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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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Research | October 2, 2019

UNLV sociologist on how interacting in online white supremacist networks can convert hateful words into real violence.

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Campus News | September 6, 2019

UNLV's Alternative Breaks Program bolsters traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences, immersing students in the issues facing communities throughout the region.

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Research | July 23, 2019

New research reveals how undocumented students pursue justice and joy at the nation’s most diverse campus.

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Research | July 9, 2019

A new study reveals stark disparities in mortality risk among children and youth across several measures of parental socioeconomic status.

Campus News | June 26, 2019

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

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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.’

Sociology In The News

Yahoo!
October 9, 2019

UNLV researchers wanted to understand what moves people from expressing their private thoughts to like-minded individuals online to violent actions off line.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 9, 2019

How does the echo chamber of online chats groups transform hate speech into hate crimes?

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
October 7, 2019

UNLV sociologist Simon Gottschalk says social networks that cater to fascism and white supremacy should be shut down until authorities better understand their influence.

BBC News
September 28, 2019

Far up South Las Vegas Boulevard, past the glitzy resorts and mega-casinos of the city's strip, you will find an unassuming brick building with a boarded-up fire door at the front.

Independent
September 23, 2019

Fears that thousands of alien hunters could attempt to “storm” Area 51 after responding to a viral Facebook event have proved unfounded, with fewer than 200 people turning up at the gates of the secretive US military base.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
September 23, 2019

Storm Area 51 has everyone talking about the seclude once-secret military base. So, when people look back at Area 51 and when it garnered national attention to now, and how it sprung back into the pop culture spotlight — it’s very apparent the age of social media was a driving force.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

October 1, 2019
Anabel Chavva (Service Learning and Leadership), Kevin Wright (Student Diversity and Social Justice), Cecil Yeckes (Sociology) Theresa Butler (Urban Studies), and Zarria Benniefield (Engineering) were part of a panel hosted by the HOPE Scholars Program and Faculty Center last month. Panel members discussed ways to support students who are...
September 24, 2019
Michael Ian Borer (Sociology) was interviewed by a number of news outlets about the "Storming Area 51" event and the continued mass interest in aliens. He appeared on television with ABC, CBS, FOX, and Australia's Today Show and in print in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, and Huffington Post, among others...
September 5, 2019
Nick MacMurray and Robert Futrell (both Sociology) recently published "Ecological Death Reform and Death System Change" in Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. They explain how ecologically-minded spiritualists, designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs link past traditions with new technologies to develop more environmentally-sensitive and...
September 3, 2019
Cassaundra Rodriguez (Sociology)  was quoted in an article in USA Today  titled "Endless Fear: Undocumented Immigrants Grapple with Anxiety, Depression Under Trump."
August 29, 2019
Barb Brents (Sociology) co-authored the article "EXPOsing Men’s Gender Role Attitudes as Porn Superfans," which recently was published in Sociological Forum. The authors found that pornography fans were no less supportive of gender equality than the population as a whole and actually more supportive on a couple of questions. The results are...
July 30, 2019
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) had her research featured in a Las Vegas Review -Journal article, "UNLV Researchers Tighten Link between Lack of Education, Child Deaths."