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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

Research | April 7, 2020

UNLV researcher Marta Soligo on the impact of the coronavirus on tourism and why it matters.

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Research | March 24, 2020

Governments and workers in sexualized tourism venues can partner to protect workers through code of conduct policies.

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
People | December 27, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.

unlv professor arya udry looks at a meteorite that she's holding up to the light
Research | December 26, 2019

A collection of stories featuring interesting discoveries driven by UNLV that have made news in 2019.

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Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Research | October 2, 2019

UNLV sociologist on how interacting in online white supremacist networks can convert hateful words into real violence.

Sociology In The News

March 6, 2020

McCartney and Lennon said it best - we get by with a little help from our friends.

KSNV-TV: News 3
February 13, 2020

Not male, not female.

Each year, thousands of people are born in the U.S. with sex characteristics that don’t typically identify them as one gender or the other.

El Tiempo
November 13, 2019

“Change the Subject” is a documentary that shares the story of a group of university students committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented people.

October 31, 2019

Las Vegas is one of America’s booziest cities. And beer has played a big part in developing that reputation.

October 28, 2019

UNR was thrust into an uncomfortable spotlight in 2017 when one of its students was photographed at the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protestor was killed and several more injured when a neo-Nazi rammed his car into a crowd.

October 22, 2019

With white supremacist violence on the rise nationwide, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas sociologist is studying how the Internet can turn hateful feelings into deadly actions.

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 health and social inequality.
An expert in gender, sexuality, sexual politics, prostitution, sex work and sex trafficking.
An expert in both urban sustainability and political extremism, including white supremacy
An expert on the intersection of medicine and sex, gender, and sexuality
An expert in urban poverty and race

Recent Sociology Accomplishments

April 7, 2020
Andrew Thomas Reyes, William Gangozo (both Nursing), Tirth Bhatta (Sociology), and Venkatesan Muthukumar (Electrical & Computer Engineering), published an article, “Testing the Acceptability and Initial Efficacy of a Smartphone-app Mindfulness Intervention for College Student Veterans with PTSD.” This article is published in the April issue of...
March 30, 2020
Vanessa Nuñez (Sociology) has been recognized by the prestigious Ford Foundation with a dissertation fellowship honorable mention. She is a doctoral candidate.
March 25, 2020
Barb Brents (Sociology) co-authored a piece, “What Happens in Vegas … Why Consent Matters in 'Sin City' and Other Sex Tourism Cities” that has been published in The Conversation. Co-authors are Paul Maginn (University of Western Australia), Aleta Baldwin (University of Texas, San Antonio), and Crystal Jackson (John Jay College of Criminal Justice...
March 17, 2020
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) and colleagues published an article, "Family Structure and Early Life Mortality in the United States," in Journal of Marriage and Family.
February 27, 2020
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) and colleagues published an article "The Persistent Southern Disadvantage in US Early Life Mortality, 1965-2014" in Demographic Research. 
February 18, 2020
Lauren Galloway (Sociology) has a new publication, ‘A Conspiracy of the Nation’: Case Study of Stokely Carmichael’s and H. Rap Brown’s Arguments in Support of Black Power," which appears in The Journal of Black Studies. She is on track to receive her PhD in May.