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  • A Statement from the UCR Sociology Department Faculty about Anti-Asian Violence

    We, the undersigned faculty of the University of California, Riverside Department of Sociology, stand in solidarity with you and are united against racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, and the violence targeting communities of color, immigrants, and women of color. The recent murder of six Asian American women, including immigrant women in Georgia, at their workplace highlights the ongoing dangers of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny as well as the insufficient protections for workers in our nation. These killings are also rooted in a long history of U.S. war and empire across Asia, and the fetishization of Asian women. We are against all kinds of racial discrimination and social injustice.

    We recognize our responsibilities as faculty at an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAP) Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution. We agree with Distinguished Professor Richard M. Lee (University of Minnesota) who calls on scholars and educators to “take an affirmative and openly public stand against anti-Asian hate and violence not in isolation but in solidarity with the ongoing hate and violence against the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, immigrant, and sexual/gender minority communities.” As he points out, “There is so much more work to be done with educating ourselves, our colleagues, and our students, as well as children, youth, and families in the community, on systemic and structural racism, intentionally working to dismantle these systems and structures, and building solidarity across racial lines.”

    We applaud the resolution passed by ASUCR in February 2021, which puts recent events into context and outlines important steps for addressing racist and xenophobic violence: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rAdWT6ExECQjnbRyw6DFHfdWiA_4eCOaWs5QN4Ll8nA/edit#

    To our undergraduate and graduate students, we stand in solidarity with you. We hope that we can work together with you to educate and learn from each other and address these and other important social problems facing us today, even as we recognize that fully resolving such problems often requires broader structural and systemic changes. Please reach out to us if you need support or guidance. We also encourage you to consider and share this resource list, produced by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance of the AFL-CI0 available at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fs57dkNG-C6ROcKzyzRXFkBxFna2U9qsjgTjzLMMIOI/edit

    as well as this list of campus resources below which might be helpful to you and/or other students at this time.

    RESOURCES FOR UCR STUDENTS

    NOT SURE WHERE TO GO? THEN GO HERE: https://help.ucr.edu/

    Sincerely,

    Steven Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
    Richard M. Carpiano, Professor of Public Policy and Sociology
    Chris Chase-Dunn, Distinguished Professor of Sociology
    Rob Clark, Associate Professor of Sociology
    Rengin Firat, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Neuroscience Graduate Program
    Lucie Kalousova, Assistant Professor of Sociology
    Amy Kroska, Professor of Sociology and Graduate Advisor for Admission
    Chioun Lee, Assistant Professor of Sociology
    Bruce Link, Professor of Public Policy and Sociology
    Matthew Mahutga, Professor of Sociology
    Tanya Nieri, Associate Professor of Sociology and Graduate Advisor for Enrolled Students
    Sharon Oselin, Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of Presley Center of Crime & Justice Studies
    Ellen Reese, Professor and Co-Chair of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies
    Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor of Sociology
    Christopher Schmitt, Sociology Lecturer
    Glenn Stanley, Co-Chair of Sociology
    Jan E. Stets, Professor and Director of the Social Psychology Research Laboratory
    Wei Zhao, Associate Professor of Sociology

  • A Statement from the UCR Sociology Department about Police Violence

    We, the faculty of the University of California, Riverside Department of Sociology, stand united against police brutality and racism targeting communities of color and especially Black Americans. This is our message to the community that we are opposed to any form of systemic violence and injustice. Recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, and many more before, are deeply painful, inhumane, and outrageous. We share the grief and outrage of our community and recognize that it is our uttermost mission to confront all forms of violence, oppression, and discrimination.

    To our undergraduate and graduate students, we stand in solidarity with you. Please reach out to us if you need support or guidance.

    Sincerely,

    The faculty of the UCR Sociology

UCR faculty research spans t­­he whole spectrum of sociological inquiry, from micro-dynamics of human identity and emotions to larger processes involving social institutions, corporate organizations, and global social structures. Our current and emeritus faculty includes one of two UC sociologists to ever receive the distinction of University Professor, multiple Distinguished Professors, former presidents and vice presidents of the American and Pacific Sociological Associations (PSA, ASA), former editors of official ASA journals, ASA section chairs and council members, among other noteworthy titles. Our faculty is also incredibly productive. The most recent NRC data on publications, citations, grants, and awards rank UCR sociology second among UC sociology departments.

Training graduate students for successful careers as scholars and teachers is at the core of our mission. The graduate program at UCR grants doctoral degrees and allows students to earn a Master’s degree along the way. To provide our students with state-of-the-art training in the field, the faculty recently approved an updated graduate curriculum. The program provides strong training in sociological theory and methods, as well as depth in any two of the department’s seven areas of specialization: Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, Gender Studies, Medical Sociology, Organizations and Institutions, Political Economy and Global Social Change, Race and Class Inequality, and Social Psychology. We prioritize hands-on training in sociological research and provide many opportunities for collaborative research between faculty and graduate students. Please see the links on this page for more information.

