William Danaher | Faculty | Sociology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

William Danaher

Professor, Department Chair

William F. Danaher

Office: Faner 3396

Phone: (618) 453-7614

Email: danaherw@siu.edu


William F. (Bill) Danaher is Chair and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at SIU Carbondale. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and co-authored The Voice of Southern Labor: Radio, Music, and Textile Strikes, 1929-1934. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press with Vincent Roscigno. He has also performed considerable editorial work and served on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review. Dr. Danaher is active in the Southern Sociological Society, where he has been Vice President, Program Chair, and served on and chaired numerous committees.

Current Research

Dr. Danaher’s current research focuses on identity, work, and musicians. Over the past several years, he has interviewed musicians in the southern Piedmont to discover how they juggle playing music and working other jobs. This research has also spawned work analyzing the interview process and dealing with public figures. Dr. Danaher is also currently building on past research by investigating the behind the scenes of elites to social movements.

Areas of Specialization and Interest

  • Sociology of Music
  • Work and Occupations
  • Social Inequality
  • Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  • Culture

Recent Publications

Danaher, William F. 2014. “The Making of a Cultural Icon: The Case of the Electric Guitar.” Music and Arts in Action. 4(2):74-93.

Dixon, Marc, William F. Danaher and Ben Kale. 2013. "Allies, Targets, and the Effectiveness of Coalition  Protest: A Comparative Analysis of Labor Unrest in the US South." Mobilization. 18(3):331-350.

Eastman, Jason, William F. Danaher and Doug. Schrock. 2013. “Trucking Driving Music and Manhood.” Sociological Spectrum 33(5):416-432.

Huber, Brad, William F. Danaher, and William Breedlove. 2011. “Material Resource Investments at the Time of Marriage: Evolutionary, Social, and Ecological Perspectives.”  Ethnology 50(4):281-304.

Huber, Brad, William F. Danaher, and William Breedlove. 2011. “New Cross Cultural Perspectives on Marriage Transactions.” Cross Cultural Research 45(4):339-375.

Danaher, William F. 2010. “Music and Social Movements.” Sociological Compass. 4: 811-823. Reprinted in Local Issues, Global Impact: Perspectives on Contemporary Social Issues. 2011. Edited By Mike Stern. London: Rutledge.

Danaher, William F. 2010. “Subculture and Myth: The Case of Robert Johnson in the 1920s-30s US South.”  Studies in Symbolic Interaction 35: 285-307.

Courses Taught at SIU

Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Music, SOC 490