Nathan Palmer

Website Blurb:




My research is focused on stratification broadly and specifically on explanations of inequality. I also have on going research in the areas of the sociology of education, race and ethnicity, environmental sociology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. My dissertation research examines how our individual social location affects the type of explanations we choose when asked to explain empirical intergroup differences and how taking an intro to sociology class may alter our habits of explanations through the development of a sociological imagination. I am also the Teaching and Learning section editor of Contexts, a journal of the American Sociological Association.


  • Palmer, Nathan and April M. Schueths. 2013. “Online Teaching Communities within Sociology: A Counter Trend to the Marketization of Higher Education.” Teaching in Higher Education 18(7): 809-820.
  • J. Allen Williams Jr., Christopher Podeschi, Nathan Palmer, Philip Schwadel and Deanna Meyler. 2012 "The Human-Environment Dialog in Award-winning Children’s Picture Books." Sociological Inquiry 82(1): 145–159.




I am a senior lecturer at Georgia Southern University and have been teaching sociology since 2006. Currently I teach multiple mass introduction to sociology classes, an honors section of introduction to sociology, and environmental sociology. I have experience teaching social change, race and ethnicity, research methods, crime and deviance, and social problems. In 2014 I was selected as the Well Warren Georgia Southern Professor of the Year.  In 2014 and again in 2015 I received the Randolph S. Gunter Distinguished Faculty: Eagles of Diversity Award. I am also the founder and editor-in-chief of and

M.A.: University of Nebraska-Lincoln