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Timothy Gongaware

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Sociology & Criminal Justice
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Specialty area(s)

Social Movements, Collective Behavior, Leisure Groups, Identity (individual and collective), Qualitative Research, Popular Culture

Brief biography

I drink coffee, and then I do stuff.

Some of the professional "stuff" I do includes researching interactive processes like those of collective identities in social movements and hobby organizations (like sailing clubs).

Outside of the office, I spend time sailing, traveling (especially by sail boat), reading fantasy fiction and biographies of adventurers (especially sailors like Tania Aebi and Ellen MacArthur - look them up!), watching movies, and I'm also a bit of a social media junkie but I'm getting better ...or at least I was until I discovered TikTok.

Current courses at UWL

As Department Chair I do not have as many opportunities to be in the classroom as I would like. My teaching schedule right now includes:
SOC 335 Collective Behavior (typically in the Fall)
SOC 390 Early Social Theory (every Fall)
SOC 416 Qualitative Explorations (typically in the spring)
SOC 330 Social Psychology (some spring terms, and J-Term or Summer when possible)


1993 B.S. (Education) Kent State University
1997 M.A. (Sociology) Ohio University
2001 Ph.D. (Sociology) University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Professional history

2017-present Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, UW-La Crosse
2015-2017 & 2018-2019 Interim Chair, Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies, UW-La Crosse

2011-present Professor of Sociology, UW-La Crosse
2005-2011 Associate Professor of Sociology, UW-La Crosse
2001-2005 Assistant Professor of Sociology, UW-La Crosse

2005-2008 Co-editor Illness, Crisis and Loss

2001 Instructor University of Nebraska - Lincoln
1999-2000 Managing Editor Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.
1997-2001 Graduate Instructor University of Nebraska - Lincoln
1997 Teaching Intern Ohio University, Dr. Christine Mattley
1997 Research Assistant Ohio University, Dr. Amanda Konradi
1996 Teaching Assistant Ohio University, Dr. Robert Shelly,

Research and publishing

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2019. "Grassroots Associations and Collective Identity: Unity in a Midwestern Inland Lake Sailing Club." Sociological Focus. 52(1): 1-20

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2015. “2014 MSSA Presidential Address: Academic Freedom, Free Speech and the MSSA Community of Scholars.” Sociological Spectrum. 35: 392-397.

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2014. “Differential Association Theory.” In H. Copes and C. Forsyth (eds). Encyclopedia of Social Deviance. Sage Publications, Inc.

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2012. “Subcultural Identity Work in Social Movements: Barriers to Collective Identity Changes and Overcoming Them.” Symbolic Interaction. 35: 6-23.

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2011 “Keying the Past to the Present: Collective Memories and Continuity in Collective Identity Shifts.” Social Movement Studies. 10: 39-54.

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2010. “Collective Memory Anchors: Collective Identity and Continuity in Social Movements.” Sociological Focus. 43: 214-239.

Gongaware, Timothy B. and D. Dotter. 2005. “Developing the Criminal Self: Mead’s Social Psychology and Sutherland’s Differential Association.” Sociological Spectrum. 25: 379-402.

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2003. "Collective Memories and Collective Identities: Maintaining Unity in Native American Educational Social Movements." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 32: 483-520.

Gongaware, Timothy B., and R. Benford. 2003. “Qualitative Research on Social Movements: Exploring the Role of Qualitative Designs in Examining Contentious Political Action.” Research in Political Sociology. 12: 245-281.

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2003. “Nurturers and Keepers of Culture: The Influence of Native American Women on the Development of Collective Action Frames.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. 24: 409-441.

Benford, Robert D., T. Gongaware, and D. Valadez. 2000. “Social Movements.” In Edgar Borgata and R. Montgomery (eds.). Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2d., vol. 4. NY: MacMillan Reference USA.

Gongaware, Timothy B. 1998. “Democracy and Education: The Teachings of an Early Pedagogue.” in Gilman Newsletter. Spring Issue

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2010. “Review Essay: Struggling over Origins: Explorations of the Movement-Memory Nexus. A review of Cultural Movements and Collective Memory: Christopher Columbus and the Rewriting of the National Origin Myth by Timothy Kubal. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. $89.95 (hardcover), 288 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1403975775.” Sociological Spectrum. 30: 128-133.

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2019. “Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling. By Sujatha Fernandes. NY: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. xii+212. $99.00(cloth); $24.95(paper).” American Journal of Sociology. 125(2).

Gongaware, Timothy B. 2009. “Review of Brennan, Michael. 2008. Mourning and Disaster: Finding Meaning in the Mourning for Hillsborough and Diana. Newcastle, UK:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN: 1-84718-554-1. 210 pages.”  Illness, Crisis and Loss. 17: 403-406.

Cox, Gerry and Timothy B. Gongaware. 2005. The Sociology of Death and Dying: A Teaching Resource. American Sociological Association: Washington, D.C.

Gongaware, Timothy B., J. Campbell, and M. Keene. 2000. Mayfield’s Quickview Guide to the Internet for Students of Sociology, 2d. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield

Gongaware, Timothy B. 1998. "Searching the Internet: A Brief Introduction to Researching Sociological Topics Areas." Pp. 559-570 in Konradi, Amanda, and Martha Schmidt. Reading Between the Lines: Towards an Understanding of Current Social Problems. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co.



Timothy Gongaware, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Sociology, presented "By Land and By Water: The Netdoms Comprising Collective Identity at Inland Lake Sailing Clubs" at 2020 Mid-South Sociological Association Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 in the virtual space that consumes our lives now.

Submitted on: Oct. 16, 2020