Visiting Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Office Location: 143 Collier-Scripps
Daron Howard is an urban sociologist whose research and teaching areas include race & ethnicity, deviance, inequality, and the informal economy, which he examines using qualitative research methods. Born and raised in Ohio, he earned a B.A. in Spanish from Miami University before moving to New York City to pursue graduate studies, where he completed an M.A. in Spanish from Brooklyn College, then an M.Phil. in sociology from The Graduate Center, CUNY. His arrival to Drake University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Culture and Society marks a return to his Midwestern roots after having spent the previous nine years teaching sociology at the City University of New York. Howard is now preparing to defend his dissertation in the fall to complete the requirements for the Ph.D. in sociology.
His current research is an urban ethnographic study on the chess hustlers who earn money betting on chess games and offering chess lessons to passersby in New York City's Washington Square Park. In this project he examines how the men (all of the chess hustlers are male) combine street ingenuity with highbrow cultural capital to cobble together a living in the informal economy.