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 Dionna Gandy,'16, winner of this year's Sartain award, and Cassandra Ceballos, '17, 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 Article and Chapter
Dr. Rania Sweis recently published the article "Children as Biological Sufferers," in the journal Childhood and a chapter titled "Do Muslim Village Girls Need Saving?" in the book The Status of Women and Girls: A Global Perspective.
- 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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- 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!
- Listen to Professor Eric Anthony Grollman discuss the findings of his latest study on discrimination and sexual health.
- Career Services presents a program on Wednesday, January 18 at noon that will include: LinkedIn: Where have graduates gone Concrete Ideas: Looking for Internships Opportunities in Federal Government Non-profits Fellowships Graduate School Students interested in Sociology or Anthropology as well as local alumni should plan to attend! Hope to see you!
- Congratulations! Emily Onufer was an invited speaker at a TEDxYouth@RVA event on Saturday, November 19th at Collegiate School. Organized by Richmond-area high school students, this year’s theme, “What Now?!” challenges its audience to look forward to the future we are creating for ourselves now, explore the things that will be, and question what should be. Emily, an anthropology minor, spoke about bringing a social issue to light through artwork. Her talk centered on the exhibition she curated at UR Downtown, titled “Transportation Today & Tomorrow: Envisioning a Greater Richmond.” Information on the exhibition still ongoing can be found here: http://downtown.richmond.edu/gallery/transportation.html. Here's the link to Emily's talk: http://bit.ly/2kqn5hu
- Dr. Rania Sweis was an invited speaker at the UVA Law School event: “Where is Feminism Headed? Implications for Government and Policy,” on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. Her talk on “Global Feminisms and the Middle East" was received by an audience comprised of law students and faculty.
- Dr. Jan French delivered the fifth University of Richmond Last Lecture on Monday, November 7th. The series, hosted by Omicron Delta Kappa Epsilon Circle, asks professors to consider what they would say if it were truly their last lecture. Dr. French’s talk, “Life is an Improvisation” offered insights into events that shaped her life, reflecting on human rights, beautiful souls and a life well lived. Watch her talk here: http://bit.ly/2fPDach
- On October 29, 2016, Dr. Rania Sweis presented, "The Question of Identity: Thinking About Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Middle East" at Christopher Newport University's Teaching the Middle East and North Africa Symposium.
- Congratulations! to Kiara Lee, sociology major, class of 2012 who made Style Weekly's " The Top 40 under 40" inspiring young leaders who bring Richmond to life. (October 19th issue) http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/kiara-lee-26/Content?oid=2374242
- Dr. Jan French with summer fellowship mentees, Ren Mitchell and Sara Rikalo at the Bonner Center's Civic Fellows Symposium on September 20. Ren's internship was with Pathways, Petersburg, VA and Sara's was at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
- Medical Anthropologists, Drs. Jennifer Nourse and Rania Sweis with Dr. Paul Farmer, keynote speaker for the 2016 Weinstein-Rosenthal Forum, last evening. Dr. Farmer, an esteemed global humanitarian, medical anthropologist, physician, and co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH) spoke about the organization’s advocacy activities for the sick and the poor in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Russia and Haiti. Of special note and much pride was PIH’s new hospital, “Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Haiti’s Central Plateau. http://www.pih.org/
- Dr. Elizabeth Ransom participated in a faculty panel discussion on “Food Security for our Planet” on Friday, September 23, part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Symposium (HHMI). Rounding out the panel were Dr. Amy Treonis, biology, Cassandra Ceballos, ’17, sociology major, and guest speaker David Hughes from Pennsylvania State University. The central theme was food sustainability with Dr. Ransom discussing her research in Uganda, Ceballos her work in the Caribbean and Dr. Hughes introducing audience members to his online forum PlantVillage. https://www.plantvillage.org/
- On Friday, September 16, Drs. Jan French and Andy Spalding led a Brown Bag Discussion on Brazil highlighting the country’s race relations, corruption and the after-effects of the Rio Olympics. Their talk was followed by an engaged Q&A focusing on the Brazilian Ministério Públio and the impeachment of country’s 36th president, Dilma Rousseff.
- Congratulations!!! Dr. Jan French has been chosen to be the speaker for the fifth University of Richmond Last Lecture Series on November 7, 2016! https://orgsync.com/53557/events/1570286/occurrences/3634795