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Department of Sociology News

The Department of Sociology offers courses that inspect concerns about human behavior, social life, and social change. Students examine topics such as crime; economic inequalities; gender; leisure and sports; marriage and family; occupations; race and ethnic relations; and religion.

Current Sociology News

The Las Vegas strip as seen on Super Bowl weekend (Josh Hawkins/UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Campus News |

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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Business and Community |

Meet some UNLV grads who've had a hand in shaping the city's sports identity. 

Spooky season at UNLV (Becca Schwartz\UNLV).
Campus News |

A collection of news stories focused on research, expert insights, and academic achievement.

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News |

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

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Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Sociology In The News

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In February 2024, American anti-government agitator Ammon Bundy posted a video with a provocative title to his YouTube channel: ‘Want to know where Ammon Bundy is?’

Morehead State Public Radio: WMKY 90.3

March is Women’s History Month, and several events are being held to commemorate the topic. Dr. Bernadette Barton is a professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at MSU. She said patriarchy works to minimize women’s contributions to the social world by erasing that history.

NBC News

After a dip from 2017 to 2021, it looks like America’s ultimate sporting event is back on top.

NBC News

Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery announced plans Tuesday to launch a streaming service that could become the biggest single source of sports content for cord-cutting consumers.

Psychology Today

Children respond differently to their parents' trauma, causing estrangement.

Psychology Today

Siblings respond differently to a parent's trauma, causing estrangement.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

Robert Futrell (Sociology) and Emily Wagner (Sociology Ph.D. student) recently published the third edition of American Swastika: Inside the U.S. White Power Movement's Hidden Spaces of Hate. Co-authored with Pete Simi (Chapman University, UNLV Sociology Alumnus 2002), the book uses powerful case studies, interviews, and first-person accounts…
Torisha Khonach and Anna Kurz, (both Sociology) recently published an article titled "Challenges of #bodypositivity: social media and hashtag activism" in the journal Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Utilizing 200 posts from Instagram and 200 videos from TikTok, they examine the ways social media…
Robert Futrell (Sociology) recently co-authored essays in Mobilization: An International Journal and The Journal of Right-Wing Studies that sketch a “constellation” framework for understanding U.S. extremist white supremacy. A constellation approach focuses on a core set of practices, ideas, and emotions and offers a more complex,…
Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing), Tirth Bhatta (Sociology), and Joel Snyder (Psychology) collaborated with other collegues to publish "Meditation, Compassionate Love, and Mental Health in Later Life." This study underscores the need for contemplative interventions that foster compassionate love to improve mental health in later life.
Robert Futrell (Sociology) co-authored a new book, "Out of Hiding: Extremist White Supremacy and How It Can Be Stopped " (published by Routledge), with Kathleen Blee and Pete Simi. Their argument focuses on three moments between 2008 and today during which white supremacists took opportunities to move from pockets of underground activism to…
Annaliese Grant (Sociology) published "The classed trajectory of media habitus: Television time and socioeconomic status from adolescence to adulthood" in Poetics. The work disentangles classed differences in television time over the life course.