Eugene Halton
is professor in the Department of Sociology

and concurrent professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

He is the author of:

From the Axial Age to the Moral Revolution:

John Stuart-Glennie, Karl Jaspers, and a New Understanding of the Idea

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)



The Great Brain Suck (University of Chicago Press, 2008)
             Bereft of Reason (University of Chicago Press, 1995, paperback, 1997)
    Meaning and Modernity
(University of Chicago Press, 1986)

The Meaning of Things, coauthor with M. Csikszentmihalyi

       (Cambridge University Press, 1981) an enlarged version of Halton’s dissertation

Also in German, Italian, Japanese and Hungarian translations

Here are selected additional publications.


* Notre Dame Magazine, Winter “Lists” issue, 2015, Eugene Halton, 10 Signs the Apocalypse is Upon Us.


* Rockne on the Move. Money is no object when it comes to moving quarter of a million dollar football coach statues at Notre Dame for single games.

South Bend Tribune photo by Halton.


* "Not Free": An op-ed on the militarization of the police, submitted June 28, 2014, before Ferguson incident, published August 26, 2014, South Bend Tribune.


* Interviewed on Huffington Post Live, November 25, 2013, on Thanksgiving Becomes a National Shopping Day


* A blog entry from September 28, 2011 on The Megapower Elite


* A blog entry from August 9, 2011 at Notre Dame Magazine on Where U At?


* Halton reading his poem Keystrokes at a 2011 poetry marathon sponsored by Artpost.


* An Op-ed on Swine or "NAFTA" flu from 2009, responding to Indiana Health officials:  Recent op-ed on H1N1 flu leaves public ill-informed

* Listen to Halton on WCUR Kansas City's The Walt Bodine Show: Walt Bodine Show Archives, January 8, 2009

* Listen to Halton speaking at the Kansas City Public Library: Kansas City Public Library, January 8, 2009

* See Halton interviewed on Christmas and Materialism, 2008. And also in 2011: Christmas and Consumerism

* Hear Halton on the National Public Radio show The Connection, speaking with Tom Litton from the self storage

   industry and host Dick Gordon on the theme of "Storing the Self," from August 25, 2003: Storing the Self

* Read an essay from Notre Dame Magazine, "Spent," by John Monczunski, who visited Halton's class on materialism: Spent


* And another visit to the class by English actor Paul McCleary: British Actors Make the Classroom Their Stage


* And a short piece on Halton from The Bend Magazine, Fall, 2005: Jumpin' Gene


* From Jumpin’ Gene’s early high jumping and protest days, 40 years later, May, 2010: Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming


* You can read a brief biographical statement here about the American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce,
    the founder of pragmatism and the doctrine of signs known as semeiotic.

* And here is a brief biographical sketch of  Lewis Mumford , another American

    original, who Malcolm Cowley called, “the last of the great humanists.”

* Another brief statement is on Charles Morris , a philosopher associated with semiotics, pragmatics, and George Herbert Mead's work.


Halton has also performed blues harmonica internationally. Click here for info on and samples of Jumpin' Gene's music


Gene’s song “Empty Bed Blues” appears on the new Rockin Johnny Burgin CD, Greetings from Greaseland, released in March, 2015.


Gene’s song “Tow Truck Man” appears on the Willie Buck CD on Delmark Records released in November, 2012.


Gene playing at The Acorn Theater with fellow sociologist and bassist Bill Bielby’s band The Newports Blues Rock Allstars, July 22, 2014

     And again with the Newports Blues Rock Allstars at The Acorn Theater, Dec. 2014: Ride Sally Ride, Shotgun, Rainy Day Women, and

     Again at The Jazz Showcase in downtown Chicago, Aug. 24, 2015: Tequila, Cold Shot, Shotgun


Jumpin’ Gene sitting in with the Rickey Nye Trio and Tom Moore at Quincy’s Café, Feb. 3, 2013.


Gene and Tom get into a call and response harmonica dialogue on Sonny Boy Williamson’s Eyesight to the Blind


And here for a performance at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago with the legendary performer, The Tail Dragger: Don't Start me Talkin'


Email address is ehalton@nd.edu

Eugene Halton

Eugene Halton




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