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.
Grace Leonard, '12, and David Davenport,'13, had papers published in the Journal of Undergraduate Ethnography.
- Grollman Article
Dr. Eric Grollman coauthored article in September issue of Sociological Forum journal, “The Social Costs of Gender Nonconformity for Transgender Adults: Implications for Discrimination and Health.”
- 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
Bonner Scholar combines service and public-policy research to advance child well-being
Sociology Capstone Projects
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- Dr. Eric Grollman co-published an article on the health consequences of discrimination for transgender Americans. You can see the full article here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/socf.12193/full
- On Saturday, September 26th, Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman gave a talk on his journey to becoming an intellectual activist at the 2015 Conference of Ford Fellows, held at the National Academies of Sciences. He discussed his early experiences with activism in childhood and college, and the barriers he faced to being an activist in grad school. The reemergence of is intellectual activism is reflected on his blog, Conditionally Accepted (http://conditionallyaccepted.com/).
- On September 25th, Dr. Jan French presented her work at a symposium sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Faculty Learning Community, titled “Insurgent Ecologies Politics, Citizenship, and Belonging in Post-Neoliberal Latin and Latino America.” She discussed how law intersects with ethnoracial identity in Brazil. Through her research Dr. French concludes that authenticity is not a prerequisite for identity but rather that processes of cultural construction form the basis for identities and have important consequences for social justice.
- Professor Eric Grollman co-authored a study on the relationship between discrimination and health among transgender Americans. You can see the full article online.
- Dr. Derek Miller kicked off the CCE Brown Bag discussion series with his talk "Digging the River City: The Shockoe Bottom Ball Park Debate and the Fate of Richmond's Archaeological Resources" on Friday, September 4. Dr. Miller reviewed the ways archaeology was discussed within the Shockoe Bottom Ballpark debate and then introduced the UR audience to the new community organization, RVA Archaeology, that is dedicated to the protection and interpretation of the city's archaeological resources. The talk was followed by an engaged and through-provoking Q&A.
- Congratulations!! to Dr. Bedelia Richards and Lauren Camuso for the publication of their article: "Cultural Capital in the Classroom: The Significance of Debriefing as a Pedagogical Tool in Simulation-based Learning." in the current issue of International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/pdf/IJTLHE1908.pdf
- Dr. Elizabeth Ransom spoke on "Gender Sensitive Development" to Mandela Washington Fellows of the Young African Leaders Initiative. (YALI) on July 29, 2015 at The College of William and Mary. The group consisted of 25 people from 23 different African nations and were selected for their proven leadership in their home communities.
- Great analysis of the show, The Wire, and why people (think they) like it, by UR rhetoric and communications professor Paul Achter.
- On Saturday, May 9th, the department hosted a reception for graduating seniors of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Here are photos from that event.
- Additional photos from the retirement luncheon for Drs. Obi and Neff.
- Faculty of the department celebrating the retirement of Drs. Joe Obi and Joan Neff at the Blue Goat restaurant on May 6th.
- Yesterday's Parren Mitchell Symposium at U Md. on intellectual activism and criminalization, featuring Dr. Grollman, can be found online: ter.ps/livestream.
- An editorial by Gigi DeJoy, based on her honors thesis!
- Dr. Derek Miller with Matt Wyman and Stryker-Ann Vosteen who just completed a directed independent study on Transnational Identities. Together with Dr. Miller, they explored how people construct identities within a globalized world where physical proximity no longer guarantees cultural similarity. Dhruv Ratur was also in the class but unable to be present for the photo.
- Students of Dr. Jan French's Anth 328 Anthropology of Human Rights course on their last day of class - Anna Porter, Rebecca Gluck, and Emily Cohn.
- Dr. Jan French with Olivia Dulmage one of her Anthropology of Human Rights students during their last day of class.
- Dr. Nourse with her Anthropology 290 Theoretical Foundations students on their last day of class for spring 2015.
- Dr. Elizabeth Ransom has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant: "Women's Empowerment, Food Security and Farm Productivity." She in collaboration with Dr. Carmen Bain at Iowa State University will conduct research in Uganda over the next two years. Congratulations to Dr. Ransom!