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.
The Sociology Department is seeking applications for a summer research fellow to evaluate the UR Safe Zone program. Read the job description, and contact Dr. Grollman for details.
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.
Grace Leonard, '12, and David Davenport,'13, had papers published in the Journal of Undergraduate Ethnography.
- 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, "Gender Mainstreaming in Dairy Value Chains: A Mixed Method Examination of Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity in Uganda."
- 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
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- 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!
- Farewell (for now) and the very best to Haley MacCormac who was our student worker for the spring semester. Haley will be teaching sailing this summer in Maine and will return to the business school in August. Hopefully, she will come back to the department in her senior year. We will miss you, Haley, thanks for all your hard work..particularly the scanning!
- Young Brinson (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) also a graduating senior presented "The Red Agenda: Is Federal Recognition Necessary to Gain Red Empowerment?" at the Student Symposium. Young was an anthropology minor and is pictured here with mentors Drs. Jenifer Nourse and Julianne Guillard.
- Gigi DeJoy at the Student Symposium dinner with her mentors, Drs. Elizabeth Ransom and Jennifer Nourse. Gigi's paper was titled: "Reproductive Health Care Resources and Decision Making for Women in a 'Delivery Desert' in Maine."
- Congratulations to sociology major and graduating senior Gigi DeJoy for being one of the three winners of the Student Symposium Paper Competition. Here, she is pictured with the two other winners Jillian Husband (art, history) and Kelly Ensign (history).
- Congratulations to Abbey Beichler who has been accepted to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Abbey is a first generation college student who was very dedicated to our department, majoring in both criminal justice and sociology while taking several anthropology courses. We will miss Abbey and wish her much luck and great success!
- On Monday, April 6, sociology major Alivia Pinnix was one of the speakers in the Presentation of Learning Series - An evening of reflection with graduating Bonner Scholars. Her talk focused on her work at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Alivia will be moving to Charlotte in August and plans to enter UNC's School of Social Work in 2016.
- Congratulations to Dr. Eric Grollman who has been invited to be a part of a panel on intellectual activism on April 28 at the University of Maryland: "Intellectual Activism in 21st Century America: Ethics, Technology and Constraints." It is part of the second annual Parren Mitchell Symposium: Intellectual Activism, Social Justice and Criminalization. http://criticalraceinitiative.weebly.com/intellectual-activism-in-21st-century-america-ethics-technology--constraints.html
- A beautiful day to discuss projects in our Anthropology of Human Rights class