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Neil Gong

Assistant Professor

Neil Gong received his B.A. from New York University and his Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA. His research uses diverse empirical cases to study power and social control in modernity, with a particular focus on understanding American liberalism and libertarianism. To this end, he has investigated civil liberties dilemmas in psychiatric care and the maintenance of social order in a “no rules” fight club.


Articles from these projects appear in such journals as American Sociological ReviewTheory and Society, and Social Problems. He is co-editor (with Corey Abramson) of Beyond the Case: The Logics and Practices of Comparative Ethnography (Oxford University Press 2020).