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Alair Maclean's Research Site

Alair MacLean

Associate Professor of Sociology



Phone: (360) 546-9177
Located in Multimedia (VMMC) MMC 202H
Support Staff: Jamie Hankins


Curriculum Vitae

My research focuses broadly on social inequality. I am currently exploring the question of how wars affect people’s lives. In this research, I examine the life course trajectories of veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces, focusing on the effects of military service and combat exposure on work and health.


Course numberTitleTimeLocationSemesterSyllabus
Soc. 321Intro statsTu,Th 12-1:15VLIBSpring 20182018 Syllabus
Soc. 542Social StratificationWeds 2:50-5:40TerrellFall 20172017 Syllabus
Soc. 497Capstone Research PracticumTu,Th 10:35-11:50VUCBSpring 20172017 Syllabus
Soc. 415 GlobalizationTu,Th 12-1:15VUCBFall 20162016 syllabus
Soc. 101Intro SociologyTu,Th 9:10-10:25VSCIFall 20162016 syllabus

Select Publications

Alair MacLean and Meredith Kleykamp. 2016. “Income Inequality and the Veteran Experience.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science: Living in a High-Inequality Regime 663:99-116.

Alair MacLean and Meredith Kleykamp. 2014. “Coming Home: Attitudes toward U.S. Veterans returning from Iraq.” Social Problems 61(1):131-154.

Alair MacLean. 2010. “The Things They Carry: Combat, Disability, and Unemployment among US Men.” American Sociological Review 75(4):563-585.

Alair MacLean and Glen H. Elder, Jr. 2007.“Military Service in the Life Course.” Annual Review of Sociology 33: 175-96.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2004