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Dr. Sandy Marquart-Pyatt wins ASA ESS Teaching and Mentorship Award

Dr. Sandy Marquart-Pyatt wins ASA ESS Teaching and Mentorship Award

July 6, 2020

Sociology Professor Sandy Marquart-Pyatt is this year’s winner of the American Sociological Association Section on Environmental Sociology’s Teaching and Mentorship Award.

MSU Sociologist working to help refugees stay safe from COVID-19

MSU Sociologist working to help refugees stay safe from COVID-19

June 26, 2020 - Karessa Weir

In refugee camps and urban settlements throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the threat of COVID-19 is high in the minds of the non-governmental organizations. In some cases, items as simple as soap can be hard to find. In others, the volunteers themselves are scarce as fear of infection spreads.

Dr. stef shuster: Uniting STEM and social science for the LGBTQ+ community

Dr. stef shuster: Uniting STEM and social science for the LGBTQ+ community

June 25, 2020 - Liz Schondelmayer

Social science research requires innovation and critical thinking. This is why, despite only being at Michigan State University for two years, sociologist Dr. stef shuster has emerged as a campus leader studying the intersection of sexual and gender minority experiences and health.

What's different about this movement against police brutality

What's different about this movement against police brutality

June 19, 2020 - Dr. Carl Taylor

While observing recent protests, a voice explained to me, "This is the new world order." It was a young denizen from the third city, an underground culture invisible to the mainstream. Is this the world order that I had heard of? Conspiracies and all, storm troopers, dictators, and worse. The end of democracy.

MSU Sociology Issues A Call to Action

June 19, 2020

We are appalled at the recent wave of police brutality and police-involved killings of Black people across our country.  We know these are not a new occurrence.  We also know that the violence visited on Black and Brown people at the hands of police is but one form of a pervasive structural violence that threatens their economic livelihoods, social well-being, and physical and mental health.

MSU Sociology PhD alumni have new publications

MSU Sociology PhD alumni have new publications

June 5, 2020

MSU Sociology PhD alumni Kelly Birch Maginot (2019) and Breanne Grace (2013) both have publications in the recent journal Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Ning Hsieh: Addressing gaps in LGBTQ+ healthcare

Ning Hsieh: Addressing gaps in LGBTQ+ healthcare

June 3, 2020 - Liz Schondelmayer

Dr. Ning Hsieh, a Michigan State University sociologist, is dedicated to knocking down barriers keeping LGBTQ+ Americans from accessing and receiving quality health care. Through exposing disparities and creating solutions, she plays an instrumental role in creating a better healthcare system for sexual and gender minorities.

Sociology PhD student, alumnus win American Sociological Association awards

Sociology PhD student, alumnus win American Sociological Association awards

June 2, 2020

Mark Suchyta has been awarded the Jane Goodall Award for Graduate Student Scholarship for his paper "Environmental Values and Americans' Beliefs about Farm Animal Well-Being." Also winning an ASA award is MSU Sociology alumnus Cameron Whitley.

MSU Sociologists to Study How Different Nations have Responded to COVID-19

MSU Sociologists to Study How Different Nations have Responded to COVID-19

May 22, 2020 - Karessa Weir

How different nations and states have responded to the COVID-19 crisis and how those responses have impacted their populations are among the topics explored by a new research project by MSU Sociologists Drs. Xuefei Ren and Stephen Gasteyer.

MSU Sociologists Explore The Effects of COVID-19 on Sexual and Gender Minorities of Color

MSU Sociologists Explore The Effects of COVID-19 on Sexual and Gender Minorities of Color

May 21, 2020 - Karessa Weir

MSU Sociology professors Drs. Ning Hsieh and stef shuster are investigating how COVID-19 is creating different kinds of risks, health concerns and coping strategies for sexual and gender minorities and comparing those risks for people of color with their white sexual and gender minority counterparts.

Sociology PhD alumnus featured on PBS NewsMakers

Sociology PhD alumnus featured on PBS NewsMakers

May 11, 2020

Dr. Cedric Taylor, who earned his PhD in Sociology from MSU in 2011, was featured in the PBS NewsMakers interview for his movie "Nor Any Drop to Drink" which follows the Flint water crisis.

