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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.

Department News

Congratulations to Metasebia Tessema  recipient of the 2022 James A. Sartain award!

Congratulations! Lucy Cummins ’21 anthropology major was awarded the Outstanding Young Adult Volunteer by Governor Ralph Northam for her service during COVID 19 at The Health Brigade. Lucy is also the 2021 recipient of the CCE’s Service for Change Award! This award also recognizes Lucy for commitment to service and relationship building in the Richmond community as a significant part of her college experience.

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
302 Weinstein Hall
231 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8067
Fax: (804) 287-1278

Department Chair: Matthew Oware
Administrative Coordinator: Diane Zotti

Faculty Highlights

  • Sweis' Book Reviewed

    Rania Kassab Sweis, associate professor of anthropology, recent book Paradoxes of Care Children and Global Medical Aid in Egypt has been reviewed in the May/June 2022 issue of Foreign Affairs.

  • Sweis Invited Book Talks

    Rania Kassab Sweis, associate professor of anthropology, has been invited to speak on her book, Paradoxes of Care: Children and Global Medical Aid in Egypt at two events: University of Minnesota International Relations Colloquium, Department of Political Science and the Association of Middle East Children and Youth Studies Digital Author Series.

  • Oware Published

    Matthew Oware, Irving May Professor of Human Relations and chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology published "Text mining and the examination of language used to report child maltreatment: How language impacts child welfare intake reports,” in the Children and Youth Services Review.

  • Sweis Published

    Rania Kassab Sweis, associate professor of anthropology, published Paradoxes of Care: Children and the Politics of Medical Humanitarianism in Egypt through Stanford University Press.

  • Hass Published

    Jeff Hass, associate professor of sociology, published Wartime Suffering and Survival: The Human Condition under Siege in the Blockage of Leningrad, 1941-1944 through the Oxford University Press.

  • Oware Recognized

    I Got Something to Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music by Matthew Oware, professor of sociology, was named one of the “59 Best Rap Music Books of All Time” by BookAuthority. See the entire list here.

  • Oware Published

    Matthew Oware, Irving May endowed chair in sociology, published "15 Best New Rap Music Books to Read in 2021" on Bookauthority.

  • Best New Democracy Books

    Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State, written by Miguel Díaz-Barriga, professor of anthropology, and Margaret E. Dorsey, associate professor of anthropology, was named one of “47 Best New Democracy Books To Read In 2021” by BookAuthority.

  • Best New Democracy Books

    Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State, written by Miguel Díaz-Barriga, professor of anthropology, and Margaret E. Dorsey, associate professor of anthropology, was named one of “47 Best New Democracy Books To Read In 2021” by BookAuthority.

  • Díaz-Barriga and Dorsey Awarded

    Miguel Díaz-Barriga, professor of anthropology, and Margaret E. Dorsey, associate professor of anthropology, received the Association of Latina/Latino Anthropologists Book Award for Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship, and the Security State.

Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from sociology and anthropology faculty are being read around the globe.