Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Memphis
Clement Hall, Room 305
Memphis TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-3031
Fax: (901) 678-2525
Dr. Seth Abrutyn is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the
University of California-Riverside in 2009 and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate
at the Institute for Research on World-Systems at UC Riverside from 2009 to the spring
of 2011. His areas of interest include General Sociological Theory, Human Social Institutions,
the Sociology of Religion, Evolutionary Sociology, and Historical-Comparative Sociology.
Dr. Abrutyn's current efforts are directed towards (1) examining and explaining the
emergent dynamics and properties of macro-institutional domains, (2) linking meso-level
(or organizational level) forces with macro-structural changes, and (3) producing
a synthetic, explanatory theory of sociocultural evolution. His recent work has appeared
in Social Forces, Sociological Theory, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Sociological Perspectives.
Besides these larger theoretical issues, Dr. Abrutyn is interested in the contemporary
American Jewish community and the assimilatory pressures it faces from the broader
civil society, how religious identities are constructed, maintained, adjusted, and
lost, and finally, the way religion and polity complement and contradict each other
in U.S. society.
Dr. Abrutyn is teaching a graduate seminar this fall, Globalization and Social Change, and an undergraduate course in the spring: Contemporary Sociological Theories. He previously taught Social Psychology, Human Social Institutions, Human Societies, Sociology of Religion,
Sociology of Education, Sociology of the Family, and Socialization and Personality.