University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology

Events & Announcements

Online Courses:
     Summer 2014

Schedule an Undergraduate Advising Appointment

Mon Apr 7th 2014, 12:15 p.m.
"Identifying Equal and Unequal Opportunity Worksplaces"
Prof. Donald Tomaskovic-Devey will be the speaker.
620 Thompson Hall

Wed Apr 16th 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Speed Networking Event
Join us for speed networking with UMass alum in the fields of Social Policy, Social Work and Advocacy.
All majors welcome!
Campus Center, Tenth Floor,
Amherst Room

Thu Apr 17th 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Annual Rossi Lecture
"Sociology of W.E.B. Du Bois: Why Du Bois is the Founder of American Scientific Sociology"
Aldon Morris from Northwestern University will be the guest speaker.
Cape Cod Lounge

Thu Apr 17th 2014, 5:15 p.m.
Sociology Undergraduate Awards Celebration and Barbeque
Cape Cod Lounge

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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.

Sociology CommunityThe 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.




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.

Ph.D. student Oyman Basaran's article "'You are Like a Virus': Dangerous Bodies and Military Medical Authority in Turkey" was recently published online by Gender & Society.

Michelle Budig was recently cited in the CNBC article "Women can have it all – but they'll likely pay a mommy penalty for it" for her research on the effects of motherhood on women's wages.

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