News

Power to the people must include the people

Power to the people must include the people

November 29, 2022 - Sue Nichols

Social scientists and communications experts joined engineers to engage rural communities that are off-grid in the Amazon rainforest to find better ways to deliver electricity.

Dr. Sarah Prior named director of the Bailey Scholars Program

Dr. Sarah Prior named director of the Bailey Scholars Program

November 28, 2022

Dr. Prior, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Undergraduate Program Director, is currently a Lily Fellow and was previously a Bailey Scholars Faculty Fellow (2020-2022) and an Adams Academy Fellow (2019-2020).

Sociology Chair Aaron McCright among the '2022 Highly Cited' list

Sociology Chair Aaron McCright among the '2022 Highly Cited' list

November 21, 2022 - Kaylie Crowe and Kim Ward

Dr. McCright is among 11 MSU researchers recognized n the 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

Social Scientists Looking for Participants in DEI and Community Change Program

November 17, 2022 - Emily Jodway

Drs. Sarah Prior and Jennifer Carrera have been awarded funding through Michigan State University’s Institutional Diversity and Inclusion’s Creating Inclusive Grants program toward the development of a new project centered around the improvement of diversity, equity and inclusion in the campus community.

MSU Sociology's Dr. Jodi Yelinek elected to Michigan Sociological Association board

MSU Sociology's Dr. Jodi Yelinek elected to Michigan Sociological Association board

November 16, 2022

Sociology Assistant Professor Yelinek was appointed at the recent MSA convention that took place on the MSU campus.

MSU Sociology minor shares her experiences and passions

MSU Sociology minor shares her experiences and passions

November 14, 2022

Kovach earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with concentrations in sociology and human behavior, and social services in May.

Sociology students awarded Provost's Undergraduate Research Initiative grants

October 31, 2022

The College of Social Science announced the winners of the SSC-Provost’s Undergraduate Research Initiative Program (SSC-PURI), which supports undergraduate research through awards of up to $2,000 for Fall-Spring semesters for students majoring in our College.

A strong network helped older people receive help and support during the pandemic, new MSU Sociology research has found

October 26, 2022 - Karessa Weir

MSU Sociology researchers have found that the more friends and family people had before the pandemic, the more likely they were to receive help and support during the worldwide shutdown. For older, non-white people, this is especially true if their network included relatives. Drs. Molly Copeland and Hui Liu analyzed data from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project both pre and post pandemic. They found that how adults age 50 and older had structured their “confidant network” before the pandemic in part determined how and if they were able to receive the help and support they needed during COVID-19.

MSU Sociology faculty receive Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants

October 20, 2022

Three MSU Sociology faculty members have received internal funds through MSU's Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants competition.

MSU Sociology professors Tom Dietz and Linda Kalof celebrated with a two-day workshop on Ecocultural Studies

MSU Sociology professors Tom Dietz and Linda Kalof celebrated with a two-day workshop on Ecocultural Studies

October 14, 2022

In celebration of the careers and retirement of University Distinguished Professor Tom Dietz and MSU Sociology Professor Linda Kalof, MSU Sociology is presenting a two day workshop on Ecocultural Studies.

MSU Sociology mourns the passing of Professor Emertius Dr. Harry Schwarzweller

MSU Sociology mourns the passing of Professor Emertius Dr. Harry Schwarzweller

October 10, 2022

Dr. Harry Schwarzweller was Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University from 1972 until his retirement.

Undergraduate Spotlight: Carrie Nielsen

Undergraduate Spotlight: Carrie Nielsen

September 27, 2022 - Katie Nicpon

Carrie Nielsen is entering her fourth year pursuing a BA in economics and a BS in sociology. She came to MSU with a declared major in sociology, but after taking a course in social inequality as part of the Social Science Scholars Program, she realized that understanding economics was a prerequisite for addressing and dismantling many of the injustices in our society.

MSU Sociology professor tackles campus sexual violence in new book

MSU Sociology professor tackles campus sexual violence in new book

September 21, 2022 - Karessa Weir

Dr. Sarah Prior, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, has published "Campus Sexual Violence: A State of Institutionalized Sexual Terrorism" with Dr. Brooke De Heer (Northern Arizona University).

