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Department of Sociology
Welcome to Sociology. Sociology is a fascinating and widely applicable field which teaches how to think about the way people create, maintain and are affected by social forces.

Critical thinking, problem-solving, written communication, oral communication and interpersonal skills are all cultivated by studying sociology.  We are a department that is excited about the opportunities that sociology has for students and welcome you to explore the world through a sociological perspective.

We are pleased to introduce you to our department. Please take the time to browse our website and learn about us!

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Undergraduate Academic Advising


Fall Term Drop-In Advising Hours

Monday-Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kris Lucht Adams -


December 2015 Faculty Achievements

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Books

Dara Shifrer authored an article "Stigma and Stratification Limiting the Math Course Progression of Adolescents Labeled with a Learning Disability." Learning and Instruction 42(1):47-57. 

Awards or Recognition

Akiko Hashimoto's book The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan (Oxford University Press 2015) received the 2016 Scholarly Achievement Award of the North Central Sociological Association. 

Career Progression

Bryan J. Zinschlag was just hired to teach sociology at Des Moines Area Community College.

Other Publications

Akiko Hashimoto also received a book contract for the Japanese translation of The Long Defeat with a premier Japanese publisher, Misuzu Shobo. 

Andreea Nica authored a book review: "Review of Deconversion: Qualitative and Quantitative Results from Cross-Cultural Research in Germany and the USA." Secularism and Nonreligion 5(2):1-2.  

Community/Policy Engagement



Sasha Bassett accepted to present at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. "Positions in Progress: The Impact of Power on Tradespeople's Perceptions of Change."

Amy Lubitow, Jennifer Rainer, and Sasha Bassett accepted to present at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. "Barriers to Public Transit: Experiences of Transit-Dependent Riders in Portland, Oregon."

Prestigious Service



Ginny Garcia-Alexander was awarded a new contact with some additional external funding from the Oregon Health Authority for the project "The Cost of Health Disparities." 

Sociology Graduate Student Organization (SGSO)

Mission: To provide opportunities for graduate sociology students to create a support network that reflects their unique needs and provide them with a voice within the sociology department. The SGSO strives to develop a support network by fostering relationships with department faculty members, and providing mentorship to incoming sociology graduate cohorts and undergraduate students, while also providing a voice through organization and participation in sociology department activities and projects. Working to build professional skills and encouraging advanced participation in department activities for its members, the SGSO is dedicated to sustaining an open and inclusive environment for all sociology graduate students.


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