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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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Costly Failure: new report co-authored by UO Sociology doctoral candidate tackles online charter schools

A new report from In the Public Interest that argues that California is wasting over $600 million a year on nonclassroom-based charter schools is gaining national attention with its recent mention in the Washington Post.

The report is co-authored by UO Associate Professor Gordon Lafer (Labor Education & Research Center) and doctoral candidate Larissa Petrucci (Sociology), alongside co-authors from In the Public Interest, and reveals that despite the high costs of these nonclassroom-based programs paid by California taxpayers, the educational outcomes of online charter schools are


March 3, 6:00 PM: MNCH Virtual Ideas on Tap featuring Dr. Claire Herbert

UO Sociology Professor Claire Herbert will be presenting as part of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Virtual Ideas on Tap series tomorrow, Wednesday March 3rd at 6:00 PM. Her talk, titled “Housing Instability and Eugene’s Vulnerable Populations,” will offer a look at Eugene’s affordable housing crisis and what it means for the city’s students, former prisoners, and others at risk for experiencing houselessness.

MNCH is offering three ways to watch: you can register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on the MNCH Facebook page, or catch it later on


Sociology Snippets – Winter 2021, Week 8

Winter 2021 Week 8

…and now we’re in the thick of Week 8.  We hope you’re doing well!  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 student funding, and