Two Sociology PhD students receive Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Two Sociology PhD students receive Dissertation Completion Fellowships

September 14, 2022

Sociology PhD students Zoey Lai and Angelica Ruvalcaba have been awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowships for Spring 2023 by the College of Social Science.

Dr. Isabel Ayala named Academic Leadership Fellow

Dr. Isabel Ayala named Academic Leadership Fellow

September 9, 2022

Dr. Ayala is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.

Welcome to our 2022 PhD student cohort

Welcome to our 2022 PhD student cohort

August 19, 2022

Please welcome our 2022 graduate cohort - Jess Burnham, Teresa Rivera and Juwen Wang.

SOC Undergrad shines at Mid-SURE Research presentations

SOC Undergrad shines at Mid-SURE Research presentations

August 8, 2022 - Emily Jodway

Katie Burkhardt, a sociology student, was examining a timeline of the Larry Nassar case, attempting to analyze the changes that have been implemented at Michigan State in its wake and the perception that those involved with the University hold towards those changes. Her hope is that through better discussion from a stakeholder point of view on improvements the University has been making, individuals can feel safer and more supported on campus.

Put your education to work in Public Sociology

Put your education to work in Public Sociology

August 5, 2022

Dr. Stacy Smith's course SOC 490: Public Sociology explores issues from pandemics to reproductive health care. Enroll today!

New Course! SOC 460: Human Migration

New Course! SOC 460: Human Migration

August 4, 2022

Dr. Monique Kelly is teaching SOC 460: Human Migration this fall.

Diversity Spotlight: Yvonne Fleener

Diversity Spotlight: Yvonne Fleener

July 26, 2022 - Karessa Weir

MSU Sociology alum Yvonne Fleener, Disability Network Southwest Michigan President and CEO, has been at the forefront of disability awareness, advocacy and acceptance her entire life.

Dr. Stephen Gasteyer presents his research in a podcast

Dr. Stephen Gasteyer presents his research in a podcast

July 26, 2022

In this podcast, REI Senior Research Assistant, Matthew Emery, talks with 2022 Student-Led, Faculty-Guided Author, Dr. Stephen Gasteyer, Associate Professor of Sociology at MSU. Gasteyer's 2022 project is entitled "Creating Circular Economic Opportunities through Localizing the Food Cooperative." A summary of the project is seen below. Watch Gasteyer's full presentation at the 2022 Innovate Michigan! Summit on August 18th, 2022.

How COVID-19 lockdown measures - and their outcomes - varied in cities around the world

How COVID-19 lockdown measures - and their outcomes - varied in cities around the world

July 26, 2022 - Dr. Xuefei Ren

Dr. Xuefei Ren, Sociology and Global Urban Studies professor, together with Dr. Roger Keil (York University) and Dr. Philip Harrison (university of the Witwatersrand) published this article in The Conversation.

SOC Graduate students awarded dissertation fellowship grants from the Center for Gender in Global Context

July 21, 2022

Three Sociology PhD students have been awarded fellowship grants from MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context.

MSU Sociology seeking Assistant Professor in Environment & Health

July 19, 2022

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for a tenure-system Assistant Professor position in environmental sociology. The 9-month academic year position begins on August 16, 2023. We seek candidates with emerging or established expertise in investigating how regional and/or global ecological changes impact human health outcomes or disparities.

PhD candidate Mark Suchyta earns Honorable Mention for Best Student Paper

PhD candidate Mark Suchyta earns Honorable Mention for Best Student Paper

July 11, 2022

Suchyta received the award from the Natural Resources Research Interest Group of the Rural Sociological Society.

Dr. Jihan Mohammed accepts position at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Jihan Mohammed accepts position at Vanderbilt University

July 1, 2022

Recent MSU Sociology PhD graduate Dr. Jihan Mohammed has accepted a faculty lecturer position at the Sociology Department of Vanderbilt University. She will start in August.

