Kody Steffy, PhD

Arbejdermuseet (Workers' Museum), Copenhagen

Kody Steffy is Assistant Professor in the Center for Integrative Studies at Michigan State University, where he teaches courses on power, inequality, and society. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Indiana University, and completed his undergraduate work at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.

Professor Steffy investigates the role of culture in both perpetuating and ameliorating social inequalities. He focuses primarily on work, religion/morality, and their intersection during periods of social change and transformation. More broadly, his research interests lie in the areas of: 

- cultural sociology
- social inequalities
- work, labor, & underemployment
- religion & morality 
- young adulthood   

His current projects examine the work and life aspirations of young adults who find themselves underemployed (here) and the economic orientations of religious groups. He has also explored how religious beliefs can serve as sources of non-market logic in the workplace (here) and the reading practices of college students (here). For more information on his published works or works in progress, please see his CV or contact him directly at ksteffy@msu.edu

Outside the academy, he has experience in the tech industry as a research manager for a DC-based data company, in documentary photography (see some of his work here and here), and in agricultural work during a stint as a "mushroom miner" (click here if you're curious).