Professor Tim Black in the News

Sociology Professor Tim Black was interviewed on Cleveland News 5 to offer a sociological perspective of the ongoing controversies in Ohio schools and school boards. His comments illustrate the value of a sociological framework for making sense of some aspects of a complex and dynamic social reality. Be sure...

Sociology Alum Publishes Book on Geriatric Care

CWRU Sociology Alum John Schumacher published a book reflecting his research on geriatric emergency departments and care delivery models for older adults. Creating a Geriatric Emergency Department: A Practical Guide was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2021. John is currently Co-Director of the UMBC/UMB Gerontology Doctoral Program.  

Study Abroad in Italy for Spring Break

Where? Rome and Florence, Italy

Why? Explore differences in US and Italian family life.

How? Immerse yourselves in Italian culture, visit local schools and the Vatican’s medical system, meet with Italy’s policy makers, explore UNICEF’s international policy center.

Cost? $2,800 per student. Students responsible for flight cost and scheduling.

Please click here to send contact information and questions.

Age and the Reach of Sociological Imagination

Adding to the extensive collection of CWRU Sociology books, Professor Dale Dannefer’s book Age and the Reach of Sociological Imagination: Power, Ideology and the Life Course was published in August 2021.

Congratulations, Professor Dannefer!

2021 James Dysart Magee Award

Sociology major Jiara Sanders won the 2021 James Dysart Magee Award! This prestigious award is given to one outstanding social and behavioral science major each year. Hearty Congratulations, Jiara!

Cassi Pittman Claytor’s Work Featured in Art/Sci

Cassi Pittman Claytor's work on racism in the retail sector, Beyond Living the Dream, was featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Art/Sci. She was also the lead story in The Daily on August 10, 2021. In her book, Black Privilege: Modern Middle-Class Blacks with Credentials and Cash to Spend (2020),...

The Rights of Children and Families

Professor Brian Gran participated in the Jefferson Science Fellowship Distinguished Lecture Series in July 2021, delivering a lecture on the Rights and Reintegration of Family Members of Foreign Fighters. In May 2021, Professor Gran gave a presentation to Oxford University’s Bonavero Institute of Human Rights on his book, The Sociology of Children’s Rights. Read more by clicking above.

2021 PhD Grads

Four New Ph.D. Grads!

In the early summer, four students successfully defended their doctoral dissertations and all have accepted excellent employment opportunities.

  • Luma al Masarweh
  • Spencier Ciaralli
  • Wenxuan (Cherry) Huang
  • Jiao Yu

Congratulations, Graduates!

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: Professional Work in a “Post-Racial” Era

On Monday, October 25, 2021, the Department of Sociology will host the fall colloquium in person. Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield will deliver her lecture “Professional Work in a ‘Post-Racial’ Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy” at 10:30 AM in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 115. Professor Wingfield’s research examines how racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations. Please RSVP to Michelle Corcoran.  Read more…



Fall 2021 Colloquium

Attend the Department Colloquium on October 25, 2021, “Professional Work in a “Post-Racial Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy” presented by Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield.

Winter 2020-2021 Newsletter

Read the winter 2020-2021 Sociology News newsletter

Fall 2020 Colloquium 

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

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

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