Accomplishments: Department of Sociology

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.
Associate professor Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) and assistant professor Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing) published a book chapter titled, "A Love Supreme: The Key to Transforming Our Hypermaterialistic World," to describe the true essence of love. In light of the serious threat of impending mass extinction and the growing consumerism, isolation, and…
Simon Gottschalk (Sociology, Emeritus, retired) just published the chapter: "Sensory Degradation and Somatic Labor: Critical Sensory Ethnography for Hypermodern Times" in the Routledge International Handbook of Sensory Ethnography. Combining scholarship on the senses, sensory ethnography, and hypermodernism, the chapter discusses three…
Associate professor Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) and his research collaborators outside of UNLV utilized data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) to understand family socioeconomic context that contribute to the relationship between physical maltreatment in childhood and depressive symptoms in later life in China.…
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology), Samantha John (Brain Health), and Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) published "Cognitive Functioning among U.S. Older Adults Differs by Gender and Urbanicity" in Syracuse University Lerner Center's Population Health Research Brief Series.
Cassaundra Rodriguez (Sociology) and a colleague wrote a profile on the 2024 American Sociological Association (ASA) president in the publication Footnotes.
Cassaundra Rodriguez (Sociology) published a chapter titled, ‘“Between A Rock and A Hard Place’: Undocumented Immigrants and Mixed-Status Families Negotiating Migration Returns to Visit Ill and Dying Family Members.” This chapter is in the newest edition of Families as They Really Are edited by Virginia Rutter, Kristi Williams, and…
Simon Gottschalk (Sociology) published a chapter titled, "Terminal Violence: Online Interactions and Infra-Humanization," in the edited volume People, Technology, and Social Organization: Interactionist Studies of Everyday Life (Routledge). The chapter uses vignettes of interactions with terminals and with people through terminals to denounce…
Colleen Hall-Patton (Sociology) presented a paper at the American Quilt Study group titled, "My 'Christopher Columbus' Eleanor Beard Quilt," tracing the design elements of a 1930s quilt to a 1600s quilt. Eleanor Beard Studios employed as many as 1000 rural Kentucky women during the Great Depression while marketing to very high end clientele.