University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology

Events & Announcements

Schedule an Undergraduate Advising Appointment

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

Wed Feb 25th 2015, 11:30am
“The Populis Style in Democratic Politics”
Speaker: Bart Bonikowski, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Sponsored by the Sociology Committee on Intellectual Activities
W32 Machmer Hall

Wed Mar 4th 2015, 11:30am
Panel Discussion – Sustainability
Panelists: Vanessa Adel, Sociology Graduate Student, UMass Amherst; Simi Hoque, Assistant Professor of Building Construction and Technology, UMass Amherst; Hannah Holleman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Amherst College
Sponsored by the Sociology Committee on Intellectual Activities
W32 Machmer Hall

Sun Mar 15th 2015 –
Sun Mar 22nd 2015

Spring Break – No classes

Mon Mar 23rd 2015, 11:30am
Brown Bag Social – Social Networks Research Cluster
Sponsored by the Sociology Committee on Intellectual Activities
E23 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




Janice Irvine, professor and chair of Sociology, has recently been selected to receive a Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) award by the American Sociological Association for her project “Nuts, Sluts, and Perverts: Sociology’s Rocky Romance with Deviance”.

Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMass Amherst, will be presented the 2015 American Sociological Association's Public Understanding of Sociology Award at this year's annual ASA meeting in Chicago.

On NPR's Radio Times, Professor Joya Misra discusses the dilemmas many working parents face securing childcare and the policies that might be implemented to address them.
Listen to “The high cost of affordable, quality child care.”

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..

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