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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 | 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.’

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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.

Sociology In The News

Nevada Current
August 21, 2019

Earlier this month, the FBI arrested a 23-year-old Las Vegas man on suspicion of possessing parts to make a bomb and who allegedly wanted to attack a synagogue, the regional Anti Defamation league office, and an LGBTQ bar.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 29, 2019

Children whose parents have lower levels of education have a significantly higher risk of dying young, according to a new study by researchers at UNLV.

Voice of America
July 23, 2019

(15:05) President Donald Trump continued his attacks on four progressive congresswomen Tuesday when speaking to a conservative teen summit in Washington.

Science Daily
July 9, 2019

A new study reveals substantially higher risks of death between ages 1-24 for children living in families with lower levels of parental education, lower levels of family income, and/or for those living in a single parent family -- all independent of one another.

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.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

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."
July 10, 2019
Jennifer J. Reed (Sociology) was featured in an article by an international environmental journalist, "Ecosexualidad: la Tierra Entendida como una Amante" ("Ecosexuality: The Earth Understood as a Lover"). The story about her dissertation research appeared in El Tiempo, the largest newspaper in Colombia, South America. Reed is an...
July 9, 2019
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) and colleagues published an article "Family Socioeconomic Status and Early Life Mortality Risk in the United States" in Maternal and Child Health Journal.
July 1, 2019
Jennifer J. Reed (Sociology) was quoted in a story on Health.com entitled "Here's What It Means to Identify as Ecosexual." Her doctoral dissertation research examines the development of the ecosexual movement, a social movement linking environmental and sexual struggles through a dominant collective action frame of queer, erotic, "...
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...