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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 Soc professor quoted in report on Gen Z housing trends

A recent report on Gen Z renters (those born between 1997 and 2012) shows that the trending locations preferred by Gen Z are small towns in the heartland, in the Midwest as well as in parts of the South, according to data analysis by RentCafe. The authors interview UO Professor Jill Ann Harrison (Sociology), who explains that

“Younger people are willing to trade off living in a crowded, bustling city for having more space at home. Many of these Heartland places are also much closer to their hometowns, too, enabling a tighter intergenerational connection which is more valued among younger


Panel discussion on International Jobs in Sociology

Friday, May 21, 2021 10:00 AM PDT via Zoom

Considering an international career in Sociology? Join Dr. Aliya Hamid Rao (London School of Economics), Dr. Jessica Tollette (IE University, Madrid), and Dr. Erynn Masi de Casanova (American Sociological Association) for a discussion about applying for Sociology jobs abroad. The panel will focus on jobs requiring a Ph.D., but earlier career students are welcome to attend. Please email to request the Zoom meeting info.


Our Guest Presenters:

Dr. Aliya


Sociology Snippets – Winter 2021, Week 10

You’ve made it to Week 10!  You’ve got what it takes to complete exam week that’s up next—good luck with it.  This Soc Snippets contains the following sections:







CURE Applications Open – Undergrad Research Funding (due April 16th)

CURE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) and First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) awards fund full-time undergraduate summer research conducted under the mentorship of a UO faculty. SURF offers $4000 funding, and FYRE provides $4000