Top- Dr. Gerardo Marti, Chair L-R Dr. Gayle Kaufman, Dr. Bob Ruth, Dr. Moshi Herman, Dr. Hilton Kelly, Dr. Jessica Taft
Sociology is the systematic analysis of social life. The department seeks to expand students’ awareness of the often-subtle social structures that are shaped by groups, organizations, and institutions. Among the topics explored are:
W.E.B. DuBois Award Winner Emily Clarkson has demonstrated significant intellectual curiosity, dedication to research, and a nuanced sociological imagination. Her thesis research, "Copy Cats or Constructionists? Boys' and Girls' Formation of Gendered Identities Through Play," analyzes how parents, teachers and peers contribute to the development of children's gendered play practices and how kids use the practices to build social connections and a sense of belonging.
Jessica Taft Awarded Research Grant From the American Sociological Association's Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. The project is entitled "Social Movements and the Meaning of Childhood: Intergenerational Collaboration in the Peruvian Working Children's Movement." See detail on Dr. Taft's faculty page.