My research interests are in the areas of urban sociology, social psychology, and social movements. In particular, my primary focus is on the application of the sociological imagination—the perspective that emphasizes the interrelationship of social forces and individual agency— to the study and design of built environments (e.g. cities, buildings, interior design, etc.). My work examines how the built environment influences feelings, thoughts, behaviors, social organization, and culture, but also how these in turn shape the built environment itself. To examine these questions, I use diverse approaches ranging from quantitative applications to ethnographic methods.
M.A., Sociology, Ohio State University
B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Kent State University
Published Books and Articles
Buettner, Cynthia K. and Jeffrey S. Debies-Carl. In Press. “The Ties That Bind: Bonding vs.
Bridging Social Capital and College Student Party Attendance” Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Debies-Carl, Jeffrey S. In Press. “Are the Kids Alright? A Critique and Agenda for Taking
Youth Subcultures Seriously.” Social Science Information
Debies-Carl, Jeffrey S. 2011. “Mapping the Residual Landscape: Abandonment, Dilapidation,
and Ruin.” Environment, Space, Place 3(2): 51-81.
Debies-Carl, Jeffrey S. and Christopher M. Huggins. 2009. “‘City Air Makes Free’: A Multi-
Level, Cross-National Analysis of Self-Efficacy.” Social Psychology Quarterly 72(4): 343-64.