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 Erik  Withers

Erik Withers

Erik Withers






Curriculum Vitae


Erik is an A.B.D. Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida, who will defend his dissertation by summer of 2019. His areas of research and teaching are racial and ethnic inequalities, gender, and consumer culture, but he also engages with debate in the areas of urban sociology, identity, family and culture more broadly.

His current research focuses on racial, ethnic, and gendered representations and inequalities within consumer cultural settings. His dissertation, Selling Whiteness: An Intersectional Analysis of Cultural Intermediaries in the Craft Beverage Industry, is an ethnography that explores the nuances of race, ethnicity, and gender within the cultural work of the craft beverage industry.

Erik’s scholarship has been published in the journal Sociology Compass, and in two edited volumes on sociology and craft beer. He has also presented his work at multiple conferences across the U.S. and Canada, most recently at the 2018 ASA conference in Philadelphia.

He teaches the courses Racial and Ethnic Relations, Consumer Culture, Introduction to Sociology, and Social Problems as a Graduate Teaching Associate at the University of South Florida. He is a two-time recipient of the USF Department of Sociology’s Ph.D. Distinguished Teaching Award (2016 and 2017), The Department of Sociology’s Ph.D. Research Support Grant (2018), and the USF International Studies Grant (2017).

For more information, please visit his website

Dissertation Committee: Elizabeth Aranda (chair), Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Laurel Graham, and David Brunsma (Virginia Tech).

Advisor : Elizabeth Aranda