Wayne Brekhus

Wayne Brekhus
335 Middlebush
(573) 884-3989

PhD 1999, Rutgers University

Areas of Study: 

Culture and Cognition, Sociology of Identity, Sociological Theory, Sexualities

Research and Teaching: 

Wayne Brekhus teaches courses in self and society, queer theories/identities, culture, identity and interaction, qualitative methods in sociology, and introduction to sociology. His most recent book Culture and Cognition: Patterns in the Social Construction of Reality (Polity Press, 2015) conceptually analyzes how socio-culturally influenced cognitive processes and practices of attention and inattention, meaning-making, and identity construction shape perceptions of social reality and contribute to social difference and social inequalities.  

Awards and Honors: 

Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award, University of Missouri, 2015.

Outstanding Advising Award-Faculty Academic Advising Certificate of Merit (national award given by the National Academic Advising Association) 2010.

Outstanding Advisor, (statewide Award awarded to one advisor in Missouri by the Missouri Academic Advising Association) 2009.

Excellence in Advising Award, University of Missouri 2009.

William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Missouri, 2008.

Excellence in Education Award, University of Missouri, 2005.

Purple Chalk Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri, 2002.

Select Publications: 

Brekhus, Wayne H. 2015. Culture and Cognition: Patterns in the Social Construction of Reality. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Galliher, John F, Wayne H. Brekhus and David P. Keys. 2004. Laud Humphreys: Prophet of Homosexuality and Sociology. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Brekhus, Wayne H. 2003. Peacocks, Chameleons, Centaurs: Gay Suburbia and the Grammar of Social Identity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Brekhus, Wayne H. 2012. “Gay Commuters, Gay Integrators: Gay Suburban Identity Strategies in the Post-Closeted Era” in C. Rinaldi (ed.) Introduzione Alle Sociologie Dell Omosessualita. Mimesis: Milan.

Brekhus, Wayne H., David Brunsma, Todd Platts and Priya Dua. 2010. “On the Contributions of Cognitive Sociology to the Sociological Study of Race” Sociology Compass 4: 61-76.

Brekhus, Wayne H. 2008. “Trends in the Qualitative Study of Social Identities” Sociologiy Compass 2/3: 1059-1078.

Brekhus, Wayne H. 2007. “The Rutgers School: A Zerubavelian Culturalist Cognitive Sociology” European Journal of Social Theory 10(3): 448-464.

Brekhus, Wayne H, John F. Galliher, and Jaber F. Gubrium. 2005. “The Need for Thin Description.” Qualitative Inquiry 11(6): 861-879.

Brekhus, Wayne H. 2005. “Une sociologie de l’ invisibilite’: reorienter notre regard” Reseaux: Communication, Technologie, Societe 23:243-272. (republication of 1998 Sociological Theory article in French Communications Journal).

Brekhus, Wayne H. 2004. “Commuting to Homosexuality: Laud Humphreys’ Unheralded Contribution to the Sociology of Identity.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 24(3-5):58-72.

Brekhus, Wayne H., Keith L. Brekhus and John F. Galliher. 2001. “Social Problems in Social Problems: The Theory and Method of Justice.” Social Problems 48(1):137-143.

Brekhus, Wayne H. 2000. “A Mundane Manifesto.” Journal of Mundane Behavior 1(1):89-105.

Brekhus, Wayne H. 1998. "A Sociology of the Unmarked: Redirecting Our Focus."Sociological Theory 16(1):34-51.

Brekhus, Wayne H. 1996. "Social Marking and the Mental Coloring of Identity: Sexual Identity Construction and Maintenance in the United States. "Sociological Forum 11(3):497-522.