Department of Sociology

Nino Bariola

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Nino Bariola



food and environment, gender and racial inequalities, labor, organizational culture, cultural change, political corruption


Nino Bariola is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Fellow of the Urban Ethnography Lab at The University of Texas at Austin. His interests include food and environmental justice, gender and racial inequalities in the workplace, and political corruption. Bariola’s research appears in American Behavioral Scientist, Conservation Biology, and other academic journals and books.



Peer-reviewed articles

Bariola, Nino, and Caitlyn Collins. 2021. “The Gendered Politics of Pandemic Relief: Labor and Family Policies in Denmark, Germany, and the United States During COVID-19.” American Behavioral Scientist, forthcoming.

Hirsch, Paul, William Adams, J. Peter Brosius, Azim Zia, Nino Bariola, and Juan Luis Dammert. 2011. Acknowledging Conservation Trade-Offs and Embracing Complexity. Conservation Biology 25: 259-264.

Zavala, Virginia, and Nino Bariola. 2010. Discurso, género y etnicidad en una comunidad de shipibos en Lima. Discurso & Sociedad 4 (3): 615-642.


Chapters in edited volumes

Zavala, Virginia, and Nino Bariola. 2011. ‘Jerónimo con la beca Ford es otra cosa y Jerónimo sin la beca Ford hubiese sido otro tema’: discurso e identidad en un programa de acción afirmativa para grupos excluidos. En Educación superior, movilidad social e identidad. Ed. Ricardo Cuenca. Lima: IEP.

Zavala, Virginia, and Nino Bariola. 2008. ‘Enra kopiai, non kopiai.’ Gender, ethnicity and language use in a Shipibo community in Lima. En Bilingualism and identity. Spanish at the crossroads with other languages. Eds. Mercedes Niño-Murcia & Jason Rothman. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


Reviews, essays, and other writing

Young, Kara, Jared Strohl, Sarah Bowen, Yuki Kato, Justin Schupp, Anne Saville, Alison Alkon, Nino Bariola, and Ferzana Havewala. 2020. The effect of covid-19 on the food system. Contexts, Special Issue on COVID-19.

Bariola, Nino. 2018. Review of Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food, by Michaela DeSoucey. Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Vol. 30, 2: 42-44.

Bariola, Nino. 2018. Laura Miller and Building Nature’s Market. Scholars’ Conversations, series of ASA’s Consumers and Consumption section. Vol. 1.

Bariola, Nino, Katherine Sobering, and Javier Auyero. 2018. Culture Program Profile: UT Austin’s Urban Ethnography Lab. Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Vol. 30, 1: 6-7.

Bariola, Nino. 2016. Review of Peru In Theory, edited by Paulo Drinot. Revista Andina. Vol. 54: 255-258.

Bariola, Nino. 2013. Review of The Handbook of Language Socialization. Eds. Alessandro Duranti, Elinor Ochs y Bambi Schieffelin. Revista Peruana de Investigación Educativa. Vol. 5: 160-165.



SOC S321R • Sociology Of Race And Work

82444 • Summer 2020
Meets TTH 1:00PM-2:30PM
CD (also listed as AAS S330, WGS S322)

Course Description

Work is a central activity in the lives of most people. Work can provide status, identity, social interaction, skills, and cultural values. The structure of a society determines the type of work that is available, who does what type of work, and how people are compensated for their labor. In this course we will explore how the social category of race shapes the way people define work and what work means to them. The purpose of this course is to understand how race and employment are related to each other by answering the following questions.

1.     What is race?

2.     What is work?

3.     How do the intersections of race and work shape people’s lives?


This course is cross-listed with Asian American Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. This course also carries the Cultural Diversity in the United States flag. Cultural Diversity courses are designed to increase your familiarity with the variety and richness of the American cultural experience. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one U.S. cultural group that has experienced persistent marginalization.


Course Expectations


Grading Criteria

Your final grade is composed of the following weighted percentages:

- 20 points participation

- 20 points 4 discussion responses

- 30 points 3-page literature review

- 15 points wiki group page

- 15 points wiki group presentation

Total = 100 points


Participation (20 points)

Students are expected to come to each class having completed the assigned readings for that day on the syllabus and actively participate in class discussion. Only one person talks at a time and deserves the attention of the entire class.

Some of the topics in this course are controversial. You may be exposed to arguments you do not agree with in readings, lectures, or class discussions. It is important that this classroom is an environment that fosters respectful dialogue. Respect others’ rights to hold opinions and beliefs that differ from your own. Challenge or criticize the idea, not the person. I will do my best to create a respectful learning environment and treat everyone with dignity and civility. I expect you to do the same. Please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.


4 Disscussion Responses (20 points)

There will be four times throughout the course when students will be asked to respond to course material in online discussion groups through the canvas course.


Literature Review (30 points)

Students will write a short literature review on a topic related to course material.

This assignment offers students the opportunity to develop important academic skills such as developing an argument and using textual evidence. References and citation should reflect the ASA Style Guide The canvas course has a tab to the UT Austin reference librarian for sociology students and a link to an ASA style guide. Please use both resources to help you with your paper.