Dr. Sarah Prior selected as an MSU Lilly Teaching Fellow

Dr. Sarah Prior selected as an MSU Lilly Teaching Fellow

June 30, 2022

Dr. Prior, a teaching-focused faculty member in Sociology as well as the Undergraduate Program Director, will be one of the 2022-2023 fellows.

MSU Sociology Favorably Ranked among Sociology PhD Programs in USA and Globally

June 27, 2022

MSU’s Sociology Doctoral Program ranks quite favorably relative to its peers in the USA and around the world, according to an array of reports. Department of Sociology Chairperson Aaron M. McCright remarks, “these favorable rankings are the result of much hard work by our dedicated faculty and students, and they reflect the successes we have achieved across many years.”

John and Ruth Useem Award given to Ezgi Karaoglu

John and Ruth Useem Award given to Ezgi Karaoglu

June 16, 2022

MSU Sociology PhD student Ezgi Karaoglu has won the John & Ruth Useem Endowment Award for her research that combines international work and cross-culture approaches to issues, and to support her career in global transformation.

Diversity Spotlight: Larry Thompson

Diversity Spotlight: Larry Thompson

June 15, 2022 - Jalen Smith

Larry Thompson, an MSU Sociology alumnus, was the former U.S. Deputy Attorney General during part of the George W. Bush administration (2001-2003), the second highest ranking position in the U.S. Department of Justice. An experienced leader in the private and public sectors, Mr. Thompson continues to thrive in his law career.

Dr. stef shuster elected to ASA Medical Sociology leadership

Dr. stef shuster elected to ASA Medical Sociology leadership

June 13, 2022

Dr. shuster is the incoming chair of the membership committee of the professional organization.

Dr. Tom Dietz ranked among the top global and national social scientists

Dr. Tom Dietz ranked among the top global and national social scientists

June 10, 2022

Dr. Dietz, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology, has been ranked as #70 top Social Science and Humanities researcher in the U.S. and #138 in the world by Research.com.

Faculty Voice: Finding joy in providing care to trans and nonbinary people

Faculty Voice: Finding joy in providing care to trans and nonbinary people

June 9, 2022 - stef m. shuster

stef m. shuster is an assistant professor in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Sociology.

The Effect of Public Opinion on Environmental Policy in the Face of the Environmental Countermovement

The Effect of Public Opinion on Environmental Policy in the Face of the Environmental Countermovement

June 6, 2022 - Tiffany Williams

MSU Sociology PhD student Tiffany Williams has published an article that has been incorporated into a chapter in a brand new edited volume on anti-environmentalism.

Dr. Xuefei Ren wins Robert Park Award for Best Book in Urban Sociology

Dr. Xuefei Ren wins Robert Park Award for Best Book in Urban Sociology

June 2, 2022

Dr. Ren's book Governing the Urban in China and India won the 2022 Robert E. Park Award for Best Book from the Urban Sociology Section of American Sociological Association

On the Intertwining of Cellular Agriculture and Animal Agriculture: History Materiality, Ideology, and Collaboration

On the Intertwining of Cellular Agriculture and Animal Agriculture: History Materiality, Ideology, and Collaboration

June 2, 2022 - Nathan Poirier

MSU Sociology PhD candidate Nathan Poirier has published this article in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

The Armenian Ethnic Enclave of L.A.

The Armenian Ethnic Enclave of L.A.

June 2, 2022 - Inna Mirzoyan

MSU Sociology PhD student Inna Mirzoyan published this essay in Community & Urban Sociology

Dr. Xuefei Ren elected to the board of RC21 on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development

Dr. Xuefei Ren elected to the board of RC21 on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development

May 23, 2022

Research Committee 21 is the most active and visible association for global urban studies. Dr. Ren will serve for the next three years.

MSU SOC senior wins the Ruth Hamilton All-University Award

MSU SOC senior wins the Ruth Hamilton All-University Award

May 19, 2022

Alyssa Bowen chose Sociology because she loves learning about human interaction and plans to have a career in human relations.

