Kristin Lawler, Ph.D.

Kristin Lawler, Ph.D.

Kristin Lawler

Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., City University of New York
B.A., The Catholic University of America

Areas of Interest 

  • Social Theory
  • The Labor Movement
  • Popular Culture



  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 301 Social Problems
  • SOC 302 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 306 The Family
  • SOC 310 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 324 Sociological Theory


Lawler, Kristin. The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Chapters in Edited Volumes
Lawler, Kristin (forthcoming, 2020) Radical America: the 1930s and the Politics of Storytelling in The Long 1930s: Repetition and Crisis in the Liberal World Order, Susan Falls, Taylor C. Nelms, Jeremy Rayner, and George Souvlis, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lawler, Kristin (forthcoming, 2019) Labor’s Will to Power: Nietzsche, American Syndicalism, and the Politics of Liberation in Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory, Michael Roberts and Christine Payne, eds., Boston: Brill Publishers.

Lawler, Kristin (2017) Free Ride: the Food Stamp Surfer, American Counterculture, and the Refusal of Work in The Critical Surf Studies Reader, Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee and Alexander Eastman, eds., Durham: Duke University Press.

Lawler, Kristin (2017) The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream in Class: A Reader: Perspectives from History, Political Economy, and Cultural Studies, Stanley Aronowitz and Michael Roberts, eds., Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.

Lawler, Kristin (2017) San Onofre Surfers: Roots of American Counterculture, 1920-1946 in Southern California Bohemias, Jay Ruby, ed., San Diego: San Diego State University Press.

Lawler, Kristin (2014) “Η πολιτική της χαλαρότητας και το Ικαριακό όνειρο” in Διάλογοι Ενάντια στην Κρίση Για τα Κοινά, Μπαρέλη-Γαγλία Μ. και Φάκαρη Α.(ed), Free Flights: Athens, pp.213-224.

Lawler, Kristin (2013) “Fix the Tired”: Cultural Politics and the Struggle for Shorter Hours in Living With Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, Ron Scapp, and Brian Seitz, eds., New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Articles and Reviews
Lawler, Kristin, Slackers, Sabotage, and Shorter Hours: Cultural Politics and the Class Struggle. Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Winter 2018.

Lawler, Kristin, The Mediterranean Imaginary: A Nationalism of the Sun, a Communism of the Sea. Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Winter 2015-16.

Lawler, Kristin (2015) Aloha and the Mediterranean: A Review of “Bella Vita,” Italian-American Review, Volume 5, Number 2.

Lawler, Kristin (2014) Oceanic Futures: Mataroa and the Mediterranean Imaginary. Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination, Winter 2014.

Lawler, Kristin (2013) The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream. Z Magazine, Volume 26, Number 3, March 2013.

Lawler, Kristin (2012) Η Πολιτική της Λιτότητας και το Ικαριακό Όνειρο (το κείμενο). Ikaria Magazine,

Lawler, Kristin (2011) Fear of a Slacker Revolution: Occupy Wall Street and the Cultural Politics of the Class Struggle. Possible Futures Digital Forum, Social Science Research Council,

Kornblum, William, and Kristin Lawler (2011) Collecting and Connecting in New York’s Central Park. Lo Squaderno: Explorations in Space and Society, Special Issue on Urban Knowledge, No. 19, March 2011.

Lawler, Kristin (2008), Book review of Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom (Santa Monica: Santa Monica Press, 2008) in Southwest Journal of Cultures, Winter 2008.

Lawler, Kristin (2005), Book review of Hard Work: Remaking the Labor Movement (Rick Fantasia and Kim Voss, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004) in New Politics Vol. X, Number 3, Summer 2005.

Lawler, Kristin (2004), Book review of The New Left Revisited (John McMillian and Paul Buhle, eds., Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003) in New Politics Vol IX, Number 4, Winter 2004.

Kornblum, William, and Kristin Lawler (2000, 2001), Public Use of Urban Parks: A Research Manual.  New York: Lila Wallace Foundation.

with Zukin, Sharon, et. al. (1998) From Coney Island to Las Vegas in the Urban Imaginary: Discursive Practices of Growth and Decline.   Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 33, Number 5, May.

Works in Progress
Shanty Irish: The Roots of American Syndicalism

Conference Presentation
Antifascism, Counterculture, and the Surfer Imaginary, plenary session presentation at “Impact Zones and Liminal Spaces: the Culture and History of Surfing” conference, San Diego State University, April 2019.

Athletes, Activism, and American History, Presentation at “Sports and Society” conference, College of Mount Saint Vincent, October 2018.

Slackers, Sabotage, and Shorter Hours, Presentation at Pacific Sociological Association conference, April 2018.

Culture, Refusal, and the Point of Production in False Promises and The Crisis in Historical Materialism, Presentation at “Stanley Aronowitz and the Labors of Theory” conference, City University of New York Graduate Center, May 2017.

Power and Culture: Nietzsche and Syndicalist Labor Politics, Presentation at “Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory: Affirmation, Animosity, Ambiguity” conference, San Diego State University, January 2017.

Shanty Irish: the Roots of American Syndicalism, Presentation at “Ireland and the Wobbly World” conference, National University of Ireland Galway, November 2016.

Offing the Grid: Self-Provisioning Communities and the Refusal of Work, Presentation at Society for the Anthropology of North America/Canadian Anthropology Society, May 2016.

Postindustrial Counterpublics: the Surfer Imaginary and the Politics of Leisure, Presentation at the Society for the Anthropology of North America, April 2015.

Althusser and Reproduction: A Symptomatic Reading of the Politics of Defeat, Presentation at Left Forum, “Rereading Althusser” panel co-sponsored by Verso Books, publisher of Althusser’s newly-translated On the Reproduction of Capitalism, May 31, 2014.

The Cultural Politics of the Gezi Uprising, Presentation at Left Forum, “Gezi Resistance,” May 31, 2014.

Reform School: Higher Education and the Politics of the Speedup, Presentation at Left Forum, “Is Education Reform Possible?” June 1, 2014.

Slacker Politics: the Work Ethic and the Mediterranean Imaginary, public address, Raches Town Hall, Ikaria, Greece, July 18, 2013.

The Cultural Politics of Shangri-La. Presentation at “Mataroa: Against Crisis, for the Commons.” Ikaria, Greece, July 15, 2013.

The American Surfer: Capitalism and the Countercultural Image. Presentation at the Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA, April 8, 2009.

Radical: The Image of the Surfer and the Politics of Popular Culture. Presentation at Regular Session on Popular Culture, American Sociological Association, New York, NY, August 11, 2007.

Invited Talks
Reading Popular Culture: the American Surfer, Invited presentation, Dept. of Anthropology, Montclair State University, April 2015.

The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism. Invited presentation, Dept. of Sociology Alumni Book Lecture, CUNY Graduate Center, May 3, 2013.

The American Surfer: Studying Popular Culture and Class. Invited presentation, Dept. of Sociology, Marymount Manhattan College, April 27, 2012.

Primitivism, Counterculture, and the Surfer Image. Invited presentation, Dept. of Anthropology, Montclair State University, April 17, 2012.

The American Surfer: Freedom and Work in Popular Culture. Invited presentation, Dept. of Sociology, San Diego State University, March 16, 2012.

The American Surfer: the Politics of a Subversive Image. Invited presentation, Dept. of Anthropology, Montclair State University, April 21, 2011.