Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
Office: CLS-2091, Phone: (773) 442-4779
Years at Northeastern Illinois University: 2006 to present
- Ph.D., Sociology, 2006, New York University
- M.A., Sociology, 1997, University of Florida
- B.S., Marketing, 1992, University of Central Florida
My scholarly interests include the intersections of gender, power, and violence. My attention is increasingly drawn to how privilege is reproduced and challenged in higher education, especially how academic practices produce academic masculinity, a class-, race-, and sexuality-based notion of masculinity that stands in contradistinction to women inside the academy and men and women outside of the academy. I have recently finished coauthoring an introductory textbook for courses in the Sociology of Gender. My recent campus activism has involved free-speech issues, antimilitarism, and a research project exploring the relationship between violence in NEIU students’ lives and implications for their time to graduation.
I teach courses in Men & Masculinities, Social Inequalities, Sociological Theory, Urban Sociology, and Introduction to Sociology.
- Martha E. Thompson and Michael Armato. 2012. Investigating Gender: Developing a Feminist Sociological Imagination. Polity Press. Click here for book's website.
- Michael Armato. Forthcoming. "Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: Men’s Enlightened Sexism & Hegemonic Masculinity in Academia." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
- Michael Armato. 2012. "Striving to be Queer: Challenging Inequality from Positions of Privilege." Chapter in Transforming the Ivory Tower: Challenging Racism, Sexism and Homophobia in the Academy, edited by Brett Stockdill and Mary Yu Danico. University of Hawaíi Press. Click here for book's website.
- Michael Armato and William Marsiglio. 2002. "Self Structure, Identity, and Commitment: Promise Keepers' Godly Man Project." Symbolic Interaction, 25 (1): 41-65.
- Michael Armato and Neal Caren. 2002. "Mobilizing the Single Case Study: Doug McAdam's Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970." Qualitative Sociology, 25 (1): 93-103.
- Eileen O'Brien and Michael Armato. 2001 "Building Connections between Antiracism and Feminism: Antiracist Whites and Profeminist Men." Pp. 277-294 in Feminism and Antiracism: International Struggles for Justice, edited by France Winddance Twine and Kathleen M. Blee. NY: NYU Press.
- "Gendering our Understanding of Violence: Violence against Male Students and its Academic Implications." (with Shelley Bannister, Laurie S. Fuller, and Nancy Matthews) Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, March 2011.
- "Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing: Men’s Enlightened Sexism & Hegemonic Masculinity in Academia." Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2010.
- "Effects of violence on women’s retention at NEIU and assessment of related campus responses." (with Shelley Bannister, María Frances, Laurie S. Fuller, Nancy Matthews, and Annum Qureshi) National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2009.
- "Striving to be Queer: How a White, Heterosexual Man Challenges Inequality in the Academe." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2009.
- "Public Sociology: Challenges & Strategies" Panelist, Contexts Town Hall Meeting. Midwestern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, March 2008.
Recent Professional Service
- Reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.
- Assistant Editor, Contexts (Fall 2004 - Spring 2006), the American Sociological Association's "public sociology" magazine directed at audiences beyond academia.
- Member, American Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Society
Recent Community Involvement
Faculty Advisor, NEIU Department of Sociology's Café Society.