Dr. Darren Noy

  • Lecturer in Sociology
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Contact Information

Email: darren.noy@sonoma.edu
Voicemail: 707.664.2561
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084

Areas of Expertise:

Social Networks, Organizations, Religion, Development, Culture, Participatory Research, Community Based Research

Academic Interests:

Dr. Noy’s primary academic interest lies in the practical application of social scientific research and methods to advance community, organizational, and social missions.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 497: Social Networks

Selected Presentations and Publications:


  • “Trust As a Market Good:  A case study of cryptography and unregulated capitalism,” Presented to Center for Culture, Organization, and Politics.  University of California, Berkeley.  Spring 2015.
  • “Thailand’s Sufficiency Economy: Origins and Comparisons with Other Systems of Religious Economics.” Social Compass  58(4):593-610. (2011).
  • "Material and Spiritual Conceptions of Development: A framework of ideal types." Journal of Developing Societies.  25(3):275-307. (2009).
  •  “When Framing Fails: Ideas, Influence, and Resources in the San Francisco Homeless Policy Field” Social Problems. 56(2):223-242. (2009).
  • “Setting up Targeted Research Interviews:  A primer for students and new interviewers.” The Qualitative Report.  14(3):454-465. (2009).
  • “The Contradictions of Public Sociology : A View from a Graduate Student at Berkeley.” The American Sociologist.  40:235–248. (2009).
  • "Progressive Welfare Reform? Ending General Assistance Cash Grants for Homeless People in San Francisco." Journal of Poverty. 13(1): 55 – 73. (2009).
  • “Happiness and Global Justice: Contrasts, Convergences, Overlaps, and Complementarities of the World Social Forum and the Gross National Happiness Movements.” Humanity & Society. 32(1):24-44. (2008).
  • “The Sociological Contexts of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Teachings.” Human Architecture. 6(3):67-72. (2008).
  • "Power Mapping: Enhancing Sociological Knowledge by Developing Generalizable Analytical Public Tools." 2008.  The American Sociologist. 38(1): 3-18. (2008).
  • “Principles for Organic Public Sociology: Reflections on publicly engaged research in the San Francisco homeless policy field.”  Societies Without Borders. 2(2):260-272.  (2007).
  • “The Politics of Homelessness in San Francisco.” 2004. Pp. 26-28 in An Invitation to Public Sociology. American Sociological Association: Washington, DC.



  • “The Systemic Inadequacy of Bush's Homelessness Policy.” Western Regional Advocacy Project.  2010.  (Contributing author with Western Regional Advocacy Project)
  • “WRAP Working Paper:  Strategizing the Right to the City: Business Improvement Districts and Homeless People.” 2010.Western Regional Advocacy Project.   (Contributing author with Western Regional Advocacy Project)
  • WRAP Working Paper:  Business Improvement Districts, The Right to the City,
    and Homelessness. 2008. Western Regional Advocacy Project.   (Contributing author with Western Regional Advocacy Project)
  • “Without Housing, Without Rights.”   The Race, Poverty, and Environment: A journal for social and environmental justice.  Vol. 15, No 1.  Spring 2008. Pp. 50-52.  (Contributing author with Western Regional Advocacy Project)
  • Without Housing: Decades of Federal Housing Cutbacks, Massive Homelessness, and Policy Failures.  2006. Western Regional Advocacy Project.  (Contributing author with Western Regional Advocacy Project)
  • Hidden Voices: The Realities of Homeless Families and Immigrants.  San Francisco: San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness.  2005. (Contributing author with the San Francisco Homeless Coalition)
  • Briefing on Homeless Families and Homeless Immigrants to San Francisco 10-year Council To End Chronic Homelessness.  San Francisco: San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness.  2004. (Contributing author with the San Francisco Homeless Coalition)
  • Homelessness in San Francisco: Understanding a Common Vision the Will Build A Homeless Policy That Works.  2004. San Francisco.