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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dr. Seth Feinberg


PhD, MA, Ohio State University

BA, Tufts University


(360) 650-3864

AH 528

Seth Feinberg is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 2003, and was an Assistant Professor at Montana State University before coming to Western in 2005. His research interests include neighborhood social organization in response to mortality and disaster, the racial labor market of collegiate and professional football, and post-colonial trajectories for sub-Saharan African states.

His teaching interests include deviance, pre and post colonial hierarchies, as well as research methodology. Seth also enjoys traveling through the global village, and likes to incorporate his interest with undergraduates via faculty-led global learning programs.


Faculty Research Interests

Research methodology, post-colonial African states, deviance, and NFL/NCAA labor markets

Selected Publications

Feinberg, Seth L., Delaney Dalquest, and Rachel Myers. 2020. “Fifty Years of Deleterious External Engagement with Sub-Saharan African States.” forthcoming in Sociology Compass.

Feinberg, Seth L. and McKenzee Sturm. 2019. “Collective Efficacy” in Anthony Orum (ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Hoboken, NJ. John Wiley and Sons.

Schwandt, Hilary M., Seth L. Feinberg, Akrofi Akotiah, Tong Yuan Douville, Elliot V. Gardner, Claudette Imbabazi, Erin McQuin, Maha Mohamed, Alexis Rugoyera, Diuedonne Musemakweli, Cliff Wes Nichols, Nelly Uwajeneza Nyangezi, Joshua Serrano Arizmendi, Doopashika Welikala, Benjamin Yamuragiye and Liliana Zigo. 2018. “Family planning in Rwanda is not seen as population control, but rather as a way to empower the people: Examining Rwanda’s success in family planning from the perspective of public and private stakeholders.” Contraceptive and Reproductive Medicine 3:18.

Feinberg, Seth L., Mikaela J. Dufur, Amy Famelos, and Valeria Fisher. 2014. “Senseless Messaging: Advertising Images of Illegal Driving and Deviant Behavior.” Deviant Behavior 35: 843-58.

Feinberg, Seth L. 2011. “Defining Deviance: A Comparative Review of Textbooks in the Sociology of Deviance.” Teaching Sociology 39(4): 382-87.

Browning, Christopher R. and Seth L. Feinberg. 2010. “Negotiated Coexistence.” in Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory, 1st edition (pp. 657-661). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Feinberg, Seth L. 2009.  “Preventable Mortality as a Predictor of Community Social Organization: Examining Reverse Causality.” Urban Studies 46(9): 1829-58.

Feinberg, Seth L. 2009. “Simpsonology:  There is a Little Bit of Springfield in all of us.”  Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 38(2): 135-136.

Dufur, Mikaela J. and Seth L. Feinberg. 2009. “Race and the NFL Draft: Views from the Auction Block.” Qualitative Sociology 32: 53-73.

Scanlan, Stephen J. and Seth L. Feinberg. 2008.  “Still Analyzing the Cartoon Society: Reflecting on The Simpsons for Teaching and Learning Sociology.” in Bruce Hoffman and Ashley Demyan (eds.), Teaching the Sociology of Deviance, 6th edition. Washington, D.C.: The American Sociological Association.

Dufur, Mikaela J. and Seth L. Feinberg. 2007. “Artificially Restricted Labor Markets and Worker Dignity in Professional Football.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 36: 505-36.

Browning, Christopher R., Danielle Wallace, Seth L. Feinberg, and Kathleen A. Cagney. 2006. “Neighborhood Social Processes, Physical Conditions, and Disaster-Related Mortality: The Case of the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave.” American Sociological Review 71: 661-78.

Feinberg, Seth L. 2006. “Community Social Organization as a Predictor of Mortality: Analyzing Chicago Neighborhoods.” Crime Prevention and Community Safety 8(3): 150-68.

Browning, Christopher R., Seth L. Feinberg, and Robert Dietz. 2004. “The Paradox of Social Organization: Networks, Collective Efficacy, and Violent Crime in Urban Neighborhoods.” Social Forces 83(2): 503-34.

Feinberg, Seth L. 2002. “Media Effects: The Influence of Local Newspaper Coverage on Municipal Police Size.” American Journal of Criminal Justice 26(2): 249-68.

Scanlan, Stephen J. and Seth L. Feinberg. 2000. “The Cartoon Society: Using The Simpsons to Teach and Learn Sociology.” Teaching Sociology 28(2): 127-39.

Research Interests

  • Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
  • Deviance
  • Research Methods