Nicholas Pedriana

Position title: Senior Lecturer


Phone: (651) 235-5162

8131 Sewell Social Science

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Ph.D., University of Iowa 2000

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Law and Society; Political Sociology; Social Movements and Collective Action; Qualitative Methods


Soc 134 The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Soc 210 Survey of Sociology

Soc 211 The Sociological Enterprise

Soc 475  Classical Sociological Theory

Selected Publications:

Pedriana, Nicholas. 2017.  “Max Weber’s Sociology of Law and the Irrationality of Same-Sex Marriage Prohibitions in the U.S. Constitutional System.” Sociological Imagination 53(1): 10-28. 

Pedriana, Nicholas and Robin Stryker. 2017.  “From Legal Doctrine to Social Transformation? Comparing U.S. Voting Rights, Equal Employment, and Fair Housing Legislation.” American Journal of Sociology 123: 86-135. 

Pedriana, Nicholas. 2009. “Intimate Equality: Legal Framing of Sodomy Laws by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Movement in the Lawrence v. Texas Case.” Pp. 52-75 in Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law, edited by Scott Barclay, Mary Bernstein, and Anna-Maria Marshall. NYU Press. 

Pedriana, Nicholas. 2009. “Discrimination by Definition: The Historical and Legal Paths to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.” Yale Journal of Law and Feminism: 21: 1-17.

Pedriana, Nicholas and Amanda Abraham. 2006. “Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: The Legal Field and Newspaper Desegregation of Sex-Specific Help Wanted Ads 1965-75.” Law and Social Inquiry 31: 905-38. 

Pedriana, Nicholas. 2006. “From Protective to Equal Treatment: Legal Framing Processes and Transformation of the Women’s Movement in the 1960s.” American Journal of Sociology 111:1718-61.

Pedriana, Nicholas. 2005. “Rational Choice, Increasing Returns, and Structural Context: A Strategy for Analytic Narrative in Historical Sociology. Sociological Methods and Research 33: 349-82.

 Pedriana, Nicholas, and Robin Stryker. 2004 “The Strength of a Weak Agency: Enforcement of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Expansion of State Capacity 1965-71.” American Journal of Sociology 110: 709-60.