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Department of Sociology News

The sociology department teaches courses that concern human behavior, social life and social change. Many topics are examined, including marriage and family, religion, crime and delinquency, deviance, work and occupations, leisure and sports, economic inequalities, race and ethnic relations, and gender.

Current Sociology News

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People | August 3, 2020

Nicole Santero balances her job communicating about the School of Public Health with her doctoral research on the BTS phenomenon.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

Eight UNLV graduates pose for a photo in their graduation attire.
Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

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Business and Community | May 22, 2020

UNLV sociologist Simon Gottschalk provides tips on how to adjust to increased screen time during the coronavirus pandemic.

Research | April 7, 2020

UNLV researcher Marta Soligo on the impact of the coronavirus on tourism and why it matters.

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Research | March 24, 2020

Governments and workers in sexualized tourism venues can partner to protect workers through code of conduct policies.

Sociology In The News

Correio Braziliense
September 8, 2020

They are supported by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, a text that considers the right to possession of weapons inalienable. They also use the internet for an almost devotion to rifles, in addition to engaging in advocacy for violence and radical political discourse. So-called "watchmen" and "militias" have made headlines in the United States. On August 26, three days after Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by the police, anti-racism protests erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Armed groups arrived from neighboring Illinois and clashed with activists from the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM, “Black lives matter”).

Greenville News
September 8, 2020

When hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters came out to a Confederate monument in downtown Greenville earlier this summer, men with guns who called themselves a "militia" showed up, too.

NBC News
September 1, 2020

Prosecutors say Kyle Rittenhouse, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, killed two people and injured one on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, when he opened fire on Aug. 25 during protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Wall Street Journal
August 24, 2020

The K-pop group’s English music video attracts more than 101 million views on the streaming platform within 24 hours.

August 7, 2020

Southern Nevada, like much of the country, is struggling to come to terms with racial justice. The death of George Floyd was followed by dozens of protests in the streets of Las Vegas.

Refinery 29
July 24, 2020

On 24th March 2015, Germanwings flight 9525 headed to Dusseldorf, Germany crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Thousands around the world flooded social media to express their shock and grief, sending the hashtag #Germanwings to the No.1 trending spot on Twitter worldwide. Less than 24 hours after the crash, international sensation One Direction announced on Facebook that Zayn Malik was leaving the group after five years.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

August 14, 2020
Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) has published "Intercohort Variations in the Education–Health Gradient: Sociohistorical Changes in Early-Life Selection Mechanisms in the United States" in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. Drawing from the Health and Retirement Survey (1992–2012), this study examines whether changes in early-life selection mechanisms...
August 7, 2020
Korey Tillman (Sociology), Claytee White (Oral History Research Center), and alum Leslie Turner were featured on the KNPR story, "You Can't Live There: A Long Struggle For Black Rights In Las Vegas." This story covered the history of race and racism in Las Vegas and its implications for today's Black liberation struggle. 
August 6, 2020
Colleen Hall-Patton (Sociology) was featured in the latest issue of Quiltfolk magazine which focuses on both influential and unknown people, organizations, and businesses in the quilt world. Each issue covers a different state, and this is the Nevada edition. The article covers her work as a researcher, quilter, and antique quilt collector. 
July 31, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) and Brett Abarbanel (International Gaming Institute) co-authored a paper on the Venetian Hotel and Casino for the International Hospitality Review. The paper analyzes the concepts of experience economy and promotion of authenticity by exploring the resort’s tangible and intangible Italian...
July 30, 2020
Michael Borer (Sociology) recently was elected to serve as president of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI). He will start as president-elect in 2020-21, serve as president in 2021-22, and past president in 2022-23. UNLV sociology alumni Chris Conner, '15 PhD Sociology, now of the University of Missouri, and Nick Baxter, '19...
July 29, 2020
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) and colleagues published an article, "Health Lifestyles and the Transition to Adulthood," in Socius.