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
Bonner Scholar combines service and public-policy research to advance child well-being
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- 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.
- In Dr. Rania Sweis's Perspectives on International studies course, students study the global politics of food and development. On Thursday, October 22, students took part in a dynamic ethnographic chocolate tasting exercise. Various chocolate bars with ingredients such as Mint, Salt, Orange, Chili, and Coconut were researched, presented on, and sampled in class. Students then voted on their favorite bar. All chocolate bars used were organically produced and manufactured using fair trade practices. This exercise was generously funded by the International Studies program. Dr. Sweis is an anthropologist who specializes in international aid and the Middle East.
- Congratulations! Maria A. Lee alumna (2012) anthropology major published her article, “Curating the Nation: The Politics of Recognition in a Bahamian National Museum” in The International Journal of Bahamian Studies on October 19. A few days earlier she attended and presented at an annual conference meeting of the International Council of Museums- International Committee for the Training of Personnel (ICOM-ICTOP) in Bridgetown, Barbados. Maria graduated in May of this year from George Washington University with an MA in Anthropology and Museum training. We wish her the best! http://journals.sfu.ca/cob/index.php/files/article/view/247
- Dr. Grollman is accepting applications for a Safe Zone summer intern for summer 2016. Click the link below to find out more!
- 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.