Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18

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Cameron, Jeanne, Ph.D.

Professor, Sociology

B.A., SUNY College at Cortland;
M.A., Ph.D., SUNY at Binghamton

Biography Jeanne Cameron

Jeanne Cameron received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Binghamton University. She teaches Introduction to Sociology, Self and World, Foundations of Education, HBO’s The Wire, the Social Science Capstone Seminar, Race and Ethnicity, and Creative Nonfiction. The privilege of working and learning with community college students for 20 in small and friendly classes has extended and enriched her commitment to social justice and equity in education. Each day, her admiration and respect for Tompkins Cortland students and their stories deepen. She thinks this is the “best job” in the world, and she welcomes you to learn with her.


Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2002

Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2011

Highlight key published works

Jeanne’s most recent publications include:

Canaries Reflect on the Mine: Dropouts’ Stories of Schooling (Information Age Publishing, 2012), which received the 2013 Outstanding Publication Award of the Narrative Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association; The Society of Professors of Education 2013 Book Award; and the American Educational Studies Association 2013 Critics Choice Award.

“Autoethnography and the Emergent Public: Counterstories from a Community College Classroom” (in Dangerous Counterstories in the Corporate Academy: Narratives for understanding, resistance, and community in the age of Neoliberalism, edited by Emily Daniels and Brad Porfilio, Information Age Publishing, 2013). This article tells the story of her Introduction to Sociology classes at Tompkins Cortland.

Special projects

Jeanne frequently collaborates with other teachers at Tompkins Cortland, and team teaches courses that link academic writing with sociology, cross-disciplinary research seminars, a course on HBO’s The Wire, Race and Ethnicity, and Creative Nonfiction. She is currently involved in writing to learn practices, using a good deal of informal writing in the classroom to help students develop a deep understanding of difficult concepts and ideas. 

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