David Hutson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Psychological & Social Sciences
Office Phone: 215-881-7920
Office Location: Woodland, 236F

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Ph.D., 2012, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.A., 2009, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.A., 2004, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

Research Interests

My research explores health, gender, and inequality through the lens of the body.  More specifically, I am interested in how the body functions as a form of capital, how it intersects with other facets of identity and status (gender, race, class, sexuality), and how it is shaped by cultural practices.  Much of my research utilizes the framework of "bodily capital"—a multi-faceted concept including appearance, attractiveness, and physical ability that provides a way to understand why people invest time and money into their bodies, and what they expect to receive in return.

Currently, my research involves a historical analysis of BMI categories; and a project interviewing pregnant and recently pregnant women about the experience of putting on and trying to take off “baby weight.”

Research Areas

Health; Gender; Body/Embodiment; Inequality; Culture; Qualitative Methods.

Courses and Teaching

Soc 001: Introductory Sociology
Soc 451: Health, Disease, & Society
Soc 471: Qualitative Research Methods
Soc 477: Sociology of Sexuality
Soc 497: Sociology of Gender


Hutson, David J.  Forthcoming.  “Plump or Corpulent?  Lean or Gaunt?  Historical Categories of Bodily Health in 19th-Century Thought.”  Social Science History.

Hutson, David J.  2016. “Teaching Critical Perspectives on Body Weight: The ‘Obesity Epidemic’ and Pro-Ana Movement in Classroom Discussions.” Teaching Sociology, Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0092055X16664396.

Hutson, David J.  2016.  “Training Bodies, Building Status: Negotiating Gender and Age Differences in the U.S. Fitness Industry.” Qualitative Sociology, 39(1), 49-70.

Hutson, David J.  2013.  “‘Your Body is Your Business Card’: Bodily Capital and Health Authority in the Fitness Industry.”  Social Science & Medicine, 90, 63-71.

Hutson, David J.  2011.  “Looking Within from Without.”  Advances in Medical Sociology, Vol. 12: Sociology of Diagnosis, pp. xxix – xxxvii, PJ McGann and David J. Hutson (eds). Emerald Publishing Group: Wales, UK.

Hutson, David J.  2010.  “Standing OUT/Fitting IN: Identity, Appearance, and Authenticity in Gay and Lesbian Communities.”  Symbolic Interaction, 33(2), 213-233.

Martin, Karin A., David J. Hutson, Emily Kazyak, and Kristin S. Scherrer.  2010.  “Advice When Children Come Out: The Cultural ‘Tool Kits’ of Parents.”  Journal of Family Issues, 31(7), 960-991.

Hutson, David J.  2008.  “Beginnings: Attempting a Lesbian History Project” in Lesbians in the Twentieth Century, 1900-1999, edited by E. Newton.  Available online at Outhistory.org (http://outhistory.org/exhibits/show/lesbians-20th-century/beginnings).