Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Since all human behavior is social, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and the application of knowledge.


Three distinguished faculty members of the Sociology Department began their retirements in Summer 2020.  We celebrate and honor their extraordinary accomplishments and wish them the best in their new phase of life.  Bill, Dave, and Mary, you will be sorely missed. 

Check out their profiles below:

David J. Ekerdt 

William G. Staples

Mary K. Zimmerman



Congratulations to Our Graduates

Welcome to our new faculty member, Fithawee Tzeggai!

I am a PhD candidate in sociology finishing up my degree at the University of California, Berkeley.  My work engages the history of social science theories and methods as a window into the politics of race and social policy.  My dissertation project examines this relationship within the politics of urban school desegregation in the 1960s.  I argue that new government-sponsored research on race and education, originally intended to support progressive education reform, actually narrowed the framing and scope of school desegregation, driving a wedge between activist demands and official calls to end segregation.  My other work compliments this line of inquiry, including a working paper that examines the legacy of the politics of school desegregation for contemporary models of urban school reform.  I am currently preparing an article manuscript on the political history of experimental design in welfare policy evaluation research.

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