MSU Sociology Dr. Hui Liu to serve on National Institutes of Health Study Section

MSU Sociology Dr. Hui Liu to serve on National Institutes of Health Study Section

May 4, 2022 - Karessa Weir

Dr. Liu has accepted an invitation to serve as a standing member of the National Institutes of Health's Social Sciences and Population Studies B Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review.

Congratulations to Emily Fitzgerald, Outstanding Senior for MSU Sociology

Congratulations to Emily Fitzgerald, Outstanding Senior for MSU Sociology

May 3, 2022 - Karessa Weir

Fitzgerald, from Kalkaska, Mich., plans to open her own business in the future.

MSU Sociology student wins UURAF award

MSU Sociology student wins UURAF award

April 28, 2022 - Katherine Denzin

On April 13, 2022 in the Union Ballroom, undergraduate researchers, faculty and supporters - including Sociology major Brandon Roberts - gathered to celebrate the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) first place winners.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Rebecca Karam

Diversity Champion: Dr. Rebecca Karam

April 27, 2022 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Rebecca Karam is a sociologist at Michigan State University and a member of the College of Social Science's Dean's Research Associates Program. A fourth-generation Lebanese American, Dr. Karam's work centers around shining a light on the traditions, challenges and successes that Arab and Muslim Americans experience as they navigate life in the United States.

Time for an energy independence moonshot

Time for an energy independence moonshot

April 14, 2022 - Dr. Tom Dietz

University Distinguished Professor of Sociology Tom Dietz writes that it is "time for an energy independence moonshot" in this op-ed article in The Hill, emphasizing that the best way to halt Russian energy dominance and their overall power is to make major near-term reductions in demand for Russian energy and create a foundation for larger long-term reductions.

Dr. Cathy Liu wins IPUMS Research Award

Dr. Cathy Liu wins IPUMS Research Award

April 4, 2022

Dr. Liu's research article "Birth Cohort Trends in Health Disparities by Sexual Orientation" has been selected as a winner of the 2021IPUMS Research Awards, presented by the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation at the University of Minnesota.

MSU Sociology student helps Ukrainian refugees over spring break

MSU Sociology student helps Ukrainian refugees over spring break

March 29, 2022 - Ben Cook

For many Michigan State University students, spring break offers a week away from class and often the dreary March weather. However, for MSU Sociology junior Tamara Hyman, traveling to Poland as part of an alternative spring break to learn more about her culture and history, became part of history as she unexpectedly lent a hand to refugees in need.

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. Theda Skocpol

Diversity Spotlight: Dr. Theda Skocpol

March 23, 2022 - Becky Jensen

Dr. Theda Skocpol, an MSU Sociology alumna. is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, and is a world-renowned author. She has dedicated her life to equity, social justice education and activism.

MSU Sociology PhD student Lalaki Awudu awarded the Ruth Simms Hamilton Graduate Merit Fellowship

MSU Sociology PhD student Lalaki Awudu awarded the Ruth Simms Hamilton Graduate Merit Fellowship

March 22, 2022

The selection committee was impressed with Awudu's overall research trajectory, the originality of her project, and her genuine and explicit engagement with Hamilton’s notion of the African Diaspora. 

MSU Sociology Assistant Professor stef shuster wins GenCen Professional Achievement Award

MSU Sociology Assistant Professor stef shuster wins GenCen Professional Achievement Award

March 17, 2022

The MSU Center for Gender in Global Context announced the university-wide awards for work in gender equity and social justice.

Summer 2022 Online Course Spotlight: Youth & Society

Summer 2022 Online Course Spotlight: Youth & Society

March 16, 2022

This week in our Summer 2022 Online Course highlights, we are pleased to share SOC 316: Youth & Society with Kitty Groeller.

Dr. Stephanie Nawyn works with Michigan Women's Commission to encourage women to run for office

Dr. Stephanie Nawyn works with Michigan Women's Commission to encourage women to run for office

March 16, 2022

MSU Sociology Associate Professor Stephanie Nawyn, director of the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) worked with the Michigan Women's Commission on research showing women are underrepresented in the state legislature and government.

