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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 | September 1, 2022

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

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Research | July 20, 2022

Vanessa Núñez focuses on the role of faculty and staff in shaping institutional policies to support undocumented students.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

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

An illustration of Ukraine and Russia flag colors on cracked concrete
Campus News | March 3, 2022

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to escalate, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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Research | January 19, 2022

New report shows lower life expectancy for young Americans; 'aggressive action' needed to increase survival rates for infants, children, young adults

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine graduates line up to cross the commencement stage
Campus News | December 30, 2021

A collection of 2021 headlines highlighting medical school milestones, a steady stronghold on diversity and research rankings, student success, and media mentions featuring faculty experts.

Sociology In The News

Forbes
November 14, 2022

Dubbed “the Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas offers a bevy of attractions and delights for more than 40 million visitors each year. Those treats recently expanded to include craft beer from more than a dozen breweries across the valley.

Fox News
October 20, 2022

The members of the K-Pop stars, BTS will perform their required military service, placing the group on hiatus until around 2025. LiveNOW from FOX's Josh Breslow spoke with Nicole Santero, a K-Pop expert at University of Nevada Las Vegas, who helped break down the developments.

Desert Companion
October 11, 2022

A feisty couple banks on the colorful history of a Beatty-area brothel drawing visitors to what’s now a regular old bed-and-breakfast

WFMZ-TV: 69 News
October 3, 2022

As of July 16, 2022, people have only to press three digits, 988, to reach the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline when they need help during a mental health crisis.

The Wire
August 27, 2022

You can inoculate people against fake news by exposing them to small amounts of such content – much as low doses of live virus can vaccinate people against a disease.

Population Reference Bureau
August 26, 2022

A mental health crisis is contributing to American children and youth dying from preventable causes, and we can and should take action to reverse the trend.

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 urban culture and interactions, popular culture, religion and spirituality, craft beer, and the Boston Red Sox.
An expert in both urban sustainability and political extremism, including white supremacy

Recent Sociology Accomplishments

November 22, 2022
Assistant professor Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) co-authored a chapter titled, “Vijay Prashad: A Biographical and Theoretical Sketch” with Moushumi Roy (Hampton University) and Moushumi Biswas (Langston University) in the volume, Neglected Social Theorists of Color, edited by David Dickens, Korey Tillman, and C. C. Herbison.
November 8, 2022
Simon Gottschalk (Sociology) has published a chapter titled, "Psychological Errors and Digital Rumors: Revisiting Two of Shibutani's Contributions," in the volume, Neglected Social Theorists of Color, edited by David Dickens, Korey Tillman, and C. C. Herbison (Lexington).
November 7, 2022
Michael Ian Borer (Sociology) was interviewed and featured on Forbes.com about his book Vegas Brews: Craft Beer and the Birth of a Local Scene (NYU Press). Borer offers up some of his favorites in the article, "Las Vegas Craft Beers: A Sure Bet."
November 3, 2022
Ph.D. student Em Coombes (Sociology) recently published their co-authored article, “Disabled Sex Workers’ Fight for Digital Rights, Platform Accessibility, and Design Justice,” in Disability Studies Quarterly (DSQ). The research examines how normative whorephobic, racist, ableist user experience (UX) social media…
November 2, 2022
Chenghui Zhang (Sociology) presented her research titled, "Constructing Racial Hate Crimes: The Complexity of Racial Identities," virtually at the University of Macau, department of sociology, on November 2, 2022. 
September 30, 2022
Nicole Santero (Sociology), Ph. D. student, co-authored research on "Community-based strategies for combating misinformation: Learning from a popular culture fandom" that was published in the Harvard Misinformation Review. Through the lens of one of the fastest-growing international fandoms, BTS ARMY, this study explores everyday misinformation…