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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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Claire Herbert awarded $20k Sociological Initiatives Foundation Grant

Professor Claire Herbert was awarded a $20k grant from the Sociological Initiatives Foundation for a participatory action component of her new research project, “When Home is Illegal: How Law and Governance Shape Informal Housing in Lane County.” Claire will be working with a local nonprofit to identify regulatory changes that can help reduce the harms of unsheltered homelessness and promote safety and stability for community members without access to conventional housing.

Totem Pole Journey, May 5th-9th @ EMU


Snake River to the Salish Sea — Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey at the University of Oregon

May 5th – 9th, 2022

The University of Oregon welcomes Se’Si’Le, House of Tears Carvers, and The Natural History Museum for a series of events May 5th through 8th.

The Totem Pole Journey, led by Lummi carvers and organizers, brings together ceremony, art, science, spirituality, ancestral knowledge, and cross-cultural collaboration in support of the movement to remove the Snake River dams and restore to health the Snake River salmon


Graduate Student Award Winners 2021-22

The Department of Sociology is thrilled to announce the winners of this year‘s Sociology Graduate Student Awards. The Awards Committee had a very hard time making these decisions, as the applications were truly remarkable. Congratulations to the following award recipients:


Wasby-Johnson Dissertation Award

Haisu Huang

Amanda Sikirica 


Lawrence Carter Graduate Student Research Award

Em Beecher 


Joan Acker Graduate Fellowship

Myra Haverda 


Charles W. Hunt Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Lola Loustaunau


Research Award for