Duke W. Austin, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology & Social Services

(510) 885-4127
Meiklejohn Hall (MI) 3066
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 2:30-3:50, Thursdays 12:00-1:20
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Dr. Duke Austin believes that quality teaching and learning fosters intellectual empowerment and social justice. Through learner-centered pedagogy, experiential education, and educating for a diverse world, he empowers his students to apply critical thinking skills to the world around them and to see the relevance of education in their own lives. In doing so, he prepares his students to become civic leaders who actively contribute to society in intelligent and effective ways.

Dr. Austin’s teaching and research focuses on the sociology of race, class, and gender, on immigration, and on environmental sociology, particularly stratification in the context of environmental disasters. When conducting research, he utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methods, particularly ethnography, and he uses a combination of methods whenever appropriate.

In addition to serving as an Assistant Professor at CSU, East Bay, Dr. Austin has an appointment as a Senior Fellow with the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University.


  • Postdoctoral Training Certificate, Yale University
  • PhD in Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • MA in Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • BA with Honors, University of Texas at Austin


Spring Quarter 2017
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
SOC 352001Soc of Race & Ethnic RelationsTTH10:00AM11:50AMMI-2100Hayward Campus View Books
SOC 361201ImmigrationTTH6:00PM7:50PMMI-2100Hayward Campus View Books
SOC 411203Sociological Research IITTH4:00PM5:00PMVBT-0222Hayward Campus View Books
SOC 41123ASociological Research IITTH5:00PM5:50PMVBT-0222Hayward Campus View Books


Verma, SaunJuhi, Patricia Maloney, and Duke Austin. Forthcoming 2017. “The School to Deportation Pipeline: The Perspectives of Immigrant Students and Their Teachers on Profiling and Surveillance within the School System,” in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Austin, Duke W. 2016. “Hyper-Masculinity and Disaster: The Reconstruction of Hegemonic Masculinity in the Wake of Calamity,” in Men, Masculinities, and Disasters: Revisiting the Gendered Terrain of Disaster, edited by Elaine Enarson and Bob Pease. Routledge.

Rush Woods, Dianne, Sarah Taylor, Duke Austin, Julie Beck, … , and Jessica Weiss. 2015. “Building an Inclusive, Accessible, and Responsive Campus at California State University, East Bay, 2010-2015. Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally Linguistically Diverse Populations. 22(2):40-89.

Anderson, Elijah, Dana Asbury, Duke W. Austin, Esther Kim, and Vani Kulkarni, editors. 2012. “Bringing Fieldwork Back In: Contemporary Ethnographic Research,” a special edition of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 642(1). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Austin, Duke, 2012. “Preparedness Clusters: A Research Note on the Disaster Readiness of Community-Based Organizations,” in Sociological Perspectives, 55(2):383-393, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Anderson, Elijah, Duke W. Austin, Craig Holloway, and Vani Kulkarni. 2012. “The Legacy of Racial Caste: An Exploratory Ethnography,” in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 682(1):25-42, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Austin, Duke. 2008. “Robert E. Park,” in Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, edited by Richard Schaefer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Miles, Michelle, and Duke Austin. 2007. “The Color(s) of Crisis: How Race, Rumor, and Collective Memory Shape the Legacy of Katrina.” Pp. 33-49 in Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina, edited by Hillary Potter. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Austin, Duke, and Michelle Miles. 2006. “Crisis in Black and White: Katrina, Rita, and the Construction of Reality.” Pp. 151-173 in Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. Natural Hazards Center at the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder.

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