Dr. Randolph Hohle Jr.

  Dr. Randolph Hohle Jr.

Dr. Randolph Hohle Jr.

Associate Professor (Chair)

Thompson Hall W363


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Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY


Randolph Hohle grew up in Buffalo, New York during the 1980s and 1990s, at the pinnacle of the city’s decline. The city lost population as factories shuttered, white flight amplified existing racial inequalities, and Norwood kicked the ball wide right. It’s not surprising he became a sociologist. He studies the importance of culture and political economy, particularly the ways that race and racism are connected to where we live, where we go to school, where we work, and what it means to be a citizen. He has made important theoretical contributions to the study of embodiment and social movements, and empirical contributions on the relationship between racism and neoliberalism.

His current research project looks at how ordinary citizens in the Rust Belt have contributed to urban development.

Teaching Interests

Soc 116 Introduction to Sociology
Soc 300 Research Methods
Soc 324 City and Community
Soc 340 Medical Sociology
Soc 380 Sociological Theory

Research Interests

Racism and Neoliberalism; Urban Development in the Rust Belt; Embodiment and Citizenship; Political Economy and Culture

Current Research

  • Rusty Gardens: Stigma and the Making of a Place Reputation in Buffalo, New York

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Unruly Bodies: Figurative Violence and the State's Response to the Black Panther Party," The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology Body and Embodiment (2021).
  • "The New Urban Sociology, 6th Edition," Routledge (2019).
  • "Racism in the Neoliberal Era: A Meta History of Elite White Power," Routledge (2018).
  • "Race and the Origins of American Neoliberalism," Routledge (2015).
  • "Black Citizenship and Authenticity in the Civil Rights Movement. ," Routledge (2013).
  • "The Color of Neoliberalism: The ‘Modern Southern Businessman’ and Post-War Alabama’s Challenge to Racial Desegregation," Sociological Forum (2012).
  • "Politics, Social Movements and the Body," Sociology Compass (2010).
  • "The Body and Citizenship in Social Movement Research: Embodied Performances and the Deracialized Self in the Black Civil Rights Movement 1961-196," The Sociological Quarterly (2009).
  • "The Rise of the New South Governmentality: Competing Southern Revitalization Projects and Police Responses to the Black Civil Rights Movement 1961-1965," Journal of Historical Sociology (2009).

Media Contributions

  • Al Jazeera (2021).