Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Joseph A Scimecca

Joseph A Scimecca

Joseph A Scimecca

Professor

Sociology: Humanist sociological theory, the sociology of higher education, and the intersection of social science and religion

A transplanted New Yorker, Joseph Scimecca received his B.A. in political science from Hunter College - CUNY; and his M.A. and Ph.D in sociology from New York University. Before coming to George Mason University, as chair of the department in 1977, he previously taught at St. John's University, Upsala College, the University of Maine, and SUNY-Albany. He served as Chair of the department at George Mason from 1977 to 1987, Director of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution from 1987 to 1990, and again as Chair from 1997 to 2002. His research interests are in humanist sociological theory, the sociology of higher education, and the intersection of social science and religion.

Major publications include:

CRISIS AT ST. JOHN'S: STRIKE AND REVOLUTION ON THE CATHOLIC CAMPUS (Random House);

THE SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY OF C. WRIGHT MILLS (Kennikat Press);

EDUCATION AND SOCIETY (Holt, Rinehart);

SOCIOLOGY: ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION (Kendall-Hall);

CONFLICT RESOLUTION: CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES (Greenwood Press);

SOCIETY AND FREEDOM: AN INTRODUCTION TO HUMANIST SOCIOLOGY (Nelson-Hall);

CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY: REDISCOVERING THE LOST PROMISE OF SOCIOLOGY (Thompson).

 

He is a past President of the Association of Humanist Sociologists, and the recipient of the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award at the University of Maine.

Dissertations Supervised

Russell M. Carter, A Comparative Study of Attitudes, Perception, Satisfaction of Faculty at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and George Mason University (GMU) (2013)

Naliyah Kaya, Pen-Full Resistance: Poetry, Power, and Persona (2015)