Dr. Nikolas Summers
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: CU245 (Boca)
Nik Summers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 2018, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.A. in sociology from Texas Lutheran University. He has research interests in the sociology of consumption, environmental sociology, urban and community sociology, economic sociology, and political sociology. One uniting thread across his research projects is an interest in socially and ecologically sustainable political economy. In a current project, Nik is studying the “tiny house movement” as a lens for viewing the relationship between social class and consumption and lifestyle culture(s). A truly socially sustainable political economy requires that people from very different backgrounds, including class backgrounds, are able to develop positive identities and find nurturing communities of sociability. The sociology of consumption literature has convincingly shown that we often achieve these outcomes through consumption and lifestyle behaviors. Thus, Nik is interested in understanding how different people can live with meaning and dignity while experiencing a range of economic conditions, and in how our political, economic, and social institutions might help people reach those ends.
Nik also enjoys teaching and mentoring students. He teaches a variety of classes at FAU, including Urban Community, Sociological Analysis: Quantitative Methods, and the Sociology of Consumption (graduate and undergraduate). When not busy with research or teaching, Nik is an avid rock climber, and frequently travels to climb outdoors. His favorite place to climb is the beautiful Red River Gorge of eastern Kentucky.
Summers, Nik and Tom VanHeuvelen. 2017. “Heterogeneity in the Relationship between Country-Level Affluence and Environmental Concern,” Social Forces, 96(1): 329-360.
Summers, Nik. 2016. “Ethical Consumerism in Global Perspective: A Multilevel Analysis of the Interactions between Individual-Level Predictors and Country-Level Affluence,” Social Problems, 63(3): 303-328.
Bartley, Tim, Sebastian Koos, Hiram Satel, Gustavo Setrini, and Nik Summers. 2015. Looking behind the Label: Global Industries and the Conscientious Consumer. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.