Resumé


EDUCATION 

Ph.D. Sociology | UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Logan, Utah | (In progress)
Major Concentration: Labor Markets and Social Policy 
Minor: Pedagogy of Sociology
M.A. Community Leadership | WESTMINSTER COLLEGE 
Salt Lake City, Utah | 2012
Thesis: Economic Justice for Utah Workers: Advocating for a Living Wage.
B.S. Sociology | WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
Salt Lake City, Utah | 2008 
Capstone Thesis: Navajo Tribal Sovereignty and Socialism: A Case Study to Examine the Viability of a Socialist Government on the Path to Independence.
Minor: Spanish
A.S. General Studies | SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Salt Lake City, Utah | 2006


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

SOC 1010 - Introduction to Sociology | Salt Lake Community College (21 sections); Utah State University (2 sections) 
SOC 1010 - Introduction to Sociology (broadcast & online hybrid) | Utah State University
SOC 105 - Introduction to Sociology | Westminster College (9 sections)
SOC 1020 - Social Problems | Utah State University (2 sections)
SOC 2630 - Race & Ethnicity (online) | Salt Lake Community College
SOC 372 - Race, Ethnicity, & Class | Westminster College (2 sections)
SOC 390 - Social Research Methods | Westminster College (1 section)
SOC 4350 - Political Sociology | Utah State University (1 section)
MACL 603 - Social Change and Community Organizing | Westminster College (4 sections)



RESEARCH INTERESTS

Labor markets, social policy, precarious work, inequality, race and the workforce, gender and labor, education and teaching, indigenous identity, tribal sovereignty.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Diversity Fellow in Sociology & Ethnic Studies SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Salt Lake City, Utah | January 2018 - Present
Adjunct Faculty, Sociology | WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
Salt Lake City, Utah | January 2015 - Present
Adjunct Faculty, Master of Arts in Community Leadership | WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
Salt Lake City, Utah | May 2014 - Present
Adjunct Faculty, Sociology | SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Salt Lake City, Utah | June 2013 - December 2017
Graduate Teaching Instructor, Sociology | UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Logan, Utah | August 2013 - May 2016
Graduate Research Assistant, Sociology | UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Logan, Utah | August 2012 - August 2013
Economic Development Graduate Intern | SALT LAKE CITY CORPORATION
Salt Lake City, Utah | April 2012 - August 2012 
Special Projects Coordinator | NEIGHBORWORKS SALT LAKE
Salt Lake City, Utah | February 2011 - June 2012 
Public Policy Research Assistant | DINÉ POLICY INSTITUTE
Tsaile, Navajo Nation (Arizona) | June 2007 - April 2009 


COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE 

Board of Directors | RAPE RECOVERY CENTER
Salt Lake City, Utah | October 2017 - Present
Political Candidate | JAMES SINGER FOR U.S. SENATE 2018 
Salt Lake City, Utah | December 2016 - July 2017
Co-founder | UTAH LEAGUE OF NATIVE AMERICAN VOTERS 
Salt Lake City, Utah | September 2016 - Present
Faculty Advisor | INDIGENOUS STUDENTS AT WESTMINSTER (STUDENT CLUB) 
Salt Lake City, Utah | September 2016 - Present
Vice President of Fundraising | USU SOCIOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Logan, Utah | June 2013 - September 2014
Board of Directors | LOCAL FIRST UTAH 
Salt Lake City, Utah | May 2012 - June 2013
Human Rights Subcommittee Chair | SALT LAKE COUNTY COUNCIL ON DIVERSITY AFFAIRS 
Salt Lake City, Utah | March 2011 - May 2012
Living Wage Analyst | CROSSROADS URBAN CENTER 
Salt Lake City, Utah | September 2011 - April 2012
Symposium Organizing Committee Chair | AMERICAN INDIAN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AT THE WESTMINSTER DIVERSITY UNION SUMMIT 
Salt Lake City, Utah | October 2011 - March 2012
Social Science Senator | ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WESTMINSTER COLLEGE 
Salt Lake City, Utah | August 2007 - December 2007 
Vice President | SLCC AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENT LEADERSHIP 
Salt Lake City, Utah | August 2005 - August 2006


PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS 


  • Angelo Baca, Katherine Belzowski, Micah Daniels, Farina King, Nizhone Meza, & James Singer, “Navajo Voices on Bears Ears” [Panel discussion]. American West Center at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. 11 October 2017. 
  • James Singer, “Politics and Tribes: How does understanding culture and social structures impact Natives?” Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc. 2017 Annual Conference: Restoring Our Communities, St. George, Utah. 20 April 2017.
  • James Singer, “Overcoming students' problems with "Social Problems": Best practices to engage and empower students in Social Problems courses.” Innovative Teaching Techniques Session, Pacific Sociological Association Conference, Portland, Oregon. 9 April 2017.
  • James Singer, “Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Sovereignty: What’s the difference?” Tribal Sovereignty 101: The Significance of Sovereignty Workshop, Utah League of Native American Voters, Salt Lake City, Utah. 23 March 2017.
  • James Singer, “El desarrollo económico indígena: Cómo las soluciones neoliberales cooptaron la soberanía.” (Guest speaker), Indigenous Worldviews: Culture and Writing Seminar (SPAN 6900), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. 26 October 2016. 
  • James Singer & Cinthya Saavedra, PhD. “Cultural Appropriation.” (Radio interview) Access Utah, Utah Public Radio (KUSU), Logan, Utah. 12 October 2015. http://upr.org/post/cultural-appropriation-mondays-access-utah
  • James Singer, “Homecoming [Poca]Hotties: Native Imagery and Cultural Appropriation in a Utah School.” (Guest speaker), Indigenous Peoples in the United States Seminar, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. September 2015.
  • James Singer, “[Sub]AlterNative Views of Water Management in the West.” Water Is Life Session, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC. June 2015.
  • James Singer, “No sugar, no grains: Understanding structure and agency through experiential learning.” Innovative Teaching Techniques Session, Pacific Sociological Association Conference, Long Beach, California. April 2015.
  • James Singer, “Being Ind’in in the 21st Century: Homelands and Contested Spaces.” Homelands and Contested Spaces Seminar, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. December 2014.
  • James Singer, “Weberian rationalism and hózhóón: An alternative and indigenous framework for policy analysis.” 2nd Annual Native American Research Symposium, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. November 2013.
  • James Singer, “Systematic racism in America’s schools and law enforcement.” (Guest lecturer) Social Inequality Seminar, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. March 2013. 
  • James Singer, “Labor and the minimum wage in the United States.” (Guest lecturer) Sociology of Work and Organization Seminar, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. February 2013. 
  • James Singer, “Systematic racism in America’s schools” (Guest lecturer) Social Inequality Seminar, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. November 2012. 
  • James Singer, “Community-based networking, community capitals, and business development” 3rd Annual Neighborhood Business Conference, University of Utah Business School, Salt Lake City, Utah. May 2012. 
  • James Singer, “Economic justice for Utah workers: Advocating for a living wage.” Coalition of Religious Communities Annual Meeting, Crossroads Urban Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. April 2012. 
  • James Singer, “Economic justice for Utah workers: Advocating for a living wage.” American Indian Research Symposium at the Diversity Union Summit, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. March 2012. 
  • James Singer & Dan Velazquez, “River District Gardens & the 9-Line: Economic development using community assets.” Sustainable Cities Initiative Symposium, Southface, Atlanta, Georgia. January 2012. 
  • James Singer, “Urban Indians: Counseling with Native American clients.”(Guest speaker) Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations (CPSE 751), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. March 2011 
  • James Singer, “Root causes of poverty in Diné Bikéyah.” Exploring Communities Seminar, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. December 2010. 
  • James Singer, “Tó ‘áshiihnii dine’é dóó diné binaat’á: An Urban Navajo Voice in Tribal Government.” Public Policy and Advocacy Seminar, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. April 2010. 
  • James Singer, “Navajo thinking, economics, and the brain drain.” (Guest speaker) Brigham Young University Clinical Psychology Program, Provo, Utah. March 2010.
  • James Singer, “The Navajo decision-making paradigm in public policy.” (Guest speaker) Brigham Young University Public Policy Program, Provo, Utah. March 2009. 
  • Robert Yazzie & James Singer, “Using the Diné perspective in addressing environmental issues.” Shiprock EPA CARE Stakeholders Meeting, Shiprock, New Mexico, December 2008. 
  • Robert Yazzie & James Singer, “Using K’é to understand tobacco in the Navajo Nation.” Sacred Tabacco Meeting, Gallup, New Mexico. November 2008. 
  • Moroni Benally, Andrew Curley, James Singer, Nikke Alex, Amber Crotty, & Robert Yazzie, “Navajo Nation constitutional feasibility and government reform.” Navajo Nation Council, Window Rock, Arizona. November 2008. 
  • Moroni Benally, Andrew Curley, James Singer, Nikke Alex, Amber Crotty, & Robert Yazzie, “Navajo Nation constitutional feasibility and government reform.” Ft. Defiance Caucus, Window Rock, Arizona. November 2008. 
  • James Singer, “Indigenous intellectual property and Navajo thinking.” Indigenous Intellectual Property Conference, Tulalip, Washington. October 2008. 
  • James Singer & Robert Yazzie, “Navajo framework in education.” Navajo Nation Board of Education Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. September 2008. 
  • James Singer, “Navajo tribal sovereignty and socialism: A case study to examine the viability of a socialist government on the path to independence.” K’é Bil Nastii: Making Policy from Traditional Perspectives. Policy Analysis in Indian Country Conference, Tsaile, Arizona. August 2008. 
  • James Singer, “The Navajo political self-identity.” 1st Annual Policy Analysis in Indian Country Conference, Tsaile, Arizona. August 2007.


AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Graduate
Graduate Student Teacher of the Year Robins Award Finalist (USU)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHaSS) Graduate Instructor of the Year (USU)
Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology (SSWA) Graduate Instructor of the Year (USU)
SLCC Teaching Excellence Award Nominee (2014-2015)

Undergraduate
Graduated Cum Laude 
Dean’s List
Spanish Department Student of the Year (Westminster College)
College President’s List
American Indian Student of the Year (SLCC)

FUNDING AWARDS

Graduate
CHaSS Dean Dissertation Completion Scholarship
Dean Gary Kiger Scholarship
Joseph A. & Grace W. Geddes Research Scholarship
Edward O. Moe Fellowship 
Calvin R. & Janet E. Mauer Fellowship 
Navajo Nation Graduate Scholarship

Undergraduate
Daniel’s Opportunity Award 
Louise Kelly Scholarship 
Transfer Student Scholarship 
Westminster College Scholarship 
Chief Manuelito Academic Excellence Scholarship 
Navajo Nation Scholarship 


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Member, American Sociological Association 
Member, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Member, Pacific Sociological Association