Jacob Heller

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Job title: 

Associate Professor




New Academic Building



Office hours: 

M/W, 2:40-3:40 pm, and by appointment

Courses taught: 

  • Spring 2015
    • SY 4520 Research Methods I
    • SY 4530 Sociological Threory I
  • Fall 2015
    • SY 4570 Research Methods II
    • SY 2999 Science, Religion and Knowledge


  • Stony Brook University, Ph.D. in Sociology
  • Stony Brook University, M.A. in Sociology
  • Stony Brook University, B.A. in History

Research interests: 

  • Historical-Comparative Sociology
  • Research Methodology
  • Narratives, Rumors and Contemporary Legends
  • Sociology of Science & Medicine
  • Higher Education

Select publications & presentations: 

  • Publications
    • Heller, Jacob. 2015. "Rumors and Realities: Making Sense of HIV/AIDS Conspiracy Narratives and Contemporary Legends." American Journal of Public Health Vol 105, No. 1, e44-50.
    • Heller, Jacob. 2011. Review of The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and Trade Matter, by Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis, in Social Forces; doi: 10.1093/sf/sor039.
    • Heller, Jacob. 2010. “The Social History of Vaccines,” in Controversies in Science and Technology, Vol. III (ed. by Daniel Kleinman, Jason Delborne, Karen Cloud-Hansen, and Jo Handelsman). Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 21-31.
  • Presentations
    • Heller, Jacob. “Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Students Who Leave College,” Eastern Sociological Society 85th Annual Meeting, New York, (February 2015).
    • Heller, Jacob. “Teaching 'Emotion Work' Using Poetry,” SSSI, New York, NY, August 2013.