Benjamin A. Moodie

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology



Pettengill Hall,


Prof. Moodie’s research and teaching field of interests include sociology of culture, comparative sociology, theory, social movements, gender, and political sociology.

His major research to date compares the cultural impact of French and American second-wave feminism on everyday behavior and social norms. He studies long-term cultural continuity and change, especially in the ways culture shapes our most intimate sense of self. He is also interested in the methodological challenge of inferring larger cultural patterns from cultural objects. Another major research interest is in the intersection between national culture and politics in contemporary America.

Prof. Moddie has taught courses on national cultures in comparative perspective and sociological theory at the University of California, Berkeley, Bowdoin College and Colby College. At Bates, he will be teaching courses on theory, comparative sociology, macrosociology, the sociology of culture and/or political sociology.

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley; Diploma in Economics, University of Cambridge; M.Phil. in Social and Political Theory, University of Cambridge; B.A. in History, Yale University