Faculty by Specialization
Crime, Law, and Deviance
We offer courses in criminology, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, and deviance.
Demography involves rigorous training at the Population Research Center (PRC) in both substantive and methodological skills.
The sociology of education examines how social institutions and individuals' experiences within these institutions affect educational processes and social development.
Issues include family decline, deinstitutionalization of marriage, gender roles, demographic trends, life course, trends in the welfare of children, and family change and poverty.
Social consequences of changing gender roles in politics, the economy, education, and the family are explored.
The Health area emphasizes psychosocial epidemiology, demographic methods and research on fertility and mortality, marriage and family issues, ethnicity, institutions, and aging.
Students examine the cultural dimension in political theory from Weber and Gramsci to Parsons and Mannheim to Habermas and Bourdieu, to current cultural political theorists.
Work, Occupations, and Organizations
Major areas of interest include community and urban studies, business and entrepreneurship, education, labor and work, management, organizational theory, and stratification.
Race and Ethnicity
The sociology of race and ethnicity examines questions of global racial formations in reproducing social inequalities. Ongoing interdisciplinary and multi-method research by faculty and graduate students explores the complex effects of racism and ethnic differentiation in relation to culture and identities, gender and sexuality, education, poverty, socioeconomic mobility, health and mortality, immigration and citizenship, law, and labor.
We examine the dominant schools of thought and investigate how and why they differ. In this context, we also consider the implications of the theoretical debates for the nature of social research in the discipline.