Faculty & Staff
PhD, University of California-San Diego 2015
Office: 321 Graham
Research and Teaching Interests
Social Theory, Comparative Historical Sociology, Social Movements, Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and Social Justice, Consumers and Consumption.
In my research, I take a comparative historical approach to consumption, ethics, and social movements. Currently, I am completing a comparative historical study of turn-of-the-twentieth century consumer activists in the United States and Great Britain. This work reveals how the anonymity of mass-produced commodities elicited moral questions for consumers and shaped activists’ efforts to mobilize ethical purchasing. In addition, I am pursuing a related line of research that compares early consumer activists and late twentieth-century environmental justice activists dealt with the problems of representing unseen suffering. As a teacher, I encourage students to develop strategies for asking sociological questions and understanding the logic of social research
Selected Recent Publications
Tad Skotnicki. (2017) “Consumer Senses and Commodity Fetishism: Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Consumer Activism in the United States and England,” Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 30, No. 3: 619-649
Kwai Ng and Tad Skotnicki. (2016) “That British Sound”: Nation as a Branding Device,” Signs and Society, Vol. 4, No. 1: 1-29.