Research & Scholarship

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We specialize in the study of social inequality. More specifically, our faculty focus on community and urban sociologyhealth and medicinerace 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.

  • Jeffrey M. Timberlake has a multi-year grant from the Ohio Colleges of Medicine’s Government Resource Center at the Ohio State University to study the health and health care access of Ohio’s children and adolescents.
  • Jeffrey M. Timberlake received a grant from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to study the mental health and health care access of crop farmworkers in the United States.
  • Danielle Bessett has a multi-year grant from the Kentucky health Justice Network’s society of family planning on inequities in abortion access. 
  • Danielle Bessett has a multi-year grant from the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network to study reproductive health care in Ohio and the region.
  • Jules Madzia, research scholar & Danielle Bessett, research sponsor: ASA Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant ($15,912) for “Inequality in Medical Professionalization and Specialization.”

Coming soon.

  • Erynn Casanova: elected President of the Ecuadorian Studies Section of the LAtin American Studies Association (LASA).
  • Annulla Linders: President of the North Central Sociological Association (2017-2018), Editor of Sociological Focus, and Co-Editor (with Earl Wright II) of Social Problems starting in June 2018
  • Earl Wright II: Co-Editor (with Annulla Linders) of Social Problems starting in June 2018