Karen Bettez Halnon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, Psychological & Social Sciences
Office Phone: 215-881-7542
Office Location: Rydal, 204

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Bio

Education

Ph.D. Sociology, December 1995
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Halnon, K. B. (1995). Women's agency in Hysteria and its Treatment. Boston College Dissertations and Theses, AAI9613827.

A.B. Sociology, May 1986
Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts
Magna Cum Laude Honors
Honors Thesis:  Christians in Conflict in Nicaragua:  The Theologies and Politics of Catholics in Relation to the Sandinista Revolution

Books

Halnon, Karen Bettez. Webbing Vicissitudes of Forgiveness. Inter-Disciplinary Press

From marriage to mythology and from revenge to reconciliation, an intriguing webbing of global, inter-disciplinary, and scholarly dialogue on the vicissitudes of forgiveness, the unforgivable, apology, ritual, and transgressions against Others.

Halnon, Karen Bettez. The Consumption of Inequality: Weapons of Mass Distraction. Palgrave Macmillan.

The fads, fashions, and media in popular consumer culture frequently make recreational and ideological "fun" of poverty and lower class living. It is a phenomenon that puts poor whites, poor blacks, women, gays, handicapped people, and other traditional minorities back in "their place" by prioritizing self-aggrandizing materialism and individual desires over the collective good and constitutes a form of cultural denial. In this book, Halnon delineates how incarceration, segregation, stigmatization, cultural and social consecration, and carnivalization work in the production and consumption of inequality.

Teaching

Associate Professor of Sociology (2005 to present)
Assistant Professor of Sociology (July 1999 to 2005)
Pennsylvania State University
Abington, Pennsylvania
Research and Teaching Areas: racial and ethnic inequality; capitalism and class; White and Black poverty; empire and imperialism; Central or Latin American studies; consumption; music scenes and subcultures; liberation theology; revolution; stigma; symbolic interaction; women and madness; marijuana; sociology of deviance; Marxist theory; postmodernist criticism; ideology

Visiting Assistant Professor (July 1998 to June 1999)
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine

Visiting Lecturer (January 1996 to June 1998)
Department of Sociology
University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Honors and Awards

Diversity Award
Penn State Abington
2012

2010
ABLE (Abington Leadership Excellence) Certificate of Merit presented by Chancellor Karen Wiley Sandler for successful completion of the inaugural year of the Abington Leadership Excellence program, May 27, 2010.

2010
Special Recognition Award (wood gavel plaque) for serving as Chair of Faculty Senate, 2009-2010.

2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
The 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles at Current Sociology
Halnon, Karen Bettez. "Alienation Incorporated: ‘F*** the Mainstream Music’ in the Mainstream." May 01, 2005; 53: 441-464.

2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
The 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles at the Journal of Consumer Culture
Halnon, Karen Bettez with Saundra Cohen. "Muscles, Motorcycles, and Tattoos: Gentrification in a New Frontier." Mar 01, 2006; 6: 33-56.

2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
The 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles at Current Sociology
Halnon, Karen Bettez. “Poor Chic: The Rational Consumption of Poverty.”  Current Sociology. Journal of the International Sociology Association. July, Volume 50, 501-516. SAGE (London, Thousand Oaks,CA and New Delhi).

2008, 2007, 2006
The 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles at Critical Sociology.
Halnon, Karen Bettez. “Inside Shock Music Carnival: Spectacle as Contested Terrain.” Critical Sociology, October 2005, Volume 30.3, pp. 743-779

2007, 2006
Most Read Papers at Symbolic Interaction
Halnon, Karen Bettez. "Heavy Metal Carnival and Dis-alienation: The Politics of Grotesque Realism."  Symbolic Interaction.

2007
Featured Alumna, “Alumna Hall of Fame”
Mount Wachusett Community College
Gardner, Massachusetts
Wall mounting with photograph and professional bio for hall display

2006
Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award
Penn State Abington

2006, 2004, 2001
Outstanding Teacher Award Nominee
Penn State Abington

2000
Alumna of the Year
Mount Wachusett Community College
Gardner, Massachusetts 
2000

Published Articles, Book Chapters

Halnon, K. B. (2012). Defending the Self in a Total Institution: Staff Prompting and Patient Burlesque. Sociology Mind, 2(4), 464-475.

Halnon, K.B. Hip-Hop. Ritzer, G., & Ryan, J. M. (Eds.). (2011). The  Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. Wiley-Blackwell.

Halnon, K.B. (2010). Poor Chic: The Rational Consumption of Poverty. Reprint in Alan Warde (Editor). Consumption (Sage Benchmarks in Culture and Society). Sage.

Halnon, K.B. (2010). The Power of 420. The American Drug Scene: An Anthology (6th ed.), by James A. Inciardi and Karen McElrath. New York: Oxford University Press.

Halnon, K.B. and Paul S. Gray. (2007). Chapter 10, Feminist Methods. The Research Imagination.  3rd Edition. Paul S. Gray, John B. Williamson, David A. Karp, and John R. Dalphin with the collaboration of Karen Bettez Halnon. Wadsworth.

