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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 Maha Hassan, 2020 recipient of the Henry H. Stewart scholarship and Jaide Hinds-Clarke, 2020 James A. Sartain winner!

Faculty Highlights

  • 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.”

  • Husain Published

    Atiya Husain, assistant professor of sociology, published “Deracialization, Dissent, and Terrorism in the FBI’s Most Wanted Program” in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

  • Sweis Published

    Rania Kassab Sweis, associate professor of anthropology and global studies, published “Hospital Warzones: What Syrian and US Health Workers Now Share” in The Global Post.

  • Richards Interviewed

    Bedelia Nicola Richards was interviewed on the No Jargon podcast of the Scholar Strategy Network on "Creating Inclusive Campuses".

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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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: Miguel Diaz-Barriga
Administrative Coordinator: Diane Zotti