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Jeff Livesay


Jeff Livesay taught in the Sociology Department at Colorado College for 37 years. His main teaching responsibilities were in the areas of sociological theory and social inequality. In addition, he taught sociology courses such as Modernity and Postmodernity, Social Movements, and The Nonprofit Sector and interdisciplinary courses such as Theory and Praxis, War and Violence in the 1960s, and Freedom and Authority.

His areas of research included the social production of narcissism; the social theories of Jurgen Habermas and Anthony Giddens; post-Marxist theories of civil society; and generativity as an ontological concept, a feature of late modern societies, and a new programmatic basis for combatting inequality. His writings have been published in the journals Sociological Theory; Theory, Culture & Society; Telos; Current Perspectives in Social Theory; and Review of International Political Economy among others.

At Colorado College he was instrumental in transforming KRCC into a Corporation for Public Broadcasting-affiliated radio station, served as faculty advisor of the ACM Urban Studies Program for 18 years, advised three generations of Colorado College student activists, chaired or co-chaired the Sociology Department for 13 years, chaired the Committee on Committees that created the new Faculty Executive Committee, and founded the CC Public Interest Fellowship Program.

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    B.A., Social Relations, Harvard University
    M.A., Sociology, Duke University
    Ph.D., History of Consciousness (Sociology), UC-Santa Cruz