David Shulman, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office:  32 Marquis Hall

Tel.  (610) 330-5187

email: shulmand@lafayette.edu



PhD Northwestern University, 1997


David Shulman’s research interests are in deception, symbolic interaction, and impression management in the workplace.  In addition to publishing in those areas, he has also published articles addressing the fields of marketing and research methods.


Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

  • Shulman, David. “Accounts as Social Loopholes: Reconciling Contradictions between Culture and Conduct.” Chapter 8 in The Interplay of Truth and Deception: New Agendas in Communication. Routledge. 2009: 120-135.
  • (coauthor G. A. Fine). “Lies From the Field: Ethical Issues in Organizational Ethnography.” Chapter 3 in Organizational Ethnography: Studying The Complexities of Everyday Life. Edited by Sierk Ybema, Dvora Yanow, Harry Wels and Frans Keemstag. Sage. 2009: 177-195.
  • (coauthors T. Hallett and G. A. Fine). “Peopling Institutions: The Promise of Classic Symbolic Interactionism for an Inhabited Institutionalism.” Chapter 22 in The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations, edited by Paul S. Adler. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2009. 486-509.
  • Shulman, David. 2008. “More Lies than Meet the Eyes: Organizational Realities and Deceptions in Nonprofit Organizations.” International Journal for Not-for-Profit Law 10: 5-15.


  • Organizations in Action
  • Deviance
  • Theories of Society
  • Symbolic Interaction