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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 | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

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Research | July 20, 2022

Vanessa Núñez focuses on the role of faculty and staff in shaping institutional policies to support undocumented students.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

An illustration of Ukraine and Russia flag colors on cracked concrete
Campus News | March 3, 2022

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to escalate, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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Research | January 19, 2022

New report shows lower life expectancy for young Americans; 'aggressive action' needed to increase survival rates for infants, children, young adults

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine graduates line up to cross the commencement stage
Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.

Sociology In The News

WFMZ-TV: 69 News
October 3, 2022

As of July 16, 2022, people have only to press three digits, 988, to reach the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline when they need help during a mental health crisis.

The Wire
August 27, 2022

You can inoculate people against fake news by exposing them to small amounts of such content – much as low doses of live virus can vaccinate people against a disease.

Population Reference Bureau
August 26, 2022

A mental health crisis is contributing to American children and youth dying from preventable causes, and we can and should take action to reverse the trend.

OpenMind Magazine
August 18, 2022

Researchers are trying to boost people’s immunity to fake news using online games and other strategies. Can these efforts protect the wider population against disinformation?

Business Mirror
August 12, 2022

Four essential reads that explore some daily habits and practices that have been shown to improve mental health. These are food for thought, not guidelines or medical advice, but reading these articles could be the first steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

Columbia Daily Tribune
August 11, 2022

QAnon followers who may have become discouraged about how things turned out on Jan. 6, 2021, have a new sense of purpose with Monday's FBI search of Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago, said University of Missouri researcher Chris Conner.

Sociology Experts

An expert on gaming and society, Bernhard has been featured on CNN, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, and The History Channel.
An expert in both urban sustainability and political extremism, including white supremacy
An expert in urban culture and interactions, popular culture, religion and spirituality, craft beer, and the Boston Red Sox.
An expert in gender, sexuality, sexual politics, prostitution, sex work and sex trafficking.
An expert in health and social inequality.

Recent Sociology Accomplishments

September 30, 2022
Nicole Santero (Sociology), Ph. D. student, co-authored research on "Community-based strategies for combating misinformation: Learning from a popular culture fandom" that was published in the Harvard Misinformation Review. Through the lens of one of the fastest-growing international fandoms, BTS ARMY, this study explores everyday misinformation…
September 12, 2022
Chenghui Zhang (Sociology) and colleagues published an article, "The Importance of Recurring Campus Surveys of Interpersonal Violence: An Analysis of Period and Cohort Effects," in the Journal of School Violence. 
September 9, 2022
Tirth Bhatta (Sociology), assistant professor, published an article titled, "Intersecting Early-Life Selection Mechanisms: Socio-Historical Changes in Racially Stratified Effects of Education on Functional Limitations in the United States," in the Journal of Aging and Health. Scholarship on sociohistorical changes in intersecting early-life…
August 31, 2022
Em Coombes (Sociology, CREA), along with other collaborators, published the Manifesto for Sex Positive Social Media. This manifesto sets out guiding principles that governments, policy-makers, platforms, and other stakeholders can take into account in their design, moderation, and regulation practices.  Human rights principles outline what sexual…
August 30, 2022
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) published a post about the mental health crisis among youth titled "Preserving the Health and Safety of U.S. Children" on the Population Reference Bureau website.
July 7, 2022
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) delivered a keynote speech earlier this month at the webinar “Film Tourism: Destination Branding and Experience” organized by the Bali Dwipa University in collaboration with the Bali Tourism Board. Soligo’s presentation centered around film-induced tourism, focusing on tourism planning,…