Faculty Biography

Patricia Ewick

Patricia Ewick, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: Jefferson 415
Phone: (508) 793-7529
Email: paewick@clarku.edu

Ms. Ewick received a B.A. from Tufts University in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Yale in 1985. She has been at Clark since 1990 and is affiliated with Women's and Gender Studies and the concentration in Law and Society.

Current Research and Teaching

The Common Place of LawMs. Ewick's principal research areas include deviance, law and social control. For the past few years, she has been studying legal consciousness among ordinary American citizens in order to identify how, when, and why people come to define their everyday disputes and troubles as potentially legal matters. She is currently studying narrative discourse and collective action.

Ms. Ewick has published three books: The Common Place of Law; Social Science, Social Policy and Law; and Law, Ideology and Consciousness. She is currently writing a book on resistance to the Archdiocese of Boston among Catholic laity. She has also published articles in American Journal of Sociology, Gender and Society, Law and Policy, Law and Social Inquiry, Law and Society Review, The New England Law Journal and Research in Law, Politics and Social Control. She is the past co-editor of Studies in Law, Politics and Society and former associate editor of the Law & Society Review.

Selected Publications

"The Scale of Injustice," When Law Fails, NYC Press, 2008.

Consciousness and Ideology, Ashgate, 2007. (editor)

"Narrating Social Structure: Stories of Resistance to Legal Authority," American Journal of Sociology, 108(6): 1328-1372.

"The Architecture of Authority: Law, Space and Science," in The Place of Law, Austin Sarat and Thomas Kearns, eds. University of Michigan Press, forthcoming. (with Susan Silbey)

Social Science, Social Policy, and the Law. Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 1999. (Editor with Robert A. Kagan and Austin Sarat)

"Common Knowledge and Ideological Critique: The Significance of Knowing that the 'Haves' Come out Ahead," Law & Society Review, vol. 33, no. 4, 1999. (with Susan Silbey)

The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life, University of Chicago Press, 1998. (with Susan Silbey)