BA: University of Minnesota, Sociology, American Studies
MA: California State University, Northridge, Sociology
Areas of specialization: social theory, methodology, the history of sociology, political sociology, cultural sociology
Ian Mullins researches conservative politics and the history of social science as it relates to issues of method and theory. He is currently working on three projects: a long-term ethnographic study of conservative and libertarian political organizations in Orange County and San Diego; a case study of political scientists who have begun presenting evidence from FMRI scans and gene sequencing technologies in order to explain the “biological determinants” of conservatism; and a historical account of how sociological ethnographers have deployed pseudonyms over the past 100 years and how those practices relate to the types of explanation they provide.
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