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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

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.

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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.

student with red Alternative Breaks backpack facing a rocky ocean coast
Campus News | September 6, 2019

UNLV's Alternative Breaks Program bolsters traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences, immersing students in the issues facing communities throughout the region.

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Research | July 23, 2019

New research reveals how undocumented students pursue justice and joy at the nation’s most diverse campus.

Sociology In The News

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.

KNPR News
October 31, 2019

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

KNPR News
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.

KUER
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.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 17, 2019

In his office at UNLV, sociology professor Simon Gottschalk tapped his keyboard.

Las Vegas Sun
October 15, 2019

Perusing through websites filled with threads espousing hatred toward Jews and other minorities isn’t exactly the sort of reading UNLV sociologist Simon Gottschalk enjoys.

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Recent Sociology Accomplishments

January 24, 2020
Barbara G. Brents (Sociology) along with two UNLV alumnae, Crystal A. Jackson, '03 BA Psychology, '07 MA Sociology, and '13 PhD Sociology, (now of the John Jay School of the City University of New York) and Aleta Baldwin, '06 BA Women's Studies, (now of University of Texas at San Antonio), and Paul Maginn (University of Western Australia) are the...
December 16, 2019
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) and colleagues published an article, "Maternal Educational Attainment and Child Health in the United States," in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
November 26, 2019
Vanessa Núñez, Esmeralda C. Cruz Lopez (both Sociology), and Mariana Sarmiento Hernández (Social Work), along with former sociology faculty-in-residence Anna C. Smedley, published an article in the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal titled, “La Lucha Sigue: Making the Case for Institutional Support of ...
October 30, 2019
Michael Ian Borer (Sociology) published his latest book Vegas Brews: Craft Beer and the Birth of a Local Scene  (NYU Press). This urban ethnography shows how craft beer has been used as both a social lubricant and social adhesive that has, quite literally, changed the way Las Vegas tastes. "Rich in ethnographic detail," writes...
October 15, 2019
Colleen Hall-Patton (Sociology) made a poster presentation called "Wait! What? Modern Quilting in the 1950s?" at the American Quilt Study Group conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.
October 1, 2019
Anabel Chavva (Service Learning and Leadership), Kevin Wright (Student Diversity and Social Justice), Cecil Yeckes (Sociology) Theresa Butler (Urban Studies), and Zarria Benniefield (Engineering) were part of a panel hosted by the HOPE Scholars Program and Faculty Center last month. Panel members discussed ways to support students who are...