MSU Sociology professor Dr. Isabel Ayala named ALP Fellow

MSU Sociology professor Dr. Isabel Ayala named ALP Fellow

April 23, 2020

Maria Isabel Ayala, Associate Professor, Sociology and Director, Chicano/Latino Studies Program, College of Social Science has been named a 2020-2021 Academic Leadership Program Fellow.

Sociology PhD student Inna Mirzoyan receives a Fulbright Award to study in Armenia

Sociology PhD student Inna Mirzoyan receives a Fulbright Award to study in Armenia

April 13, 2020

Mirzoyan's research focuses on what happens to migrants after they leave their home countries. She will be working both in Armenia and then in Los Angeles' Armenia-American communities.

MSU sociologists discover “loneliness gap” for older LGB Americans in midst of COVID-19 isolation

April 10, 2020 - Liz Schondelmayer

In the midst of the international trend towards social isolation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are finding themselves feeling lonely. For those already struggling with loneliness, this can be an especially trying time.

SOC PhD student Kayleigh Ward shared her experiences researching in Japan

SOC PhD student Kayleigh Ward shared her experiences researching in Japan

April 6, 2020

Kayleigh Ward's research interests focus mainly on community development and sustainability in post-disaster communities, especially in Miyagi, Japan.

Images from the 2020 Health, Medicine and Society Forum

Images from the 2020 Health, Medicine and Society Forum

March 30, 2020

Images from the 2020 Health, Medicine and Society Forum hosted by MSU Sociology on Feb. 13, 2020. Photography by Jackie Hawthorne.

Sociology Offering Summer Online Courses

Sociology Offering Summer Online Courses

March 24, 2020

The MSU Department of Sociology is pleased to offer a wide variety of completely online summer courses for undergraduates.

SOC Memo on Key University Policies

March 16, 2020

This is a newly codified set of behavioral expectations in the College and a recently revised University protocol for how key units/leadership coordinate when there is a reported violation of our Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct or our Anti-Discrimination Policy.

An Update from the Department of Sociology in relation to the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

Sociology Chair Dr. Aaron McCright has provided an update on the operation of the Department in regards to the coronavirus.

MSU Coronavirus Updates

March 11, 2020

Effective at noon March 11, MSU is suspending face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moving to virtual instruction. We are continuing to work with faculty and staff on laboratory and performance classes, and the university will provide additional guidance. This suspension of in-person classes will last until April 20.

Toxic Masculinity is Bad for Men

Toxic Masculinity is Bad for Men

March 10, 2020 - Caroline Brooks

The belief that “real men” must be strong, tough and independent may be a detriment to their social needs later in life. A study co-authored by stef shuster, Michigan State University sociologist, found that men who endorse hegemonic ideals of masculinity — or “toxic masculinity” — can become socially isolated as they age, impacting their health, well-being and overall happiness.

Sociology Faculty and Students Awards announced

Sociology Faculty and Students Awards announced

March 6, 2020

MSU Sociology is pleased to announce a number of awards, fellowships and accolades for our community this spring.

Census Expert: The 2020 count is the most political he’s ever seen and the implications will last decades.

Census Expert: The 2020 count is the most political he’s ever seen and the implications will last decades.

February 28, 2020 - Karessa Weir

Since he was an undergraduate at MSU in 1970, Dr. Bill O’Hare has played an active role in the U.S. Census, the national effort every 10 years to count each person in the United States. The Census is more than just a data lover’s dream – it determines how federal taxes and Congressional seats are apportioned.

Carl Taylor: Innovating, For Life

Carl Taylor: Innovating, For Life

February 21, 2020 - Liz Schondelmayer

Sociologist Dr. Carl Taylor has served as a professor with the Michigan State University College of Social Science for over 15 years, and is a three-time winner of the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Sociology.

Regan Kania promoted to Senior Academic Specialist

Regan Kania promoted to Senior Academic Specialist

February 14, 2020

The Sociology Academic Advisor will be honored at a ceremony with MSU President Stanley and Provost Sullivan on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Dr. Xuefei Ren receives HARP grant to study urban redevelopment

Dr. Xuefei Ren receives HARP grant to study urban redevelopment

February 13, 2020 - Karessa Weir

The proposal "Whose City? Urban Redevelopment in China, India, Brazil and the U.S." was selected for $25,000 in funding.