Students are encouraged to seek assistance with their writing at the UT Undergraduate Writing Center (


Wiki group page (15 points)

Students will be put into groups and assigned topics or texts to present through a wiki group page.


Wiki group presentation (15 points)

Each student will present for a few minutes on their contribution to their wiki group page to the class.  

SOC 307G • Culture And Society In The Us

44835 • Spring 2018
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM CLA 0.102


What is this course about?

This course will explore sociological approaches to culture through the stuff of our everyday life. The class will use entertainment media, pop culture, sports, and fine arts to introduce you to some of the central concepts and questions of current sociological scholarship about cultural production and consumption. We will, for example, talk about coffee and coffee shops to discuss theories of taste and social distinction. We will talk about fast- and organic food to touch on issues of class and racial stratification. We will talk about Picasso, Lionel Messi, and The Beatles to elaborate on theories of expertise, talent, and grit. We will talk about tacos and food trucks to discuss globalization, authenticity, and cultural appropriation. We will talk about your high-school and college experiences to examine the notion of cultural capital and its relationship to inequality. We will talk about money to discuss commodification and relational work. And we will talk about Beyoncé to discuss the crucial notion of intersectionality. The class will delve both into “micro” and “macro” perspectives. Ultimately, the class seeks to familiarize and motivate students to develop a sociological imagination (“seeing the strange in the familiar”) pertaining meaning, cultural practices, and creative industries.


By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Summarize, classify, compare and explain some of the main concepts of current debates in the sociology of culture.
  • Implement the concepts and approaches discussed to develop an original analysis of a specific cultural form, practice, or industry.
  • Use these concepts and approaches to reflect on cultural meanings, practices, communities, and industries in which you partake.


3 exams

60% (20% each)

Group project




 Exams. There will be two midterms, and a final. All the exams will be short enough to comfortably finish in 75 minutes. The midterms and final will be of short answer questions based on the lectures and readings. Each exam will require a bluebook. Each exam will count for 20% of your grade. The exams are not cumulative, but rather cover material since the last exam.

 Group project. tudents will work in small groups (3 or 4 people per group) to research, present and write an analysis of a cultural form. We will workshop aspects of these presentations during the semester. Each group will present findings during the last week of class, and deliver a short paper (1200-1800 words). More details are already posted on Canvas and will be discussed on week 2.


For three weeks throughout the semester, you are required to post a public response (200-300 words long; if you decide to include quotations, which are discouraged, do not count them towards the total number of words) on the readings or objects assigned for that week. The earlier in the week the better, but you have time to post until the Tuesday, at 8pm, of the weeks you choose. The discussion is in the Canvas Discussion area. Find the thread for the week you want to post a response for and post your comment as a reply. The distribution of your responses must be as follows:1 response in February (before the first exam), 1 response in March (after the first midterm and before the first exam), 1 response in April (after the second midterm and before final).Other than this distribution, you are free to choose for which weeks you want to post your responses. Your responses may be shared in class, and we will use them to start discussions, so take advantage of your response to shape and prepare for class discussion. You are encouraged to engage with each other’s comments. Late responses will not be counted. If the quality of your response is inadequate, I will let you know so that you can correct that in your next responses.

 Attendance, participation and reading.

Regular attendance at all class meetings is strongly encouraged, but not (directly) enforced. It is essential that you come prepared to class and that you read carefully, take notes and bring ideas and questions to contribute to and benefit from lecture and discussions. Classes are organized under the assumption that you read the texts once before class (which does not mean that you have to fully understand the texts, but rather that you read the whole text and came up with a few ideas, several doubts, and many questions –and that you voice them!). Don’t be shy about asking questions and providing comments in class. Remember that other students will probably benefit from your questions/comments and the clarifications and reflections they may lead to. Most important, your questions, comments, and examples will make the class more interesting for everyone. You will soon realize that reading, re-reading, and coming to class will all be necessary to succeed in this course. If you cannot attend a session for whatever reason, you will be missing something important. It is your responsibility to catch up. Ask another student for notes and news from the class you missed.

Grading policy.

Total grades (yes, I know I am repeating myself, but regardless I am sure you will ask questions about this once and again) are 20% for each of the three exams (60% in total), 25% for the group project, and 15% for the memos and participation. At the end of a course, total percentages will be converted to letter grades as shown in the table below.







Exceptional, outstanding and excellent performance. Usually achieved by a minority of students. These grades indicate a student who is self-initiating, exceeds expectation and has an insightful grasp of the subject matter.





Very good, good and solid performance. These grades indicate a good grasp of the subject matter or excellent grasp in one area balanced with satisfactory grasp in the other area.







Satisfactory, or minimally satisfactory. These grades indicate a satisfactory performance and knowledge of the subject matter.







Marginal Performance. A student receiving this grade demonstrated a superficial grasp of the subject matter.







Under 60


Unsatisfactory performance.

Rounding will be as follows: 79.5 = 80 (B-), but 79.4 = 79 (C+). In other words, when rounding is performed, nn.5 is always rounded UP.

 Readings and other materials

All readings will be available online via Canvas. It is possible there may be a text book as well. We will also use movies, documentaries and podcasts as materials in and outside of class. All of these are available for free in the Internet or through UT libraries.


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