Research Centers and Programs

Below are a list of research centers and programs affiliated with the Sociology Department:

African Atlantic Research Team

AART_image.jpgThe African Atlantic Research Team, (AART) was organized some 25 years ago to help improve the number and quality of Ph.D.  from African American and other graduate and undergraduate students whose cultural communities have been historically deprived from academic higher education. To accomplish this goal, we continue to provide advising, culturally appropriate mentoring, academic exposure that goes beyond the classroom, and career development. The mission has been to ensure that sociology and other students from these communities complete an academic Ph.D. and engage in successful professional careers.

AART has organized skills development workshops on money management, conversations with professional elders, research methods,” and many other events, and symposia that allow students to practice and enhance their educational aspirations. We have collectively attended and made professional presentations at conferences and academic meetings in Ghana, Kenya, Spain, United Kingdom, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba, Columbia and throughout the United States. In AART’s 25 active years, dozens of undergraduate members completed the bachelor’s degree, with such recognition as Summa Cum Laude, High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa induction, Dean’s List, Marshall Fellows, or other prestigious acknowledgements. More than half of all members completed or are completing the terminal PhD degree and currently, alumni of AART hold colleges and university faculty positions in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Wisconsin: in departments that include African Studies, Africana Studies, Anthropology, History, Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Spanish. 

 AART 2020 Grad Party

AART 2020 Grad Party

AART in front of African Studies Ghana

AART in front of the African Studies in Ghana

Johnson with team in AART MSU



Animal Studies

Animal Studies is a MSU program focused on the relationship between humans and other animals.  The program includes:

For more information go the the Animal Studies website.


Consortium for Sexual and Gender Minority Health

The Consortium for Sexual and Gender Minority Health, housed in the School of Social Work, includes a large group of social scientists across the College of Social Science who study SGM physical or mental health with a focus on minority stress, the life course perspective, and intersectionality, from a social ecological approach. 

MSU Sociology members include:

  • Dr. Cathy Liu
  • Dr. Ning Hsieh
  • Dr. stef shuster

For more information go to the Consortium website.


The Environmental Science and Policy Program focuses on building innovative graduate education programs, linking MSU research with national and global research priorities, and making MSU more connected and visible through national and global efforts. The program also includes:

For more information go to the ESPP website.

Julian Samora Research Institute

Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI), is a research organziation that focuses on the Latino and Hispanic community in the areas of economic development, education, and families and neighborhoods. JSRI also offers: 

  • Database resource for Hispanics
  • Julian Samora Working Paper Series
  • Julian Samora Research Institute Occasional Paper Series
  • Institute Research Report Series
  • JSRI Endowment Scholarship

For more information, please visit the JSRI website.