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Professor Irene Thomson Honored
Fairleigh Dickinson University Honors Bedford Resident Irene Thomson With Distinguished Faculty Award for Research
Teaneck, NJ (October 8, 2001)—At Fairleigh Dickinson University’s annual Academic Convocation, held October 3 on the Teaneck-Hackensack, NJ, Campus, the university community celebrated the opening of the academic year and honored distinguished faculty.
Professor of Sociology Irene Taviss Thomson, a resident of Bedford, NY, received Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. Her research focuses on the relationship between the individual and society in America, and the social implications of technology.
After receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, and earning the Bobbs Merrill Award in Sociology for outstanding performance on Ph.D. examinations, she spent six years as a research associate for the Harvard University program on Technology and Society. Relating to this theme, she wrote the book, Our Tool-making Society, which was praised for its discussion of the interplay of technology and values.
Thomson spent two years as a lecturer at Harvard before joining Fairleigh Dickinson University in 19 75. For more than a quarter century, she has provided students with illuminating lessons on the human condition, teaching courses such as Social Problems, Sociology of Health and Illness, and The Individual and Society.
At the same time, she has continued to provide significant breakthroughs in her research. For example, her 1989 study was the first to systematically compare images of individuals in the 1920s and 1970s. Last year, she had her fourth book, In Conflict No Longer: Self and Society in Contemporary America, published.
In addition, she has written for some of the country’s most competitive and top-rated journals, including American Sociological Review and Social Forces. She is an editorial board member of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
Currently, Thomson is studying the enduring appeal of mass society theory with American sociology and culture.