David Fasenfest

David Fasenfest

Associate Professor


313-577-2735 (fax)


 3229 FAB

Curriculum Vitae

David Fasenfest



Dr. Fasenfest received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984. His research interests center on urban sociology, race/class/gender, labor markets and workforce development, income inequality, & community economic development. Dr. Fasenfest typically teaches courses in sociological theory, statistics, social problems, and labor & urban studies. Currently Dr. Fasenfest is analyzing the nature of social sustainability, exploring how we might incorporate this concept in manufacturing investments, examining the social nature of markets, and developing an alternative vision of the future for Detroit.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Urban Sociology

  •  Critical Sociology

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Ph.D. (Sociology) August, 1984, University of Michigan
  • M.A. (Sociology) May, 1982, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A. (Chinese Studies) May, 1979, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A. (Economics) May, 1978, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.A. (Economics) June, 1971, City College of CUNY, New York

Awards and Grants

  •  Lifetime Acheivement Award, Marxist Section, American Sociological Association, 2017

Currently Teaching

  • Sociology 1020 Social Problkems

  • Sociology 3050 Introduction to Sociological Theory

Courses taught

 Sociology 2020 Social Problems; Sociology 6050 Classical Theory, Sociology 4220 (3220) Social Statistics, Sociology 6280 Graduate Statistics, Sociology 6060 Contemporary Theory, Sociology 2100 Detroit, Sociology 8802 Urban Sociology, Sociology 5570 Race