William Rocque

Associate Professor
Sociology & Anthropology

Bill Roque

Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Masculinity studies
  • Crime and violence
  • Sociology of guns and gun culture
  • Social conflict and social problems
  • "Deviance” and social reaction
  • Social construction of autism
  • Social theory
  • Qualitative research


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder 2007

B.A. Psychology, State University of New York at Albany 1997


Larsen Hall
P: 909.748.8494
E: william_rocque@redlands.edu

Meet William Rocque

My research focuses on masculinity, nationalism and identity, especially as they intersect with race and social class. I am currently examining these themes in American gun culture and the US prison system. This research marks a transition from previous research that I began in graduate school on the social organization of autism, but also builds on it in that all of my research is motivated by a desire to reveal facets and dynamics of power to better understand the social forces that shape our lives and our society.

Courses Offered

SOAN 100 Introduction to Sociology

SOAN 230 Bodies and Society

SOAN 265 Masculinity Inside Out—a mixed class of U of R students and juvenile hall students taught in the San Bernardino Juvenile Hall

SOAN 301 Fieldwork and Ethnographic Methods

SOAN 345 Interrogating Masculinity

SOAN 430 Power, Marginality, and Exclusion


Rocque, Bill. 2010. "Science Fictions: Figuring Autism as Threat and Mystery in Medico-Therapeutic Literature." Disability Studies Quarterly, 30(1)

Rocque, Bill. 2010. "Mediating selfhood: Exploring the construction and maintenance of identity by mothers of children labeled with autism spectrum disorder." Disability and Society, 25(4)

Larsen, Sandra and Bill Rocque. (2009 March/April). "Faculty Development for Institutional Change: Lessons from an Advance Project." Change, 18-26