Research Projects


My main research activities between 2012-2014 include: (1) putting together a book manuscript on human irrationality and knowledge; (2) publishing a joint-authored book tentatively entitled In the Front Door: Improving Students’ Life Chances by Creating a College-Going Culture of Learning with Hugh Mehan (first author), Makeba Jones, and Season S. Mussey; (3) collaborating with colleague Elgin Mannion on a couple of conference papers in Economic Sociology.


Conference Papers and Presentations


Mannion, Elgin and Gordon C. Chang. 2013. “Curbing the Enthusiasm, but not the Growth:  An Examination of the Demographic, Political, and Economic Determinants of Entitlement Spending.”Midwest Sociological Society, 27-30 March 2013, Chicago, IL.


Chang, Gordon C. and Elgin Mannion. 2012. “The Symbolic Proof of Witches’ Misdemeanors: A Qualitative Study of Compact Symbolic Structures.” Midwest Sociological Society, 29 March – 1 April, 2012, Minneapolis, MN.


Mannion, Elgin and Gordon C. Chang. 2012. “Labor Market Flexibility and Economic Performance: Comparing Right-To-Work and Non-Right-to-Work States in the U.S.” Midwest Sociological Society, 29 March – 1 April, 2012, Minneapolis, MN.


Mannion, Elgin and Gordon C. Chang. 2012. “Household Economic Well-being in the Current Economic Crisis: An Assessment of the Major Indicators.” Midwest Sociological Society, 29 March – 1 April, 2012, Minneapolis, MN.


Mehan, Hugh B. and Gordon C. Chang. 2011. “Charter Schools Are Not Superman: The Possibilities and Limitations of Local Educational Control.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 20 August 2011, Las Vegas, NV.


Chang, Gordon C. 2010. “The Move toward a High-Tuition Model at the University of California: The Role of Institutional Actors.” Invited presentation at the Spencer Research Group, CREATE, 24 May 2010, UC San Diego.


Chang, Gordon C. 2009. “The Horror of Social Knowledge.” Western Illinois University, 7 December 2009, Macomb, IL.


Chang, Gordon C. and Hugh B. Mehan. 2009. “Political Threat, Risk, Cost, Benefit: Mundane Reasoning Practices in Technical Assessment.” American Sociological Association, 8-12 August 2009, San Francisco, CA.


Chang, Gordon C. and Joshua D. Shapiro. 2009. “The Problem of Meaning and the Transformation of Culture.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 8-12 August 2009, San Francisco, CA.


Chang,Gordon C. 2009. “The Social Psychology of the Global Political Order.” Chinese University of Hong Kong, 4 May 2009, Hong Kong.


Chang, Gordon C. and Hugh B. Mehan. 2008. “Discursive Construction of Political Evidence and Counterevidence: Representing the Need of the Iraq Invasion.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 1-4 August 2008, Boston, MA.


Chang, Gordon C. 2008. “The Cultural and Political Myths of Tibet in U.S.-China Relations.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 1-4 August 2008, Boston, MA.


Chang, Gordon C. and Demetrios Psihopaidas. 2007. “American Soldiers as Cultural Heroes: In the Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, 28 November - 2 December, 2007, Washington, D.C.


Chang, Gordon C. and Rachel Jacob-Almeida. 2007. “Egalitarian Discourses in Privatization: American Higher Education’s High-Tuition, High-Aid Debates.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 11-14 August 2007, New York, NY.


Chang, Gordon C. 2007. “Life as a Work of Art?: The Sociology of Art and Life-Art.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 11-14 August 2007, New York, NY.


Chang, Gordon C. 2006. “The Politics of Representation and the Integration of Qualitative Methods.” The 11th American Sociological Association Methodology Section Conference, 14 April 2006, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. 


Chang, Gordon C. and Hugh B. Mehan. 2005. “Symbolic Interaction in Public Political Discourse: Initial Construction of the War on Terror Symbolic World.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 13-16 August 2005, Philadelphia, PA.


Chang, Gordon C. and Colin Ong-Dean. 2005. “The ‘High-Fee, High-Aid’ Model of Student Finance: Consequences for Low-Income Students.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 13-16 August 2005, Philadelphia, PA.


Chang, Gordon C. and J.R. Osborn. 2004. “The Fluid Meanings of Abstraction: Higher Education and the U.S. News Rankings of Colleges.”  American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 14-17 August 2004, San Francisco, CA.


Chang, Gordon C. 2003. “Business Influence on K-12 Education: Historical Context of the Standards-Based Reform Movement.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, 16-19 August, Atlanta, GA.


Maldonado, David, Robert Rhoads, and Gordon Chang. 2002. “The Student-Initiated Retention Project: Toward a Theory of Student Self-Empowerment.” Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, 21-24 November, Sacramento, CA.


Sociology Quotes

     

        “Whatever sociology may be, it is the result of constantly asking

        the question, what is the meaning of this?” ~C. Wright Mills        


        “Forms of life are always forms of life forming.  Realities are

        always realities becoming.” ~Hugh Mehan and Houston Wood