Professor Melinda Milligan

Professor Melinda Milligan
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Contact Information:

Voicemail: 707.664.2254
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084-F

Areas of Expertise:

Sociology of the Built Environment, Historic Preservation, Community and Urban Sociology, Emotions, Organizations, Symbolic Interaction, Social Psychology, Qualitative Research Methods

Academic Interests:

Dr. Milligan is Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining SSU, she taught at UC Davis and Tulane University. She specializes in the sociology of the built environment. Her research focuses on space/place, place attachment, nostalgia, organizational change and death, the architectural design process, classroom space, historic preservation, and the New Urbanism. She is completing a book on the social psychology of historic preservation with an emphasis on pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans.

Dr. Milligan is active in several professional organizations, among them the American Sociological Association’s Community and Urban Sociology Section (including past service on the City & Community Editorial Board), Pacific Sociological Association (including past service on the Sociological Perspectives Editorial Board), and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (including past service as Vice President). She is currently President-Elect of SSSI.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 250: Self and Society
  • SOCI 317: Emotions and Adult Life
  • SOCI 326: Social Psychology
  • SOCI 394: Shared Places, Contested Pasts: Historical Memory and Historic Preservation
  • SOCI 414: Methods Seminar: Social Interaction
  • SOCI 425: Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 485: Organizations and Everyday Life
  • SOCI 498: Senior Seminar: Public Life and Public Space

Selected Publications:

  • Milligan, Melinda J. 2007. “Buildings as History: The Place of Collective Memory in the Study of Historic Preservation.” Symbolic Interaction 30(1): 105-123.
  • Elliott, James R., Kevin Fox Gotham, and Melinda J. Milligan. 2004. “Framing the Urban: Struggles over HOPE VI and New Urbanism in a Historic City.” City & Community 3(4): 373-394.
  • Milligan, Melinda J. and April Brayfield. 2004. “Museums and Childhood: Negotiating Cultural Lessons.” Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research 11(3): 275-301.
  • Milligan, Melinda J. 2003. “Displacement and Identity Discontinuity: The Role of Nostalgia in Establishing New Identity Categories.” Symbolic Interaction 26(3): 381-403.
  • Milligan, Melinda J. 2003. “Loss of Site: Organizational Moves as Organizational Deaths.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 23(6/7): 115-152.
  • Milligan, Melinda J. 1998. “Interactional Past and Potential: The Social Construction of Place Attachment.” Symbolic Interaction 21(1):1-33.