Torlina, Jeff
Associate Professor
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Jeff Torlina

Associate Professor of Sociology

Behavioral Science Department

and Peace and Justice Studies, Gender Studies




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)

Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Case Studies of Different Viewpoints (with Michael Minch, Lynn England, David Connelly)

Recent Conference Presentations

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


"The Importance of Blue-Collar Work." Presented at the annual conference of the Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA, March 23, 2012.


“Demographic Shifts and their Impact Upon Religious Hegemony and Mechanical Solidarity in Utah County.” Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, October 30, 2010.



“The Uphill Battle of Humanist Sociology: Challenges from Outside & Inside the Discipline.”  Presentation at the annual conference of the Pacific Sociological Association in Oakland, CA, April 8, 2010.


“Understandings of Prosperity for Small Farmers: Sustainable Visions in Resistance to an Unsustainable Mass Culture.” Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Humanist Sociology in New Orleans, LA, November 13, 2009.



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


Sociology Program Coordinator

Peace and Justice Studies Executive Committee

Peace and Justice Studies Study Abroad-Northern Ireland

Interdisciplinary Studies

Ethics Across the Curriculum Faculty Advisory Committee

other department committees

Past-President, UVSC chapter of AAUP; Past-Senator, Faculty Senate; Past-Director, Gender Studies, interim 


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