Jeffrey Michael Clair, Ph.D.


Jeffrey Michael Clair
Associate Professor 
Director, Online Masters Program | 205-934-3308 | HHB 460M

Postgraduate, Gerontology Research Institute, University of Southern California, 1987-1988.
Ph.D. Sociology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1987.
M.A.  Sociology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1983.
B.A.  Sociology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1980. 

Research and Teaching Interests
: Social Medicine, Qualitative Methodology, Social Psychology, Death and Dying, Deviance, Applied/Practice, Music, Sport

Graduate Courses Taught
: Qualitative Methods, Social Medicine, Social Psychology, Applied Sociology, Sociological Practice, Social Gerontology, Sociology of Death and Dying, Deviance, Teaching Sociology, Visual Sociology, Patient Care Relationships and Ethics, Research Seminar in Health and Aging, Sociomedical Theory and Practice.

Recent Publications:

Dr. Clair has authored and co-authored various journal articles in Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Health and Illness, Symbolic Interaction, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Qualitative Research, Culture and Organization, The Gerontologist, Journal of Medical Ethics, as well as various books, such as At Home on the Street: People, Poverty and the Hidden Culture of Homelessness (Lynne Rienner) Experiencing the Life Cycle: A Social Psychology of Aging (Thomas), Sociomedical Perspectives on Patient Care (University Press of Kentucky), and The Gerontological Prism: Developing Interdisciplinary Research and Priorities (Baywood), as well as a documentary film entitled American Refugees: Homelessness in Four Movements.

Wasserman, J. and Jeffrey Michael Clair. In Press. "The 'Homeless Problem' and the Double Consciousness." Sociological Inquiry.

Wasserman, J. and Jeffrey Michael Clair. In Press. "The Insufficiency of Fairness: The Logics of Homeless Service Administration and Resulting Gaps in Service." Culture and Organization.

American Refugees:  Homelessness in Four Movements
.  2011.  Film Co-Produced and Directed with Jason Wasserman. IMBd link

Wasserman, Jason, and Clair, Jeffrey Michael.  2011. "Housing Patterns of the Homeless:  The Ecology of the Street in the Era of New Urbanism." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 40:71-101.

Wasserman, Jason, and Clair, Jeffrey Michael. 2011.  "The Medicalization of Homelessness and the Sociology of the Self:  A grounded Fractal Analysis."  Pp. 29-62 in Norman K Denzin (ed.), Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 37. Bingley, UK: Emerald.

Wasserman, Jason, and Clair, Jeffrey Michael. 2010.  At Home on the Street:  People, Poverty, and a Hidden Culture of Homelessness. Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner.

Wasserman, Jason, Clair, Jeffrey Michael and Ken Wilson. 2010. “Problematics of Grounded Theory: Toward a Scientific Qualitative Method.” Data Collection, edited by W. Paul Vogt, Benchmarks in Social Research Methods Series, Pp. 401-427, San Francisco, Sage

Wasserman, Jason, Clair, Jeffrey Michael and Ken Wilson.  2009. “Problematics of Grounded Theory: Toward a Scientific Qualitative Method.” Qualitative Research 9:355-381.

Grants Funded:

Principal Investigator, American Refugees: A Visual Ethnographic Study of the Street Homeless.  Faculty Development Program, UAB, ($10,000), 9/06 - 8/07.

Program Director, Promoting Excellence in Doctoral Training.  Graduate School, University of Alabama at Birmingham, ($17,500), 2/06 – 8/07.