Department of Sociology/Anthropology

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837

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Ph.D.University of California, San Diego, June 2000

Thesis title : “In Pursuit of the Sacred: The Durkheimian Sociologists of Religion and the Modern Intellectual"

Advisor : Dr. Harvey Goldman


Un ethnologue dans les tranchées. Lettres de Robert Hertz à sa femme Alice (août 1914-avril 1915) , Alexander Riley and Philippe Besnard (eds.),Paris: Éditions CNRS, 2002

G:\Production Editors' Live Files (All PEs)\Ian\Geog, Politics,Sociology\Smith\latest cover designs\13.jpg Cultural Theory: An Introduction, second edition, with Philip Smith, Blackwell, 2008

SaintsSaints, Heroes, Myths, and Rites: Classical Durkheimian Studies of Religion and Society, edited with Sarah Daynes and Cyril Isnart, Paradigm, 2009

GodlessGodless Intellectuals?: The Intellectual Pursuit of the Sacred Reinvented, Berghahn Books, 2010 (paperback 2012)

Impure PlayImpure Play: Sacredness, Transgression, and the Tragic in Popular Culture, Lexington Books, 2010 (paperback edition 2012)

Durkheim, Durkheimians, and the ArtsDurkheim, the Durkheimians, and the Arts, Berghahn Books, 2012, edited with Willie Watts Miller and W.S.F. Pickering

social thought of Emile DurkheimThe Social Thought of Emile Durkheim, SAGE, 2014

Angel PatriotsAngel Patriots:  The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America, 2015, New York University Press


“The Intellectual and Political Project of Robert Hertz: The Making of a Peculiar Durkheimian Intellectual, as seen through Selected Correspondence with Pierre Roussel," Durkheimian Studies, vol. 5, n.s., 1999:29-59

"Whence Durkheim's Nietzschean Grandchildren?: A Closer Look at Robert Hertz's Place in the Durkheimian Genealogy," Archives européenes de sociologie/European Journal of Sociology, 40:2, 1999:110-137  

“Ethnologie d'un anthropologue. À propos de la correspondance de Robert Hertz," Gradhiva, 30/31, 2001/2002:122-134

"Durkheim contra Bergson? The Hidden Roots of Postmodern Theory and the Postmodern 'Return' of the Sacred, "Sociological Perspectives, 45:3, 2002:243-265  

"The Sacred Calling of Intellectual Labor in Mystic and Ascetic Durkheimianism," Archives européenes de sociologie/European Journal of Sociology, 42:2, 2002:354-385

“Crisis, Habitus, and Intellectual Trajectory,” Revue européene des sciences sociales, XLII , no. 129, 2004 :307-314

"'Renegade Durkheimianism' and the Transgressive/Left Sacred," in Jeffrey Alexander and Philip Smith, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Durkheim, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005:274-301

“The Theory of Play/Games and Sacrality in Popular Culture: The Relevance of Roger Caillois for Contemporary Neo-Durkheimian Cultural Theory,” Durkheimian Studies, vol. 11, n.s., 2005:103-114  

"The Rebirth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Hip Hop: Some Suggestions for a Cultural Sociology of Gangsta Rap Music,” Journal of Youth Studies 8:3, September 2005:297-311

"In the Trenches of the War Between Sociology and Literature: Exploring the Scandalous Sociology of Modernity in the Novels of Michel Houellebecq," International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 43:1, April 2006:105-124

“Notes on the Role of Images and the Social Imaginary in the Construction of Narratives Concerning the Crash of United Airlines Flight 93,” Visual Studies, 23:1, April 2008:4-19 

“Ethnography of the Ek-Static Experience: Poésie auto-socioanalytique in the work of Michel Leiris,” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, May 2014:1-25

“Flags, Totem Bodies, and the Meanings of 9/11: A Durkheimian Tour of a September 11th Ceremony at the Flight 93 Chapel,” Canadian Journal of Sociology, 39:4, 2015:719-740