William Hoynes

Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Sociology on the Jane Baker Nord ’42 Chair
William Hoynes wearing a black collared shirt with a gray background.

William Hoynes is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Sociology, and former Director of both the American Studies Program and the Media Studies Program at Vassar College. He received his PhD in Sociology from Boston College and joined Vassar’s Sociology Department in 1992. Hoynes is a cultural sociologist whose research explores contemporary media and culture in the US, with a special focus on the relationships among journalism, the structure of the media industry, and practices of democratic citizenship.

BA, Tufts University; MA, PhD, Boston College
At Vassar since 1992


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Selected Publications

→ See Hoynes’ recent commentary on the 2016 election published on CommonDreamsLearning the Wrong Lesson from the Trump Victory

 Hoynes recently worked with Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson on a study of energy insecurity in the Hudson Valley. Download the report: Just Utilities: Organizing for Solutions to the Household Energy Crisis.

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Hoynes is co-editor, with David Croteau and Charlotte Ryan, of:

Hoynes and Croteau are co-authors of two widely-used texts:

Hoynes served as Guest Editor of a Special Issue of Peace Review: Symposium on Nonviolent Movements: Prospects and Challenges in March 2014.

Hoynes teaches classes on various aspects of contemporary media and culture, including:

  • Mass Media and Society
  • News Media in the U.S.
  • Media and War
  • Class, Culture, and Power
  • Culture, Commerce, and the Public Sphere
  • Sociology Research Methods

In the Media

Interior of Chapel with the audience for Convocation

Convocation officially kicked off the academic year on August 31. The Convocation address, “How I Got Medieval: From First Gen to PhD,” was delivered by Professor of History Nancy Bisaha.


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