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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

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

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

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Campus News | May 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | May 10, 2021

The seminar for the campus community is aimed at helping students who have been arrested or incarcerated.

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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.

Sociology In The News

July 27, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has always been a nightmare for higher education, but in the 2020-21 school year, it has largely spared the country’s sparsely populated campuses from growing political tensions.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 26, 2021

College leaders should be ready for protests, provocations, and lone attacks, experts say.

The Nevada Independent
July 19, 2021

Less than five years after bringing the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, Southern Nevada is dancing with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, the Northern California city’s last professional sports franchise, which is seeking to flee the crumbling Oakland Coliseum for possibly a new multi-billion stadium in the desert.

June 23, 2021

Ammon Bundy became infamous in 2014 when he was involved in an armed standoff with federal officials in Nevada, where his father, rancher Cliven Bundy, refused to pay grazing fees.

Washington Post
June 22, 2021

Ammon Bundy has carried a small copy of the U.S. Constitution in his front pocket for the past seven years. He does so to remind himself of what the government is supposed to do to serve the people without abusing its authority, he said.

June 4, 2021

Oregon's House Judiciary Committee held an informational hearing Thursday on a bill that would decriminalize prostitution in the state.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

July 26, 2021
Barb Brents (Sociology) served as a commissioner for the Oregon Sex Workers Human Rights Commission hearing on July 15.  The hearing focused on the harms that Oregonians face under sex work criminalization and included testimony from sex workers, service providers, legislators and researchers.
June 3, 2021
Simon Gottschalk (Sociology) recently published a chapter, “Click, Validate, Reply: Three Paradoxes of the Terminal Self" in the International Handbook of Symbolic Interactionism. He explains that our interactions require us to adjust our sensorimotor skills and perceptual aptitudes, our need for social recognition, and our emotional orientations...
May 24, 2021
Andrew Thomas Reyes, Huaxin Song (both Nursing), Tirth R. Bhatta (Sociology), and Christopher A. Kearney (Psychology) published an article, “Exploring the Relationships Between Resilience, Mindfulness, and Experiential Avoidance After the Use of a Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Mobile App for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” This article is...
May 11, 2021
Josiah Kidwell and Michael Ian Borer (both Sociology) recently published an article, "The Sanctuary of the Spectacle: Megachurches and the Production of Christian Celebrities and Consumers," in the Journal of Media and Religion. The article analyzes the entanglement of religion, media, and celebrity culture in the context of a Las Vegas-based...
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...