Richard Farnum
Associate Professor
PHD, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Princeton University

Richard A. Farnum Jr. is an associate professor of sociology in the Liberal Arts Division at the University of the Arts. He graduated from Princeton in 1972, where he took an honors degree in sociology. He subsequently took his doctoral degree at Penn, where he studied with Talcott Parsons and Digby Baltzell. In 1980, Farnum joined the part-time faculties of Penn and the then Philadelphia College of Art. He has been teaching full time at what is now the University of the Arts since 1985.

Professor Farnum’s current roster of courses includes “Case Studies in Sociology,” a SIFT core course introducing both science and sociology; “Individual and Society,” the influence of social forces on action; “American Society,” core American beliefs and current social trends; “Contemporary Social Problems and Institutions,” three American social institutions and their current problems; and “The Good Life,” a Humanities Seminar on conceptions of virtue. He has also taught “Sociology of Art,” “Modern Culture,” “Modernism” and “Western Culture.”

Several of Professor Farnum’s publications, including “Elite College Discrimination and the Limits of Conflict Theory,” “Penn’s Road Not Taken,” “Prestige in the Ivy League” and “The American Upper Class and Higher Education,” examine sources of university prestige and relations between the university and the class structure. “On Ressentiment as a Motive Force in Sociological Research” considers the shift in academic sociology from analysis to advocacy.

Class Schedule, Fall 2015

T10:00AM - 12:50PMCase Studies in Sociology
W01:00PM - 03:50PMCase Studies in Sociology
TH10:00AM - 12:50PMThe Good Life: Honors

Contact Info

Office: Terra Hall 805
Tel: 215-717-6275
Fax: 215-717-6620