Director, Social Work Program; Professor of Sociology
2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Dr. James Dickinson (Ph.D., University of Toronto) teaches Cities and Suburbs, Social Inequality, and The Senior Seminar, as well as interdisciplinary courses on art and culture in the Baccalaureate Honors Program. He has been curator of several exhibitions for the University Gallery. His current research interests include change and the contemporary city, issues in contemporary art, and the sociology of architecture. He has recently written and published on the built environment of American cities, contemporary landscape and public art, and the history of prison architecture.
- Senior Research Seminar
- Cities and Suburbs
- The Consumer Society
- Art and Contemporary Culture
- Stratification and Inequality
- Social and Cultural Change
- "A Thousand Points of Blight: Fixing Up Worn-Out Cities"
- "Assembly-Line Picassos: Making Art in Contemporary Culture"
- "Modern and Postmodern Photographic Depictions of the Industrial Landscape"
- "From Graffiti to Murals: Perspectives on Urban Wall Art"
- "Metropolis" in Encyclopedia of Sociology. Edited by George Ritzer. (New York: Blackwell Publications, 2006).
- "Still Swept Away: New Orleans Four Months After Katrina," Designer/builder, March/April 2006.
- "Grain Elevators Revisited, Part I & II", Designer/builder, March/April, and May/June, 2002.
- "Monuments of Tomorrow: Industrial Ruins at the Millennium," Critical Perspectives on Urban Redevelopment, Volume 6, 2001, pp. 33-74.
- "Journey Into Space: Interpretations of Landscape in Contemporary Art" in David E. Nye, Editor, Technologies of Landscape, (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999), pp.40-66.
- "A Cheerless Blank: Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary and The Architecture of Solitary Confinement," Designer/builder, November 2000, pp. 17-27.
- "Entropic Zones: Buildings and Structures of the Contemporary City," Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 7 (3) September 1996, pp. 81-95.
Art Exhibitions and Catalogs
- Four exhibitions curated for the Rider Art Gallery. Illustrated catalogs for each show available on request.
- Material Life: The Painting and Sculpture of Michael Frechette, 2002
- Grinding the Wind: The Kinetic Sculpture of Alison Kuby Netz, 2000
- A State of Bliss: The Art and Illustration of Rachel Bliss, 1997
- "Entropic Zones: Buildings and Structures of the Contemporary City", 1995
- Music CD: "Collins/Null: Music from an Exhibition," 2005 (also available)