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The Department of Sociology & Anthropology combines the study of people and cultures and produces students who are not only aware of the history and significance of humankind but who are also cognizant of how our actions impact the world in which we live.

Department News

Congratulations to Emily Gove, '17, who was recognized with the Student Symposium Paper Competition award.

Congratulations to Maddy Dunbar,'17, winner of this year's Sartain award, and Bella May, '19, recipient of this year's Stewart Scholarship.

Faculty Highlights

  • Grollman Article

    Dr. Eric Grollman, with Nao Hagiwara, published "Measuring Self-Reported Discrimination: Trends in Question Wording Used in Publicly Accessible Datasets”  in Social Currents.

  • Sweis Articles and Chapter

    Dr. Rania Sweis recently published the article "Security and the Traumatized Street Child: How Gender Shapes International Psychiatric Aid in Cairo" in the journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly; the article "Children as Biological Sufferers: The Paradox of International Medical Aid for Homeless Children in Cairo," in the journal Childhood; and the book chapter titled "Do Muslim Village Girls Need Saving? Critical Reflections on Gender and the Suffering Child in International Aid" in the forthcoming book, The Status of Women and Girls: A Global Perspective (Lexington Books).

  • Richards-Dowden Article

    Dr. Bedelia Richards-Dowden recently published "Tracking and Racialization in Schools" in the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

  • Grollman Article

    Dr. Eric Grollman published “Sexual Health and Multiple Forms of Discrimination Among Heterosexual Youth” in the journal Social Problems.

  • Ransom Chapter

    Dr. Elizabeth Ransom contributed a chapter “Agriculture Science and Technology: Tensions and Contradictions” in the recently published International Handbook of Rural Studies.

  • Grollman Article

    Dr. Eric Grollman coauthored an article in the Sociological Forum journal, “The Social Costs of Gender Nonconformity for Transgender Adults: Implications for Discrimination and Health.” His research was profiled on GAYRVA.COM.

  • French Receives Research Grant

    Dr. Jan French was awarded a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society. The grant is in recognition of French’s project, “ Criminal Responsibility of Indigenous People in Brazil: Reconciling Judicial Action and Anthropological Knowledge.”

  • Ransom Receives Grant

    Dr. Elizabeth Ransom was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant for her research project, "Women’s Empowerment, Food Security and Farm Productivity.."

  • Professor recognized for dissertation

    Sociology professor Eric Anthony Grollman recently was honored with the Best Dissertation Award in Mental Health by the American Sociological Association.

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Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
302 Weinstein Hall
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8067
Fax: (804) 287-1278

Department Chair: Jan Hoffman French
Administrative Coordinator: Diane Zotti