Name: Dr. Thomas J. Scheff
Educational Qualification: Ph.D.
Designation: Professor, Emeritus, University of California-Santa Barbara
University of California-Santa Barbara
Research Interests: Social psychology, Emotions, Mental illness, Restorative justice and collective violence
Biography: Dr. Thomas J. Scheff is Professor Emeritus at the University of California-Santa Barbara, USA. He holds a BS from the University of Arizona in Physics (1950), and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California (Berkeley) (1960). He is past president of the Pacific Sociological Association, and past chair of the Emotions Section of the American Sociological Association Some of his earlier publications are Being Mentally Ill, Microsociology, Bloody Revenge, Emotions, the Social Bond and Human Reality, Goffman Unbound! and Easy Rider. He is interested in creative teaching and integration of the social, political, behavioral and clinical arts and sciences, and particularly, the integration of these disciplines into new directions of thought and effort. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Karlstad, Karlstad, Sweden (2003), and Copenhagen University, Denmark (2008), and he has held visiting appointments at Carleton University, Canada, Oslo U., Norway, Lund and Karlstad Universities, Sweden. He is a former Chair of the section on the Sociology of Emotions, American Sociological Association, and former President of the Pacific Sociological Association. He published 158 articles in different journals and 12 books.
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