Alair MacLean

Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (360) 546-9177
Located in Multimedia (VMMC) MMC 202H

My research focuses broadly on social inequality. I am currently exploring the question of how wars affect people's lives. In this research, I examine the life course trajectories of veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces, focusing on the effects of military service and combat exposure on work and health.


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
Soc. 497 Capstone Research Practicum Tu,Th 1:25-2:40 VUCB Spring 2015
Soc. 415 Globalization Tu,Th 1:25-2:40 Fall 2015

Recent Publications

Alair MacLean and Meredith Kleykamp. 2014. "Coming Home: Attitudes toward U.S. Veterans returning from Iraq."
Social Problems 61(1):131-154.

Alair MacLean. 2010. "The Things They Carry: Combat, Disability, and Unemployment among US Men.” American Sociological Review 75(4):563-585.

Alair MacLean and Glen H. Elder, Jr. 2007."Military Service in the Life Course.” Annual Review of Sociology 33: 175-96.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004