The UNLV Department of Sociology combines innovative research with teaching and community service to address questions of social change, diversity, social justice, and sustainability in urban environments.

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We are very sad to announce that Dr. Andrew Spivak, Associate Professor of Sociology, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 due to complications from a rare liver disease. Andrew was a valued colleague and friend to many across the college and university. An award-winning teacher and crime and delinquency scholar, he played vital roles in Sociology as a mentor to many students and a supportive colleague in Sociology, the College of Liberal Arts, and around the university.

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Feb. 3, 2021

A collection of news stories from the new year highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

Professor Nancy Lough standing in front of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
Jan. 4, 2021

Great places are made of great people. Here are a few who made the news in 2020.

Claytee White sits in a chair and gestures toward a woman sitting to her right
Dec. 30, 2020

A sampling of university experts who sounded off on the year’s monumental movements surrounding race, ethnicity, and gender.

A woman sits on a couch holding on to a large dog
Oct. 16, 2020

Graduate College Alumna of the Year's time at UNLV left her with an appreciation for parsing differing, and often contradictory, viewpoints en route to becoming a champion for animals.


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The Department of Sociology is one of the departments in the College of Liberal Arts.