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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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UO Sociology alum & instructor quoted in New York Times forest fire article

Dr. Tim Ingalsbee (PhD, ’95) was quoted in The New York Times for his critiques of industrialized fire suppression and promotion of ecologically and ethically more sound methods for forest fire mitigation. The interactive article is a fascinating multimedia exploration of sociological and environmental reflections on fires, climate change, and history.

Timothy Ingalsbee, who co-founded Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics and Ecology, a group that pushes for stronger land management practices, has argued that over the long term many of the tactics employed by emergency crews hurt


FREE Virtual Book Talk: “Just Get On The Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics” with Dr. Krystale Littlejohn, 8/31 @ 6 PM

Dr. Krystale Littlejohn‘s latest book, titled “Just Get on The Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics” (UC Press 2021), is due to be published this August, with its release to be celebrated on August 31st with a virtual book launch.

Dr. Littlejohn will be joined by Alicia Bonaparte (Department of Sociology, Pitzer College), Katrina Kimport (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco), and our own CJ Pascoe for what promises to be an engaging and enlightening conversation. If you are interested in attending this FREE online


Graduate Student Awards

Every year the department recognizes graduate students for their research and teaching. Congratulations to the following departmental award recipients for 2021:

Wasby-Johnson Dissertation Award

Mauricio Betancourt De La Parra

Dawn Harfmann


Lawrence Carter Graduate Student Research Award

Kindra De’Arman


Joan Acker Graduate Fellowship

Jinsun Yang


Charles W. Hunt Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Michelle Alexander


Research Award for Publication

Mauricio Betancourt De La Parra: “The effect of Cuban agroecology in mitigating the metabolic rift: