Adam Rafalovich, PhD

Associate Professor
UC Box 
Marsh Hall 329

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. 

SOC 101 | Introduction to Sociology

SOC 312 | Social Interaction

SOC 333 | Apocalypse and Society

SOC 495 | Independent Research

Areas of Research

I received my PhD in sociology from the University of British Columbia in 2002. My 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 my first book, Framing ADHD Children (Rowman and Littlefield-Lexington Books, 2004). I have published widely in the area of medical sociology, with articles appearing in the Sociological QuarterlyJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour and Deviant Behavior, and in issues of Sociology of Health and Illnessand Symbolic Interaction. My family and I love traveling, hiking, and loving life!


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

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

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

Publications and Presentations

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) "Broken but Becoming God-Sized: The Narrative of Masculine Individualism in Metal Music" Symbolic Interaction.

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

Rafalovich, Adam. (2006) "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.

More Information




Adam Rafalovich, Sociology, has a recent publication, "Zombies, Viruses, Meteors and More: Reflections upon Teaching the Sociology of the Apocalypse."

Adam Rafalovich, Sociology, is quoted in “The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic” in the October New York Times Magazine.