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., Kailin E. Kucewicz,* Katherine Mouradian,* and Valerie R. Schweigert.* 2017. "'But That's Not Sexting': Accounts from Emerging Adults." Routledge Handbook of Deviance Studies. Edited by Ophir Sefiha and Steve Brown.

Renfrow, Daniel G., Terrence L. Wissick, Jr.,* and Christopher M. Guard.* 2016. "(Re)Defining the Situation When Football Fans Rush the Field." Sociology of Sport Journal 33(3).

Kosier, Rebekah A.* and Daniel G. Renfrow. 2016. "Queering Fat Bodies, Regulating Teen Desire in ABC Family's Huge." Fat Studies 5(2): 191-202.

Renfrow, Daniel G. and Elisabeth A. Rollo.* 2014. "Sexting on Campus: Managing Perceived Risks and Neutralizing Behaviors." Deviant Behavior 35(11): 903-920.

Renfrow, Daniel G. and Judith A. Howard. 2013. "Social Psychology of Gender and Race." Pp. 491-531 in Handbook of Social Psychology. Edited by John D. Delamater and Amanda Ward. NY: Springer.

Research in Progress

McSpirit, Stephanie and Daniel G. Renfrow. "'You Don't Change Something You Want to Stay the Same': Preserving and Reconstructing the Kentucky Mountain Horse."

Renfrow, Daniel G., Courtney Brindisi,* Taylor Joy,* and Kassandra Rivera.* "'I Keep It to Myself Because It's Weird': Managing and Neutralizing the Stigma of Seeing a Ghost."

Thurston, Mariah* and Daniel G. Renfrow. "Constructing Acceptable Body Size in RuPaul's Drag Race: Sexuality, Race, and Bodies."

*indicates the individual is a Wells College student or alumnus/alumna

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

Cayuga-San Pedro Sister Community Project Committee

Wells College Institutional Review Board, Co-Chair

Wells College Committee on Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

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