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Dr. Bernard McGrane

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology
Expertise: Death; Sex; Social Psychology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 216
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-11 am. Zoom Meeting ID: 992 9753 5625
Phone: (714) 997-6564
University Honors Program
Fairfield University, Bachelor of Arts
New York University, Ph.D.


Bernard McGrane (Ph.D. New York University) is Associate Professor of Sociology. He has a passion for teaching and writing. His principle fields of study have been sociology, philosophy, anthropology and intellectual history. He is the author of "Beyond Anthropology, Society and the Other;" "The Un-TV and the 10 MPH Car: Experiments in Personal Freedom and Everyday Life;" "This Book is Not Required, An Emotional Survival Manual for Students," and he is also featured in two educational videos: "The Ad and the Id: Sex, Death and Subliminal Advertising" and "The Ad and the Ego: Advertising and Identity." He offers a wide variety of courses: Social Psychology, Sociology of Death and Dying, Sexual Literacy and Society, Getting Love Right, Mass Communications and Society, Advertising and Society, Honors: In Search of Self, Honors: In Search of Reality, Social Movements of the Sixties, Meditation, and a relatively inexpensive 10 day January Interterm travel course to a Tibetan American Meditation center in the Colorado Rockies. The course is titled Ancient Wisdom and Modern Madness—Mind, Self and Society in Tibetan Buddhism.

Recent Teaching Experience

  • 1989 - present: Chapman University, Orange, CA. - Assistant Professor, Sociology (1989-1995), Associate Professor (1995-Present). Department Chair 1993-1995)
  • 2002 - 2004: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA - Visiting Lecturer, Sociology. (Part-Time)
  • 1994 - 2001: UC Irvine, Irvine CA - Lecturer, Sociology. (Part-Time)

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  • 1971 - 1977: Ph.D., New York University, New York, New York Full Fellowship: Herbert H. Lehman Regents Graduate Fellowship. Major, Sociology; Minor: Anthropology and Philosophy; Mentors, Richard Sennet, Alan Blum, Irving Goffman
  • 1965 - 1969: B.A., Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. Double Major, Sociology and Philosophy; Double Minor, History and Anthropology
  • 1967 - 1968: Freie Universitat Berlin, West Berlin, Germany Study Course: The Frankfurt School of Sociology, Nineteenth Century German Philosophy (Fluent in German)

Recent Research and Publications

  • 2008: Watching Television Is Not Required: Toward Media Mindfulness and Enlightenment TV. Routledge
  • 2005: This Book Is Not Required: An Emotional Survival Manual for Students. Newly Revised Edition. Sage Publication's Pine Forge Press
  • 2004: "Zen TV: Consciousness and the Media" in Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness, Institute of Noetic Sciences, March-May, No. 2.

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Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Second year of a yearly conference/presentation to take place at Chapman University, DEATH IS INEVITABLE, DYING WELL IS OPTIONAL
Created a yearly conference/presentation to take place at Chapman Univrsity, DEATH IS INEVITABLE, DYING WELL IS OPTIONAL.
THIS BOOK IS NOT REQUIRED: AN EMOTIONAL AND INTELLECTUAL SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS, co-authored with Inge Bell, John Gunderson (adjunct at Chapman U.) and Terri Anderson (adjunct at Chapman U.). The 5th edition was worked on through out 2012-2013 and has been published in 2014 .
This Book is Not Required: An Emotional and Intellectual Survival Manual for Students, co-authored with Inge Bell, John Gunderson and Terri Anderson (4th Ed. Sage/Pine Forge Press)
Watching Television is Not Required: Thinking About Media and Thinking About Thinking, co-authored with John Gunderson (Routledge)