Adam Rafalovich

Adam Rafalovich

Associate Professor, Sociology


UC Box: A165

Office: Marsh Hall 329


PhD in Sociology, University of British Columbia, BC, Canada in 2002.

Masters of Arts in Applied Sociology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ in 1995.

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR in 1993.

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Adam Rafalovich received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2002. His doctoral dissertation was a social analysis of the response of adult authorities to children suspected of having Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. This research became the backbone of his first book, Framing ADHD Children (Rowman and Littlefield-Lexington Books, 2004). Dr. Rafalovich has published widely in the area of medical sociology, with articles appearing in the Sociological Quarterly, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour and Deviant Behavior, and in issues of Sociology of Health and Illness and Symbolic Interaction. He and his family love traveling, hiking, and loving life!

Publications and Professional Work

Rafalovich, Adam (2004) Framing ADHD Children: A Critical Examination of the History, Discourse, and Everyday Experience of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Latham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield-Lexington Books.

Rafalovich, Adam (2006, forthcoming) "Broken but Becoming God-Sized: The Narrative of Masculine Individualism in Metal Music." Symbolic Interaction.

Rafalovich, Adam (2006, forthcoming) "Notes on the Assignment and Application of Breaching Experiments." Teaching Sociology.

Rafalovich, Adam. (2006, forthcoming) "The Aftermath of the Terrorist Moment: Anomic Responses and the Fractured Western Weltanschauung." in Bernie Philips (ed.) Terrorism: A Web Approach. Paradigm Publishers.

Rafalovich, Adam (2005) "Exploring Clinician Uncertainty in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder." Sociology of Health and Illness. 27: 305-323.

Rafalovich, Adam (2005) "Relational Troubles and Semi-Official Suspicion: Educators and the Medicalization of Unruly Children." Symbolic Interaction. 28: 25-46.

Rafalovich, Adam (2001) "Disciplining Domesticity: Framing the ADHD Parent and Child." The Sociological Quarterly. 42: 373-393.

Rafalovich, Adam (2001) "Psychodynamic and Neurological Perspectives on ADHD: Exploring Strategies for Defining a Phenomenon." Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. 31: 397-418.

Rafalovich, Adam (2001) "The Conceptual History of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Idiocy, Imbecility, Encephalitis and the Child Deviant, 1877-1929." Deviant Behavior. 22: 93-115.

Rafalovich, Adam (1999) "Keep Coming Back!: Narcotics Anonymous Narrative and Recovering Addict Identity." Contemporary Drug Problems. 26: 131-157.

Book Reviews

Rafalovich, Adam (2006, in press) "Prozac on the Couch." Social History of Medicine.

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunity to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below, I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.


Hum 100 First Year Seminar
Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology
Soc 355 Popular Culture
Soc 495 Independent Research

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