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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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Campus News | April 14, 2021

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

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Campus News | March 29, 2021

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.

Campus News | February 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Professor Nancy Lough standing in front of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
People | January 4, 2021

Great places are made of great people. Here are a few who made the news in 2020.

Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Arts and Culture | December 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

A woman sits on a couch holding on to a large dog
People | October 16, 2020

Graduate College Alumna of the Year's time at UNLV left her with an appreciation for parsing differing, and often contradictory, viewpoints en route to becoming a champion for animals.

Sociology In The News

American Renaissance
May 5, 2021

The first images of “The Last Battle” seem designed to rile people on the conservative side of the culture wars: public nudity, strippers, children dressed in drag — symbols of a society supposedly in a moral free fall.

Washington Post
April 30, 2021

The first images of “The Last Battle” seem designed to rile people on the conservative side of the culture wars: public nudity, strippers, children dressed in drag—symbols of a society supposedly in a moral free fall.

April 29, 2021

Far-right extremists are increasingly using more sophisticated methods to recruit new members.

Daily Beast
April 23, 2021

For the past 14 months, Madam Dena has sat on a sprawling, abandoned ranch outside Las Vegas, overseeing an empty empire of themed bungalows, hotel rooms, and tennis courts.

April 16, 2021

Thirteen months of social distancing and masks, and it’s no wonder people are having less sex.

Rantt Media
March 31, 2021

On February 2, 2021, Austrian authorities arrested a 36-years-old musician and rapper known as “Mr. Bond” for promoting neo-Nazism and inciting violence. Inspired by attacks against Jews and Muslims in the United States and New Zealand, Mr. Bond has released a song that praised the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, the Poway synagogue shooter and the Christchurch mosques’ shooter and called to follow them.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

April 16, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) and Josiah Kidwell (Sociology) published two chapters in the academic eBook COVID-19: Sociological Scenarios. Soligo’s chapter (in Italian), “The Sociology of Tourism and COVID-19: The Case of Las Vegas,” is a sociological analysis of the effects of the pandemic on tourism, especially in...
April 14, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) was interviewed for the sociology podcast "The Social Breakdown." Soligo explored the sociology of tourism, especially the relationship between COVID-19 and the travel industry. She discussed the role of tourism in Las Vegas as well as the creation of culture and dark tourism. She also...
April 13, 2021
Jonathan Jiménez (Sociology) has just published the chapter "When the Gayborhood Isn't Enough: How Trans Youth Utilize the Internet to Make a Digital Trans Neighborhood" in The Gayborhood: From Sexual Liberation to Cosmopolitan Spectacle, by Lexington Books. The paper details the estrangement and exclusion of trans youth from supposedly LGBT+...
April 13, 2021
Daniel Okamura (Sociology) has just published as co-editor, The Gayborhood: From Sexual Liberation to Cosmopolitan Spectacle. This volume was assembled out of concern that the body of research had begun to essentialize and reify gay urban enclaves as frozen in time and location when such places have witnessed and experienced rapid changes in...
February 25, 2021
Benjamin Burroughs, Ben Morse, Michael Carmona (all Journalism and Media Studies), and Travis Snow (Sociology) presented a panel, "Watching Watchmen: Race and Anonymity" at the Far West Popular Culture Conference hosted by UNLV earlier this month. 
February 24, 2021
Simon Gottschalk's (Sociology) interview on The Internet and the Infantilization of Western Society has just been published in the Portugese magazine SHIFTER. Gottschalk reflects on his writings in The Terminal Self: Everyday Life in Hypermodern Times (Routledge) and his Salon article The Infantilization of Western Culture...