University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology

Events & Announcements

Schedule an Undergraduate Advising Appointment

Tue Jan 27th 2015, 11:30am
Panel – “How to Get Your Research Out There”
Panelists: Provost Katherine Newman, Vice Chancellor for University Relations; John Kennedy, Public Engagement Project Director; Amy Schalet, Sociology; and Linda Tropp, Director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program
Co-sponsored by CSBS, CNS, CPPA, CRF, ISSR, Psychology of Peace and Violence, and University Relations
Part of the Public Engagement Project.
Room 804-08, Campus Center

Mon Feb 2th 2015, 12:15pm
Colloquium – “Status and Conformity Revisited: Corporate Law Firms and Isomorphism in Pro Bono Ties”
Speaker: Steven Boutcher, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Public Policy
Part of the CPPA Faculty Colloquium Series
620 Thompson Hall

Wed Feb 4th 2015, 11:30am
2015 Annual Rossi Lecture
“Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality”

Speaker: Elizabeth Armstrong, Associate Professor of Sociology and Organized Studies, University of Michigan
Co-sponsored by the Sociology Committee on Intellectual Activities, ISSR, and CSBS
Part of the CSBS "Perspectives on Inequality" Lecture Series
Amherst Room, Campus Center

Wed Feb 18th 2015, 11:30am
Brown Bag Social – Gender/Sexuality/Family Research Cluster
Sponsored by the Sociology Committee on Intellectual Activities
W32 Machmer Hall

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Welcome to Sociology!

We are a generalist sociology department with a wide variety of research interests. Recent books and articles by faculty members have addressed the creation of global capitalist markets, comparative adolescent Drs. Boutcher, Irvine, & Tomaskovic-Deveysexuality, Viagra, democratization, the revival of the labor movement, workplace discrimination, grammars of death, white collar criminal conspiracies, comparative family policy, comparative racial inequality, the socialization of Chinese adopted children, Latin American social movements, women's workforce and men's household labor participation, and many other topics.

The graduate program is loosely organized around a series of intellectual clusters that reflect ongoing faculty research interests. These include Culture and Identity; Crime, Law and Deviance; Gender, Sexuality and Family; Politics, Movements and Globalization; Race, Immigration and Citizenship; Social Demography; Social Networks; Work, Organization and Economy. The undergraduate program is one of the most popular on campus. Both programs are undergoing significant curriculum enhancements this year. The department is at once committed to excellent education, basic research and to be a leader in the project of public sociology.

Sociology Community




Professor Anthony Paik was recently interviewed for the SBS Social Science Matters feature.
Listen to Dr. Paik discuss his research and the importance of sociology.

Congratulations to Professor Dan Clawson and Distinguished University Professor Naomi Gerstel for their recently published book Unequal Time examining the harsh management practices experienced by healthcare workers in America.
Read the NBC In Plain Sight interview with Dr. Clawson about their research.

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Ember Skye Kanelee who will be awarded the 2014 Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship Award (Doctoral Level) at this year's NASSS Conference in Portland, OR.

Department chair Janice Irvine has been awarded the 2012-2014 Contexts Claude Award for Best Feature Article (Domestic) for her article "Can't Ask, Can't Tell: How Institutional Review Boards Keep Sex in the Closet."

Tom Juravich was interviewed by Here & Now about International Workers' Day. Listen to the story: It's International Workers' Day (But Not In The U.S.)

Congratulations to Sarah Miller, Ph.D. candidate, who received a Center for Research on Families Dissertation Fellowship in Family Research for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Congratulations to Margaret Hislop (14) who received the Center for Research on Families 2014 Honors Thesis/Capstone Project Award.

Congratulations to Ember Skye Kanelee, Ph.D. candidate, who received a 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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