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Robert Spiegelman


Office: Dealy 408B
Phone: 718-817-3831
Fax: 718-817-3846


BA in Philosophy, Queens College City University of New York
MA in Philosophy, University of Michigan
PhD in Sociology, City University of New York

Research Interests

Historical Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Communications Media and Cinema Studies; Social Theory; Indigenous Perspectives; Race and Minority Perspectives


“Full Circle: History and Nature in the Syracuse/Onondaga Region.” Fall 2009.

“From Laois to America & Back: A Transnational Bonanza of One’s Own.”Laois Heritage Journal, 2008.

“The Adairs of Donegal: Towards a Transatlantic Game Plan,” Parts1 & 2. Donegal Annual 2007 and 2008

“’In Memoriam’: From Landscapes of Martyrdom to Sites of Conscience.” Proceedings of the Northeastern Native Peoples & The American Revolutionary Era. By Meshantucket Pequot Museum, 2008.

“In Sullivan-Clinton’s Wake: What’s Remembered and What’s Forgotten, or How and Why Its Scholarship Still Matters,” Chemung Historical Journal, A 4-Part Series, December 2004-June 2005.

“George Seldes: Memory and the Cold War.” LOOT Magazine, June 1990.

“Bleak Houses: Or How Murder Becomes A Mystery: An Interview with Director Alan Francovich.” International Documentary, Fall 1989.

“Hotel Terminus: Ophuls’ Cinema of Discovery.” International Documentary, Spring 1989.

“Media Manipulation of the Movement.” Social Policy, Summer 1982. Reviewed by the Columbia Journalism Review, Fall, 1982.

A Methodology of Reading Social Theory: A Case Study of Marx, Abundance and Scarcity. PhD Dissertation. City University of New York, 1982.

Staked Plains, Shattered Hearths: A Gilded Age Tale, Then & Now. In-progress, expected 2015/16.

Fields of Fire: Scorching Mother Earth, Then & Now. In-progress, expected 2015/16.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology; Sociological Theory; Sociology of Sports; Modern American Social Movements; Sociology of Media; Race/Social Construct; Environment Technology and Society; Summer Film Series (Fordham: College @ 60)