Marc Eaton

Marc Eaton

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: Bartlett 305

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations

Basic Information


  • 2011 Ph.D. University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, Colorado (sociology)
  • 2002 B.A. Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington (sociology and psychology) – Magna Cum Laude

Courses Taught

  • SOC 110: Introduction to the Sociological Imagination
  • SOC 201: Social Problems
  • SOC 205: Deviance
  • SOC 210: Special Topics: Sociology of the Paranormal
  • SOC 301: Social Movements
  • SOC 305: Self and Society
  • SOC 308: Public Sociology and Activism
  • SOC 309: Sociology of Religion
  • SOC 315: Sociological Theories
  • SOC 402: Senior Seminar

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 Recipient, MLK Week "Drum Major Award" for a faculty committed to social justice issues at Ripon College
  • 2010 Winner, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award
  • 2009 First Place, Midwest Sociological Society, Graduate Student Paper Competition
  • 2008 Winner, University of Colorado-Boulder Department of Sociology, Graduate Student Paper Competition
  • 2006 Nominee, University of Colorado-Boulder Graduate School, Student Teacher of the Year
  • 2006 Recipient, University of Colorado-Boulder Graduate Teacher Program, Best Should Teach Silver Flame Award



  • Eaton, Marc A. 2015. "'Give Us a Sign of Your Presence': Paranormal Investigation as a Spiritual Practice." Sociology of Religion 76(4):389-412.
  • Eaton, Marc A. 2010. "Manufacturing Community in an Online Activist Organization: The Rhetoric of's E-mails." Information, Communication, and Society 13(2):174-92.


  • Over a dozen presentations at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Association for the Sociology of Religion, Midwest Sociological Society, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and Wisconsin Sociological Association.

Areas of Interest

  • Ethnography
  • Symbolic Interaction
  • Paranormal Investigation (a.k.a. "ghost hunting")
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Narrative Construction of Reality
  • Social Movements and Activism

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • American Sociological Association
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion
  • Midwest Sociological Society
  • Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
  • Wisconsin Sociological Association