Sociology & Anthropology


Davison Bideshi

Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, 2004
Professor of Sociology

Contact Info


  • Soc 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 255: Deviant Behavior
  • Soc 300: Minority Peoples
  • Soc 316: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  • Soc 333: Classical Sociological Theory
  • Soc 334: Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Soc 355: Criminology
  • Soc 415: Stratification
  • Soc 463: Sociology of Law
  • Soc 500: Professional Seminar in Sociology
  • Soc 515: Advanced Criminology
  • Soc 518: Classical Sociological Theory
  • Soc 519: Contemporary Sociological Theory

Areas of Specialization

Sociological Theory, Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies, Law and Society; Sociology of Law.

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Bideshi, Davison.  2020.  “On Inequality, Law, and Residential Segregation: Rousseau’s Linkages to Contemporary Sociology.”  Michigan Sociological Review 34:74-104.
  • Bideshi, Davison.  2020.  “Residence, Democracy, and Substantive Justice: Toward an Integrative Approach.”   International Review of Sociology/Revue Internationale de Sociologie.  First published online 29Sep 2020. DOI:
  • Bideshi, Davison, and Augustine J. Kposowa. Fall 2012. “African Immigrants and Capital Conversion in the U.S. Labor Market: Comparison by Race and National Origin.” The Western Journal of Black Studies 36(3):181-200.
  • Bideshi, Davison. 2008. Social Theory, Law, and Residence: Explorations of Bourdieu, Black, Ely, and Dworkin. Saarbrüken, Germany: VDM Verlag.
  • Kposowa, Augustine J., and Davison Bideshi. Spring 2008/2006. “Reassessing the Sources of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Adult Mortality.” The Western Journal of Black Studies 30(1):1-14.
  • Davison Bideshi. “The Behavior of Law in Civil Matters: Pushing the Boundaries of Blackian Theory.” Paper presented at the 2012 Pacific Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, 22nd-25th March. The Sociology of Law Section.
  • Gari D. Matsey, and Davison Bideshi.  “Personas and Poles: An Ethnographic Exploration of Exotic Dancing as an Occupation, Social Labelling, Stigma, and Socialisation. Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in Minneapolis, MN, 29th March-1st April. The Labeling Theory and Deviance Section.

Organizational Memberships/Affiliations

Pacific Sociological Association (PSA); American Association of University Professors (AAUP); Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)

Dr. Bideshi joined the Department in 2008.