Welcome to the Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology has a long track-record of training undergraduate students for post-college opportunities and graduate students for academic and research careers. Our faculty have national reputations and records of award-winning publications, research grants, and leadership of national and regional sociological associations.

We specialize in the study of social inequality. More specifically, our faculty focus on community and urban, health and medical, race and ethnicity, and gender and family. We encourage prospective graduate students interested in these issues to join us! Our urban location and proximity to six major hospitals make UC an ideal place to study urban and health issues, and Sociologists for Women in Society have consistently awarded us their seal of approval for gender scholarship.

The intellectual hub of the department is the Kunz Center for Social Research, an endowed center located within and designated to support the research mission of the department. It provides research funding for faculty and graduate students, and provides an intellectual commons for faculty and students across the university. Sociology founded The Cincinnati Project, which provides grants to faculty and graduate students to conduct research benefitting disadvantaged Cincinnati communtiies and the agencies that serve them.

Finally, Sociology is one of 13 departments affiliated with the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, which provides dissertation fellowships, summer funding, and money for research expenses.

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Events for Fall 2017

September 1: Erynn Casanova of the UC Sociology Department will present "Dust and Dignity: Domestic Employment in Contemporary Ecuador" from 3-5 p.m. in the Taft Research Center. (Colloquium Series)

September 15: Sarah Hayford of Ohio State University will present "Do Women's Childbearing and Union Experiences Explain the Growing Educational Divide in Female Sterilization?" from 3-5 p.m. in the Taft Research Center. (Colloquium Series)

September 29: Tricia Rose of Brown University will give a talk on "How Structural Racism Works in an Era of "Racial Equality"" from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the AACRC. She is our invited Taft Speaker for the 2017-2018 academic year.

October 13: Ben Feldmeyer of the UC Criminal Justice Department will present "Does Immigration Increase Crime? Exploring Macro-Level Relationships between Immigration and Violence across Time, Race, and Space" from 3-5 p.m. in the AACRC. (Colloquium Series)

October 27: Earl Wright II of the UC Sociology Department will present "Jim Crow Sociology: The Black and Southern Roots of American Sociology" from 3-5 p.m. in the Taft Research Center. (Colloquium Series)

November 3: Tamika Odum of UC Blue Ash will present "(Re)Designing the Classroom: Sociologist Teaching for Social Justice and Change" from 3-5 p.m. in the Taft Research Center. (Colloquium Series)

November 17: Matthew Kearney of the University of Wisconsin - Madison will present "Loss of Appetite: Hunger Striking in the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising" from 3-5 p.m. in the Taft Research Center. (Colloquium Series)



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