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.
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.
Congratulations to Dr. Jan French on receiving the Epsilon Circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Faculty Member of the Year Award!
- 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.
Internship reveals the roles, both large and small, that keep state government running
Scholar-athlete gives back to her Northside Richmond neighborhood through class and volunteer work
Bonner Scholar uses her Bonner summer of service and a Civic Fellowship to explore climate change in the South Pacific
A yearlong SSIR, two internships, and a summer of research on modern-day slavery helped focus Remi Pomaranski's interests in human rights
As a court-appointed special advocate, Katie Presson will represent children whose needs she understands very personally
Football player encourages Richmond kids to pursue athletic and academic aspirations
Burhans Civic Fellow reflects on her internship with a New York City Head Start program
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- On April 7th, a new exhibition, “UncoveRVA: Archaeology for Our Past, Present, and Future” opened at UR Downtown. Created by the students of Dr. Miller’s Anthropology 379 course, “Archaeology in the City”, the exhibition discusses the current legislation that concerns Richmond’s archaeological resources and the numerous limits of these regulations. “UncoveRVA” explains the economic, educational, and community benefits that come from a city actively engaging with and protecting its archaeological resources. The opening night was well attended, and the exhibition will be up until August. Congratulations to Dr. Miller’s students! Below are photos from Friday evening.
- Dr. Derek Miller with students from "Archaeology in the City" at their exhibition "UncoveRVA:Archaeology for Our Past, Present, and Future" held at UR Downtown last Friday evening.
- Dr. S.M. Ali was the department's guest speaker on April 3. A developmental anthropologist and columnist for the Express Tribune, he spoke on development, rural poverty, and power in Pakistan. Dr. Ali discussed the political economy of agrarian poverty and underdevelopment in the region.
- Additional photos from department's Spring Celebration
- Dr. French presenting gifts to graduating anthropology seniors: Jeremy Huang, Emily Gove, Aisha Farooq and Anna-Claire Choi; with alumna panelist Andrea Berger.
- Drs. Jennifer Nourse and Rania Sweis inducting the newly elected members of Lambda Alpha, the Anthropology Honor Society.
- Newly elected members of the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociology Honor Society were inducted by Dr. Elizabeth Ransom and are pictured with her: Johanna Frondoso, Cassandra Ceballos, Aisling Gorman and Sarah Sandlin.
- Alexandra Abreu was inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society by Dr. Jan Hoffman French. Keshara Moore, another C.J. major with Alexandra and Dr. French.
- Isabella May, 2017 Stewart Scholarship recipient accepting her award from Dr. Hass. In second photo, with Mrs. Marilyn Stewart, Dr. Timothy Stewart and his wife, Laura.
- The Sartain Award is given to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the qualities personified by Dr. Sartain: Scholarship, humanitarianism, integrity, and commitment to the ideals of the University of Richmond. This year's recipient Madison Dunbar is shown accepting the award from Dr. Jeff Hass.
- On Tuesday, March 28th our department recognized its honor society inductees and announced the winners of the Sartain Award and Stewart Scholarship at its annual Spring Celebration. There was also a panel of recent alumnae from the Sociology and Anthropology programs: Kiara Lee and Andrea Berger. The event’s moderator, Dr. Bedelia Richards-Dowden with alumna panelist, Kiara Lee.
- Congratulations to Dr. Miller and his class!
- Dr. Fida Adely, an anthropologist at Georgetown University presented: “Love Tales: Being Single and Getting Married in Jordan” on March 22. In the Arab world there has been much debate and reflection on the proper basis for marriage: compatibility or insijam versus romantic love. Dr. Adely ‘s talk considered the multiple ways in which people articulate what love is and examined how this is shaped by gender segregation. Of special note was how the partaking of coffee was central to the courtship process in Jordan. The talk was well attended and ended with an engaged Q&A.
- Our department will be hosting Dr. Fida Adely of Georgetown University on Wednesday, March 22. Dr. Adely is an anthropologist and her research interests include: education, labor, development, and gender in the Arab world.
- Congratulations!! to Alicia Jiggetts, criminal justice major, sociology minor, class of 2019 for her contributions to the city of Richmond and the Commonwealth. Please read her story at: http://bit.ly/2mJIMKm. Alicia is also an editor of the informative website http://www.rvagov.com/. We wish her continued success!