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Nicholas Membrez-Weiler

Graduate Student

Ph.D. in Sociology

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Teaching and Research Interests

I am interested in the sociology of work and organizations, economic sociology, and the sociology of crime, law, and social control. I am interested in many different research methods, including using corpus-sized text data, participant observation and ethnography, and traditional statistical methods to address questions in many areas of sociology. My main interests are corporate and occupational crime. I teach classes on the Sociology of Organizations, Social Deviance, Criminology, and Social Theory.


First, in my dissertation I am using interview methods to investigate the ways that managers and employees at retail/restaurant businesses negotiate paid and unpaid labor.

Second, I am investigating the effects of franchise organizations on civic engagement and spatial inequality in rural communities.

Extension and Community Engagement

I had the wonderful opportunity to teach Dialect Awareness to 8th graders in Ocracoke, NC. I hope to continue work doing so in other parts of NC during Spring Break.

Office Hours

  • Tue: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


B.A. Linguistics Metropolitan State University of Denver 2012

M.A. Forensic Linguistics Hofstra University 2014