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Researcher Bio

Guðmundur "Gummi" Oddsson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology


2014 Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Missouri 2009 M.A. in Sociology, University of Missouri 2006 B.A. in Social and Economic Development, University of Akureyri 2005 Post-Graduate Certificate of Education, University of Akureyri 2002 B.Sc. Business Management, University of Akureyri

My research interests include social control and social inequalities, particularly the subjective dimensions of class. My research has been published in academic journals such as International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, and Icelandic Society: Journal of the Icelandic Sociological Association.

In my published research articles I have developed a research program that centers on class awareness and social change. My dissertation Classlessness as Doxa: Late Modernity and Changing Perceptions of Class Division in Iceland addresses the question: How do structural and cultural changes impact perceptions of class division? The project uses the economic boom and subsequent collapse of the Icelandic economy in 2008 as a case study. Iceland is an interesting case because it offers a microcosm of how a society is impacted by rapid globalization, prolonged prosperity, and economic collapse. I am currently in the process of initiating a comparative-historical study of perceptions of class division in different welfare regimes: conservative (Iceland), liberal (USA), and social-democratic (Iceland).


PRIME, interdisciplinary, research, sociology