Zine’s areas of specialization include social theory, sociology of post-coloniality, race and ethnicity, globalization, race and popular culture, gender and sexuality, and the sociology of African societies. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the department of African and African Diaspora Studies.
My work has dealt with two major geographic areas of the world, the United States and Southern Africa. My choice of research topics reflects a deliberate effort to make an innovative contribution in the following four sociological sub-fields: the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of culture, social stratification, and historical sociology. My purpose in choosing topics as disparate as masculinity and music and assembling data from geographical locales outside of the United States was to make a significant theoretical contribution by pursuing areas of inquiry that, although they speak to the major concerns of the discipline, have traditionally been neglected. My primary goal has been to pursue topics that sit at the intersection of all four areas. In this way I have been able to make contributions in several different areas precisely through showing how they exist in dynamic interaction.
Courses Typically Taught
SC 039 - Africa in World Perspective
SC 513 - Postcolonial Studies
SC 304 - Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture
“Common Skies and Divided Horizons? Sociology, Race, and Postcolonial Studies.” Political Power and Social Theory (24): 81-116.
“Science, Reform, and the ‘Science of Reform’: Booker T. Washington, Robert Park, and the Making of a ‘Science of Society’.” Current Sociology (forthcoming Spring 2014)
“Spectacles and Scholarship: Caster Semenya, Intersex Studies, and the Problem of Race in Feminist Theory.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (forthcoming Spring 2014)
“Saviors and Survivors: Western Passivity, African Resistance, and the Politics of Genocide in Hotel Rwanda.” In Genocide on Film, edited by John Michalczyk (New York: Peter Lang, 2013): 220-224.