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Woody Doane

Associate Dean; Dept. Chair of Social Science; Professor of Sociology

Social Science, Dean's Office for Hillyer

Hillyer College
860.768.4878 Hillyer Hall 113B

PhD, University of New Hampshire

MA, University of New Hampshire

BA, New England College

Woody Doane is an associate dean, department chair, and professor of sociology. He teaches Studies in Social Problems; Sports and Society; Race, Ethnicity and Inequality; and Race and Ethnic Relations.

"I enjoy engaging with students and sharing my passion for sociology," Doane says. "In my opinion, it is extremely important for students to understand and think critically about the social world that we live in. My goal in class each day is to have students leave with new ideas, thoughts, and insights."

Doane's research interests include:

  • Racism (U.S. and global)
  • Racial discourse
  • Color-blind racial ideology
  • Whiteness

Selected Publications

“Humanist Sociology.” Chapter in The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, K. Korgen, ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017

“Beyond Color-Blindness: (RE) Theorizing Racial Ideology.” Sociological Perspectives. 2017.

“Being White, Growing Grey: The ‘Racial Career’ of a Baby Boomer.”  Chapter in Race and the Lifecourse: Readings from the Intersection of Ethnicity and Age, edited by Diditi Mitra and Joyce Weil. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014.

“Shades of Color Blindness: Rethinking Racial Ideology in the United States.” Chapter in The Colorblind Screen: Race and Television in Contemporary America, edited by Sarah Turner and Sarah Nilson, New York: New York University Press, 2014.