Stephen J. McNamee, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology and Criminology
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Phone 910-962-3660
FAX    910-962-7385










Ph.D. Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980

M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1975

A.B. Sociology, Rutgers University, Camden, 1973 magna cum laude



A.  Teaching Philosophy

B.  Study Guides

                                                 C.  Teaching Awards and Recognitions

  • UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2002

  • UNCW Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award, 2000

  • UNCW Center For Teaching Excellence Award for Contributions to The UNCW Teaching Environment, 2001

  • UNCW Center For Teaching Excellence Award for Contributions to the UNCW Teaching Environment, 1999

                                        D.  Courses


SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 215 Modern Social Problems

SOC 340 Organizations in Modern Society

SOC 360 Social Theory

SOC 366 Social Change
SOC 380 Social Classes
SOC 503 Graduate Social Theory





Sample Publications

Stephen J. McNamee and Robert K. Miller, Jr. The Meritocracy Myth. 2nd Edition 2009. Lanham, MD:  Rowan and Littlefield, Publishers

Miller, Robert K. Jr., Stephen J. McNamee and Abigail B. Reiter.  2009. “Inheritance” in Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience 2009. Edited by Clifton D.  Bryant and Dennis L. Peck. Clifton. Thousand Oaks, California:  Sage Publications.

 Stephen J. McNamee “Meritocracy” Pp. 98-100 in International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, 2nd  Edition, 2008. Edited by William A. Darity.  Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.

Stephen J. McNamee. The Social Construction of Life Meaning. 2007.  Sociation Today. Fall, Vol. 5 Number 2

Stephen J. McNamee and Robert K. Miller Jr. "The Meritocracy Myth" 2004 Sociation Today. Spring, Vol. 2 Number 1

Robert K. Miller, Jr., Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld, and Stephen J. McNamee "The Disposition of Property:  Transfers between the Dead and the Living" 2003.  Pp. 917-925 In The Handbook of Thanatology:  Essays on the Social Study of Death. Clifton D. Bryant (ed.) Thousand Oaks, California:  Sage Publications

Stephen J. McNamee and Gary L. Faulkner. 
International Exchange Experience and the Social Construction of Meaning". 2001. Journal of Studies in International Education, Volume 5, Number 5, Pp.64-78.

 Robert K. Miller, Jr. and Stephen J. McNamee (eds.) 
Inheritance and Wealth in America. 1999. New York:  Plenum.




  •  UNC Tomorrow Tenure Reward System Review Committee

  • UNCW Graduate School Council

  • UNCW Center For Faculty Leadership Advisory Council

  • UNCW External Senior Faculty Mentor

  •  UNCW Hearings Panel (Chair)

  • Department Graduate Committee

  • Department Evaluation Committee (Chair)

  • Editorial Board, Sociological Perspectives

  • Hadden Hall Board of Directors, (Vice President), Wilmington, North Carolina


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