Daniel G. Renfrow

Associate Professor of Sociology
"The role of professor is not to act as gatekeeper of knowledge. My role is to model to students how to ask important questions about our shared human experience, and then how to interrogate these questions in a meaningful way. Sociology becomes a central part of the liberal arts experience because, at its core, it teaches us to think differently about our everyday experiences, forces us to confront the structures that influence our life chances, and challenges us to make enduring social change."
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Professor Renfrow is intrigued with the unexamined, taken-for-granted systems of meaning that influence our everyday lives. As a sociological social psychologist, his research and teaching explore the micro-foundations of societal inequalities based on sex, gender, and sexuality. His recent work centers the body within sociological analysis.


1999 B.A. Eastern Kentucky University, Sociology (summa cum laude)
2002 M.A. University of Washington, Sociology
2005 Ph.D. University of Washington, Sociology

Recent Publications

Renfrow, Daniel G., Terrence L. Wissick, Jr.,* and Christopher M. Guard.* Forthcoming.  “(Re)Defining the Situation When Football Fans Rush the Field.” Sociology of Sport Journal.

Renfrow, Daniel G. and Elisabeth A. Rollo.* 2014. "Sexting on Campus: Managing Perceived Risks and Neutralizing Behaviors." Deviant Behavior 35(11).

Renfrow, Daniel G. and Judith A. Howard. 2013. "Social Psychology of Gender and Race."  Handbook of Social Psychology.  Edited by John D. Delamater and Amanda Ward. NY: Springer.

Research in Progress

Kosier, Rebekah A.* and Daniel G. Renfrow.  “Queering Fat Bodies,   Regulating Teen Desire in ABC Family’s Huge.” Fat Studies. Conditionally accepted.

Renfrow, Daniel G., Alissa V. Toner,* Valerie A. Provenza,* and Leslie C. Green.* "Disavowing the Gym Bro: Tensions Among Contemporary Masculinities.”  Project supported by a Wells College Faculty/Student Summer Research Grant.

Renfrow, Daniel G., Katherine Mouradian,* Valerie Schweigert,* and Kailin Kucewicz.*  “Sexting on Campus:  Defining Sexting, Conceptualizing Consent.”

*Wells College student 

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Social Problems
  • Humans, Animals, and Interaction
  • Criminology
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Families and Intimate Relationships
  • Senior Research Seminar
  • First Year Writing Seminar: Beyond the Celluloid Closet
  • Tutorial: Sociology of the Paranormal

Community Leadership

Wells College Institutional Review Board, Co-Chair

Ithaca City of Asylum, Board of Directors                                                                                                    

Aurora Free Library, Vice President of the Board of Trustees         

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