Office Hours

  • Tues  11:20-11:50am and 2:20-3:50pm
  • Thurs 11:20-11:50am and 2:20-2:50pm
  • and by appointment


  • Well Being
  • Hauntings, the Supernatural & Nonordinary Experiences
  • Religion
  • Emotion
  • India
  • Himalayan Cultures
  • Burma
  • Pacific Islands
  • Globalization
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Gender

Steve Derne

Professor of


Sturges 123c
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Steve Derne has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1993.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Derne, Steve. 2008. "Globalization on the Ground. New Media and the Transformation of Culture, Class, and Gender in India." Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd
  • Derne, Steve. 2000. "Movies, Masculinity, and Modernity: An Ethnography of Men's Filmgoing in India." Greenwood Press
  • Derne, Steve. 1995. "Culture in Action:Family Life, Emotion, and Male Dominance in Banaras, India." SUNY Press
My Classes

INTD 105:
Writing Seminar:

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    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations. Required of all freshmen. Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to freshmen.

SOCL 240:
S/Sociology of Religion

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    This course examines the relationship between religion and society. Topics include theoretical explorations into nature, origins, and functions of religion; interpretations of the place of religion and ritual in social life; analyses of interaction between religion and other institutions of society, especially economics and politics; and examination of religious change, conflicts over religion, and social movements that have religious bases. Offered every year

SOCL 358:
Sociology of Emotions

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    This course examines how emotions and emotional culture are an important influence on social behavior, how social institutions shape human emotions, how emotions vary historically and cross-culturally, and how particular emotional norms disadvantage particular categories of people. Prerequisites: Any 100-level Sociology course or permission of instructor. Offered every year