Brent Harrison Curdy

Sociology Department  •  Duke University  •  Durham, NC  •


Ph.D. in Sociology, Duke University, Expected May 2017

B.A. in Sociology, University of California Berkeley, May 2012
with highest distinction at the University and Highest Honors in Sociology

Certificate of Completion, Arabic Language Course, Defense Language Institute, March 2003


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (2013 – 2014)

Dean’s Honors List at Berkeley City College (2008 – 2009)

Commandants List at the Primary Leadership Development Course (Apr 2005)

Army Achievement Medal for heroic actions in simulated combat (Feb 2005)

Multi-Branch Service Award at the Defense Language Institute for more than 500 hours of volunteer service (May 2003)


My research interests are diverse and include social psychology; identity theory; organizations (especially the military); religion; language/linguistics; gender and sexuality; class, poverty & stratification; social movements; sociology of culture; and demography.


Social Acceptance of Atheists in the US
April 2013, Duke University

Depressive Symptoms, Aspirations, and Expectations with coauthor, Bryce Bartlett
April 2013, Jensen Colloquium Series, Duke University

Being an Ally: Toward a Broader Definition of Straight Ally
May 2011, Berkeley Undergraduate Psychology Association

April 2011, Berkeley Undergraduate Sociology Association
March 2011, Pacific Sociological Association


Research Assistant
Professor Lynn Smith-Lovin, Duke University, 2012-2013

Lab Manager
Professor Robb Willer, University of California Berkeley, 2011-2012

Coordinate 10 undergraduate students; schedule and supervise laboratory experiments; gather stimuli for experiments; supervise the recruitment of subjects via Craigslist and mechanicalTurk;  transcribe and convert data; and file IRB paperwork.

Research Assistant
Professor Rob Willer, University of California Berkeley, 2010-2011

Operated laboratory experiments; gathered stimuli for experiments; recruited subjects on Craigslist; coded data; and single-handedly recruited and supervised a contracted software engineer to develop computer program for an experiment.

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship
Benjamin Moody and Prof Anne Swindler, University of California Berkeley, January-May 2010

Single-handedly transcribed, compiled, and ran preliminary analysis on several years of French magazine reader demographics.


Reader for Sociology of the Family at the University of California Berkeley
Sept 2011 – Dec 2011

Private English language partner with Turkish Student
July 2010 – June 2011

Tutor at the Berkeley Adult School GED preparation class
Feb 2010 – May 2010

Tutor in basic Arabic at Berkeley City College
Jan 2009 – May 2009

Reader and teaching assistant at Berkeley City College
June 2008 – Aug 2008

English tutor at the English Center in Oakland
Feb 2008 – Mar 2008

Basic Conversational Arabic Instructor in Iraq
Sept 2005 – Oct 2005

Instructor in marksmanship and operations in the Army
Apr 2004 – Nov 2006

Head of the Arabic Tutoring Program at the Defense Language Institute
Nov 2002 – Apr 2003


Member of American Sociological Association and its Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section
Aug 2012 – present

Member of Graduate and Professional Student Committee
Aug 2012 – present

Member of the Pacific Sociological Association
Oct 2010 – June 2012

Mentor through the Youth Support Program at Willard Elementary School
Sept 2010 – May 2011

Member the Queer Student Alliance at the University of California Berkeley
Sept 2010 – May 2011

Member of Berkeley Undergraduate Sociology Association
Sept 2009 – May 2011

Member of CalVets
Sept 2009 – May 2011

Member of Student for Liberty
Sept 2009 – Dec 2009

Vice President of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College
Sept 2008 – Feb 2009


98G-AD, Arabic Cryptologic Linguist Signals Interceptor
Top Secret Security Clearance
June 2001 – Dec 2006

Operation Iraqi Freedom – Service in Iraq and Kuwait
Oct 2003 – Feb 2004

Operation Enduring Freedom – Service in Iraq and Kuwait
Sept 2005 – Sept 2006

Additional Military Training and Duties

Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA

Primary Leadership Development Course, Fort Campbell, KY

Harris HF Radio Course, Fort Campbell, KY

Signals Intelligence Course, Goodfellow Airforce Base, TX

Armorer Training Course, Fort Campbell, KY

Eagle First Responder Course, Fort Campbell, KY


Arabic (proficient in reading, writing, and conversation)

SAS statistical software (basic proficiency)

Amazon Mechanical Turk Requester (average proficiency)

Qualtrics (average proficiency)


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