A female student visiting an Italian-themed resort at Lake Las Vegas.

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

Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | May 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | May 10, 2021

The seminar for the campus community is aimed at helping students who have been arrested or incarcerated.

Sociology In The News

Las Vegas Sun
September 27, 2021

A wooden structure tucked behind two palm trees in the front yard of a house on Blackthorn Drive in Sunrise Manor is visible when drivers turn into the east Las Vegas neighborhood.

Las Vegas Sun
August 27, 2021

Transgender adult model Sabina Steele lost her job at Starbucks in July 2020 and had to act quickly to overcome the income loss.

Las Vegas Sun
August 24, 2021

Las Vegas could be at risk of being used as a platform for spreading misinformation by far-right extremists who have openly called for the insurrection and participated in the failed coup in Washington.

Desert Companion
August 24, 2021

What compels people to line up to buy beer?

August 20, 2021

Will OnlyFans survive without its sexual content?

Texas News Today
August 20, 2021

OnlyFans will ban sexually explicit content from October, especially the material itself that made the platform popular last year.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

September 28, 2021
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) and colleagues have published two articles: "Contributions and Challenges in Health Lifestyles Research" in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior Special Issue on Findings, Challenges, and Future Directions in Medical Sociology and "Postsecondary Educational Attainment and Health among Younger U.S. Adults in the...
September 14, 2021
Simon Gottschaik (Sociology) and Celene Fuller (Sociology) published a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Symbolic Interaction titled: “De-realization and Infra-humanization: A Theory of Symbolic Interaction with Digital Technologies.” The authors suggest that interactions with digital technologies impose a series of adjustments that compromise...
August 11, 2021
Bridget Cowan Longoria (Sociology) published an article, "The widowed identity: identity transformations of the silent generation and the influence of time" in the Journal of Women and Aging. Longoria is a doctoral student in sociology.
July 26, 2021
Barb Brents (Sociology) served as a commissioner for the Oregon Sex Workers Human Rights Commission hearing on July 15.  The hearing focused on the harms that Oregonians face under sex work criminalization and included testimony from sex workers, service providers, legislators and researchers.
June 3, 2021
Simon Gottschalk (Sociology) recently published a chapter, “Click, Validate, Reply: Three Paradoxes of the Terminal Self" in the International Handbook of Symbolic Interactionism. He explains that our interactions require us to adjust our sensorimotor skills and perceptual aptitudes, our need for social recognition, and our emotional orientations...
May 24, 2021
Andrew Thomas Reyes, Huaxin Song (both Nursing), Tirth R. Bhatta (Sociology), and Christopher A. Kearney (Psychology) published an article, “Exploring the Relationships Between Resilience, Mindfulness, and Experiential Avoidance After the Use of a Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Mobile App for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” This article is...