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Richard Machalek - Professor|Department of Sociology

Ph.D. University of Texas 1975; M.A. University of Texas at Austin 1972; B.S. Texas A&M University, College Station 1969


Richard Machalek received the Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.  Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the University of Wyoming in 1988, he was a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas (1975-1988).  He has served as Head of the UW Department of Sociology (1988-1991; 2004-2005) and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University (1985-1988).  Machalek also has held appointments as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy (2002-2003), as Interim Dean of the University of Wyoming Libraries (2001-2002), as Visiting Scientist at the Centre for Rainforest Studies (Queensland, Australia; 1995), as Visiting Scholar in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University (1986), and as Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin (1979-1980; 1983).  His primary teaching and research interests pertain to the evolution of social behavior among both humans and nonhumans.  Other areas of interest include the sociology of religion, the sociology of the military, and sociological theory.

Research Interests:  Evolution of Social Behavior

Publications (Selected Articles):
      Machalek, Richard. (Forthcoming). "Sociobiology and Sociology." Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. Charles Crothers (ed.). UNESCO.
      Snow, David and Richard Machalek. 2007. "The Sociology of Conversion." The Sociology of Religion: Critical Concepts in Sociology Vol 5, Part 14, Ch 7: 260-283. Malcolm B. Hamilton (ed.) London: Routledge.
      Machalek, Richard. 2007. "Biosociological Theories." Encyclopedia of Sociology. George Ritzer (ed.) Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.
      Machalek, Richard, Andrew Katayama, James Patrey, and Dana Born. 2006. "Suspending Routine Duty: The Sociological Significance of Military Holidays and Ceremonies." Armed Forces and Society 32:389-404.
      Machalek, Richard. 2004. "Evolutionary Biology and Human Nature: The Archaeology of Epigenetic Rules." Reviews in Anthropology 33:193-207.
      Machalek, Richard and Michael W. Martin. 2004. "Sociology and the Second Darwinian Revolution: A Metatheoretical Analysis." Sociological Theory 22:455-76.

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