Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
: Building 4S
B.A., University of Connecticut
M.A., University of Connecticut
Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Biography / Academic Interests
Thomas Volscho is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. His dissertation linked the historical literature on sterilization abuse of women of color to contemporary statistical patterns in sterilization. He plans to turn several of his dissertation chapters into journal articles and the entire project into a book manuscript. As a graduate student he has published several articles on how institutions such as unions, minimum wages, and government employment influence the level of income inequality in states and cities. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Sociology Department at the University of Connecticut. His future research includes conducting surveys, field experiments and interviews with physicians and reproductive healthcare recipients to study contemporary sterilization abuse. In a book-length project (tentatively titled The Revenge of the Capitalist Class) he is studying the rise of the super rich and their response to the 1960s “social crisis” in the form of increased repression and militarization of domestic society.
Scholarship / Publications
Volscho, Thomas W. forthcoming. “Pan-Ethnic and Ethnic Disparities in Tubal Sterilization in the 2000s: A Legacy of Colonialism?” Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native American Studies.
Volscho, Thomas W. 2007. “Unions, Government Employment, and the Political Economy of Income Distribution in Metropolitan Areas.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 25: 1-12.
Volscho, Thomas W. and Andrew S. Fullerton. 2005. “Metropolitan Earnings Inequality: Union and Government Sector Effects.” Social Science Quarterly 86: 1324-1337.
Volscho, Thomas W. 2005. “Money and Sex, the Illusory Universal Sex Difference: Comment on Kanazawa.” The Sociological Quarterly 46: 719-736.
Volscho, Thomas W. 2005. “Minimum Wages and Income Inequality in the American States, 1960-2000.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 23: 343-368.