MSU Sociology PhD student Zoey Lai wins research award

MSU Sociology PhD student Zoey Lai wins research award

March 15, 2022

Wenhua (Zoey) Lai is the 2022 recipient of the Kenneth E. Corey Research Enrichment Fund, awarded by the College of Social Science.

MSU Sociology's Dr. Ning Hsieh and stef shuster awarded 2022 Teacher-Scholar Awards

MSU Sociology's Dr. Ning Hsieh and stef shuster awarded 2022 Teacher-Scholar Awards

March 4, 2022

MSU Sociology Assistant Professors Dr. stef shuster and Dr. Ning Hsieh have received a 2022 Teacher-Scholar Award. This All-University Award is a high honor for junior faculty at MSU. The nomination and selection process is highly competitive within colleges and across the university. Successful awardees indeed must demonstrate excellence in both teaching and research.

Dr. Xuefei Ren awarded Urban Studies Grant to research pandemic impacts

Dr. Xuefei Ren awarded Urban Studies Grant to research pandemic impacts

March 4, 2022

Collaborating with faculty from York University (Canada) and University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), MSU Sociology Associate Professor Dr. Xuefei Ren is awarded a grant to study COVID-19's impact in vulnerable urban neighborhoods in Toronto, Johannesburg, and Chicago.

MSU Sociology PhD student Nathan Poirier co-edits book on animal studies

MSU Sociology PhD student Nathan Poirier co-edits book on animal studies

March 1, 2022

"Emerging New Voices in Critical Animal Studies: Vegan Studies for Total Liberation" shares critical animal studies voices throughout the world.

Racial inequality in the Anglophone Caribbean: comparing the cases of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago

Racial inequality in the Anglophone Caribbean: comparing the cases of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago

February 28, 2022 - Dr. Monique Kelly

MSU Sociology Assistant Professor Monique Kelly has published research which compares affluence and status in Jamaica with Trinidad and Tobago, both Black majority countries.

Summer '22 Course Spotlight: Society and Mental Health

Summer '22 Course Spotlight: Society and Mental Health

February 28, 2022

MSU Sociology is highlighting its Summer 2022 Courses that are open for all undergraduates. This week, we focus on SOC 350: Society and Mental Health with Dr. Jodi Yelinek.

MSU Sociology welcomes PJ Pettis as new Assistant Professor this fall

MSU Sociology welcomes PJ Pettis as new Assistant Professor this fall

February 25, 2022

Philip J. "PJ" Pettis, a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University, will join the thematic area of Sexual and Gender Minority Health research at MSU.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Jualynne E. Dodson

Diversity Champion: Dr. Jualynne E. Dodson

February 24, 2022 - Liz Schondelmayer and Jualynne Dodson

MSU Sociology Professor Emeritus Dr. Jualynne Dodson is an award-winning scholar who has dedicated her career to studying the religion and culture of African descendant peoples in the Americas.

Summer Course Spotlight: SOC 214 Social Inequality with Vanessa Rickenbrode

Summer Course Spotlight: SOC 214 Social Inequality with Vanessa Rickenbrode

February 21, 2022

This week's Summer 22 Course Spotlight is SOC 214 Social Inequality with Vanessa Rickenbrode. Enroll today!

Summer '22 Course Spotlight: People & the Environment

Summer '22 Course Spotlight: People & the Environment

February 14, 2022

MSU Sociology is highlighting its Summer 2022 Courses that are open for all undergraduates. This week, we focus on ISS 310: People and Environment with Dr. Ben Marley.

MSU Sociology announces Summer '22 Courses

MSU Sociology announces Summer '22 Courses

February 11, 2022

MSU Sociology is excited to announce a full slate of Summer Courses for 2022.

Carbon labels can influence businesses and people to reduce carbon emissions, MSU Sociologists find

Carbon labels can influence businesses and people to reduce carbon emissions, MSU Sociologists find

January 27, 2022

Newly published research in Nature Climate Change is by Dr. Thomas Dietz, MSU University Distinguished Professor and MSU Sociology alumna Dr. Rachael Shwom.