Dr. Denton Morrison (1932-2019) shares his life story

Dr. Denton Morrison (1932-2019) shares his life story

February 7, 2020

Dr. Denton "Spud" Morrison was Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University from 1964-1990 as well as serving at the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. Prior to his death in December, 2019, Dr. Morrison had penned his own obituary to share with his colleagues and professional networks.

The Quarantine of a Megacity: China’s Struggle Over the Coronavirus Epidemic

The Quarantine of a Megacity: China’s Struggle Over the Coronavirus Epidemic

February 4, 2020 - Xuefei Ren

Dr. Xuefei Ren writes about China's response to the recent Coronavirus outbreak for The Urban Now: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

2020 Research Symposium Call for Presenters

2020 Research Symposium Call for Presenters

January 31, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Sociology Research Symposium Call for Presenters! We invite all faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students to give a five-minute TED-style talk on ongoing or completed research at our symposium April 17.

Meet Sociology's Newest Assistant Professor Molly Copeland

Meet Sociology's Newest Assistant Professor Molly Copeland

January 22, 2020 - Karessa Weir

MSU Sociology is pleased to announce the hiring of a new assistant professor in our Health and Medicine signature area. Ms. Molly Copeland is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at Duke University and expects to receive her PhD in May 2020. Her research examines how connections with others relate to health disparities through gendered processes.

Dr. stef shuster discusses the role of transgender studies in the wider world of sociology

Dr. stef shuster discusses the role of transgender studies in the wider world of sociology

January 17, 2020

The essay "Carving Out a Niche or Finding a Place at the Table? The Sociology of Transgender Studies" was published in Contemporary Sociology and highlighted by the American Sociological Association's January newsletter.

Dr. Barbara Schneider's latest book shows engaged learning works

Dr. Barbara Schneider's latest book shows engaged learning works

January 15, 2020

Students in the U.S. and Finland participating in a new project-based learning model are not only learning more, but becoming more engaged in class, research from Michigan State University shows.

Sociology PhD Alum Wins ASA Award

Sociology PhD Alum Wins ASA Award

January 13, 2020

Dr. Cameron Whitley, Sociology PhD alumnus and assistant professor of Sociology at Western Washington University has been awarded a grant from the American Sociological Association for work he will do in Uruguay.

Dr. Barbara Schneider named top influencer in education policy

Dr. Barbara Schneider named top influencer in education policy

January 9, 2020

Dr. Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah University Distinguished Professor of Education and Sociology, is among five Michigan State University faculty who earned national recognition for their influential research in the field of education.

MSU Sociology/ Animal Studies dominate latest HER issue

MSU Sociology/ Animal Studies dominate latest HER issue

January 7, 2020

Three of the seven substantive papers in the current issue of Human Ecology Review are by MSU Animal Studies current or former students, two of those are Sociology PhD alums.

Dr. Denton "Spud" Morrison, Sociology Professor Emeritus, has died

Dr. Denton "Spud" Morrison, Sociology Professor Emeritus, has died

January 7, 2020

Dr. Denton "Spud" Morrison served as Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University from 1964-1990. As a sociologist, Dr. Morrison specialized in the study of environmental sociology, social movements and research methods.

Dr. Larry Busch, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, has died at age 74

Dr. Larry Busch, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, has died at age 74

January 3, 2020 - Karessa Weir

With close family by his side, Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Busch, longtime University Distinguished Professor of Sociology, passed away in the evening of Saturday December 28, 2019 from long-term illness.

All global sustainability is local: Dr. Tom Dietz among researchers featured in 'Nature'

All global sustainability is local: Dr. Tom Dietz among researchers featured in 'Nature'

January 2, 2020 - Sue Nichols

In a “Nature” cover story, Dr. Tom Dietz, Professor of Sociology and Dr. Jianguo "Jack" Liu of MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability use groundbreaking methods to discover sustainability, like politics, is local.

PhD candidate Jihan Mohammed chosen for first Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies Graduate Winter School

PhD candidate Jihan Mohammed chosen for first Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies Graduate Winter School

January 2, 2020 - Karessa Weir

Mohammed is travelling to Qatar for an intensive 10-day training program designed for PhD candidates and early career scholars.

Sociology alum Dr. Amy Fitzgerald discusses Canada's animal protection policies in new article

Sociology alum Dr. Amy Fitzgerald discusses Canada's animal protection policies in new article

December 31, 2019 - Karessa Weir

Now an associate professor at the University of Windsor, Dr. Fitzgerald writes about new dedicated public animal protection force in Ontario and how it can impact lives of animals across Canada for the better.

