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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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Professor Richard York publishes new article in Nature Sustainability

Congratulations to Dr. Richard York on the publication of his article, “Poultry and fish and aquatic invertebrates have not displaced other meat sources,” in the high-impact journal Nature Sustainability! In this paper, Dr. York identifies an empirical puzzle of global environmental consequence regarding the production and consumption of animal meats and applies the “displacement paradox” – a concept he identified with energy use nearly a decade ago – to this puzzle of meat consumption. The Academic Times describes Dr. York’s analysis in their recent


Colloquium with Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Friday May 7th

This Friday, May 7th, the renowned environmental justice scholar, Dr. Dorceta Taylor, will be (virtually) visiting the University of Oregon. There are three events planned featuring Dr. Taylor:

10:45-11:45 – Anti-Racism Strategies Panel 12:00-1:30 – Sociology Colloquium: “Untold Stories of the Conservation Movement: Race, Power, and Privilege.” 1:45-2:45 – Meeting with graduate students (open to grad students from all departments)

Please email for the Zoom meeting information if you would like to participate in any or all of these events.

Sociology Snippets – Spring 2021, Week 6

Sociology Snippets

Spring 2021 Week 6


Lots going on at this point in the term so feel free to participate!

This Soc Snippets contains the following sections:







Webinar on “Housing and the Unhoused Crisis in Eugeneon May 12th at 3pm. Key community leaders will be speaking at this informational panel put on by Sociology Club and Peer Leaders. The webinar will feature a former city council member, VP of Eugene City Council, a Lane County Commissioner, a Human Rights Committee member and ...