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Martin Malone
Martin J. Malone Ph.D.
University Professor
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Ph.D., Indiana University
M.A., Southern Illinois University
B.A., New York University


2007 Summer Grant with Stephen Whitman to develop team taught course-"Who were the first Americans?"

2006 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Honors Convocation, April

2003 Honors Examiner for Oberlin College Sociology Program

2003 Selected to participate in the 2003 NSF Chautauqua Short Courses for College Teachers, Philadelphia.

2003 Profiled in the spring, 2003 issue of the Mount Magazine

2002 Research sabbatical - fall 2002

2002 Intercultural Center Shining Star Award

2002 Intercultural Center Community Service Award

2002 Class of 1950 Award for Service to Mount Saint Mary's College.

2000 Peacemaker Award (with Jane Malone). Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, Gettysburg, Pa.

1985-1999 Nine Mount St. Mary's Summer Research Grants

1992-93 Research sabbatical - fall 1992-Spring 1993

1990 American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant to XII World Congress of Sociology

1990 American Sociological Association Travel Grant to XII World Congress of Sociology

1981 Choice 1981 Outstanding Book of the Year Award

1979-1985 Indiana University Graduate Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships

1973 Southern Illinois University Graduate Fellowship

1972 B.A. cum laude (with honors in Anthropology)


Dr. Malone is professor and former chair of the Department of Sociology and has taught at Mount St. Mary's since 1985. He lives in Gettysburg, Pa., with his wife, who is a retired high school history teacher. His son works in information technology and his daughter is an attorney at the Dickinson Law School of Penn State University.

His research interests are in human language and communication (how people understand each other), emotions (how society structures the way we feel) and social theory (how this whole thing works). He has coauthored a book on cross-cultural comparisons (Toward Explaining Human Culture), and written a number of articles on the sociology of language. His most recent book is titled, Worlds of Talk: Self-Presentation in Everyday Conversation (1997). He is currently writing a textbook on pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas.

Dr. Malone regularly teaches Foundations of Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Modern Social Theory, Pre-Columbian Civilizations and Autobiography and Nonwestern Cultures. He has also taught in the College's Freshman Seminar, Nonwestern Societies and Modern Civilization programs.

Areas of Study

Social theory, cultural anthropology, pre-Columbian civilizations, social psychology, capitalism and globalization


2007 "A world without borders: The curse of living in interesting times." In McFadden, Roberta, Ed. Choices. Eighth Edition. Pp. 217-226.

2006 Review of Discourse, the Body, and Identity, edited by Coupland and Gwyn. In Journal of Sociolinguistics. 10/3:393-396.

2006 Review of Discourse: A Critical Introduction, by Jan Blommaert. In Journal of Sociolinguistics. 10/1:123-127.

2004 "Structure and Affect: The influence of social structure on affective evaluation in American kinship." Social Psychology Quarterly. 67: 203-216.

2002 Review of Body and Organization, edited by Hassard, Holliday & Wilmott. In Discourse & Society. 13(4): 566-568.

1997 Worlds of Talk: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Conversation. London: Polity Press.

1996 "Semiotics." In Levinson, D. & M. Ember, Eds. The Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology. Henry Holt 1150-54.

1995 "How to do things with friends: Altercasting and recipient design." Research on Language and Social Interaction 28:147-170.

1995 "Conflicting demands in writing response groups." The Writing Instructor. 14:77-88. (with Margaret Tipper)

1994 "Small disagreements: Character contests and working consensus in informal talk." Symbolic Interaction. 17: 107-27.

1980 David Levinson and Martin J. Malone. Toward Explaining Human Culture: A Critical Review of the Findings of Worldwide Cross-Cultural Research. New Haven, CT: Human Relations Area Files Press. (Awarded a Choice Magazine Outstanding Book of the Year Award 1981).

Current Research
2012-ongoing Pre-Columbian Civilizations of the new World: A Concise Introduction. Textbook preparation.

2011-present Drug abusing medical professionals. With Virginia McGovern. Monograph. Under contract

2006-present Eating disorders and the small college environment. Two articles under
revision with Virginia McGovern.

1997-present Thin and Tan: The symbolism of appearance in contemporary American culture. Currently revising one article and drafting a second.

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