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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

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.

A UNLV banner affixed to a pole with a tree in the background
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.

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Sociology In The News

KNPR News
March 31, 2022

There are programs out there that helps single moms. Some help children of single moms. The Jeremiah Program works to help both at the same time.

Las Vegas Sun
March 30, 2022

U.S. News & World Report recognized 23 UNLV programs, including 13 from the William S. Boyd School of Law, in its annual list of top graduate and professional schools.

The Nevada Independent
March 3, 2022

From illuminating the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign in yellow and blue, to praying for peace and calling for more military gear to be shipped across the ocean, Nevadans are taking a range of steps to show solidarity with Ukraine as it fends off a Russian invasion.

The Nevada Independent
March 3, 2022

From illuminating the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign in yellow and blue, to praying for peace and calling for more military gear to be shipped across the ocean, Nevadans are taking a range of steps to show solidarity with Ukraine as it fends off a Russian invasion.

Newswise
March 3, 2022

The conflict in Ukraine continues to change on a minute-by-minute basis, and journalists who are seeking context into the myriad political, historical, social, and economic issues that have arisen as a result of the Russian invasion can turn to the following UNLV experts for insight.

Newswise
March 3, 2022

The conflict in Ukraine continues to change on a minute-by-minute basis, and journalists who are seeking context into the myriad political, historical, social, and economic issues that have arisen as a result of the Russian invasion can turn to the following UNLV experts for insight.

Sociology Experts

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

Recent Sociology Accomplishments

April 19, 2022
  Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing), Tirth Bhatta (Sociology), and Sfurti Rathi (Public Health) have published an article, "Coping with Uncertainty: Use of Contemplative Practices amid the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States" in the Holistic Nursing Practice Journal.  They used their nationwide Web based survey to examine the change in…
April 12, 2022
Marta Soligo (International Gaming Institute and Sociology) published the chapter "Playing with Heritage: Gambling and Venice's Tradition" in The Casino, Card and Betting Game Reader: Communities, Cultures and Play (Bloomsbury Publishing). The chapter focuses on heritage tourism and gambling in Venice, centering around topics such as collective…
April 5, 2022
Bridget Cowan Longoria (Sociology) was a guest speaker on KNPR's State of Nevada segment "Minneapolis-based Nonprofit Expanding to Las Vegas to Help Struggling Single Moms" as an expert in the sociology of poverty. 
March 29, 2022
Vanessa  Núñez (Sociology) recently was selected as a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship recipient. She earned the fellowship in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. This fellowship supports maximizing the educational benefits of diversity across…
February 28, 2022
Tirth R. Bhatta (Sociology), Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing), and Sfurti Rathi (Public Health) have published an article, "The Intersection of Race and Financial Strain: The Pain of Social Disconnection among Women in the United States," in the Journal of Women and Aging. They used their nationwide Web-based survey to examine the effects of financial…
February 16, 2022
Camisha Fagan (Sociology) was awarded the Sankofa Advocate Scholarship by the office of student diversity & social justice. The scholarship recognizes students who utilize their knowledge to contribute to the liberation of historically marginalized identities.