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Department of Sociology

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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…

Department News

March 23, 2015

Richard York

Congratulations to Professor Richard York, who has been appointed the new Program Director for Environmental Studies beginning July 1, 2015.  His appointment will continue through June 30, 2018.

March 19, 2015

Eileen Otis writes op ed on Women’s Rights and Inequality in China in the wake of arrests of five feminists

On March 8, International Women’s Day, police detained five women’s rights activists planning an action to raise awareness about sexual harassment on public transportation. The United States has since demanded their release.

Why are China’s authorities threatened by the efforts of these women?

Overall inequity may disproportionately affect women

Let’s put the answer in context. Chinese society is torn by widening inequality. China has one of the greatest economic divides among countries with advanced economies, surpassing the United States. (China’s Gini coefficient, a measure of income distribution, is .53, compared to .45 in the US and .34 in India). In a society that just over two decades ago was among the most equal, these new social divisions generate tensions and conflict.


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