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. The department is a vibrant intellectual space, centered in the multiple research projects of our faculty members and students.
We specialize in the study of social inequality. More specifically, our faculty focus on community and urban sociology, health and medicine, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality. 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 with research interests in urban and race, family and gender, and health issues.
The department offers the following degree programs:
News and Announcements
New Research Grants
Jeffrey Timberlake (with Matthew Hall, Cornell University, and John Iceland, Pennsylvania State University), received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the relationship between housing discrimination and residential segregation at the metropolitan area level.
David Maume received an NSF grant to study how sleep problems affects rates of depression, substance use, and obesity among teenagers.
- Michael Delaney, PhD 2013 (Fall), Assistant Professor, Colorado Mesa University
- Amy Bauman Grau, PhD 2013 (Fall), Assistant Professor, Eastern New Mexico University, NM
- Mark Killian, PhD 2013 (Summer), Assistant Professor at Whitworth University, WA
- Joseph Michael, PhD 2013 (Fall, Senior Consultant, Deloitte, VA
- Rebecca Reeder, PhD 2013 (Spring), Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Indiana Univerisity of Purdue Fort Wayne
- Ying Ma, PhD 2012, Assistant Professor, Austin Peay University, TN
Two of our PhD students won Dissertation Fellowships for 2013-14 from the Taft Research Center: Kelly Chapman for her study, "Queer Choices: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth's Decisions on Dating and Sexuality; Paul Anderson for his study "Rural-Urban Differences in Educational Outcomes: Does Religious Social Capital Matter?"
Recent Professional Honors
- Steve Carlton-Ford: Past President, North Central Sociological Association
- David Maume: President, Southern Sociological Society
- David Maume: recipient of the 2013-2014 Katherine Jocher-Belle Boone Beard Award from the Southern Sociological Society
- Adrian Parr: UNESCO Co-Chair of Water Accessibility and Sustainability
- Adrian Parr: Chair of Taft Faculty and Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati
- Jennifer Malat: member of the Scientific Leadership Council of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Collaborative of Ohio.
Recent Books by Faculty
Adrian Parr. 2012. The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics. New York: Columbia University Press.
Casanova, Erynn. 2011. Making Up the Difference: Women, Beauty, and Direct Selling in Ecuador. Austin: University of Texas Press. Winner of the 2010 National Women's Studies Association Sara A. Whaley Book Prize.
Carlton-Ford, Steve and Morten Ender (eds.). 2010. Routledge Handbook of War and Society: Iraq Afghanistan. London: Routledge. Winner of the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association. Now available in paperback.