Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

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.

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Department News

Congratulations to Enrique Kotera, recipient of the 2024 James A. Sartain award!

For your consideration: Special Topic courses Fall 2024

SOC 279 War & Society (11911) Dr. Corey Payne M,W 1:30 pm

When most people think of "war"-whether in Ukraine, Gaza, Afghanistan, or Iraq-they think of combat.  But war is more than just fighting:  How do states raise armies and keep them supplied?  Under what conditions are these military supplies produced?  Who reaps war’s benefits and who bears its costs?  Why do ordinary people consent to wartime sacrifices-and what happens when they withdraw their consent?  War and Society will examine how societies make war, and how war remakes societies.  We will consider these relationships from antiquity through the twenty-first century, with a special focus on the United States.  From the World Wars to the War on Terror, students will explore how the U.S. has made war around the world and how, in the process, war remade the United States.

SOC 379 Sociology of Black Families (12514) Dr. Deborwah Faulk  T,Th 12:00-1:15 pm    prereqs waived

Historically sociologists and social scientists have failed to fully capture and understand the nuances and diversity of Black families, their social and cultural experiences, and their resistance.  Drawing on sociology, Black/Africana studies, psychology, criminology, and African American history and literature, this course approaches the study of Black families through an interdisciplinary lens.  The Sociology of Black Families explores and critiques foundational and contemporary theories about and analysis of Black families with a particular emphasis on Black American families.  This course critiques and engages scholarly research, public and media discourses, public policy, creative writing, personal narrative, and oral histories to understand and reimagine Black family life.

SOC 379 Leadership in the Digital Age (13004) Dr. Bo Yun Park  M,W 1:30-2:45 pm

Social media and digital platforms have significantly altered the way that we communicate with one another.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) and algorithm-based practices are broadening the scope of social interactions.  Leadership in the Digital Age will explore the ways in which political and corporate leadership evolves in the digital age we known thus far:  What types of leaders are people looking for in today’s digital age?  What kinds of political leadership and political narratives resonate in the era of social media and other digital outlets?  How is populism, ethnonationalism, or misinformation related to the spread of social media? How is corporate leadership affected by algorithm-based practices?  We will address these questions by looking at the social science research on culture and politics-including studies on leadership, populism, nationalism, misinformaton, resonance, algorithm-based practices, etc.




Sociology Major Awarded Dr. Tinina Q. Cade Scholarship

Chloe Goode, a sophomore from Henrico, is the first recipient of the Dr. Tinina Q. Cade Scholarship. “I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship,” Goode said. “This honor only further drives home the reason I chose this school, the amount of support that is offered to advance personal, professional, and academic enrichment. This scholarship will help bridge the financial gap between me being able to take advantage of those opportunities for development.”

Lay'la Harmon

Sociology Major recipient of Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Lay’la Harmon, a senior from Chester, Pennsylvania will study in LaRochelle France this summer as a Gilman Scholar.  "I am very excited for this opportunity and the growth I will have both personally and professionally," Harmon said. Looking forward to fall 2025, she plans to attend graduate school, pursuing a degree in Urban Planning and Design.
2022 Lambda Alpha recipients

Honors Program & Honor Societies

The goal of the anthropology and sociology honors programs is to allow students with superior interests and talents to explore these fields, personal intellectual interests, and themes beyond the limits of typical courses.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology also offers students the opportunity to join two honor societies. Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship and study of sociology, the research of social problems, and other social and intellectual activities that will lead to improvement in the human condition. Lambda Alpha supports scholarship and research by acknowledging and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students engaged in the study of anthropology.

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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Miguel Diaz-Barriga
Díaz-Barriga Named

Miguel Díaz-Barriga, professor of anthropology, has been named a 2023 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his research on borders.

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Dr. Jeffrey Hass
Hass Awarded

Jeffrey Hass, professor of sociology, received the 2023 Mirra Komarovsky Book Award from the Eastern Sociological Society for his book Wartime Suffering and Survival. Learn more.

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Dr. Matthew Oware
Oware Published

Matthew Oware, Irving May Professor of Human Relations, published the chapter "Battle Rap: An Exploration of Competitive Rhyming in Hip Hop" in: African Battle Traditions of Insult. African Histories and Modernities.

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Dr. Rania Kassab Sweis
Sweis Awarded

Rania Kassab Sweis, associate professor of anthropology, delivered a lecture on her research and book Paradoxes of Care Children and Global Medical Aid in Egypt at the Yale MacMillan Center's Council on Middle East Studies.

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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.

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: Dr. Jeffrey Hass
Administrative Coordinator: Diane Zotti