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Zachary Brewster

Associate Professor of Sociology, Wayne State University

Zachary Brewster uses his research to explore various aspects of racial inequities as they are manifested in the U.S. restaurant industry. His recent work has focused on assessing the nature and pervasiveness of restaurant servers’ proclivities to provide service that is informed by the race of their customers. Derived from this line of research he has had recent articles published in Sociological Forum, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, and The Sociological Quarterly. Brewster is currently in the process of collecting and analyzing primary data derived from a survey of U.S. restaurant consumers. In this study he hopes to shed additional light on the subtle ways in which race continues to shape people’s thoughts, actions, and experiences in U.S. consumer markets. More generally Brewster’s interest areas include race/ethnic relations, work and organizations, medical sociology, and scholarship of teaching and learning.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wayne State University


  • 2009 
    North Carolina State University , Ph.D.
  • 2002 
    Western Kentucky University , M.A