Meet the Faculty

Dr. Glenn Jacobs, M.A., Ph.D.

Personal Statement

A retired sociologist who loves the arts, I have worked at being a percussionist.  It has been interesting for me to consider how my efforts reflect the issues of my identity and my struggles to achieve self-understanding in this period of my life.  Similarly, my work as a writer—a sociologist—has continuously offered creative satisfaction similar to music-making.  It currently figures in the task of trying to make sense of a world strongly in the grip of pandemic disease now eclipsed by race murder at the hands of prototypical societal parent successor figures—the President, police and the military (national guard).

For the past 20 years I have been chairman of the board of the Sociological Initiatives Foundation (SIF). SIF grants funds to community-based organizations (CBOs) to do research with academic partners concerning issues of wage exploitation, racial and ethnic discrimination, housing and rental issues and of course health and health services. In 2020 SIF published a casebook of participatory action research consisting of thirteen articles written by community-academic partners (see Vitae).  The COVID pandemic and the spate of ‘lynchings’ in Georgia and Minneapolis and the martyrdom of their victims such as Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have traumatized local communities of color.  SIF looks forward to the next round of CBOs’ and their academic partners’ prospective inquiries dealing with the strategies and projects used to cope with the contemporary social crisis.

The “Postscript” to my recent article (written in 2017) on Cooley’s views on social representation, alerts us to the Great Exacerbator Donald Trump’s diversionary use of propagandistic manipulation and the oppression of societal victims to implement his power and divert public attention from his self-aggrandizing strategies.  Epitomizing the maturation of twenty-first century fascism, his egregious criminality serves as protective coloration for the earlier crimes for which he was impeached. Trump is a sociopathic joker playing with disguises and ruses resulting in the egregious pilferage of our nation’s citizens’ wealth and welfare.  By the same token, the recent historical advent of the collective condemnation of the police murder of black citizens and the commemoration of their victims, is an historical marker of “pro-sociality.”

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis, Society and Culture


M.A., Brooklyn College, 1966

Ph.D. Temple University, 1976



Collaborating for Change: a Participatory Action Research Casebook. (New Brunswick: Routledge, 2020).  Co-edited with Susan Greenberg and Prentice Zinn.

Migrant Marginality: A Transnational Perspective (New York: Routledge, 2014).  Co-edited with Jorge Capetillo Ponce and Phillip Kretsedemas.

Charles Horton Cooley: Imagining Social Reality (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2006).

Professions for the People: The Politics of Skill (Cambridge: Schenkman, 1976). Co-edited with Joel E. Gerstl.

The Participant Observer  (New York: George Braziller, 1970) (ed.).


Index to the Journals of Charles Horton Cooley. Officially installed (1980) in the Cooley papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


“The Epistemology and Hybridity of Participatory Action Research: What and Whose Truth Is It?,”  Chapter 2 in Susan Greenbaum, Glenn Jacobs and Prentice Zinn (eds.), Collaborating for Change: a Participatory Action Research Casebook. Routledge, 2020, pp. 6 – 14.

“The Dilemmas of Social Representation Theory: How Cooley’s Sociology Provides a Game Plan for Their Resolution.” In Natalia Ruiz-Junco and Baptiste Brossard (eds.), Updating Charles H. Cooley: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic.  Routledge, 2020, pp. 160 - 195.

“Conclusion,” in Philip Kretsedemas, Jorge Capetillo-Ponce and Glenn Jacobs eds., Migrant Marginality: a Transnational Perspective.  Routledge, 2014, pp. 324 - 339.

“Localized Globalism: Compliance with and Resistance to Immigrant Marginalization by Latino Organizations in a Gateway City.”  Latino Studies V. 11 (No. 4 Winter, 2013): 501 – 526.

“Charles Horton Cooley: Pragmatist or Belletrist?: The Complexity of Influence and the Decentering of Intellectual Traditions.”  Symbolic Interaction V. 35 (No. 1, 2012), pp. 24 – 48.

