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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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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.

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People | October 9, 2020

Sociology bachelor's has been foundational for College of Liberal Arts alumna of the year's ascent to heights of corporate leadership.

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People | August 3, 2020

Nicole Santero balances her job communicating about the School of Public Health with her doctoral research on the BTS phenomenon.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

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Business and Community | May 22, 2020

UNLV sociologist Simon Gottschalk provides tips on how to adjust to increased screen time during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sociology In The News

Western Independent
November 19, 2020

“I just thought it was a quick nude here or there,” Mary nervously laughs.

Wall Street Journal
November 12, 2020

The South Korean pop group has reached the top of the U.S. charts, united millions of fans around the world into a self-styled ARMY, shattered online viewing records and been part of a major IPO. Now BTS is preparing to release a new album.

Wyoming Public Media
October 28, 2020

As election day approaches, some states in the Mountain West are preparing for potential voter intimidation and violence following rhetoric from President Donald Trump.

Nevada Current
October 21, 2020

No major voting issues have been reported in Nevada since early voting began Saturday, but the potential for voter intimidation and incited violence remains a real threat to the election process, a new report warns.

The Business Times
October 15, 2020

What investors are paying for is not necessarily the K-pop group or its management company, but its huge, highly connected ecosystem of followers

New York Times
October 14, 2020

What investors are really paying for is not necessarily the K-pop group or its management company, but its huge, highly connected ecosystem of followers.

Sociology Experts

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

November 13, 2020
Neema Langa collaborated with Tirth Bhatta (both Sociology) on the research study "The Rural-Urban Divide in Tanzania: Residential Context and Socioeconomic Inequalities in Maternal Health Care Utilization."Existing studies in Tanzania, based mostly on rural samples, have primarily focused on individual behaviors responsible for the lower...
November 9, 2020
Erick López (Sociology and School of Public Health) presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on the topic "The Association Between Sociocultural Measures of Acculturation and Vigorous Leisure Time Physical Activity in Latinxs."    
October 12, 2020
Barb Brents (Sociology) was interviewed about her career, her research, her new book, Paying for Sex in the Digital Age, and the similarities between the sex industry and mainstream businesses in the UK podcast, "Brave, Bold and Brilliant" with Jeanette Linfoot.
August 14, 2020
Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) has published "Intercohort Variations in the Education–Health Gradient: Sociohistorical Changes in Early-Life Selection Mechanisms in the United States" in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. Drawing from the Health and Retirement Survey (1992–2012), this study examines whether changes in early-life selection mechanisms...
August 7, 2020
Korey Tillman (Sociology), Claytee White (Oral History Research Center), and alum Leslie Turner were featured on the KNPR story, "You Can't Live There: A Long Struggle For Black Rights In Las Vegas." This story covered the history of race and racism in Las Vegas and its implications for today's Black liberation struggle. 
August 6, 2020
Colleen Hall-Patton (Sociology) was featured in the latest issue of Quiltfolk magazine which focuses on both influential and unknown people, organizations, and businesses in the quilt world. Each issue covers a different state, and this is the Nevada edition. The article covers her work as a researcher, quilter, and antique quilt collector.