Research by Sociology Faculty, Staff, and Students

The Department of Sociology is an active research unit and includes work by faculty, staff, and students.  Learn about some of our most recent publications by visiting our main department webpage (and publications from recent years here).  Also, visit our department research projects webpage for a list of faculty projects, including those seeking participants for a particular study, and those providing opportunities for undergraduate and/or graduate student involvement (e.g., assisting with the development of a literature review, collecting and/or analyzing data, etc.)

Students interested in learning more about our individual faculty and their areas of interest can visit our faculty page which provides a brief biography of the faculty member, their main areas of research/teaching, and their CV.

Student Research Funding Sources 

There are several opportunities for graduate students to secure funding for their thesis or dissertation research project, as well as some awards which cover expenses related to conference participation.

  • Sociology graduate students can apply for up to $500 annually for a Jon H. Rieger Graduate Student Funding award to use toward expenses related to their research and/or conference presentation.  (The application for Rieger funding awards are circulated by the department at the start of each fall and spring semester.)
  • Students can also apply for up to $250 of funding from the Graduate Network in A&S (GNAS) each semester, and the College of Arts & Sciences' Research Office offers internal grant and fellowship opportunities (e.g., the Graduate Student Intramural Research and Creative Activities Grant, offering up to $500 for individual and $1000 for collaborative projects), as well as provides a list of external funding opportunities.
  • The Graduate Student Council (GSC) offers both travel and research grants, specifically providing up to $200 to students attending a conference and up to $350 to students presenting at a conference, as well as up to $500 for research support.

For undergraduate students, there are also several opportunities for student research, including:

Useful Research Sites 

Sociology students conducting research for their course papers may find these research sites useful.