Christian Ramirez's research to be published in Rio Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands

Christian Ramirez's research to be published in Rio Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands

December 17, 2019

Sociology PhD student Christian Ramirez explores the biases behind migration sociological research in his latest publication "Decolonizing Migration Studies: A Chicanx Studies Perspective and Critique of Colonial Sociological Origins" which will appear in the upcoming journal Rio Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands.

Sociology professors are working to overcome barriers to healthcare for LGBTQ people of color

Sociology professors are working to overcome barriers to healthcare for LGBTQ people of color

December 16, 2019 - Karessa Weir

Racial minorities as well as sexual minorities both face different but similar barriers to healthcare. But few studies show what happens with both intersect for LGBTQ people of color.

Sociology alumna publishes book on financial therapy

Sociology alumna publishes book on financial therapy

December 16, 2019 - Karessa Weir

Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, Sociology Class of 2008, has published a book on financial therapy.

Sociology PhD student winner of Gallin Award

Sociology PhD student winner of Gallin Award

December 13, 2019

Sociology PhD student Inna Mirzoyan has been selected as the winner of this year's Rita Gallin Award for Best Graduate Paper.

Fall Commencement: Sociology student to represent College

Fall Commencement: Sociology student to represent College

December 11, 2019 - Karessa Weir

Sociology senior Lynnea Miller will be representing the Department of Sociology as the official College of Social Science flag bearer at the fall undergraduate commencement ceremony. The undergraduate ceremonies for College of Social Science take place at 10 a.m. Saturday Dec. 14 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Sociology PhD Applications are due Dec. 15

Sociology PhD Applications are due Dec. 15

December 4, 2019

Applications for the Fall 2020 Sociology PhD Program at Michigan State University will be accepted until Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

Using Smartphone Apps to Stop Domestic Violence in India

Using Smartphone Apps to Stop Domestic Violence in India

November 22, 2019 - Karessa Weir

Smart phone apps can help you shop, navigate roads, connect with friends and, for some women, maybe even save your life. This is the idea behind a new research project by Dr. Soma Chaudhuri, MSU Department of Sociology.

Closing the Water Access Gap: MSU sociologists document the challenges of accessing clean water and sanitation

Closing the Water Access Gap: MSU sociologists document the challenges of accessing clean water and sanitation

November 18, 2019

In the "most comprehensive analysis of water and sanitation access in the United States to date," Dr. Stephen Gasteyer, together with PhD students Marie Carmen Shingne and WeHau Lai, worked to identify promising, community-centered solutions that can help extend water services to all people.

Dr. Carl Taylor Receives Humanitarian Award from Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Carl Taylor Receives Humanitarian Award from Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion

November 8, 2019

On Nov. 6, Dr. Carl Taylor, Professor of Sociology, was honored at the 72nd Annual Humanitarian Tribute at the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

Prevention of Financial Abuse Among Elders Affected by Cognitive Decline Received National Attention

Prevention of Financial Abuse Among Elders Affected by Cognitive Decline Received National Attention

November 1, 2019 - Tony Beyers

Dr. Zhenmei Zhang, Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Fei Sun, Associate Professor of Social Work, are working to prevent financial abuse among elders through a new $590,000 grant from the Department of Justice.

What would Jesus do? Quite possibly, recycle

What would Jesus do? Quite possibly, recycle

October 31, 2019 - Sue Nichols, CSIS

Fundamentalist Christians tap into their willingness to sacrifice to conserve water and energy, shop environmentally and protect the Earth, according to a Michigan State University (MSU) study by Sociology University Distinguished Professor Dr. Thomas Dietz.

Sociology PhD candidate on NPR's On Point

Sociology PhD candidate on NPR's On Point

October 29, 2019 - Karessa Weir

Sociology PhD candidate Jihan Mohammed discussed "Kurds Speak Out On President Trump's Decisions For Syria" on NPR's On Point radio program, hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti. (with audio)

Latinx students experience isolation at their universities

Latinx students experience isolation at their universities

October 24, 2019 - Liz Schondelmayer

A recent study from Dr. Isabel Ayala, an associate professor of Sociology in the Michigan State University College of Social Science, together with Chicano-Latino Studies and Sociology PhD student Christian Ramirez, has revealed that many Latinx students feel out of place in higher education.

