Zachary McKenney
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Sociology, Criminology and Human Services
Areas of Expertise

political economy, globalization, political sociology, social theory, social movements, social justice, qualitative research methods.

Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Zachary McKenney

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Recent courses taught:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Controversial Social Issues
  • Introduction to Social Justice
  • The Sociology of Hip Hop
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Women and Social Change
  • Socio Political Movements
  • Qualitative Analysis

Selected publications:

  • McKenney, Zachary. 2014. Book Review: “Social Movements in Global Politics.” Journal of World Systems Research 20 (2):327-330.
  • Shefner, Jon and Zachary McKenney. 2018. “Far Afield: Confronting Political Dilemmas in Ethnographic Field Work” Pp. 219-230 in Handbook of Ethics in Qualitative Research, edited by Ron Iphofen and Martin Tolich. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.
  • Shefner, Jon and Zachary McKenney. 2020. “Old Wine New Bottles: Presidential Attitudes Toward Organized Labor from Carter to Trump.” Pp. 264-285 in The Future of U.S. Empire in the Americas: The Trump Administration and Beyond, edited by Tim Gill. New York: Routledge.


  • University of Tennessee Chancellors Award for Extraordinary Professional Promise
  • University of Tennessee Graduate Student Senate Excellence in Research Award
  • Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award (Nominee)
  • University of Tennessee Sociology Department Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • University of Tennessee Sociology Department Outstanding Service Award

Professional affiliations:

  • American Sociological Association
  • Eastern Sociological Society
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Southern Demographic Association
  • Southern Sociological Society