University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology

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Assistant Professor
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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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Fri Jul 4th 2014
Independence Day -
University Closed

Mon Jul 7th 2014
First Day of Classes -
Summer II

Fri Jul 11th 2014
Last Day to Add/Drop -
Summer II

Fri Jul 25th 2014
Last Day to Drop with "W" -
Summer II

Fri Aug 15th 2014
Last Day of Classes -
Summer II

Tue Sep 2nd 2014
First Day of Classes -
Fall '14

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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.




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 recently 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.

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.

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