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 Harry L. Humphries, Ph.D.

Harry L. Humphries, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology / Multicultural Studies Program Coordinator
Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
Office: 317 Russ Hall
Phone: 620-235-4328

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About Dr. Harry Humphries

Co-Coordinator, Sociology Program
Director, Multi-Cultural Studies

Dr. Humphries is the PSU Representative for the Fulbright Program with the US Department of State.  He is also a Fulbright Scholar (Russia in 1994-1995 and in 2003-2004), and the President of the local Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Chapter 167.

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Oregon, Oregon, U.S.A., 1984
Sociology; Political Sociology, Theory, Research Methods, Social Stratification

M.A., California State University, Long Beach, California, U.S.A., 1974
Sociology; Deviance

B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., 1972

Courses Taught

Intro Sociology
Social Research Design
Sociological Theory
Medical Sociology
Political Sociology
Gobal Sociology

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Areas of Interest

Research Interests
Dr. Humphries began studying the devolution of the Russian Federation and the development of new class formations in 1993.  Much of Dr. Humphries' research has been devoted to understanding the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the reconfiguration of political and economic elites in reference to potential ethnic conflict with an emphasis on nationalist-ethnic identities and Islam.

Publications and Presentations


  • Humphries, Harry L. , Browyn K. Conrad, Kristen R. Humphrey, Cheryl K. Giefer, Amy Hite and Katherine A. Giffin, “Is the  ‘Gift of Life’ a Resonant Frame? A Comparison of Factors Involved in Non-Directed Kidney Donor Motivation for Social Workers and Nurses.” Journal of Nephrology Social Work, Volume 40, Issue 1: 9-18, June 2016.
  • Humphries, Harry L. , Browyn K. Conrad, Cheryl K. Giefer, Amy Hite and Kathleen J. Bishop“Re-Framing the Gift of Life: An Examination of Altruism, Social Distance, and Material Incentives as Factors in Non-Directed Kidney Donor MotivationAmong Nurses”  Journal of Nephrology Social Work, Volume 38, Issue 2, December 2014, Pp 36-43
  • Marjorie E. Donovan, Browyn K. Conrad, Harry L. Humphries, Michael A. Kelley, and Gary Wilson, "CUES for Sociology Program Assessment and Strategic Planning," Chapter 38 of Oliver D. Hensley and Guzel K. Gizatova (Eds.), IDEAS: Strategy Papers for Rapid-Steps Into the 2nd Decade of the 21st Century Vol. 2 (St. Louis, MO: CUES Academic Innovation Press, 2012): 146-161.
  • Humphries, Harry L., Browyn K. Conrad, Rimal Berry, Shelli Reed, and Clara Michelle Jennings.  2009.  “Framing the Gift of Life: An Empirical Examination of Altruism, Social Distance and Material Incentives in Non-Directed Kidney Donor Motivation.”  Journal of Nephrology Social Work.  31: 19-26.
  • Humphries, Harry L. “Legitimacy in the Russian State: Post Socialism—Crisis or Democracy? In The Work of Russian and American Academicians: Development of Mutual Understandings and  Cooperation in Different Fields of Science and Research, Pp 53-68. 2008.
  • Humphries, Harry L., Browyn K. Conrad, Lessian Salakhadinva and Irina Kourznetsova-Morenko.  2005. “New Ethnic Identity: The Islamitization Process in the Russian Federation.”  International Review of Modern Sociology.  31(2): 207-231.  [Re-printed in Case Studies in Political Sociology, Sunil Kukreja, ed.  New Delhi, India: Serials Publications.  Pp. 31-56.  2006.