About George Psathas

Current Positions

  • Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology, Boston University (appointed Professor in 1968; Emeritus 1997)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Bentley University, Waltham, MA
  • Editor-in-Chief, Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences (founder and editor-in-chief since 1978)

Education and Training

  • B.A., 1950 Yale University, Department Honors in Sociology
  • Summer Session in European History, 1950, Oxford University, England
  • M.A., 1951, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Sociology)
  • Ph.D., 1956, Yale University, New Haven, CT (Sociology)
  • Intern, Summer, 1962, National Training Laboratories, Bethel, Maine
  • Workshop in Phenomenology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1967
  • New England School of Photography, Boston, MA 1978-79. Diploma awarded 1979

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Courses Taught

  • Phenomenological sociology
  • Ethnomethodology
  • Social interaction
  • Symbolic interaction
  • Individual and society
  • Sociology of mental health
  • Visual sociology
  • Field research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Conversation analysis
  • Self and society
  • Sociology of disability and handicap
  • Film and society
  • Sociology of communication and media

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Awards

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, 1961-62, National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Social Relations, Harvard University
  • Science Faculty Professional Development Award, NSF, 1978-79.
  • Fulbright Grant, 1982 (to lecture and research in Greece and Turkey)
  • British Academy, 1995-96 (for research in Great Britain)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Section, American Sociological Association, 2009

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Listed in

  • Who's Who in the World, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010
  • Outstanding People of the 20th Century, First Edition 1999
  • 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 1st Edition, 2001
  • Dictionary of International Biography, 30th edition, 2003
  • Who's Who in America, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004 (59th Edition), 2005
  • Who's Who in American Education, 4th Edition, 1994-95; 2003, 2006
  • Who's Who in the East, 15th Edition 1975; 27th Edition, 1997

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