Office: Raubinger 430
Office Hours: TWR 3:30 - 5 p.m., and by appointment
Position: Professor and Graduate Director
Vincent N. Parrillo was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. He received his B.S. degree from Seton Hall University, his M.A.from Montclair State University, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. He teaches the following undergraduate courses: Minority Groups in America, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Socialization, Social Problems, Ethnic and Racial Conflict Resolution. Graduate courses include Racial and Ethnic Experiences and Sociology of Intercultural Communication.
His books (see book covers below) include: Guardians of the Gate (iUniverse, 2011);Strangers to These Shores 10th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2010); Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations 4th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2010; Korean translation 2010);Cities and Urban Life 6th ed. with John Macionis (Prentice-Hall, 2012); Uncertainty and Insecurity in the New Age (Calandra, 2009); Diversity in America 4th ed. (Paradigm Publishers, 2013; Italian translation, 2008); Contemporary Social Problems 6th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2005; Chinese translation, 2005); William Paterson University (Arcadia, 2005); Millennium Haze: Comparative Inquiries About Society, State and Community (FrancoAngeli, 2000); Ridgewood (Arcadia, 1999); and (ed.) Rethinking Today's Minorities (Greenwood Press, 1991). He is General Editor of the two-volume interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Social Problems (Sage, 2008).
He is the executive producer and writer of two award- winning PBS television documentaries: Smokestacks and Steeples: A Portrait of Paterson (1992) and Ellis Island: Gateway to America (1991). His latest work, Gaetano Federici: The Sculptor Laureate of Paterson, was telecast on NJTV on April 23, 2013, and won the best documentary award at the 2013 Ridgewood Film Festival.
His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as Social Science Journal, Sociological Forum, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, and Small Group Behavior, and some of them have been published in nine languages (Chinese, Czech, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, or Vietnamese). Recipient of the 2013 William Paterson University Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship, his current research took him to Albania and Bosnia In May 2012 and to Kazakhstan in May 2013. He is a past vice president of the Eastern Sociological Society and a past ESS Robin M. Williams, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer.
An invited lecturer to dozens of universities in Asia, Canada, Europe, and the United States in the past few years, Prof. Parrillo has gone on numerous assignments for the State Department's former U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and current International Information Program (IIP) to confer with national leaders in Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Sweden on issues relating to immigration and intergroup tensions. He has conducted diversity training sessions for NCOs and senior army officers at various military bases, at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, and for managers in the Saint Barnabas Health Care System in New Jersey.
In Spring 2000, Prof. Parrillo was a Fulbright teaching fellow at Palacky Univeristy, Czech Republic. A Senior Fulbright Specialist, he worked in 2005 with faculty at Roehampton University, London, in developing cooperative international courses. In 1996, he was asked by the Salzburg Seminar to join a team of four scholars to create a Ph.D. program in American Studies at the North American Studies Center in Lodz, Poland. He has also been the keynote speaker at international conferences in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, and South Korea. In October 2001, his keynote speech, "The Challenge for Educators," given at a bilingual educators conference, was published inVital Speeches of the Day. In Spring 2010 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Liege, Belgium, as well as a visiting scholar at the University of Pisa in Fall 2006 and Spring 1998.
Active in regional theater as an actor in many plays, he has also directed dozens of plays of every genre. In 2003, he directed a cast of Broadway stars (including four Tony Award nominees) in a staged reading of the rock opera Hamlet (he is co-lyricist) at the Lamb's Theatre in New York City and in 2005 he co-produced its world premiere in Prague. In October 2007, it premiered in Seoul to rave reviews and enthusiastic audience responses, and it is still running there. Hopes are for a London or U.S. production in the near future (visit www.hamlettherockopera.com for more details).