B. P. Bryson    
     James Madison University, sociology    

B. P. Bryson, assoc prof of sociology
Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology
MSC 7501, James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

brysonbp at jmu dot edu


  • Feb. 9 - Seniors take assessments.
  • Feb. 15 - Foundation Award Deadline.
  • Mar. 18 - Deadline for Dept. Symposium.

  • Publications (Some that are vaguely available)

  • forthcoming. "Symbolic Boundaries" in Sage Handbook of Cultural Sociology, edited by David Inglis and Anna-Mari Almila. London: Sage.
  • 2014. "Own It! Constructions of Masculinity and Heterosexuality on Reality Makeover Television." Cultural Sociology. 8(3):258-274. with Alexander K. Davis and Laura E. Rogers.
  • 2010. "Conquering Stereotypes in Research on Race and Gender." Sociological Forum 25(1):161-166. with Alexander K. Davis.
  • 2005. Making Multiculturalism: Boundaries and Meaning in US English Departments. Stanford University Press. 2005.
  • 2001. "Opinion Polarization." with Paul DiMaggio and John Evans, American Journal of Sociology.
  • 1999. "Multiculturalism as a Moving Moral Boundary: Literature Professors Redefine Racism." in Michele Lamont's (ed.), The Cultural Territories of Race: Black and White Boundaries. University of Chicago Press. (in "the pink book")
  • 1996." 'Anything but Heavy Metal': Symbolic Exclusion and Musical Dislikes." American Sociological Review.
  • 1996. "Have Americans' Social Attitudes Become More Polarized?" with Paul DiMaggio and John Evans. American Journal of Sociology.

  • Resources for Undergraduates

    General Resources:

  • Department Facebook Page
  • JMU Soc Club Facebook Page
  • JMU Sociology
  • For JMU Sociology Majors
  • Honors thesis info
  • Honors Program Tracks
  • Thinking about Graduate School? Read this and abandon your plan, or see an advisor immediately.
  • Preparing for grad school Get one or more advisors!
  • GREs for grad school
  • JStor Article Search
  • GSS - General Social Survey - Well-Prepped Data
  • Data Search - ICPSR at Michigan
    - but better data is out in the world -- on and off the internet.
  • American Sociological Association

    JMU Conferences & Funding:

  • Mad Rush Late March
  • Department Symposium
  • Department Awards ($500-$2,000, and always lots of honor).
  • AKD, the US undergraduate sociology honor society has money for travel to regional conferences.

    Publication Outlets for Undergraduates:

  • Sociological Inquiry: AKD Journal of the Soc Honor Society
  • JMUR - James Madison Undergraduate Research
  • Penn State Berks Journal
  • Council on Undergraduate Research Publication Outlet List
  • Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography
  • Internship and Service Learning Opportunities:

  • JMU Center for Service Learning
  • Intern Match
  • Project Grows - See Dr. Porter
  • GO ECO Internships in the Humanities & Social Sciences
  • City Internships
  • Study abroad is highly recommended if you can afford it, and if you think you can't, consider a Spring Break trip with scholarships. There are some right here in anthropology.
  • Most every national non-profit or foundation has competitive internships available on their websites.
  • Most job databases (below), such as idealist, have an internship section.
  • Internships Dot Com
  • But do everything you can to build a network and use that as a resource for internships and jobs. Join professional associations, volunteer, give, and showcase your skills.

    Job Databases:

  • Idealist Careers
  • Common Good Careers
  • The Foundation Center
  • Bridgespan
  • The Non-Profit Times
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Grassroots Campaigns
  • Riley Guide Subfields
  • Go Government
  • USA Jobs
  • College Grad
  • Academy Health
  • Social Service Dot Com

    After-Graduation Experiences:

  • Peace Corps
  • Teach For America
  • AmeriCorps
  • City Year

    Published by bpb Jan. 15, 2016,
    but that doesn't mean anything here is up-to-date.
    brysonbp at jmu dot ed
    800 S. Main St., MSC 7501
    Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807