Halnon, K.B. (2007). Hip-Hop. George Ritzer (Editor). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, V1-4, Cambridge, Blackwell.

Halnon, K.B. (2007). Implosion. George Ritzer (Editor). Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, V1-4, Cambridge, Blackwell.

Halnon, K.B. (2007). Gentrification.  Robert Weir (Editor). Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press.

Halnon, K.B. (2007). Slumming. Robert Weir (Editor). Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press.

Halnon, K.B. (2007).Power Elite. Robert Weir (Editor). Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press.

Halnon, K.B. (2007).Alienation. Robert Weir (Editor). Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press.

Halnon, K.B. (2007). Shopping and Class. Robert Weir (Editor). Class in America: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Press.

Halnon, K.B. (2010). Carnival Culture. Hall, J. R., Grindstaff, L., & Lo, M. C. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of cultural sociology. Taylor & Francis.

Halnon, K. B. (2009). Heroin Chic, Poor Chic, and Beyond Deconstructionist Distraction. Consumers, Commodities & Consumption, 11(1).

Halnon, K. B. (2008). Flavor of the Month: Why Smart People Fall for Fads by Joel Best. American Journal of Sociology, 113(4), 1234.

Halnon, K.B. (2007). The Power of 420. The American Drug Scene: An Anthology (5th ed.), by James A. Inciardi and Karen McElrath. New York: Oxford University Press.

Halnon, K. B., & Cohen, S. (2006). Muscles, Motorcycles and Tattoos Gentrification in a New Frontier. Journal of Consumer Culture, 6(1), 33-56.

Halnon, K. B. (2006). Heavy Metal Carnival and Dis-alienation: The Politics of Grotesque Realism. Symbolic Interaction, 29(1), 33-48.

Halnon, K. B. (2005). Alienation Incorporated:‘F*** the Mainstream Music’ in the Mainstream. Current Sociology, 53(3), 441-464.

Halnon, K.B. (2005). Alienation Incorporated: ‘F*** the Mainstream Music’ in the Mainstream. Chapter 7, pp. 254-294 in Lauren Langman and Devorah Kalekin-Fishman. Trauma, Promise, and the Millenium: The Evolution of Alienation. Rowman & Littlefield. Elaborated version of original publication in Current Sociology. Journal of the International Sociology Association. May 2005, Volume 53 (4): 441-464. SAGE (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi). Reprint with Sage Permission.

Langman, L. and Halnon, K.B. (2005). Globalization and the Grotesque. Pp. 269-279. In Bill Robinson and Rich Appelbaum (editors). Critical Globalization Studies. Routledge.

Halnon, K.B. (2004). Fake Bullet Holes and Ghettopoly: Or, From Code of the Street to Code of Consumption. From the Left. Newsletter of the Marxist Section of the American Sociological Association. Winter. Volume 25, No.1: 5-6.

Halnon, K.B (2004). The Power of 420. Feature Article. High Times. 420 Special Issue. April 11.
Additional electronic reprints of “The Power of 420” at:
    http://www.hightimes.com/ht/lounge/content.php?bid=313&aid=24
    http://www.irie-people.com/Data/Articles/article_420origin.htm
    http://www.420.com/420site/lounge/content.php?aid=2&bid=56
    http://blather.newdream.net/4/420_happyeaster.html   
    http://www.seattlehempfest.com/420.php
    http://www.growamerica.com/ht/lounge/content.php?bid=56&aid=2
http://www.cannabiscups.com/cannabis-hemp-medical-marijuana-info/index.html
http://norml.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?t=504&view=previous&sid=e03ee6a654236de626fb...
www.shadowsofnothing.com/forum/showthread.php?p=791298&page=2&pp=30
http://politiblogmx.blogspot.com/2005_04_17_politiblogmx_archive.html (Spanish translation)
http://monoxoro.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_monoxoro_archive.html
http://leeme-hmo.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_leeme-hmo_archive.html (Spanish translation)
http://hempfest.org/420.php
http://mx.groups.yahoo.com/group/vivecondrogas/message/2437 (Spanish Translation)
www.uk420.com/boards/index.php?showtopic=23240
http://forums.unleashthegreen.com/view_topic.php?id=2793&forum_id=3

Halnon, K. B. (2004). Inside Shock Music Carnival: Spectacle as Contested Terrain. Critical Sociology, 30(3), 743-779.

Halnon, K. B. (2003). White Trash Chic. From the Left, 24(1), 5-6.

Halnon, K. B. (2002). Poor Chic: The Rational Consumption of Poverty. Current Sociology, 50 (4), 501-516.

Halnon, K. B. (2001). The Sociology of Doing Nothing: A Model 'Adopt a Stigma in a Public Place' Exercise. Teaching Sociology, 423-438.

Schervish, P. G., Halnon, R. J., & Halnon, K. B. (1996). Culture and Emotion in Christmas: The Elementary Forms of the Spiritual Life. International Journal of Sociology and Social policy, 16(9/10), 144-170.