Explores the relationship between nations/regions and the global economy through discussions of the colonial, development, and globalization projects. Uses select case studies of nations, with a focus on the South. Interrogates the concept of “nation,” and introduces theoretical frameworks to... read more »
Students will work with the instructor to develop and conduct formative research on stormwater-related behavior, perceptions, and residential circumstances. Possible areas of inquiry will include public understanding of natural disasters and environmental justice. Open only to sociology majors and... read more »
Most people grow up in families, but few people know much about them. While today we take for granted that marriages should be based on love, heterosexuality is an obvious identity, and mothers want to care for their children, all of these ideas are recent inventions. Moreover, gender, class, and... read more »
Managing Networks explores the role that networks play in organizations. It will be useful for those who simply want to understand how networks work and how they affect a large number of behaviors and processes that we all care about. It will also be useful for anyone who wants to understand and... read more »
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 »
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 »
Uses mathematical models to describe how people import cultural meanings into social interactions. Explains how people maintain identities in role relationships and group interactions. Explores a theory of how people perform normal institutional roles, respond to odd situations, and try to feel... read more »
The primary goal of this course is not to furnish answers to contemporary social problems, because there are no easy answers. Rather we will examine the process by which social issues become social problems. This is a dynamic, often reciprocal, process. A process that involves delving into the... read more »
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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.
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: Race and Ethnicity; Medical Sociology; Social Stratification and Inequality; Aging and the Life Course; Religion
Research & Teaching Interests: Population Health, Medical Sociology, and Quantitative Methods
Research & Teaching Interests: Affect Control Theory, Social Networks, and Social Psychology
University of Toledo Medical School "Studying Sociology at Duke immersed me into the complicated and crucial dynamic between social networks and human health. My exposure to the copious societal factors influencing health such as geography, household income, education level, etc. will make me a... read more »
Business Development, Windsor Circle "One insight that I attribute to my degree has been realizing and remembering that I'm not just me as an individual, that I'm also me as a part of larger wholes. The older I get, the more this feels confirmed, and while some of that is admittedly bias, I can't... read more »
Student, Harvard Law School (graduation in May 2017) "The field of sociology uniquely touches upon every aspect of society. The diversity of interests and areas of study to which I was exposed while pursuing a sociology degree equipped me for the similarly expansive law school curriculum, and I... read more »
Vice President on the Credit Sales desk (Securities Division), Goldman Sachs "My Duke sociology degree allowed me to stand out as a “non-traditional” candidate when interviewing for roles in the banking industry. Goldman Sachs hires all majors from all backgrounds, and I felt especially prepared... read more »
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