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Department of Sociology & Criminology


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Michael Rosenbaum

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Michael  Rosenbaum

Assistant Professor
Sturm Hall 417
Phone: 303-871-6598
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areas of expertise/research interests

Community and Urban Sociology; Consumers and Consumption; Symbolic Interaction; Place; Serious Leisure; Qualitative Research Methods

professional biography

Michael S. Rosenbaum, Assistant Professor, received his PhD in Sociology from Indiana University. Dr. Rosenbaum's research and teaching interests include community and urban sociology, consumers and consumption, symbolic interaction, serious leisure, and qualitative research methods. His research focuses on the roles that consumption, place, and material culture play in the social construction of identity and community. His current research investigates the role that professional baseball plays in the generation, maintenance, and articulation of urban identity and community in Denver. Dr. Rosenbaum teaches Self and Society, Urban Sociology, American Communities, Qualitative Research Methods, and Understanding Social Life, as well as a first-year seminar—Social Problems through Cinema.


PhD  Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2007
MA   Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2002
BA    Sociology, Tulane University, 1999

selected publications

"Maintaining the Trail: Collective Action in a Serious-Leisure Community." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 42(6): 639-667.

"Social Status, Values, and American Support for Reform in Education," with Joshua Klugman, Pamela Walters, and Jenny M. Stuber. The Social Science Journal 48(4): 722-734.

"Nice to Know You? Testing Contact, Cultural, and Group Threat Theories of Anti-Black and Anti-Hispanic Stereotypes," with Jeffrey C. Dixon. Social Science Quarterly 85(2): 257-280.