Affiliate, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2018-2021).
Research interests: Social stratification (especially with regard to race, class, and gender) and religion in the United States, especially connection between cultural processes and systems of inequality and stratification.
Derek is conducting a cross-national comparison of renaming projects in the United States and Canada. He conceptualizes these renaming projects as sites of cultural contestation in the construction of collective memory about race and racism in settler colonial societies. His project utilizes the empirical and conceptual toolkit of cultural sociology, specifically moral and cultural symbolic boundaries, frames of multiculturalism or pluralism, and narratives or storytelling.
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