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Alan Sica

Alan Sica

Professor of Sociology

302 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-0121


  1. University of Richmond, B.A. (1971)
  2. College of William and Mary, M.A. (1974)
  3. University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Ph.D. (1978)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
  • History of Sociology
  • Sociology of Culture

Professional Awards and Achievements

  • Outstanding Scholarship Award, Comparative and International Education Society, 1982
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Sociology, 1984-85
  • Summer Scholar, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 1986
  • Publisher and Editor, History of Sociology, 1984-87
  • Outstanding Educator Award, University of Kansas, 1987
  • Editor, Sociological Theory, (ASA journal) 1989-1994
  • Elected member, Sociological Research Association, 1992
  • Chair, Theory Section, American Sociological Association, 1995-96
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, History of Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, August, 2004.
  • Selected as Editor of Contemporary Sociology, ASA book review journal, 2008.

Selected Publications

  • "Dependency in the World Economy."  American Journal of Sociology, November 1978
  • "Parsons, Jr."  American Journal of Sociology July, 1983
  • Hermeneutics: Questions and Prospects, ed. (Massachusetts, 1984)
  • Weber, Irrationality, and Social Order (California, 1988)
  • "The Power of Talk."  American Journal of Sociology September, 1991
  • "The Social World as a Countinghouse."  Theory and Society April 1992
  • "Sociology as a Worldview."  American Journal of Sociology July 1996
  • What is Social Theory? The Philosophical Debates, ed. (Blackwell, 1998)
  • Max Weber and the New Century (Transaction, 2004)
  • Social Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Present, ed. (Allyn and Bacon, 2004)
  • "Modernity."  In G. Ritzer, Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2005)
  • Max Weber: A Comprehensive Bibliography (Transaction Pubs., 2004)
  • The Disobedient Generation: Social Theorists in the Sixties. ed., with Stephen Turner. (University of Chicago Press, 2005)
  • Comparative Methods In The Social Sciences. ed., with the assistance of Julie Pelton, 4 volumes. (London: Sage Publications, December 2006)
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