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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 Brianna Lebeck - recipient of the 2021 James A. Sartain award!

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.

  • Grollman Published

    Eric Grollman, associate professor of sociology, and J.E. Sumerau published Black Lives and Bathrooms: Racial and Gendered Reactions to Minority Rights Movements (Rowman & Littlefield).

  • Oware Interviewed

    Matthew Oware, professor of sociology, was recently interviewed on the Radikaal Podcast to discuss politics and rap music. Listen to the interview here.

  • Sweis Awarded

    Rania Kassab Sweis, associate professor of anthropology and global studies, was awarded the 2020 SERMEISS Academic Article or Book Chapter Prize in recognition of outstanding scholarship in Middle Eastern Studies for her article “Doctors with Borders: Hierarchies of Humanitarians and the Syrian Civil War.”

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.

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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