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Urban & Regional Studies

Ray Hutchison

Ray Hutchison
MAC B304
(920) 465-2337

Dr. Ray Hutchison grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and received his B.A. from Harpur College at the State University of New York-Binghamton and M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. His early research focused on the growth of the Mexican American community in Chicago (including studies of street gangs in Chicago). In Green Bay, his research has focused on ethnic communities (particularly the emerging Hmong community) and on street gangs in the Fox Valley. He has served as Director of the Hmong Studies Center since it was founded in 2006.

Dr. Hutchison is Senior Editor of The Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, a two-volume encyclopedia from SAGE Publications and co-author (with Mark Gottdiener) of The New Urban Sociology (now in the 4th Edition) and Series Editor of Research in Urban Sociology (Elsevier Press), as well as author of more than thirty chapters, articles, and monographs. These include articles on street gangs and gang graffiti, race and ethnic relations, and urban recreation published in International Migration, Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Social Problems, and other publications.

In March 2008, Dr. Hutchison was awarded the International Award of Merit of the Del Bianco Foundation in Florence, Italy for his work with students and faculty in the international programs sponsored by the Foundation. He was organizer of sessions on The Tourist City as part of the 10th Annual Florence Exposition in 2008, and organizer of a conference on Everyday Life in the Segmented City, held in Florence in July 2010, with some 70 participants from nearly two dozen countries. The second Everyday Life conference was held in Florence in July 2015.


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Ethnic and Racial Identities
  • Street Gangs in America
  • Urban Sociology