William C. Cockerham. Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
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Research and Teaching Interests: Medical Sociology, Global Health, Contemporary Sociological Theory

Office Hours: By appointment only

Education:
  • BA, University of Oklahoma
  • MJ, University of California at Berkeley
  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley

William C. Cockerham is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Among his recent books is Medical Sociology, 13th ed. (Routledge, 2015) that was included on the International Sociological Association’s List of “100 Sociology Books of the 20th Century” (2000) and translated into Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Other recent books are Social Causes of Health and Disease, 2nd ed. (Polity, 2013), Medical Sociology on the Move: New Directions in Theory (Springer, 2013), Health and Globalization (Polity, 2010, co-authored), and the New Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

He is Editor-in-Chief of the five volume Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, published in 2014, and co-author of a chapter on international law and chronic disease in Law and Global Health (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is also the past President of the Research Committee on Health Sociology of the International Sociological Association.

  • Advanced Medical Sociology
  • Global Health
  • Contemporary Theory
  • William C. Cockerham, Medical Sociology, 13th edition (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2015).
  • William C. Cockerham, “Max Weber: Formal Rationality and the Modern Hospital,” in Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness, and Medicine, Fran Collyer, ed. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 124-38.
  • William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella Quah, eds., Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, 5 Vols. (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
  • William C. Cockerham, Sociology of Mental Disorder, 9th edition (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2014).
  • Geoffrey B. Cockerham and William C. Cockerham, “International Law and Chronic Disease,” in Law and Global Health, Michael Freeman, Sarah Hawkes, and Belinda Bennett, eds. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014), 492-509.
  • William C. Cockerham, “The Emerging Crisis in American Female Longevity,” Social Currents 1 (2014):220-27.
  • William C. Cockerham, ed., Medical Sociology on the Move: New Directions in Theory (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013).
  • William C. Cockerham, Social Causes of Health Diseases, 2nd edition (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2013).
  • William C. Cockerham, “Sociological Theory in Medical Sociology in the Early Twenty-First Century,” Social Theory and Health 11 (2013):241-55.
  • Edge of Chaos Scholar, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2014
  • Sparkman Scholar, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2013
  • President, Research Committee on Health Sociology, International Sociological Association, 2006-2010
  • Designated “Distinguished Professor of Sociology” by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees, 2005
  • Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2004
  • Author of Medical Sociology, included on the International Sociological Association’s List of “100 Sociology Books of the Century,” 2000
  • Frederick W. Connor Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the History of Ideas, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1996
  • Fulbright Fellowship, for research in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1985