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Audrey M Sprenger


Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • The Sociology of Place, Home, Community and Ancestry
  • The Sociology of Culture
  • Social Inequality and Injustice
  • Sociological and Documentary Research Methods
  • Audio, Visual and Digital Media Production


University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Ph.D - Sociology, May 2000
  • MS - Sociology, May 1995
  • BA - History, May 1991
  • BA - South Asian Languages + Literature, May 1991
  • BA - Integrated Liberal Studies, May 1991


I am an ethnographer who has lived and worked in South Asia, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Denver, London, Central America, Paris and New York City, as well as some of the most rural parts of Canada, the United States and Mexico. I make my home on St. Augustine, Florida.


My recently completed book about the modern cultural myth of Jack Kerouac, The Beauty Parts, was researched and written with the support of the Charles Warren Center for American Studies at Harvard University and was based on my play about Kerouac, Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, created for and archived at the Project.


I have been teaching my own original academic courses and programs since I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the mid-1990s and am currently teaching for the Humanities and Sociology programs at Sante Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida and the Liberal Studies and Continuing Education program at the State University of New York-Purchase. I have also developed and taught introductory and undergraduate honors curriculum for courses in social documentation (with a specific emphasis on sociological, anthropological and geographical theory) for the College of Mount Saint Vincent, the College of Mount Saint Mary, Molloy College and several small colleges in the State University of New York system located in rural, upstate New York.


I have also, in the past, traveled around the world as a faculty member for the University of Virginia's Semester At Sea Program; taught on the sociology, geography, law and gender studies faculties at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Denver; directed a London Study Abroad Program and taught urban studies at City College in London; developed a northeastern border studies and rural sociology curriculum at the State University of New York, College at Potsdam; helped develop and teach an interdisciplinary lecture series at Brown University; and helped develop a free, university-accredited adult and continuing education program for the Denver Public Library. My cross-country sociology and documentary making course, Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool, has been featured on National Public Radio, The News Hour With Jim Lehrer and in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Denver Post, the Denver Westword and the Lowell Sun.


In addition to this academic work I have also produced large public events for Shakespeare's New Globe Theatre, Rocky Mountain PBS, Masterpiece Theatre, the Nation magazine, the Denver Art Museum, the Wyoming Arts Council and the 2008 Democratic National Convention; and have worked as a curator, script doctor and occasional commentator for public radio and television.


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