Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor
Undergraduate Coordinator
214B Baldwin Hall
706-542-2421

Dr. James E. Coverdill, Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Sociology (view Dr. Coverdill's Meigs video) has been at the University of Georgia since receiving a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.  One main and ongoing prong of his research explores the ways culture and social organization intertwine to shape the work and training of surgeons.  This research is grounded in fieldwork with surgeons in a teaching hospital and three rounds of mixed-methods data collection (questionnaires and follow-up interviews) that expand on key issues from the fieldwork. Another recent project is a collaboration with William Finlay to extend and elaborate their earlier research on headhunters (labor-market intermediaries who are paid by employers to find and recruit job candidates)  The new book, High Tech and High Touch:  Headhunters, Technology, and Economic Transformation (Cornell University Press) will appear later this year (2017).  Secondary projects explore several ADHD-related issues on campus, including the widespread informal use of ADHD medications and the experiences of students who are diagnosed with ADHD in college.