Meaning of Work for Working Class Men: Recasting the Image of Blue-Collar Work”

BA, Sociology (1988) Oakland University , Rochester, Michigan

AA, Liberal Arts (1986) Oakland Community College , Bloomfield  Hills, Michigan


  Stratification, Work and Occupations, Political Economy


Contemporary or Classical Social Theory (SOC3000/SOC3310 each semester), Introduction to Sociology (SOC1010 each semester), Political Sociology (SOC3460 every fall), Sociology of Work and Occupations (SOC3451 every other spring), Social Movements (SOC4400 every other spring), Sociology of Education (SOC3430 every other fall), Peace and Justice Studies (PJST3000 every spring), Rural Sociology (every other fall).

Professional Affiliations

Association for Humanist Sociology

Peace and Justice Studies Association  

Pacific Sociological Association

Rural Sociological Society


Current Research

Small Farms, Agriculture Policy, and the Experience of Small Family Farmers (on-going)

The Crandall Canyon Coal Mine Disaster: Community Voices, and Alternative Definitions (with Lynn England)


Recent Conference Presentations


“The Hidden Injuries of The Hidden Injuries of Class” Presented at the annual conference of the Working  Class Studies Association in Washington, DC, May 29, 2015.


“Working Class Interpretations of the American Dream” Presented at the annual conference of the Pacific Sociological Association in Long Beach, CA, April 3, 2015.



"Education, Religious Fundamentalism, and Corporate Ideology” Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Washington, DC, October 11, 2013.

“Community Responses to the Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster: Claiming Power and Defining Events” Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Nashville, TN, November 8, 2012.


Publication ~ book:

Torlina, Jeff. 2011. Working Class: Challenging Myths About Blue-Collar Labor. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.


Fall Teaching Schedule

Tuesday / Thursday

Introduction to Sociology  10:00--11:15  LA 101               SOC 1010-1 (15129)

Sociology of Education  11:15--12:45  CB 412                  SOC 3430-1 (26388)

Political Sociology  1:00--2:15  CB 415                              SOC 3460-1 (12432)

Classical Social Theory  2:30--3:45  CB 415                      SOC 3310-1 (24007)

Office Hours

4:00--5:00 and by appointment  CB 210E