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Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon has an unbroken line of descent dating back to when formal courses in sociology were first taught at the University in 1894.  Our primary strengths are in gender, political & economic sociology, and the sociology of the environment. Each year more than 3,000 students enroll in approximately 86 courses offered by the Department of Sociology. The department has about 50 Ph.D. students and 575 undergraduate majors.  Read more about us…

Professor Emerita Joan Acker, 1924-2016

The department mourns the passing of Professor Emerita Joan Acker, who died on June 22. She was a ground-breaking scholar of women, gender, class, and organizations, and was a founder of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at UO. Her books included Doing Comparable Worth: Gender, Class, and Pay Equity (1988); Class Questions: Feminist Answers (2006); and Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform (2010, coauthored with Sandra Morgen and Jill Weigt). A memorial will be held in August.

Article – Being a Part of Radical Change: A Conversation with Joan Acker

Article – Joan Acker, Social Feminist by John Bellamy Foster

Article – The Enduring Feminist Sociology of Joan Acker by Tristan Bridges


Sociology Snippets Newsletter

Every two weeks Professor Pascoe distributes an electronic newsletter called Sociology Snippets.  You may view past issues here on our website.  Sociology majors will also receive the newsletter via Canvas email.

Department News

May 19, 2016

Spring Colloquium 5/23/16

The final colloquium of Spring term will be Monday, May 23rd. Professor Jeff Sallaz from the University of Arizona will present “Your Paper Has Been Outsourced: How Publishers Sweat Labor to Produce Science.”

The presentation will be held from 12-1 PM in 714 PLC. Light refreshments will be provided.

Working Futures: Perspectives on Labor from the Global South

Join Professor Eileen Otis and other sociologists and anthropologists at the Working Futures symposium on May 27th. Full details available at the CSWS website or in the image below.


May 5, 2016

Spring Colloquium 5/9/16

The next colloquium of Spring term will be this Monday, May 9th. Jean Philippe Sapinski will present “Corporations and Climate Change: The Hegemony of Climate Capitalism.”

The presentation will be held from 12-1 PM in 714 PLC.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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April 28, 2016

Green Resilient Office Certification

The Department of Sociology recently earned its Green Resilient Office certification, and was presented a certificate by President Schill.  View the photo and story at Around the O!

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