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Donald Reitzes


B.A., Sociology, Beloit College
M.A., Sociology, Indiana University
Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University


Social psychology with a special interest in symbolic interaction theory and self-concept
Urban sociology with a special interest in urban social psychology and meaning of place


After competing my dissertation in Sociology at Indiana University, I began my 40+ year academic career in the Sociology Department of Georgia State University. In addition to promotion and tenure from Assistant Professor to Professor, I have served as Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, Chair of Sociology Department, and Associate Dean for the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Curriculum Vitae


“Black Racial/Ethnic Identity and Its Impact on Well-Being: Bridging Identity Theory and Racial/Ethnic Identity Research,” Donald C. Reitzes and Charles Jaret. Pp. 147-170 in African American Identity: Racial and Cultural Dimensions of the Black Experience, edited by Jas M. Sullivan and Ashraf Esmail. Lanham, MD. Lexington Books (2012).

“Home or Office? The Homeless and Atlanta’s Downtown Park,” Donald C. Reitzes, Timothy J. Crimmins, Johanna Yarbrough, and Josie Parker,” Sociological Focus 48: 28-48 (2015).

“Preserving and Protecting Self-Esteem Among Homeless Men,” Josie Parker, Donald C. Reitzes, and Erin Ruel,” Sociological Perspectives 59: 201-218 (2016).

“Digital Communications Among Homeless People: Anomaly or Necessity?” Donald C. Reitzes, Josie Parker, Timothy Crimmins, and Erin Ruel, Journal of Urban Affairs 39 (2): 145-155 (2017).

“Dietary Patterns among Vietnamese and Hispanic Immigrant Elementary School Children participating in an After School Program,” Megan A. McCrory, Charles L. Jaret, Jung Ha Kim, and Donald C. Reitzes, Nutrients 9,460, (5) Special Issue on Dietary Intake and Behavior in Children; doi:3390/nu9050460 (2017).

“Robert E. Park: Neglected Social Psychologist,” Donald C. Reitzes. Pp. 107-130 in The Anthem Companion to Robert Park, edited by Peter Kivisto. London, UK: Anthem Press (2017).

“Looking Back at White Working-Class Racial Attitudes and Behaviors in the Late 1940s:

An Updated Analysis,” Donald C. Reitzes, Charles Jaret, and Ashley Rockwell, The Sociological Quarterly (accepted for publication, 5/29/2019).