Paul S. Dean

Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Justice, Chair of Sociology-Anthropology


  • A.A.S., Jamestown Community College
  • B.A., Binghamton University
  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland


Paul Dean is Associate Professor of Sociology, Co-Adviser of the Social Justice major, and Chair of the Sociology-Anthropology Department. His teaching and research areas include Stratification and Inequality; Race and Ethnicity; Social Justice; Social Movements; Economic Sociology; Socially Responsible Business; Sociological Theory; Globalization; First-Gen Students; Service Learning. Along with co-author George Ritzer, he has written two books: Globalization: A Basic Text (2015) and Globalization: The Essentials (2019). Dr. Dean has also published on corporate social responsibility, stratification across race and class, service learning, and even Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

Dr. Dean’s research focuses on first-generation college graduates and how class experiences shape social justice work. At OWU, he has won the Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for Encouragement of Teachers (2018), Presidential Award for Racial and Cultural Diversity (2017), and Bishop Francis Emner Kearns Faculty of the Year Award (2016). Dr. Dean is also co-creator and co-editor of The Sociological Cinema, an award-winning website for using video and popular culture to teach and learn sociology.

Recent Publications

  • Ritzer, George, and Paul Dean. 2019. Globalization: The Essentials, 2nd Ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Ritzer, George, and Paul Dean. 2015. Globalization: A Basic Text, 2nd Ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Andrist, Lester, Valerie Chepp, Paul Dean, and Michael Miller. 2014. "Toward a Video Pedagogy: A Teaching Typology with Learning Goals." Teaching Sociology 42 (3): 196-206.

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Info


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Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

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