University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology Professor Daniel Krymkowski to Deliver Full Professor Lecture

 "Data Analysis Without Theory Is Not Science"

Date:  Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time:  4:00 p.m.
Location:  Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building
Information:  656-3166

In his classic book, The Sociological Imagination, C. Wright Mills coined the phrase "abstracted empiricism" to describe research in the social sciences that failed to address important theoretical issues.  Although it has been more than half a century since this book was published, far too much current research remains in this category.  Professor Krymkowski will critique modern examples of "abstracted empiricism." discuss how social scientific investigations should be conducted, and provide an illustration of such research from his current work on ethnic and racial differences in outdoor recreation. 

This lecture will be non-technical and accessible to all colleagues and students. 

Daniel H. Krymkowski, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology, is a mathematical sociologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Krymkowski's current research focuses on class, ethnic, gender, and racial inequality in the contemporary United States.  Recently published articles feature collaborative work with Professor Beth Mintz in the Department of Sociology and Professor Robert Manning in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.  These papers have appeared in Evaluation Review, International Journal of Sociology, Leisure Sciences, Race and Social Problems, Research on Social Stratification and Mobility, and The Sociological Quarterly.

A recording of the lecture will be made available soon at the online media blog and eventually at the College of Arts and Sciences website.

The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to give newly promoted faculty an opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of research or overview of research trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has resulted in their achieving full professor rank.  The next lecture in this series will be presented by Dona Brown (Department of History).