Sociology is a field that studies basic human and social processes in the context of the complex realities of a rapidly changing world. CWRU’s Department of Sociology offers undergraduate concentrations in Crime, Law and Justice, Gender, Work and Family, Health, Medicine, and Aging, and Social Inequality. The Department encourages interaction between students and faculty by offering many opportunities for individualized study and participation in research projects and other field-based learning experiences. The Department has a long history of offering a friendly, student-centered culture, for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to pursuing doctoral study in sociology, many of our recent graduates pursued graduate studies in the fields of medicine, law and social work. The breadth of knowledge and perspective provided by majoring in sociology is viewed favorably by researchers and employers in many fields including management and industry, health care, human resources, social work and education.

Please join us next week for Minzhi Yi’s Works in Progress. She will be discussing “Differences in Long-Term Health Trajectories between Older Cancer Survivors and Older Adults without Cancer” on January 24th at 11:30 AM. Please register for zoom link.
Welcome back! The Department of Sociology hopes you all had a happy and healthy winter break and enjoy some well-earned rest.

Socio-Technology of Cyber Security: An Experiential Learning Course

In November 2021, CWRU, member of the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) initiative of New America, received $270,000 in grant awards. PIT-UN funding was awarded to Sociology Professor Brian Gran and An Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Data Sciences, to create a new, multidisciplinary course “Socio-Technology of Cyber Security: An Experiential Learning Course.” Click here to read more.

Professor Brian Gran Published Two Op-Eds in The Hill

Sociology and Law Professor Brian Gran was recently featured in TheDaily for two op-eds recently published in The Hill. Professor Gran shares addresses the radicalization of Syrian refugees and the role of hospitals in improving community health in November’s “How the world can stop the radicalization of innocents in Syria” and December’s “Hospitals can truly benefit communities by going beyond the IRS standard,” respectively. Click here to read more.

Karie Feldman Appointed Assistant Dean for CWRU Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Karie Feldman (PhD, 2010), full-time lecturer in Sociology, has accepted a position as Assistant Dean in CWRU’s Office of Undergraduate Studies. As a Sociology lecturer, she has been nominated for numerous awards in teaching and mentoring — all reflecting her dedication to students and the importance of sociology. Please join us in extending our thanks and congratulation to Dr. Feldman!

Sociology Fall Colloquium: Professional Work in a “Post-Racial” Era

During the Sociology Department’s colloquium in October 2021, Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield delivered her lecture, Professional Work in a “Post-Racial” Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy and met with students and faculty. Professor Wingfield’s research examines how racial and gender inequality persists in professional occupations. She is the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences and Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at Washington University in St. Louis.

Administrator Michelle Corcoran Receives Mather Notable Woman of Year Award

Our very own Michelle Corcoran, Department Administrator, received the 2021 Mather Notable Woman of the Year Award. All community members were invited to watch the Mather Center’s presentation of the awards at virtual screening. If you missed the watch party, click here is a link to the recording of the 2021 Women of Achievement awards.

Professor Tim Black Offers Sociological Analysis to News5 Audience

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.

Sociology Alum Publishes Book on Geriatric Care

In December 2021, CWRU Sociology Alum John Schumacher published Creating a Geriatric Emergency Department: A Practical Guide which reflected his research on geriatric emergency departments and care delivery models for older adults.. John is currently Co-Director of the UMBC/UMB Gerontology Doctoral Program.  

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!