2015 Alum Cory Cronin awarded tenure at Ohio University

We have just received word that Cory Cronin (Ph.D. 2015) was awarded tenure at Ohio University, where he is on the faculty of the College of Health Sciences and Professions. Cory's dissertation, entitled "Hospitals' Choices and the Institutional Environment: The Role of Community Benefit in the Health Care Sector"...

Professor Kelley gets shout-out on CNN for teaching leader of NIH vaccine development about heath disparities

During a recent CNN interview, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, who is leading an NIH team in vaccine development, credited her former professor Jessica Kelley for sparking her interest in health disparities. Corbett, who studied with Kelley as a Sociology double major at UMBC, went on to discuss the importance of equitable vaccine distribution…

Professor Pittman Claytor featured on Times Square billboard

Professor Cassi Pittman Claytor, who recently worked with Sephora to release a large study on racial bias in retail sales was featured on a billboard in Times Square as part of Sephora's celebration of Women's History Month during March. Congratulations to Professor Pittman Claytor on this exciting accomplishment!

Professor Gran publishes new book on children’s rights

Professor of Sociology Brian Gran has published a new book "The Sociology of Children's Rights" from Polity Books.  Brian Gran helps us understand what is at stake when children’s rights are compromised. This insightful text grounds readers in core theories and key data about children’s legal entitlements. The chapters tackle central questions about...

Spring Sociology Colloquium with Dr. Taylor Hargrove

The Department of Sociology will host our first colloquium of the spring semester on Friday, February 26th. Examining the Health Consequences of Race, Skin Color, and School Context will feature Dr. Taylor Hargrove, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event will take place from...

Spencier Ciaralli earns American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women

Sociology PhD student Spencier Ciaralli was featured in The Daily for her accomplishment in being awarded a $20,000 American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). From The Daily : The AAUW empowers women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Over the past 132 years, the organization has...

Professor Pittman Claytor Leads Study on Racial Bias in Retail Sales

In January, Sephora released the results of The Racial Bias in Retail Study that they commissioned in January of 2019 and for which Professor of Sociology Dr. Cassi Pittman Claytor served as the research lead. This study sought to evaluate racially-biased and exclusionary treatment in Sephora stores and throughout retail nationwide. In...

Sociology PhD Graduate receives Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Grant

A team of CWRU researchers recently received a two-year $200,000 pilot grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for the project "Psychosocial Impacts of Navigating Care Transitions on Caregivers of People with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)". From the College of Arts and Sciences newsletter : Anne Bryden, principal investigator and recent...

Combining Basic Social Science and Real-World Change

Sociology is a field that studies basic human and social processes in the context of the complex realities of a rapidly changing world. Sociologists investigate many important and fascinating questions. Especially with the notable increase in diversity in our society and the fast-moving realities of a globalizing world, the breadth of knowledge and perspective provided by majoring in sociology has been looked upon favorably by employers in many fields. Sociologists are trained to study many aspects of social life: issues of peace and war; labor force and corporate downsizing; gender, work and the family; crime and delinquency; education reform; inequality and medical sociology. The department encourages interaction between students and faculty by offering many opportunities for individualized study and research. Graduates of our program are working in many interesting jobs in research, in fields such as management and industry, health care, human resources, social work and education. Sociology is also excellent preparation for graduate school in multiple fields. In addition to pursuing doctoral study in sociology, many of our recent graduates are now in graduate school in fields like medicine, law and social work.


Combining Strength in Research and Learning

The Department of Sociology is nationally and internationally known for its leadership and strong programs of research and graduate education in the sociology of health and medicine and the sociology of age and the life course. Our undergraduate program also offers concentrations in Crime, Law and Justice, Gender, Work and Family, Health, Medicine, and Aging, and Social Inequality. Many sociology majors have the opportunity to participate in research projects and other field-based learning experiences, both through activities built into regular course experiences, and by working on ongoing faculty research projects. The Department has a long history of combining leadership in research with a friendly, student-centered culture, for both graduate and undergraduate students.


Sociology Colloquium: Prison Resistance: Inside/Outside Movements to Transform U.S. Prisons

The pandemic has exposed the abhorrent and deadly conditions inside our prisons. Join us as a panel of scholars and activists discuss the history of prison movements and their prospects for addressing the crisis today.


Winter 2020-2021 Newsletter

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Fall 2020 Colloquium 

Watch the Department’s colloquium from November 11th, 2020 “Prison Resistance: Inside/Outside Movements to Transform U.S. Prisons” presented by a panel of specialists. 

Watch the Department’s colloquium from October 9th, 2020 “Modern U.S. Racial Capitalism: History, Theory, and Lessons for the Present” with Dr. Charrise Burden-Stelly.

Spring 2019 Newsletter

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