Contact Information

Campus Box 327

Boulder, CO 80309

Phone (303) 735-4090

isaac.reed [at]


I work in social theory, cultural sociology, and historical sociology, with a particular interest in theories of interpretation and causal explanation, transitions to modernity, and the cultural and social transformation of Colonial America. My research on the Salem Witch Trials examines the intersection of culture, gender and power in Puritan society. My research in social theory develops interpretive sociology in new directions, with particular attention how cultural sociology can build causal explanations. I retain an enduring interest in the interrelation of social power, collective representations, and subjectivities, and in the massive transformations in culture and society--including the colonial encounter--that ushered in modernity in the West.

I was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1978. I received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 2000 in Mathematics and Sociology/Anthropology, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University in 2007. I currently reside in Boulder, Colorado.


Isaac Ariail Reed