Tara Milbrandt, PhD

Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences


Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
(780) 679-1172
H151 AG05 Hoyme Complex
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3




Ph.D. York University (Sociology)

MA York University (Sociology) 

BA Augustana University College (Sociology)

Reviews Editor for Elicitations in Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies (http://imaginations.glendon.yorku.ca/)

International Visual Sociology Association, Board Member (January 2015-June 2018)


Primary Research Areas:

     Sociological Theory 

     Visual Sociology

     Contemporary Media and Digital Culture

     The Urban Public Realm

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

Milbrandt, T. “Season of Dreaded Joys: Adaptation, Enchantment, and Solidarity in a ‘Winter’ City”, for Seasonal Sociology, edited by T. Davidson and O. Park. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (forthcoming volume, Spring 2019)

Davidson, T., Milbrandt, T., & Park, O. “Introduction to Seasonal Sociology.” In Seasonal Sociology, edited by T. Davidson and O. Park. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (forthcoming volume, Spring 2019) 

Milbrandt, T. 2017. “Caught on Camera, Posted Online: Mediated Moralities, Visual Politics and the Case of Urban ‘Drought-Shaming’”, Visual Studies, 32(1): 3-23. DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2016.1246952 

Harper, D. and T. Milbrandt. 2016. “Seen and Imagined: A Northwestern Crossroads City”, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 7(1): 160-175. DOI: 10.17742/ IMAGE.NBW.7-1.13

Datta, R. P. and T. Milbrandt. 2014. “The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Discursive Monument, Symbolic Feast”, Introduction to Special Issue on Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life: Contemporary Engagements, for The Canadian Journal of Sociology, 39(4): 473-522 

Milbrandt, T. 2013. “Signs of the City: Space, Place, and the Urban Street Poster”, in Captured by the City: Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies. Edited by B. Momchedjikova, 49-70. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press 

Milbrandt, T. 2012. "Visual Irruptions, Mediated Suffering, and the Robert Dziekanski Tragedy: An Inquiry into the Efficacy of the Image", in Ethics and Images of Pain. Edited by A. Gronstad and H. Gustafsson, 74-92. New York: Routledge 

Milbrandt, T. and F. Pearce. 2011. “Émile Durkheim.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists, Volume I Classical Social Theorists. Edited by G. Ritzer and J. Stepnisky, 236-282. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell 


Primary Teaching Areas:

Sociological Theory (Classical, Modern, Contemporary)

Visual Sociology 

Mass Communication and Contemporary Society

Social Theory of Community

Specific courses I teach regularly at Augustana: 

                             AUSOC101: Introduction to Sociology: Principles and Practices

                            AUSOC 103: Introduction to Sociology: Institutions and Insights 

                            AUSOC 232 Theoretical Developments in Sociology 1: The Classical Tradition 

                            AUSOC 233: Theoretical Developments in Sociology 2: Modern Theories

                            AUSOC 262: Mass Communication and Contemporary Society 

                            AUSOC 263: Social Theory of Community 

                            AUSOC 371: Visual Sociology 

                            AUSOC 439: Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theory 


AUIDS 101 - Topics in Liberal Studies

Selected topics that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. This seminar-style class is a key aspect of the Augustana First Year Experience. The focus and content of each course are determined by faculty interests, and vary from year to year.

Winter Term 2021
AUSOC 103 - Introducing Sociology: Institutions and Insight

Introduction to sociology focusing on the relation between social institutions and everyday life. Through an examination of institutions like law, family, education, politics, religion, and economy, the course develops an understanding of themes such as changes in family organization, the relation between delinquency and power, and the relation between religion and economy. Prerequisite: AUSOC 101 or 105.

Winter Term 2021
AUSOC 263 - The Social Theory of Community

Inquiry into the nature of the social, moral, and theoretic ground of human communities, taking as its starting point an examination of the sociological research on the urban/rural difference. Involved in this is an examination of the kinds of social theories that best help us understand the nature of community. For all of the above, Canada is the case study. Prerequisite: One of AUSOC 101, 103, 105, consent of the instructor.

Winter Term 2021

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