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Richard W. Moodey

Assistant Professor, Sociology Program
Chairperson, Criminal Justice Program
Phone: 814-871-5334
Office: PC 1223

  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications


My first teaching experience was in Nepal, at Godavari School, about eight miles outside of Kathmandu.  After spending two years teaching geography there, I moved to Chicago, and taught sociology at Loyola of Chicago.  Next, I moved to Meadville, where I taught sociology and anthropology, and served as the chair of the sociology and anthropology department.  Finally, I came to Erie, and Gannon, where I have been teaching sociology and anthropology for over a decade.  I have always loved sports, both as participant and spectator, and love to draw and paint.  At Gannon, my interest in anthropology led me to go with Professor Suzanne Richard on two archaeological digs, as the dig artist.  These expeditions are to Jordan, to Dr. Richard's dig at Khirbat Iskander. 

Courses Taught

  • Basic Sociology (Sociology 110)
  • Individual, Culture, and Society (Sociology 120)
  • Cultural Anthropology (Sociology 292)
  • Research Methods (Sociology 352; Criminal Justice 250; Organization Learning and Leadership 822 & 823)
  • Criminological Theory (Criminal Justice 240)
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Adolescent Development (Criminal Justice 230)
  • Archaeology Methods and Lab (Archaeology 202, team taught with Dr. Suzanne Richard)

Educational History

  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, Bachelor of Literature, 1957
  • Loyola University, Chicago, Licentiate in Philosophy, June, 1960; M.A. in  Sociology, Thesis: "A Heuristic Structure for the Study of Sociocultural Integration," 1961
  • University of Chicago, Ph.D. Thesis: "Masculinity and Femininity in India and the United States," 1971 

Professional Societies

  • American Sociological Association (past editor of the newletter, "Perspectives")
  • Pennsylvania Sociological Society (past president)
  • The Polanyi Society


  • 1974  "Dominant Dyads in Hindu and Confucian Families:  The   Uneasy Case Relating Unconscious Masculinity and Pragmatism," (with Fred Strodtbeck and Elena Yu), pp. 90-98 in H. Yuan Tien and Frank D. Bean, eds., Comparative Family and Fertility Research, Leiden: E.J. Brill.
  • 1974  "Allegheny College Alumni Survey," Meadville, PA: Allegheny College.
  • 1977  "Kinship and Culture in the Himalayan Region," pp. 27-36 in James F. Fisher, ed.,  Himalayan Anthropology, The Hague: Mouton.
  • 1985  "Community as Fact and Value,"  Humanity and Society 9: 254-263.
  • 1987 "
  •  1987  "A Spoonful of Honey Makes the Medicine Go Down," Perspectives, Newsletter of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association (June, 1987). 
  • 1989 "Psychologism, Sociologism, and the Madness of Social Science," Pp. 262-285 in Mark Notturno, ed., Perspectives on Psychologism,  Lieden: E.J. Brill.
  • 1989  Editor, Resource Book for Teaching Sociological Theory, 2nd ed. (Joint project of the ASA Teaching Resources Center and the Section on Theory, Washington, American Sociological Association.
  • 1991 "The Glossary Committee as Socrates," Perspectives, Newsletter of the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association (April, 1991).
  • 1997  Editor, Resource Book for Teaching Sociological Theory, 3nd ed. (Joint project of the ASA Teaching Resources Center and the Section on Theory, Washington, American Sociological Association.
  • 2009 “Institutional Science as Person or Network?”  Discussion of Theodore E. Brown, Imperfect Oracle: The Epistemic and Moral Authority of Science.  (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009) in Tradition & Discovery: The Polonyi Society Periodical 36, 3: 22-27.
  • 2012 Two chapters in Michaal Polanyi: (Vor-) Denker des Liberalismus im 20. Jarhhundert, edited by Richard Allen (2012): "The From-To Structure of Political and Economic Thinking," pp 92-10, and "Polanyi and the Sociology of Economic Life," pp 109-114.
  • 2013 "Tradition: Why Shils and Polanyi abandoned the action frame of reference." Tradition & Discovery: The Journal of the Polanyi Society , 39(3), 5-28.
  • 2013. (with S. Frezza and D. Nordquest) “Knowledge-generation epistemology and the foundations of engineering”, in Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'13), Oklahoma City, OK, October 2013.
  • 2014. "Models of Face-to-Face Interaction and the Epistemic Significance of Other Minds."  Social Epistemology Reply and Review Collective.
  • 2015. "'Visual Presentation of Social Matters' and Later Changes in Polanyi's Social Theory." Tradition & Discovery: The Journal of the Polanyi Society, 41 (2): 35-34.