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Bruce K. Friesen


Bruce K. Friesen

Meet Bruce K. Friesen

Associate Chair/ History, Sociology, Geography and Legal Studies; Associate Professor, Sociology

Education: 1980 Rocky Mountain College, BRE
1983 University of Waterloo, B.A.
1986 University of Calgary, M.A.
1993 University of Calgary, Ph.D.

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Courses Taught: Research Methods
Sociological Analysis
Global Sociology
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Social Stratification
Honors Program Courses

Career Specialties: Bruce Friesen specializes in applied sociology and the sociology of human rights, which he blends with his ongoing interest in evolution, society and behavior. His most recent book is Moral Systems and the Evolution of Human Rights (Springer 2015).

Professional and Community Activities: Friesen currently serves as the newsletter editor for the Evolution, Society and Behavior section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). He serves as the ASA representative on the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition in Washington, D.C., and is co-chair of UT’s Human Rights Think Tank. The Tank organizes an annual Human Rights Conference on campus each April. In the past, Friesen has served as president of Sociologists Without Borders (U.S.) and as chair of the Human Rights Section of the ASA. He is the current president of the Homeowner’s Association for The Lakes of Northwood and serves as the sociology internship coordinator and UT’s faculty representative for Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honors society.

Honors and Awards: Friesen is the recipient of more than two dozen teaching awards and commendations. Most recently, he was awarded the College of Social Science, Math and Education’s (CSSME) Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and the CSSME Service Award in 2011.