Areas of Study

Class Stratification
Faculty interests include income and wealth inequality, educational disparities, health disparities, residential segregation, social inequality in political participation, stratified health outcomes, and environmental sociology.

Faculty: Loretta Bass, Thomas Burns, Rob Clark, B. Mitchell Peck, Cyrus Schleifer,
 Craig St. John

Criminology and Deviance 
Faculty interests include juvenile delinquency, LGBT youth and sexualities, deviant identities, control theory, family and crime, gender differences in the causes of crime, crime and the life course, child maltreatment, terrorism, drugs/crime nexus, deception detection, and criminal justice program evaluation.

Faculty: Constance Chapple,  Kelly Damphousse,  Trina Hope, Meredith Worthen

Cross-National Sociology
Faculty interests include globalization, immigration, integration of immigrant populations, international development, cross-national inequality, the world economy, the diffusion of world culture and political and economic models, network approaches to international relations, education and HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and comparative/historical institutions.

Faculty: Ann Beutel, Thomas Burns, Rob Clark, Martin Piotrowski

Environmental Sociology
Faculty interests include culture and the environment; environmentally-related illness and health; environmental social movements; structural human ecology; and social and demographic drivers of environmental pollution, deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

Faculty: Thomas Burns, Beth Caniglia

Faculty interests include family-related attitudes, family formation behaviors, religion's relationship to family formation and functioning, fathers’ parenting of their non-resident children, family and crime, work-family conflict, the division labor in the home, health and aging with an emphasis on long-term care, transition to adulthood, and the life course.

Faculty interests focus on gender ideology, sexuality, gender differences in the transition to adulthood, and gender differences in juvenile delinquency, income, crime, values, and in educational plans.

Quantitative Methods
Faculty interests focus on the techniques, strategies, and processes of using mathematically based statistical models to explain social phenomena with an emphasis on study design, sampling, and statistical analysis.

Faculty: Mitch Peck, Martin Piotrowski, Cyrus Schleifer 

Race and Ethnicity 
Faculty interests include health disparities, residential segregation, the interaction of culture and power in processes of domination, educational attainment, life outcomes, and collective identity.

Faculty interests include religious demographics, inequality in religious organizations, clergy compensation, religions in their comparative and historical contexts, and the links between religion and education, gender, sexuality, and social inequality.

Faculty: Thomas Burns, Samuel Perry, Cyrus Schleifer

Social Demography
Faculty interests include residential segregation, rural-to-urban migration, immigrant adaptation, household demography and children's health and well-being, sexuality and health risks, contraception, and marriage and fertility.

Faculty: Loretta Bass, Ann Beutel, Martin Piotrowski, Craig St. John

Social Psychology
Faculty interests focus on values, attitudes, expectations, beliefs, status, stigma, emotions, affective meanings, self-meanings, and life course processes.