Areas of Specialization

diversity and intersectionality Diversity and Inequality from an Intersectional Perspective

Most of our faculty specialize in one or more aspects of race, gender, class, sexuality or disability, and as a department we approach these subjects intersectionally, paying attention to the ways they intertwine. We strive to bring these subjects into all of our courses, and we also offer specialized courses that reflect our areas of research, including: racial identity and race and ethnic relations; issues facing Native American, Latino/a and African American communities; white privilege and white supremacy; gender and sexuality; disability studies; and class stratification. More specifically, we examine these issues in the contexts of theory, social movements, homelessness, poverty, youth gangs, masculinity, bodies, families, food security, urban communities, and more. Reflecting our strengths in this area, we offer a Diversity Certificate, and our teaching certificate provides graduate students with the knowledge, skills and experience to teach these challenging subjects. 
culture Culture

Cultural theories, popular culture, mass media,
social movements, body image, globalization,
urban & community sociology, and gaming.
research methods Research Methods

Qualitative (ethnography, participant observation,
program evaluation, interview) & quantitative (statistical
methodologies and applied/evaluative research.
criminology Justice Studies

Criminal justice, race & crime, law & society,
juvenile delinquency, drugs, youth gangs, restorative justice, and at-risk youth.
globalization Globalization and Development

Development, global feminisms, food security, and social movements.