Staff Directory


Ryan Caldwell, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology

Phone: 949-480-4325

Fax: 949-480-4246


Faculty - Full-Time


  • B.A., Austin College, Sherman Texas (Liberal Arts, concentration in Philosophy)
  • M.A .,Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (Philosophy)
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Sociology)
  • Women's Studies Certificate, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2008 
  • 2007-2008, Instructor, San Jacinto College
  • 2007-2008, Instructor, Houston Community College

Research Interests

  • Social Theory (Classical, Contemporary, Postmodern, Feminist, Cultural)
  • Cultural Studies, Power relations and social inequality
  • Women's Studies- sex, gender, sexuality, feminism, human rights

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • The Role of Gender in “Expressive” Abuse at Abu Ghraib, Cultural Sociology, Sage, 2008
  • Torture, What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing! An analysis of the Response to Abuse at Abu Ghraib, Theory in Action, American Sociological Association Journal, 2008.
  • Analyzing the Role of Gender in Abu Ghraib Courts-Martial Talcott Parsons: Theories, Developments and Applications, 2010
  • The Unicorn is Dead: Postmodernism, Consumption, and the Production of the Self , Co-Opting Culture: Questions of Culture and Power in Sociology and Cultural Studies, 2010
  • Gender Queer Productions and the Bridge of Cultural Legitimacy, Co-Opting Culture: Questions of Culture and Power in Sociology and Cultural Studies, 2010
  • “Leisure Class,” “Suicide,” “Natural Rights,” “Thorstein Veblen,” and “Talcott Parsons”, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2007

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Women’s Studies in a Transnational and Globalized World
  • The Philosophy of Feminism
  • Applied Ethics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Social Theory (Classical, Contemporary and Postmodern)
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • Independent Study: Feminist Research Methods

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2006
  • Outstanding Student Evaluations, HCC, 2007
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Joan Glantz Research Fellowship, 1999

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