University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology

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Assistant Professor
(Computational Social Science)

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences invites applications from social scientists within the interdisciplinary field of computational social science.
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Assistant Professor
(2 Positions)

The Department of Sociology invites applications for two tenure-track prositions beginning Fall 2015 at the Assistant/Advanced Assistant Professor level.
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Mon Oct 13th 2014
Columbus Day –
University Closed

Tue Oct 14th 2014
Monday class schedule
will be followed

Thu Oct 15th 2014, 11:30am
Social Science Matters –
"On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City"
Speaker: Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences "Perspectives on Inequality" Lecture Series
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union

Thu Oct 16th 2014
Mid-Semester Date

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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 iin 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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