Welcome to the Department of Sociology
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Sociology studies how societies are organized, and the consequences of varying forms of organization on people's lives. It is scientific, based upon systematic analyses of evidence; it is non-obvious, in making discoveries that might not otherwise be noticed; and it is important, in identifying opportunities and strategies for change that can improve society.
Purdue's Department of Sociology: produces world-class scholarship, in the books and articles it publishes; offers two outstanding undergraduate majors, one in Sociology and another in Law and Society; and delivers an exceptionally strong graduate program leading to the Ph.D. At the graduate level, the Department's research and training programs are currently organized into six areas: Family and Gender; Health, Aging, and the Life Course; Law and Society; Sociology of Religion; Social Inequality; and Social Movements and Political Sociology.
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The Center on Religion and Chinese Society and the China Data Center at the University of Michigan have received a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the project by "Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society." For details, see http://religioninchina.org/default.aspx
Prof. Rachel Einwohner was inducted into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers. The induction “honors outstanding teaching faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in the classroom.” These appointments occur once every five years.
Prof. Fenggang Yang, Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society, was recently interviewed in the New York Times.
Prof. Kenneth Ferraro is the Chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research on aging. The section is comprised of about 2,500 professionals interested in aging, including sociologists, psychologists, and epidemiologists.
Prof. Markus Schafer (U of Toronto; PhD Purdue '11), Prof. Kenneth Ferraro, and Prof. Sarah Mustillo received the 2013 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America for their article, “Children of Misfortune: Early Adversity and Cumulative Inequality in Perceived Life Trajectories,” in the American Journal of Sociology.
Prof. Mike Vuolo received the 2013 Junior Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco
Graduate student Joy Kadowaki's paper - “Doing Professionalism”: Emotional Labor and Professional Display Among Lawyers as Client Advisors" - has received an honorable mention for the ASAs Sociology of Emotions Section graduate student paper award! For the same paper, Joy was a co-recipient of the department's outstanding graduate student paper award this year.
Prof. Jill Suitor was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Section on Aging and the Life Course in ASA.
Prof. Kenneth Ferraro has been selected as the winner of the College of Liberal Arts Discovery Excellence Award for the Social Sciences. The award, given for the first time this year, is the College's highest recognition for scholarly achievement in the social scientists. The award was given to Dr. Ferraro for his work’s "extraordinary strength, impact, and creativity.”
Ms. Candriana Clem was the recipient of the 2012-13 H. H. Remmers Memorial Award from The African American Studies and Research Center. The award is based on the student’s professional development and demonstration of leadership. At a reception, Ms. Clem received $1,000 and an engraved plaque.For more past news events see the News Archive.