Tomas Delgado is the recipient of the 2017 Highest Grade Point Average Award.
Cokie Caviness is the recipient of the 2017 Ida Harper Simpson Award. The Department of Sociology presents an award, named after an emerita professor, to the sociology major writing the best senior thesis.
A study by three Sociology doctoral candidates — Patricia Homan, Lauren Valentino and Emi Weed — was published in the March issue of Social Forces. This study provides a new look into how Americans think about poverty.
Our Ph.D. program offers an intensive program of study, a supportive research environment, and the opportunity to learn the craft of scholarship from Duke’s productive and highly educated faculty.
Professor Jim Moody was cited in Duke Today about the Scholars @ Duke competition highlighting different approaches to visualizing the collaboration across the University.
Our courses aim to develop both the analytical and critical skills necessary for understanding and evaluating social institutions and social change. Emphasis is upon contemporary research and the use of sociological data in tackling social problems.
Sociology of Racism in America
Examines social history of major racial groups in the US and relationships to contemporary standing. Discusses central concepts sociologists use to analyze racial matters. Central theme: “racism” is not mere “prejudice,” “ignorance,” or intolerance, but a comprehensive historical system of racial. read more
Social Determinants of U.S. Health Disparities
Introduction to how social factors influence health and well-being, with a particular focus on contemporary U.S. society. Topics include obesity, aging, socioeconomic disadvantage, access to health insurance, public health systems, the role of the media, and racial/ethnic and gender inequalities. read more
Sociology of Immigration and Health
An in-depth exploration of how global migration processes impact population health with particular attention to the social determinants of health. Course focuses on different immigrant groups in U.S. as well as refugee and migrant labor populations in other parts of the world, namely Middle East. read more
Gender, Work, and Organizations
Research and theories on gender issues in the work organization. The socio-historical causes of gender segregation in the workplace and the contemporary consequences for wages and occupational status. Organizational and governmental work and family policies. Case studies of specific work. read more
Martin Ruef wins Jane Addams Award
Tiantian Yang named Kauffman Foundation Junior Fellow
Mueller Successfully Defends Ph.D.
Professorship named for Linda George and John Wilson
Ridhi Kashyap- Nuffield College, Univ of Oxford
Gabriel Rossman – Jensen Series
Meira Epplein, Duke University
Minors in Sociology
Students majoring in other disciplines see a Sociology minor as an effective way to round-out their skill set. Sociology broadens your education and helps you think more analytically. We offer a minor in Sociology, a minor in Medical Sociology, and will work with you and your advisors to design a program to meet your specific needs.
Major in Sociology
Sociology majors at Duke are equipped with a diverse skill set, including research proficiencies, analytical expertise, problem-solving and critical thinking abilities, that can be applied to tackle many of the most important questions facing society today. The major can be an effective stepping-stone on your way to a number of professional careers — including business, law, government, medical, teaching, and more.
Our highly competitive Ph.D. program provides an intensive program of study, a supportive research environment, and the opportunity to learn the craft of scholarship from our productive and diverse faculty. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment where differences are respected, valued and integrated into every facet of the graduate experience. Through our commitment to diversity, we have an atmosphere conducive to high quality education and research that supports the broad spectrum of differences of our students, faculty and staff.
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Research Teaching Interests: Affect Control Theory, Social Networks, and Social Psychology
Research Teaching Interests: Social Networks, Political Sociology, Mathematical Sociology, Computational Social Science
Research Teaching Interests: Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, and Crimmigration (criminalization of immigration policy and procedure).
Research Teaching Interests: Population Health, Medical Sociology, and Quantitative Methods
Carlos D. Tavares
Research Teaching Interests: Race and Ethnicity; Medical Sociology; Social Stratification and Inequality; Aging and the Life Course; Religion
Research Teaching Interests: Survey Methods, Experiments with Human Subjects, Cross-Cultural Surveys, Identity theory, and Social Problems