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Michael Soroka, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

After teaching briefly at Villanova University, Lafayette College, and St. Lawrence University, Michael Soroka, PhD, joined the USD faculty in 1977 and for the next 30 years was a full-time member of the Department of Sociology.  He spent one final year in the department as an adjunct faculty before retiring in 2008.  He twiced served as Sociology Department Chair, and was also director of the USD Honors Program during its formative years.


Professor Soroka received his B.A. in Sociology from Villanova University in 1968, and his M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1975) in Sociology from Princeton University.

Scholarly and Creative Work

With his colleague, George Bryjak, Professor Soroka authored several well-received textbooks in the field, including Sociology:  The Biological Factor, Sociology:  Changing Societies in a Diverse World, and Social Problems:  A World at Risk.  In addition, he wrote and had published several Popular Culture articles relating to the study of Collectors and Collecting, and for a number of years chaired the Popular Culture Association's section of that same name at the Association's annual national meetings.

Teaching Interests

Professor Soroka's primary teaching interests lay in the area of Social Inequality, as reflected in such courses as Social Stratification, Political Sociology, Race & Ethnic Relations, and Collective Behavior.  He also developed a successful course in Popular Culture, an area in which he was professionally and personally involved.