Jeffrey Montez de Oca, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Montez de OcaAssistant Professor of Sociology

Jeffrey Montez de Oca is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with broad research interests in sociological theory, sport, media, identity and inequality, the cold war, and urban food security. His research has focused on college football, media, and popular culture during the early cold war that he looked at through the lens of political economy. His current research uses visual sociology to study photographs of the Thomas Indian School in Western New York State and students' experience of the school. He also researches constructions of race and masculitity in sport films. At UCCS, he teaches courses on sport, gender-sexuality, and popular culture.


Ph.D. University of Southern California, Sociology (2006)
M.A. New York University, Cinema Studies (1999)
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Anthropology (1995)

Research & Teaching Interests

Social Theory
Social Inequalities
Urban Food Security
Film and Media Studies
American Indian Boarding Schools
Sport Sociology / Physical Cultural Studies

Courses Taught at UCCS

Modern Families (ID 1010)
Gendered Images (SOC 2250)
Modern Sociological Theory (SOC 3150)
Sociology of Popular Culture (SOC 3640)
Sporting Bodies in Hollywood and Beyond (SOC 4010)
Gender and Sexuality (SOC/WEST 4040)
Men and Masculinities (SOC/WEST 4080)
Sociology of Sport (SOC 4300/5300)
Critical Analysis of Capitalism (SOC 4600/5600)
Sociology of Media and Popular Culture (SOC 5010)

Discipline and Indulgence Selected Publications

Discipline and Indulgence: College Football Media, and the American Way of Life During the Cold War (2013), Rutgers University Press.,4812.aspx\

"Visualizing Humanitarian Colonialism: Photographs From the Thomas Indian School" (2013), American Behavioral Scientist.

"White Domestic Goddess on a Postmodern Plantation: Charity and Commodity Racism in The Blind Side" (2012), Sociology of Sport Journal 29/2: 131-150.

"A Cartel in the Public Interest: NCAA Broadcast Policy During the Early Cold War" (2008), American Studies 49/3-4: 17-194.

"'As Our Muscles Get Softer, Our Missile Race Becomes Harder': Cultural Citizenship and the 'Muscle Gap'" (2005), Journal of Historical Sociology 18/3: 145-172.