Dr. Daniel R. Morrison

he/him/his Department Chair of Sociology, Sociology Associate Professor, Sociology


1310 Ben Graves Drive
Morton Hall
Room 206C
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dan Morrison is a sociologist of science, technology and medicine. He has written widely on topics such as empathy, care ethics, biomedical ethics, racism in medicine, interactionist social theory, and the sociology of ignorance.

Morrison is member of two research groups: one on Antiblackness within the history and practices of Abilene Christian University, and another developing a pragmatic version of interactionist theory. At UAH, he plans to continue research projects on the sociology of ignorance and the sociology of white supremacy and racism.

In addition to his classroom teaching, research, and administrative work in the department, Morrison is a host of The Annex, a sociology podcast. The Annex is hosted by the Queens Podcast Lab within the City University of New York, Queens College.

Curriculum Vitae

Sociology of the Brain - Website of Daniel R. Morrison, Ph.D.


  • PhD, Sociology, Vanderbilt University, 2012
  • MA, Sociology, University of Virginia, 2006
  • MA, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri--Columbia, 2004
  • BA, Psychology, University of Missouri--Columbia, 2002
  • BA, Sociology, University of Missouri--Columbia, 2002


  • Treasurer, Pacific Sociological Association 2023-25


  • Sociology of science, technology, and medicine
  • Sociology of bioethics
  • Interactionist social theory
  • Illness narratives
  • Sociology of ignorance
  • Race and racism
  • Empathy
  • Care Theory

Recent Publications

  • 2018 Special Issue of Sociological Perspectives 61(2). “On Ethnography.” Co-edited with Black Hawk Hancock.

  • 2023 Clifford Simplican, Stacy A., Ross D. Graham, Sarah V. Suiter, and Daniel R. Morrison. “Why Care for Others?: How Bill Wilson Made Responsibility to Care a Matter of Life and Death in Alcoholics Anonymous.” Ethics and Social Welfare 17(1): 51-66.

  • 2019 Ruiz-Junco, Natalia and Daniel R. Morrison. “Empathy as Care: The Model of Palliative Medicine.” Society 56(2): 158-165. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12115-019-00344-x.

  • 2018 Hancock, Black Hawk and Daniel R. Morrison. “The Ethnographer’s Circle: Institutionalizing Ethnography in the Pacific Sociological Association.” Sociological Perspectives 61(2):195-206.

  • 2017 Grzanka, Patrick R. and Daniel R. Morrison. “Post-Racial Fantasies and the Reproduction of Scientific Racism.” American Journal of Bioethics 17(1):65-67.

  • 2017 Morrison, Daniel R. “The Missing Empirical Studies of DBS Recipients’ Views of Self.” American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 8(2):126-128.

  • 2016 Hancock, Black Hawk and Daniel R. Morrison. “Beyond The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying: A Theoretical and Methodological Intervention into the Sociology of Brain Implant Surgery.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 41(6):659-678.