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Crime, Law, and Deviance

Courses are offered in criminology, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice, and deviance.
Coordinator: William Kelly


Demography involves rigorous training at the Population Research Center (PRC) in both substantive and methodological skills.
Coordinator: Daniel Powers


The sociology of education examines how social institutions and individuals' experiences within these institutions affect educational processes and social development.
Coordinator: Chandra Muller


Issues include family decline, deinstitutionalization of marriage, gender roles, demographic trends, life course, trends in the welfare of children, and family change and poverty.
Coordinator: Shannon Cavanagh


Social consequences of changing gender roles in politics, the economy, education, and the family are explored.
Coordinator: Jennifer Glass


The health area emphasizes psychosocial epidemiology, demographic methods and research on fertility and mortality, marriage and family issues, ethnicity, institutions, and aging.
Coordinator: Rob Crosnoe

Political Sociology, Development, and Globalization

Students examine the cultural dimension in political theory and the causes and effects of development.
Coordinator: Michael Young

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.
Coordinator: Robert Reece


The theory area examines the dominant schools of thought and investigate how and why they differ. In this context, it also considers the implications of the theoretical debates for the nature of social research in the discipline.
Coordinator: Daniel Fridman

Work, Occupations, and Organizations

Major areas of interest include work, organizations, occupations, economic sociology, stratification, poverty, labor, consumption, markets, and intersectional approaches to understanding inequality.
Coordinator: Ken-Hou Lin


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