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.
Dr. Eric Grollman is seeking a Safe Zone intern for summer 2016. Learn more.
Congratulations to visiting professor Richard Cimino, on the publication of two new books this fall, Atheist Awakening: Secular Activism and Community in America and Mystical Science and Practical Religion Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh Discourse on Science and Technology.
- 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.
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
A balance of classroom learning and community engagement informs senior's study of anthropology
Senior explores educational inequalities through civic engagement partnership
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- On Wednesday, February 10, Dr. Jim Ellis of UVA's Center for Economic and Policy Studies was a guest lecturer in Dr. Hao Feng's Sociological Research Method and Data Analysis class. Dr. Ellis' experience in survey research spans over thirty years and his talk helped students of SOC 211 add to their knowledge of survey methodology.
- A letter to students of color about race and racism on campus by Dr. Grollman.
- Tomorrow, Dr. Grollman will be one of the speakers at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Safe Zone program. 4-6pm at the Jepson Alumni Center.
- On Thursday, January 21, Dr. Elizabeth Ransom kicked off the Global Environment Speaker Series with her talk, "Exploring the Relevance of Sustainable Beef Production in Southern Africa." There is a new Global sustainable beef initiative being organized by the private sector, both industry and nongovernmental organizations that seeks to reduce the environmental harms caused by beef production. The initiative centers on multiple regions of the world, including Southern Africa. Dr. Ransom's talk explored the complexities and challenges of thinking about livestock sustainability within the context of Southern Africa with focus on the countries of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
- The Eating Locally, Thinking Globally class taught by Drs. Elizabeth Ransom and Amy Treonis travelled over winter break to Belize to attend a five-day immersion trip to learn about the food system of this economically developing nation. The students began their trip in Southern Belize and spent four days moving north in the country, meeting with farmers and indigenous peoples, experiencing the rich natural resources that Belize has to offer.
- More news about Dr. Grollman's blog, Conditionally Accepted.
- Please save the date for Dr. Ransom's talk on Thursday, January 21 at 4:30 in the International Center Commons.
- Here are students from Dr. Hao's Social Changes in a Global Perspective class.
- Dr. Feng Hao is a Visiting Lecturer, Sociology in our department for 2015-16. Here are students from his fall SOC 101 Foundations of Society class.
- More media coverage of Dr. Grollman's research on transgender health and transphobic discrimination.
- Dr. Eric Grollman's blog, Conditionally Accepted, has moved to Inside Higher Ed -- a widely read higher education news site. Congratulations, Dr. Grollman!
- Save the date! Alicia Garza, co-founder of BlackLivesMatter will be speaking at UR on Tuesday, March 22 at 4 p.m. in the Alice Haynes Room. "Empowering and enlightening, Garza serves as a beacon for individuals and organizations across the country fighting anti-black racism and state sanctioned violence, galvanizing everyday people to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where Black Lives Matter, once and for all." The departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Political Science are sponsoring this event. For more information on Ms. Garza and BlackLivesMatter: http://usat.ly/1B0yXbl.
- Dr. Rania Sweis and her students from the Moore International Living and Learning Community had their end of semester dinner on December 2 at Joe's Inn. Dr. Sweis serves as the faculty advisor to these first year women who are interested in International Studies. Dr. Sandra Joireman was also present.
- Dr. Derek Miller presented at the first ever joint thematic meeting between the Society for American Archaeology and the European Association of Archaeologists in Curacao. The conference brought scholars from around the world to discuss archaeological perspectives on slavery, trade and colonialism. Dr. Miller's paper discussed the early Jewish community on Barbados as a means of complicating traditional narratives of European colonization. He argued that the Jews produced communal places and material practices to ground a Jewish identity within historic discourses, collective memories, and messianic hopes. The conference was in session, November 5-7.
- Going on this week!
- Dr. Jan French, chair of our department was the Mace Bearer in the Academic Procession of Dr. Ronald Crutcher's Presidential Inauguration on Friday, October 30. In her role as President of the newly formed faculty senate, Dr. French represented the faculties of the five schools and colleges of the university and spoke on their behalf welcoming Dr. Crutcher to the university.
- Kiara Lee, sociology major, class of 2011 led the October 23 Brown Bag Discussion Series with her talk, "Parental Incarceration: When children Do the Time for Daddy's Crime." Kiara spoke about the effects of parental incarceration on children, the need for an integrative approach for these families, and the best supportive practices for working with children of incarceration. She is the author of "Be a Man Tyrone: What Happens when Daddy Goes to Prison" and is currently a first year Ph.D. student at VCU, studying education. The talk was well attended and ended with an engaged Q&A.