With Siamak Movahedi “Death in the Service of Life: Individual and Cultural Projections and Practices.”  In Christina Staudt and Marceline Block (eds.), Unequal Before Death (New York: Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, 2012), pp. 60 -75.

“Bola de Nieve” in Alan West-Durán (ed.), Cuba V. 2 (Florence, KY: Cengage Learning, 2011): 652.

“Merceditas Valdes,” in Alan West-Durán  (ed.), Cuba V. 1 (Florence, KY: 2011: Cengage Learning): 295.

“Living Transculturation: Confessions of a Santero Sociologist.”  In AnaLouise Keating and Gloria Lopez (eds.), Bridging: How and Why Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa’s Life and Work Transformed Our Own.  (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011): 118-126.

“Influence and Canonical Supremacy: An Analysis of How George Herbert Mead Demoted Charles Horton Cooley in the Sociological Canon,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences V. 45 , No. 2 (Spring, 2009): 117-144.

“Service versus Advocacy?: A Comparison of Two Latino Community-Based Organizations in Chelsea, Massachusetts.”  Trotter Review 19, #1 (Winter/Spring, 2010): 81-106.

With Ramona Hernández, “The Drift of Latino Students Through Higher Education; Testimonies on Stepping Through the Cracks in the Iron Cage.”  In Raul Ybarra and Nancy Lopez (eds.), Creating Alternative Discourses in the Education of Latinos and Latinas: A Reader (New York: Peter Langer, 2004): 9 – 25.

“Charles Horton Cooley: Traveler in the Inner and Social Worlds.”  The Discourse of Sociological Practice V. 6 , #2 (Fall), 2004.

“Educational Grievance and Latino Mobilization: Chelsea.”  In Carol Hardy-Fanta and Jeffrey N. Gerson (eds.), Latino Politics in Massachusetts: Struggles, Strategies and Prospects (New York: Garland Publishing, 2001): 25 – 49.

“Beyond Homeland Politics: Dominicans in Massachusetts.”  With Ramona Hernandez, in Carol Hardy-Fanta and Jeffrey N. Gerson (eds.), Latino Politics in Massachusetts: Struggles, Strategies and Prospects (New York: Garland Publishing, 2001): 277 – 295.

“Observations and Queries on Santería: A Report from the Field,” The Discourse of Sociological Practice, Vol.1, #2 (Winter), 1999: 2 - 7.

“History, Crisis, and Social Panic: Minority Resistance to Privatization of an Urban School System,” The Urban Review, Vol. 25, # 3: 1993: 175-198.

“Why is Boston University Still in Chelsea?” The New England Journal of Public Policy, 10 (Sum./Fall), 1994: 179-208.

“Latino and Educational Reform: The Privatization of the Chelsea Public Schools,” In Ralph Rivera and Sonia Nieto (eds.), The Education of Latino Students in Massachusetts: Issues, Research, and Policy Implications (Boston: Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts/Boston), 1993: 88-105.

“Cuba's Bola de Nieve: A Creative Looking Glass for Culture and the Artistic Self,” Latin American Music Review, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring) 1988: 18-49.

“Bola de Nieve: Afro-Cuban Musical Innovator,” The Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 22, #1 (September ) 1991: 77-103

“Economy and Totality: Cooley's Theory of Pecuniary Valuation, in Norman K. Denzin (ed.), Studies in Symbolic Interaction: An Annual Compilation of Research  (Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1979): 39-84.

“Pieter Bruegel,” Ultimate Reality and Meaning 2, No. 1 (1979): 29-39.

“Charles Horton Cooley and the Methodological Origins of Humanism in American Sociology.”  Humanity and Society 3:1 (Feb.) 1979: 1-15.

“Urban Samurai: The Karate Dojo,” in Jacobs (ed.), The Participant Observer (New York: George Braziller, 1970):140-160.  Reprinted in Yiannakis, et al. Sport Sociology: Contemporary Themes (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal Hunt, 1976, 1992).

“Convergences of Artistic and Sociological Insight in the Paintings of Pieter Bruegel,” Sociological Abstracts 20 (October, 1972): xxv-xl.