Kurt Borchard


Office: COPH 120D   |    Phone: (308) 865-8761   |    Email: borchardk@unk.edu

Kurt Borchard

Education Background

PhD., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1998
MA, University of Colorado, 1993
BA, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1990

From Professor Borchard

“I love helping students see the world differently. In my classes I try to present information clearly and directly, and I’m always looking for examples so students can connect the more abstract material to their own lives. Our social world is increasingly complex and diverse. Sociology is all about going beyond our own individual perspectives. I think sociology is crucial for helping anyone make sense of present life.”


Kurt Borchard is Professor of Sociology at UNK. He has written two books: The Word on the Street: Homeless Men in Las Vegas (U. of Nevada Press, 2005), and Homeless in Las Vegas: Stories from the Street (U. of Nevada Press, 2011). His articles have appeared in Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Humanity and Society. He has also twice won UNK’s Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA).

His research and teaching interests include homelessness, the Holocaust, criminology, symbolic interaction, and sociological theory.