We offer undergraduate training that covers a broad range of sociological inquiry, including ethnicity, race and class inequality, gender, social stratification, sociology of education, the city and urban problems, the environment, sociology of religion, crime and deviance, and global social change. Course topics also include formal and large organizations, the family, political organizations, language diversity in the United States, evolutionary sociology, and social psychology. Our faculty consistently earns outstanding teaching evaluations due to their commitment to pedagogical excellence.

Please see our most current newsletter to read more about UCR Sociology.

Research Concentrations

  • Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies

    The Department of Sociology offers a specialization in Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. It focuses on the causes, manifestations, consequences, and control of crime, ranging from youth and adult street crime to domestic violence, corporate crime, white-collar crime, and crimes committed by the government or its agents. An understanding of crime and its prevention requires multidisciplinary research. While this is recognized, the specialization emphasizes sociological approaches involving the structural and cultural factors producing crime and violence, such as structural transformations of the urban landscape and the connections between race, disadvantage, and violent victimization. The specialization also emphasizes theories of law and their application to the legal system and its relation to other social institutions and social phenomena. This emphasis extends to how these factors shape conceptions of crime and influence the legal system. Basic research knowledge about crime and legal issues is central to this specialization, but applying that knowledge to inform legal policies and practices is also emphasized.

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  • Gender Studies

    The Gender Studies specialization focuses on gender inequality in the United States and in a comparative and global perspective, with an emphasis on intersections of gender, class, and race/ethnicity. Gender Studies draws on sociological and feminist theories in examining gender inequality at the micro, meso, and macro levels. Faculty research interests include the construction of masculinities and femininities, intersectional theory, gender, and the self, feminist politics and movements, gender and social change, and law.

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  • Medical Sociology

    Medical Sociology focuses on the social context of health, illness, and health care provision, including health care settings and professionals. Within this broad sociological subarea, UCR’s medical sociology faculty—one of the largest medical sociology collectives among US sociology graduate programs—study a diverse range of health issues using quantitative and qualitative methods.

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  • Organizations and Institutions

    The Organizations and Institutions specialization examines the evolution and contemporary structure of organizations and the institutional systems (e.g. economy, polity, law, education, kinship, religion, etc.) in which they are embedded. Theories of organizations and institutions are explored as are empirical regularities in organizations and particular institutional systems. Special emphasis is placed on the evolutionary history and dynamics of institutional systems during long- term societal development as well as the interaction among institutional systems and the organizations within them.

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  • Political Economy & Global Social Change

    Political Economy & Global Social Change brings together a number of sub-specialties, including social movements, historical, political, economic, and macro-comparative sociology. We build on classical political economy, including the works of Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, and Karl Polanyi, as well as more recent theories of political economy. This specialization brings together empirical examinations of world cities, demographic and ecological dynamics, the welfare state, large scale social networks, income inequality, social movements, class and gender dynamics, the evolving intersocietal division of labor, ethnic entrepreneurship, global democracy, and the political, economic, social, demographic and health implications of North-South international migration for sending and receiving areas. Our faculty expertise encompasses the full range of methodological diversity in the study of political economy, including econometrics, network analysis, demographic methods, qualitative and ethnographic approaches, and comparative-historical analysis in both its qualitative and quantitative forms.

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  • Race and Class Inequality

    The Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside offers a specialization in Race and Class Inequality. Race and Class Inequality combines two of the core sub-areas of the discipline of Sociology. The structuring of U.S. society (and the world) along race and class lines, and the limitations to equal opportunity that this poses, pervades almost all other aspects of Sociology and other social science disciplines.

    Research in this specialization focuses on the social, economic, political, and health consequences of race/ethnicity and inequality both nationally and globally. Students in the specialization study social, economic and political disparities, including both class and race as the bases of inequality. They examine theories and studies of racial and class oppression and exploitation. The specialization investigates the meaning of race/ethnicity, theories of race and inequality, causes and manifestations of racism, prejudice, and discrimination, and the effects of these phenomena on individuals, groups, nations, and international relations. Research in the specialization uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches and employs variegated theoretical frameworks. In addition to the above, students are free and encouraged to develop their own unique research interests in consultation with the faculty. Originality and excellence in thought, theorizing, and research are stressed.

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  • Social Psychology

    The specialization in Social Psychology focuses on micro-level theories and research on the relationships between individuals, on the one side, and social structures and culture, on the other. Emphasis is on: (1) individual-level processes such as identities and emotions; (2) interactive processes that emerge between individuals and within groups; and (3) the effects of micro-social processes on meso-level and macro-level structures, and vice versa.

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