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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 | 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.

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.

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People | December 27, 2019

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

Sociology In The News

Al Jazeera America
July 1, 2020

Amid Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, K-pop fans are being hailed as a new force in politics and social justice.

July 1, 2020

2020 is weird. There’s just no getting around it. Few would have believed that fans of Korean popular music were going to be a driving force behind fighting police brutality and white supremacy following the George Floyd protests. But that’s exactly what happened. Fans of the popular music genre are using their knowledge of online platforms to rally support for political causes and solicit donations.

June 24, 2020

The signs are that activism like that around Black Lives Matter is on the rise among Korean pop fans.

New York Times
June 22, 2020

After claiming some credit for the fizzling of President Trump’s rally in Oklahoma, the online armies of Korean pop music listeners are feeling prepared and empowered.

June 18, 2020

THE BOOGALOO BOIS dress in Hawaiian shirts, stitch igloo patches on their clothes and bags, and spend their days slinging pro-gun memes back and forth on Reddit, Discord, and Facebook. They have also been linked to a plot to spark unrest at George Floyd protests in Las Vegas with firebombs, and to the deaths of two law enforcement officers in the Bay Area.

The Ringer
June 11, 2020

After shutting down a Dallas Police Department app and donating more than $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s clear that K-pop fans are a legitimate force to be reckoned with. But this shouldn’t exactly be a surprise—fervent fan bases have always been particularly equipped to force change.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

July 6, 2020
Ranita Ray (Sociology) received multiple scholarship awards. Her book, The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City (University of California Press, 2018), was awarded the 2020 Pacific Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarship Award, and it was also selected as a finalist for the 2020...
June 24, 2020
Marta Soligo (Sociology, UNLV International Gaming Institute) published a blog post in Northern Notes, the blog of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds in the UK, titled "The Local is the New Tourist: Sociological Perspectives on Italy’s Travel Market Recovery." In the post, Soligo examines Italy’s efforts to revive...
June 5, 2020
Korey Tillman (Sociology) was interviewed by the The Nevada Independent about the recent protests in Las Vegas. The article discusses the escalating tensions between protesters and law enforcement that resulted in violence during the overall peaceful protests. He is a graduate student studying mass incarceration and policing.
June 3, 2020
Nissa Tzun (Journalism and Media Studies) and Korey Tillman (Sociology), along with Oja Vincent, co-founder of the Forced Trajectory Project, appeared as guests on KNPR's State of Nevada radio show earlier this week. They discussed the recent protests, police brutality, and topics related to the history of U.S. racial violence and oppression. The...
May 26, 2020
Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) and Moushumi Roy of the department of sociology at Delta College wrote a critical essay, "The Pandemic is Sending India's Poor into the Abyss," that appears on Salon. He explains how the pandemic is exacerbating inequalities in India and the myriad ways the country's underclass are suffering. Bhatta studies how cumulative...
May 12, 2020
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) and colleagues published an article, "Power, Hegemony, and World Society Theory: A Critical Evaluation," in Socius.