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Donald Nielsen

Adjunct Professor of Sociology

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 305
Phone: 843.953.5768


Ph.D., Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science New School for Social Research
Dissertation: "The Sociological Theories of Henry Sumner Maine"

M.A., University of Illinois
Thesis:  "Science and Ideology in Soviet Society"

B.A., State University of New York Stony Brook

Courses Taught

  • SOCY 101:  Introductory Sociology
  • SOCY 362:  Social Change



Horrible Workers: Max Stirner, Arthur Rimbaud, Robert Johnson and the Charles Manson Circle--Studies in Moral Experience and Cultural Expression (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, An Imprint of  Rowman & Littlefield, 2005)

Three Faces of God: Society, Religion and the Categories of Totality in the Philosophy of Emile Durkheim (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1999, xvi + 268 pp.)

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

“Dostoevsky in the Mirror of Durkheim”, in Alexander Riley et. al. eds., Durkheimian Studies in the Sociology of the Arts, 2010

“The Structure of Higher Learning in Fin-de-Siecle America: Bureaucracy, Statistical Accounting, and Sociocultural Change”, Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, Vol. 7, No. 3, September 2009, pp. 77-89
“Functionalism/Neo-Functionalism” and “Social Fact”, Abridged Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (Boston: Blackwell, 2009)[Note: these are abridged versions of longer entries appearing in the full Encyclopedia of Sociology, ed. George Ritzer-see below]

“Response” (to John Galliher’s review of Horrible Workers), Contemporary Sociology, Vol.35, No.6, 2006: 644

“Functionalism/Neo-functionalism” and “Social Facts”, in George Ritzer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Sociology (Boston: Blackwell Publishers, 2006)

"Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the 'Spirit' of Capitalism as Grand Narrative: Max Weber's Philosophy of History", pp. 53-77 In William H. Swatos, Jr and Lutz Kaelber (eds.), The Protestant Ethic Turns 100 (London: Paradigm Press, 2005)

“Annales School”, “Religion in French Social Theory”, “Social Facts” three entries in George Ritzer (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Theory, 2 vols. (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publishers, 2005), pp. 12-16, 639-641,740-744

"Rationalization, Transformations of Consciousness and Intercivilizational Encounters" in Said Arjomand and Edward Tiryakian (eds.), Rethinking Civilizational Analysis (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2004)

“The Incredible Shrinking Protestant Ethic”, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 16, No. 4, Summer 2003, pp. 587-598.

“Civilizational Encounters in the Development of Early Christianity”, pp. 267-290 in Anthony Blasi, Paul-Andre Turcotte, Jean Duhaime (Eds.), Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches (Twin Oaks, CA: Altamira Press, 2002)

“How Is A History of the Sociology of Religion Possible?: Reflections on  Roberto Cipriani’s Sociology of Religion”, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 15, No. 4, Summer 2002, pp. 613-623

“Rationalization, Transformations of Consciousness and Intercivilizational Encounters: Reflections on Benjamin Nelson’s Sociology of Civilizations”, International Sociology, Vol. 16, No.3, September, 2001, pp. 406-420

"Religion, Utopia and Ideology: Reflections on the Problems of Spiritual Renaissance and Social Reconstruction in the Sociology of Karl Mannheim", Human Architecture, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2002, pp. 101-108
“Introduction to the Writings of Barrington Moore, Jr”, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society Vol. 14, No. 4, Summer 2001, pp. 683-685

“Hans H. Gerth, C. Wright Mills and the Legacy of Max Weber”, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 13, No. 4, Summer 2000, pp. 649-661

“Of Readers, Texts and Contexts: Reply to Ferrarotti and Strenski”, International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Vol. 13, No. 3, Summer 2000, pp. 567-574 (Note: response to two reviews, by Franco Ferrarotti and Ivan Strenski, of my book Three Faces of God  appearing in a review symposium in the same journal, Vol. 13, No. 1, Fall 1999, pp.125-146)

“Transformations of Society and the Sacred in Durkheim’s Religious Sociology” pp. 120-133 in Richard Fenn (ed.), Blackwell Companion to the Sociology