Associate Professor, Sociology
Charles Gattone received his Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research in 2000. He taught as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at Oberlin College, and joined the faculty at the University of Florida in the Fall of 2001. His first book, The Social Scientist as Public Intellectual: Critical Reflections in a Changing World (forthcoming Roman & Littlefield) addresses a host of questions on the place of social science in public affairs, and examines some of the underlying challenges social scientists have had to confront in today’s highly competitive and bureaucratically organized academic environment. Dr. Gattone’s research focuses on the ideas of a number of key thinkers in the social sciences, including Max Weber, Karl Mannheim, C. Wright Mills, and Pierre Bourdieu. He has also done work in media studies, the sociology of knowledge, and the sociology of culture. In the Department of Sociology at UF, he is currently teaching the graduate seminar, Contemporary Sociological Theory, and the courses Development of Sociological Thought, and Media and Society. His earlier publications include, “Image and Persuasion: The Machiavellian World of Advertising and Public Relations” (Spring 2002); “The Role of the Intellectual in Public Affairs” (Winter, 2000); and “Media and Politics in the Information Age” (Fall 1996).
- Development of Sociological Thought
- Media and Society
- Social Change
- Social Problems
- Sociology of Education
- Seminar on Knowledge and Politics
- Introduction to Sociology
Areas of Specialization
- Sociological Theory
- Media Studies
Charles Gattone’s current research focuses on the question of the role of intellectuals in politics, and involves assessing the relationship of social science to the contemporary economic and political order. It includes an overview of the ideas of seminal thinkers in the twentieth century such as Weber, Veblen, Mannheim, Schumpeter, Mills, Galbraith, and Bourdieu. Dr. Gattone’s other research interests are in the area of media studies and the sociology of knowledge, and center on the connections between media messages and trends in popular belief.
- The Social Scientist as Public Intellectual: Critical Reflections in a Changing World, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
- “The Social Scientist as Intellectual in an Age of Mass Media,” The International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Volume 26, Fall 2012.
- “John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-)” The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, (Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press, 2005).
- “Image and Persuasion: The Machiavellian World of Advertising and Public Relations,” The International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Volume 15, Number 3, Spring 2002.
- “The Role of the Intellectual in Public Affairs,” Theory and Science, Winter, 2000.
- “Media and Politics in the Information Age,” The International Journal of Politics Culture and Society, Volume 10, Number 1, Fall 1996, pp. 193 – 202.