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Department of Sociolagy

Department of Sociolagy

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. 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.

Dr. Littisha Bates

Please join us in celebrating with Dr. Littisha Bates at the Fourth-Annual Black Girls Rock Celebration.  The significance of this honor is great: Dr. Bates is the first UC junior faculty member to ever receive this honor.

The ceremony honoring Dr. Bates and others will be held  Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM. The event will now be held in the African American Cultural and Research Center, located at 60 W. Charlton Street. To read more about this honor, click here.

Congratulations, Dr. Bates!

Dr. Danielle Bessett

Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Bessett! Her study, "Barriers to Contraceptive Access after Health Care Reform: Experiences of Young Adults in Massachusetts" is the new featured study in Women's Heatlh Issues.

Editor-in-Chief Chloe E. Bird, PhD, writes, "Danielle Bessett, of the University of Cincinnati, and her colleagues conducted eleven focus group discussions across Massachusetts with women and men ages 18-26 in 2009 and found that many were poorly informed about their options for both insurance plans and contraception.

Bessett and her colleagues note that because Massachusetts’ law served as a model for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), young adults nationwide are likely to encounter the same kinds of barriers that Massachusetts study participants reported. These include difficulties in comparing insurance options and knowing about mechanisms for coverage during transitions such as graduations, moving residences, or birthdays. Many participants who were covered by their parents’ insurance plans or a college/university policy raised concerns about their parents learning about sexual and reproductive health services the participants received.

To assure that young adults can access contraception and other services for sexual and reproductive health, the authors call for default disclosure systems that protect young adults’ confidentiality and educational efforts to improve young adults’ awareness of insurance options.

The full text of this article is available for free on the Women’s Health Issues website. Also available for free in the March/April issue is the Commentary “Well-Woman Visits: Guidance and Monitoring Are Key in This Turning Point for Women's Health” by Therese Fitzgerald and colleagues."

Upcoming Events

April 2           Crosley Tower 1606, 12:30pm - 1:45pm - Kunz Center Workshop
  • Dr. Michael Widener, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Geography
    Identifying Disparities in Pediatric Asthma Outcomes Based on Spatiotemporal Access to Relevant Health Services

    The project stems from a small seed grant from CCTST on which Dr. Widener is the Principal Investigator, and Andy Beck, Courtney Brown, Adrienne Henize, and Nicholas Newman (all at Cincinnati Children’s) are Co-Investigators. They are looking at activity patterns to see how exposure to different social environments and changing levels of access to health care facilities affect asthma outcomes.
April 3            3:00 PM in Taft Research Center, Edwards 1
  • Carol Stack: Taft Departmental Public Lecture
    University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education
    "Call to Home: Musings on Writing Across Time, Space, and Lives"
April 9           Crosley Tower 1606, 12:30pm - 1:45pm - Kunz Center Workshop
  • A Sociological Discussion of Buzzer, by Tracey Scott Wilson
    Moderated by Dr. Jeff Timberlake, Professor of Sociology, University of Cincinnati, Department of Sociology

    The discussion will focus on the sociological themes of the play regarding race and gentrification. All are welcome, but those who attended the play are especially encouraged to attend.
April 17            3:00 PM in TUC 417A
  • Cecilia Ridgeway, Stanford University Sociology Department
    “How Does Gender Inequality Persist in the Modern World?”
    2015 Jergens Lecture
April 24           End of Year Celebration

UC Sociology in the Media

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