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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

A woman leans against a chain-link fence as the sun sets in the background.
Research | June 11, 2019

A new book reveals how current social structures thwart the mobility of black and brown youth, even those who ‘play by the rules.’

hand holding cell phone with social media apps on screen
Research | June 7, 2019

UNLV sociology doctoral students study how two politically polarized activist groups use social media to organize and impact legislation.

A man in a UNLV basketball jersey leans on a gold-colored Oldsmobile.
People | June 5, 2019

Francisco Franco used to commute to school in a stock Oldsmobile in the late 1990s. When he was invited last year to bring the same car — now a custom lowrider — back for an art exhibit, it was a full-circle moment for the UNLV alumnus.

Michael and Gloria Flores
People | May 20, 2019

Gloria Flores and her son, Michael, share a stage as they both earn degrees on the same day.

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Research | May 2, 2019

Sociology doctoral student Nick Mac Murray studies activists working to change how America views and approaches the burials of their dearly departed.

four portraits of women
Research | April 9, 2019

Four students on the chances they’ve taken, the confidence they’ve gained, and the dreams they continue to chase.

Sociology In The News

Health
June 13, 2019

It’s one thing to give up plastic straws and recycle daily. But ecosexuals take their love for the planet to an entirely new level. What exactly is ecosexuality? It's a trending sexual identity that means everything from literally having sex with the Earth to getting it on in the most eco-friendly way possible.

Washington Post
June 10, 2019

When doctors said her youngest child would be a girl, Amie Schofield chose the name Victoria. Then they said the child would be a boy, so she switched to Victor.

CDC Gaming Reports
May 29, 2019

A University of Nevada, Las Vegas sociology professor said Tuesday that gambling reflects the risks inherent in modern capitalism and the pursuit of the American Dream and that its growth is being led in part by growing income equality.

WTIP
May 24, 2019

For many of us, it’s hard to talk about or even think about our own death or that of a loved one. But a group of people, known as ecological death activists, are suggesting that we think about more environmentally sound approaches to traditional burials.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 20, 2019

A mother and her son graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas together on Saturday.

Newswise
May 9, 2019

Few experiences are more painful than losing someone we love, and the grief only continues as burial arrangements are made. On that terrible day when we have to inter a loved one, it’s difficult enough to cope with the act, let alone think beyond it.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

June 12, 2019
Ranita Ray (Sociology) won the Top Article Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Race, Gender, and Class for her Social Problems article, "Identity of Distance: How Economically Marginalized Black and Latina Women Navigate Risk Discourse and Employ Feminist Ideals."
June 5, 2019
David R. Dickens and Nicholas M. Baxter (both Sociology), along with Christopher T. Conner, '15 PhD Sociology,  recently published a book,  Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists (Lexington Books). The edited volume "opens windows into the work of figures whose scholarship, overlooked or long neglected, offers...
June 5, 2019
Rei Serafica and Nirmala Lekhak (both Nursing) and Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) co-authored an article, "Acculturation, Acculturative Stress and Resilience among Older Immigrants," in International Nursing Review. The aim of this study was to explore the interplay between acculturation, acculturative stress, and resilience, and their collective impact...
June 4, 2019
Georgiann Davis (Sociology) was elected chair-elect of the American Sociological Association's Section on the Sociology of Body and Embodiment. Her three-year term begins in August.
May 13, 2019
Ranita Ray (Sociology) is the author of the book The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City, which recently was selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2019 C. Wright Mills Book Award from The Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her book is one of five finalists out of a pool of nearly 80...
May 13, 2019
Jennifer J. Reed (Sociology) appeared in a story for Earth Day, "Las Vegas Ecosexuals Married the Earth in a Nevada Wedding Ceremony." Reed's dissertation research examines the development of the ecosexual movement, including use of performance art weddings to non-human nature elements as a tactic to reframe human relationships to nature as an...