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

Working Class Studies Association

Association for Humanist Sociology

Peace and Justice Studies Association  

Pacific Sociological Association

Rural Sociological Society


Current Research

Aspirations of Young, First-Generation College Students (understanding values, identity, and success amoung young working class adults)

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

"A Conversation on Class, Work, Values, and Identity" Presented at the annual conference of the Working Class Studies Association in Stony Brook, NY on June 9-11, 2016

"Cooptation of Ag Institutions by Agribusiness" Presented at the annual conference of the Rural Sociological Society in Toronto, Ontario on August 7-10, 2016

"Reforming the American Dream at the Grassroots" Presented at the annual conference of the Pacific Sociological Society in Oakland, CA on March 30, 2016

"The Local Food Movement" Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Portland, OR, October 24, 2015

“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.

Publications ~ book:

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

Book Chapter:

Torlina, Jeff. 2015. "Working Class" in Sociology and Your World: How Culture Designs Power and Privledge in Our Everyday Lives, edited by Dawn Tawwater. San Diego: Cognella.

Book Under Contract:

Torlina, Jeff. forthcoming. The Corporate Agriculture Regime and the Reistance of Small-Scale Family Farmers. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Fall Teaching Schedule

Tuesday / Thursday

Contemporary Social Theory  8:30--9:45 a.m.  LA 110          SOC 3000 (24355)

Intro to Peace and Justice Studies  10:00--11:15 LA 104       PJST 3000 (16713)

Introduction to Sociology  11:30--12:45  CB 101                     SOC 1010-2 (26530)

Rural Life: Global and Local  1:00--2:15  SC 218                    SOC 3850 (27485)

Office Hours

2:30--4:00 and by appointment  CB 210E