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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our department is following the University’s Return to Campus Plan for fall term. Staff will be working remotely, and at this time we will not be in the office in-person. Questions should be e-mailed to

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Our department is a vibrant community featuring leading scholars within sociology and related interdisciplinary fields. Faculty have expertise in a range of theories and methods, from ethnography to social network analysis, underscoring our commitment to training our students in the many tools within the sociological toolkit. Program strengths include the sociology of environment, gender, political & economic sociology, and race with increased focus on sociology of health and cultural sociology.

Territorial Acknowledgment

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya Ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon, and continue to make important contributions in their communities, at UO, and across the land we now refer to as Oregon.*

We express our respect for all federally recognized Tribal Nations of Oregon. This includes the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Klamath Tribes.  We also express our respect for all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home.

*We thank the Native Strategies Group for this portion of our statement.


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Persistent Unpredictability”: New study published by LERC & UO Sociology faculty

A new Labor Education & Research Center (LERC) and UO Sociology study on the impacts of the first statewide Fair Workweek law reveals “Persistent Unpredictability” in Oregon retail, food services, and hospitality workers’ schedules, as employers find ways to continue changing workers’ schedules at the last minute and avoid  predictability pay obligations.

UO Sociology graduate students Lola Loustaunau and Larissa Petrucci, Professor Ellen Scott, and LERC researcher Lina Stepick collaborated on this timely study of essential workers and their workplace experiences under


Soc Snippets – Week 4, Fall 2020

Sociology Snippets

Fall 2020 Week 4 

Greetings to everyone who is making it happen in Week 4!

Today’s installments of Soc Snippets includes three items:

A virtual wellness event on “resiliency to help in pandemic times” sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Duck Nest this Thursday the 22nd at 3:00pm. Details below. Virtual UO Fall Career Fair New Program Offerings at the University of Chicago



Topic: Resiliency:  Getting Through Today (Hosted by the Sociology Department and Duck Nest) Time: Oct 22, 2020 3:00 PM