Education

Ph.D., Sociology, 2006, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Master of Arts, Psychology, 1998, University of Alberta, Canada

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Psychology, 1994, University of Alberta, Canada

Employment

2013-present: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, MacEwan University.

2010-2013: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, MacEwan University

2007-2010: Continuing Instructor, Department of Sociology, MacEwan University

2006-2007: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Service Positions

2013 – present: Chair, Department of Sociology, MacEwan University

2009 – 2013: Discipline and Honours Advisor, Department of Sociology, MacEwan University

Publications

 Edited books

2011. Ritzer, G. & Stepnisky, J. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Textbooks 

  1. Ritzer, G. & Stepnisky, J. Contemporary Sociological Theory and its Classical Roots, 5th Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  1. Ritzer, G. & Stepnisky, J. Sociological Theory, 10th Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  1. Ritzer, G. & Stepnisky, J. Classical Sociological Theory, 7th Edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2018. Ritzer, G. & Stepnisky, J. Modern Sociological Theory, 8th Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2013. Ritzer, G. & Stepnisky, J. Contemporary Sociological Theory and its Classical Roots: The Basics, 4th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.2014.

Ritzer, G. & Stepnisky, J. Sociological Theory, 9th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Journal Articles

2018. Stepnisky, J. “Staging Atmosphere on the Ukrainian Maidan,” Space and Culture, (early online May 2018).

2014. Stepnisky, J. “Social Psychology from Flat to Round: Intersubjectivity and Space in Peter Sloterdijk’s Bubbles.” Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 44 (4), pp. 413-435.

2007. Stepnisky, J. “The Biomedical Self: Hermeneutic Considerations.” Social Theory & Health, 5 (3), pp. 187-207.

2007. Stepnisky, J. “Narrative Magic and the Construction of Selfhood in Antidepressant Advertising.” Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 27(1), pp. 24-36.

2005. Stepnisky, J. “Global Memory and the Rhythm of Life.” American Behavioral Scientist, 48(10), pp. 1383-1402.

2005. Ritzer, G., Stepnisky, J. & Lemich, J. 2005. “The ‘Magical’ World of Consumption: Transforming Nothing into Something.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 49, pp. 117-136.

 Book Chapters

2012. Stepnisky, J. “Biocitizenship and Mental Health in a Canadian Context.” In L. Tepperman & A. Kalyta Reading Sociology, pp. 189-192.  Oxford: Oxford University Press

2008. Stepnisky, J. “Antidepressants, recognition, and the family drama.” In K. Hahn & C. Papilloud (eds.), Cultural Technologies within a Technological Culture: On the Hybrid Construction of Social Life, pp. 133-152. Germany: Lit Verlag.

2006. Stepnisky, J. “Transformations of Self in Late-modern Space: Relational, Solitary or Hyperreal?” In G. Burkart (ed.) Die Ausweitung der Bekenntniskulture (The Expansion of the Culture of Confession), pp. 145-169. Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (in German).

2005. Ritzer, G., Ryan, M. & Stepnisky, J. “Transformations in Consumer Settings: Landscapes and Beyond.” In R. Ratneshwar & D. Mick, Inside Consumption, pp. 292-308. London: Routledge.

2004. Ritzer, G. & Stepnisky, J. “Introduction.” In George Ritzer (ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Theory, pp. xxxi-xxxvi. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

1999. Mos, L. &  Stepnisky, J. “The structure of narrative and the narrative structure of life.” In W. Maiers, B. Bayer, B. Duarte Esgalhado, R. Jorna & E. Schraube (eds.) Challenges to Theoretical Psychology. Captus Press.

1999. Stepnisky, J. & Mos, L. “Freedom in self-narration.” In W. Maiers, B. Bayer, B. Duarte Esgalhado, R. Jorna & E. Schraube (eds.) Challenges to Theoretical Psychology. Captus Press.

Book reviews and Encyclopedia articles (select)

In press. Stepnisky, J. “Sociological Theory.” In M. Ryan (ed.), Essential Concepts in Sociology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

  1. Ellis, B & Stepnisky, J. “Psychology.” In G. Ritzer (ed.) Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

2013. Stepnisky, J. Review of Disability and Social Theory (eds. Goodley, Hughes & Davis). Canadian Journal of Sociology, 38 (1), pp. 97-100.

2012. Stepnisky, J. “Collective memory.” In G. Ritzer (ed.) Encyclopedia of Globalization. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

2011. Stepnisky, J. “Self.” In G. Ritzer & M. Ryan (eds.) Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 526-8.

2009. Stepnisky, J. Review of “Kelly Joyce, Magnetic Appeal.” Canadian Review of Sociology online reviews.

2008. Stepnisky, J. “Psychology.” In G. Ritzer (ed.) Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.

2005. Stepnisky, J. Review of “Marc Augé, Oblivion.” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, 42(3), pp. 365-367.

2004. Stepnisky, J. “Taylor, Charles.” In George Ritzer (ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Theory, pp. 827-828. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Presentations (select)

  1. Stepnisky, J. “Depth Spherology,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of WCTP (Western Canadian Theoretical Psychology), October 12-15, St Alberta, AB.
  1. Stepnisky, J. “Atmosphere and Action on the Ukrainian Maidan.” Paper presented at The Idea of Place, Space and Culture’s 20th Anniversary Conference, University of Alberta, May 5-7.
  1. Stepnisky, J. “Life and Depth in the Sociology of Georg Simmel.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of WCTP (Western Canadian Theoretical Psychology), September 24-27, Victoria, BC.
  1. Stepnisky, J. “Atmosphere: A Depth Concept.” Presented at the annual meeting of WCTP (Western Canadian Theoretical Psychology), September 25-28, Victoria, BC.

2013. Stepnisky, J. “Rationalization, Enchantment, and the Contemporary University.” Presented as part of MacEwan University, Department of Humanities Speaker Series Panel: ‘Crisis in Education?’ January 25, Edmonton, AB.

2012. Stepnisky, J. “Depth Social Psychology: An Interpretation of Peter Sloterdijk’s Bubbles.” Presented at the annual meeting of WCTP (Western Canadian Theoretical Psychology), September 27-31. St. Albert, AB.

2012. Stepnisky, J. “Historical sociology as melancholy.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association, May 26-June 2. Waterloo, ON.

2011. Stepnisky, J. “Narrative, affect and the antidepressant self.” Presented at a roundtable session at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 20-23. Las Vegas, NV.

2011. Stepnisky, J. “Affective selfhood.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association, May 31 – June 4. Fredericton, NB.

2010. Stepnisky, J.Biological citizenship and mental illness in a Canadian context.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sociology Association, May 31 – June 4. Montreal, QC.

2007. Stepnisky, J. “Antidepressants and the family: Care or Control?” Paper presented for the MacEwan Institute for Research on Family & Youth, September 25th, Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton, AB.

2007. Stepnisky, J. “Self-interpretation in a postsocial world.” Paper presented as part of panel on Phenomenology and Sociology at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sociology Association, May 29th-June 1st, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2006. Stepnisky, J. “The Transformation of Narrative and Self in the Antidepressant Era.” Paper presented as part of panel on Silencing and Mental Health at the annual meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), November 2-4, Vancouver, BC.