Duke Austin

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology & Social Services

(510) 885-4127
Office Hours:
MI 3066
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Duke W. Austin, PhD studies and teaches about the intersection of race, class, immigration, and gender in the United States. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Spring 2010. His dissertation explores race, class, and gender in Bay Area community-based organizations. While at the University of Colorado, he received multiple awards for outstanding teaching as well as the 2008 President’s Diversity Award for his efforts to improve diversity on campus.

Following the completion of his PhD, Dr. Austin worked with Professor Elijah Anderson as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University. While at Yale, he published research on the concept of race as a caste system as it was presented in the classic ethnographies Caste and Class in a Southern Town (Dollard 1937) and Deep South (Davis, Gardner, and Gardner 1941).

Dr. Austin’s research interests include: Stratification of Race, Class, and Gender; Stratification in the Context of Disaster; Community-Based Organizations; Homelessness; Ethnographic Methods; and Mixed Methods. His teaching specialties include: U.S. Race and Ethnic Relations; Sex, Gender, and Society; the Sociology of Immigration; Social Construction of Sexuality; Qualitative Methods; Social Statistics; Introduction to Sociology; Violence in U.S. Society; and Deviance in U.S. Society.


Winter Quarter 2016
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
SOC 352001Soc of Race & Ethnic RelationsTTH10:00AM11:50AMMI-2038Hayward Campus View Books
SOC 361401Immigrant Community EngagementTTH2:00PM3:50PMMI-2090Hayward Campus View Books
SOC 411103Sociological Research ITTH6:00PM7:00PMMI-3092Hayward Campus View Books
SOC 41113ASociological Research ITTH7:00PM7:50PMMI-3092Hayward Campus View Books


  • 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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