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Steve Derné

Professor of Sociology
Bailey Hall 243
(585) 245-6203
Steve Derné

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

For more information, visit Steve Derné's Curriculum Vitae.

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  • Dr. Derne is on sabbatical for the academic year 2021-2022

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


  • Derné, Steve. 2017. "Sociology of Well-Being. Lessons From India." Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd

  • Derné, Steve. 2008. "Globalization on the Ground. Media and the Transformation of Culture, Class, and Gender in India." Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd

  • Derné, Steve. 2000. "Movies, Masculinity, and Modernity: An Ethnography of Men's Film going in India." Greenwood Press

  • Derné, Steve. 1995. "Culture in Action: Family Life, Emotion, and Male Dominance in Banaras, India." SUNY Press


  • Well Being
  • Mystic Experiences, Peak Experiences & Supernatural Encounters
  • Religion
  • Emotion
  • India
  • Himalayan Cultures
  • Burma
  • Pacific Islands
  • Globalization
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Gender


  • SOCL 240: S/Sociology of Religion

    This course examines the relationship between religion and society and between religion and individual experiences. 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, like economy, politics and family; examination of religious change, and consideration of the interaction between religion and psyche, religion and socialization, and religion and inequality.

  • SOCL 365: Contemp Sociological Theory

    The course introduces students to the main traditions in sociological theory that developed in the 20th century. Students will evaluate functionalist theory, conflict theories, and microsociological theories.

  • SOCL 476: Sr Cap: Sociology of Wonder

    This course may be taken to meet the senior capstone requirement in Sociology. It is an intensive study of a topic in sociology not covered in depth in other courses, or alter-natively, an attempt to integrate two or more paradigms or converging perspectives in the field to be studied. Students are expected to produce a research paper and present findings.