Dr. Hui Liu publishes new book on "Marriage and Health: The Well-Being of Same Sex Couples"

Dr. Hui Liu publishes new book on "Marriage and Health: The Well-Being of Same Sex Couples"

October 24, 2019 - Karessa Weir

Dr. Hui Liu, Professor of Sociology, has edited a collection of essays presenting new perspectives addressing current opportunities and challenges faced by people in same-sex unions entitled "Marriage and Health: The Well-Being of Same Sex Couples."

Now Hiring: Associate Professor in Sociology of Sexual and Gender Minority Health

Now Hiring: Associate Professor in Sociology of Sexual and Gender Minority Health

October 22, 2019

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for a tenure-system Associate Professor position in sociology of health and medicine. As part of an initiative within the College of Social Science, this position will strengthen leadership in the emerging MSU Consortium for Sexual and Gender Minority Health, which is housed in the School of Social Work. The 9-month academic year position begins on August 16, 2020.

Lower refugee limits are weakening resettlement in the US

Lower refugee limits are weakening resettlement in the US

October 18, 2019 - Stephanie J. Nawyn

Dr. Stephanie Nawyn, Associate Professor of Sociology, in the Chicago Tribune: "Lower refugee limits are weakening resettlement in the U.S."

Creating the 'Worthy' Patient in Transgender Medicine

Creating the 'Worthy' Patient in Transgender Medicine

October 16, 2019 - Kamryn Romano

Join stef shuster, assistant professor in Lyman Briggs College and Department of Sociology, for a seminar on the ins and outs of transgender medicine and its effect on patients at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in room 303 of the International Center. Explore the notions of worth and its connection to administering healthcare to transgender people.

Marriage could be good for your health - unless you're bisexual

Marriage could be good for your health - unless you're bisexual

October 1, 2019 - Ning Hsieh and Hui Liu

Is marriage good for you? A large number of studies show that married people enjoy better health than unmarried people, such as lower rates of depression and cardiovascular conditions, as well as longer lives. However, these findings have been developed primarily based on data of heterosexual populations and different-sex marriages. Only more recently have a few studies looked into gay and lesbian populations and same-sex marriages to test if marriage is related to better health in these populations – and the evidence is mixed. Our study, published online on Sept. 19, evaluates the advantages of marriage across heterosexual, bisexual, and gay or lesbian adults. We discovered that bisexual adults do not experience better health when married.

How China and India govern their cities

How China and India govern their cities

October 1, 2019

Dr. Xuefei Ren, Associate Professor of Sociology, last week gave a seminar at the China-India Studies Center at Jinhal Global University, Delhi, India. The title of her talk was "How China and India govern their cities"

NSF Awards $2.49 Million to MSU to Study Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles on the Workforce

NSF Awards $2.49 Million to MSU to Study Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles on the Workforce

September 16, 2019 - College of Social Science

Led by Principal Investigator Shelia Cotten, Sociology affilated faculty and professor in the Department of Media and Information and a leading expert in studying the use and impacts of emerging technologies, the research team will use a convergent approach, drawing from organizational psychology, economics, sociology, geography, technology, and transportation engineering to analyze the effects of automated vehicles, or AVs. Serving as co-principal investigators on the project are Elizabeth Mack, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences; and Chu-Hsiang “Daisy” Chang, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology.

Sociology Alumnus Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Sociology Alumnus Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

September 6, 2019 - Karessa E. Weir

Dr. Norbert Wiley (1962 MSU Sociology PhD) received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASA’s Section on History of Sociology at the August 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York City.

Getting Hitched Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

Getting Hitched Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

September 5, 2019 - Deborah DiSesa Hirsch

"There are a lot of theories about why marriage might be good for general health," says Hui Liu, lead investigator and professor of sociology at Michigan State University.

Kayleigh Ward named Fulbright Scholar

Kayleigh Ward named Fulbright Scholar

August 26, 2019 - Karessa E. Weir

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Kayleigh Ward of Michigan State University has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Japan in sociology.

Dr. Steve Gold receives grant for distinguished scholars

Dr. Steve Gold receives grant for distinguished scholars

June 28, 2019

Dr. Steve Gold, Professor of Sociology, has received a Grant for Distinguished Scholars from the Fund for the Advancement of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Israel.