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Douglas Hartmann

Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

About Douglas

Hartmann’s research focuses on diversity in the United States (under the auspices of the American Mosaic Project), and on race and sport in contemporary American society. A book in progress considers the role of social interventions in sports such as “midnight basketball.” Hartmann is publisher and editor (with Christopher Uggen) of The Society, one of the largest and most active sociological websites on the internet. From 2008-2011 he was co-editor of Contexts magazine, published by the American Sociological Association to make research accessible to the broad public. Hartmann serves as a board member or consultant to a number of local and national sports agencies, as an affiliate of the National Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood and Public Policy. He has also been involved with projects to disseminate social scientific research in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.


In the News

Douglas Hartmann quoted on coded language by Veronica Stracqualursi, "Some Experts Say Trump's Tweets on LaVar Ball Could be Racially Coded" ABC News, November 23, 2017.
Douglas Hartmann quoted by A. Cleary, "Hurdles Remain to Broader Participation" Daily Nation, November 3, 2017.
Douglas Hartmann's research on "UMN Expert: Current Blur Between Politics and Sports is Unprecedented," University of Minnesota News, September 27, 2017.
"Beijing 2008: Olympic Nationalism and the Ironies of Gender," Douglas Hartmann, Tucker Center Newsletter, November 15, 2008.
"Modern China Prepares for Its World Premiere," Douglas Hartmann (with Chris Isett), St. Paul Pioneer Press, August 29, 2007.
"U.S. Upbeat on Diversity, but Not on Atheists," Douglas Hartmann (with Penny Edgell and Joseph Gerteis), St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 9, 2006.
"Does Class Still Matter in America?," Douglas Hartmann (with Teresa Swartz), St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 19, 2005.


"An Empirical Assessment of Whiteness Theory: Hidden from How Many?" (with Joseph Gerteis and Paul Croll). Social Problems 56, no. 3 (2009): 403-424.

Using new, nationally representative survey data, finds that white Americans are not as unaware of the privileges associated with whiteness as the scholarly literature might imply.

Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World (with Stephen Cornell) (Pine Forge Press, 2007).
Provides a general, widely-cited overview of sociological research and thought on race and identity in contemporary societies.
"Diversity in Everyday Discourse: The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of ‘Happy Talk’" (with Joyce M. Bell). American Sociological Review 72, no. 6 (2007): 895-914.
Uses interviews with respondents in four major metropolitan areas to explore how Americans understand the meaning of “diversity” in everyday life.
"Bound by Blackness or Above It? Michael Jordan and the Paradoxes of Post-Civil Rights American Race Relations" in Out of the Shadows: A Biographical History of African American Athletes, edited by David K. Wiggins (University of Arkansas Press, 2006), 301-324.
Illustrates the contradictions of blackness in contemporary American culture through a study of Michael Jordan’s career and his marketing activities.
"Atheists as ‘Other’: Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in America" (with Penny Edgell and Joseph Gerteis). American Sociological Review 71, no. 2 (2006): 211-234.
Shows that atheists are the most distrusted of minority groups in the contemporary United States.
Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath (University of Chicago Press, 2003).
Analyzes the history and reform consequences of the protest movement that gave rise to one of the most iconic sports images in American and Olympic history.