Eric Margolis (born 1947) is an American sociologists and associate professor at Arizona State University in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, known for his work on higher education and in the field of visual sociology.
Margolis obtained his BA in sociology in 1969 at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and his PhD in Sociology in 1978 at the University of Colorado, with the thesis entitled "The Politics of Understanding." In his thesis he analyzed "the structures and functions of paradigms in the sociology of education, and designs a model for the use of non-print media in interactive research."
Margolis started his academic career as sociology instructor at the University of Colorado from 1970 to 1975, followed by a year at the Regis University in 1976-77. Back at the University of Colorado he was visiting lecturer in 1979, assistant professor in 1981, and visiting lecturer from 1982 to 1985. In 1986 he was lecturer at the Department of American Studies in Yale University, and then got appointed at the University of Oregon, visiting assistant professor from 1990 to 1992 and assistant professor from 1992 to 1995. In 1995 he moved to the Arizona State University as assistant professor at the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and since 2001 associate professor, and in 2010 shifted to the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.
Margolis has been president of the International Visual Sociology Association in 2013-14.
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