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  Douglas Harper
     
  Research Fellow
Social Science Research Center, DePaul University

Email: harperd@duq.edu
Phone: (773) 325-4915

at DePaul from May 17-21, 2010
 
       
  Douglas Harper is a noted visual sociologist who has written and lectured at more than 100 academic institutions here and abroad on visual sociology and methods – the use of photographs, film and video to study society and its visual artifacts. He has contributed several texts on the topic, co-directed an ethnographic film and is founding editor of Visual Studies, the journal of the International Visual Sociology Association. Since 1995 he has been a faculty member of the sociology department at Duquesne University [Dew-KANE] in Pittsburg where he has also chaired the sociology department and been on the faculty of the Duquesne Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy.

Utilizing innovative photography and other research methods to amplify his ethnographic descriptions and sociological analyses, Harper has done photo essays such as Good Company: A Tramp Life, an acclaimed portrait of a disappearing culture of tramps riding the rails. He studied an agricultural community in upstate New York to produce the book Changing Works: Visions of Lost Agriculture, he co-directed an ethnographic film short on a rural sawmill, and he wrote the visual ethnographic text Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop. Most recently, he co-authored The Italian Way: Food and Social Life, a book on how food and food practices reflect contemporary Italy’s identity, values and family life. He’s currently working on the first book with the name “visual sociology”.

Harper received a B.A in Anthropology and Political Science from Macalester College in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brandeis University in 1976. He has taught at the University of South Florida, the State University of New York, Cornell University, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Bologna, Italy. His policy interests include urban housing, homelessness, and family and factory farming. His papers have appeared in French, Italian, Polish and German and his books have been translated and published in France and Italy.
 
   
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  Douglas Harper Events at DePaul
 
05.18.2010   5:30 pm Workshop: Visual Sociology - Part I
Location: McGowan South 103, Lincoln Park                                RSVP      Info.
 
 
05.19.2010   6:30 pm Public Lecture will be in conjunction with his newest book which he co-authored with Patrizia Fuccioli, The Italian Way: Food and Social Life, a look at how food and food practices reflect contemporary Italy’s identity, values and family life
Location: SAC 161, Lincoln Park                                                   RSVP      Info.
 
 
05.20.2010   5:30 pm Workshop: Visual Sociology - Part II
Location: McGowan South 103, Lincoln Park                                RSVP      Info.
 
   
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  Books
 
The Italian Way: Food and Social Life by Douglas Harper and Patrizia Faccioli is now available at DePaul's Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Lincoln Park.  
   
   
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