Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Primary Academic Program: Sociology
Biography:Cary Beckwith’s research and teaching interests include economic life, gender, morality, theory, interactions, and ethnography. His current project, an ethnographic study of the migrant workforce powering North Dakota’s shale oil boom, investigates the moral worldviews of a population that has restricted social networks, few ties to local institutions, and few local commitments beyond their employment. A previous project looked at how social status shapes the distribution of “we-feeling,” or a sense of belonging, within naturally occurring communities. Recent publications include “Who Belongs? How Status Influences the Experience of Gemeinschaft,” Social Psychology Quarterly 82 (2019) and “Of Mosques and Men,” New Republic (2016). Professor Beckwith is the recipient of numerous academic and research fellowships and grants from Princeton and Amherst. He previously served as an instructor at George Mason University Honors College and in New York and New Jersey state prisons with the Bard Prison Initiative, NJ-STEP Program, and Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative.
BA, philosophy, Amherst College; MA, PhD, sociology, Princeton University. At Bard: Spring 2021.