Sociology Newsletter 2/15/21-2/21/21 - https://mailchi.mp/2dcd4b0f3368/sociology-newsletter-21521-22121
Undergraduate majors in Sociology at UMass This is the dedicated page for the Department of Sociology at UMass Amherst. It is for current undergrads, grads, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of the department and the social sciences.
The first sociology course at the University of Massachusetts was taught in 1908 by Kenyon Leech Butterfield, President of the university from 1906 through 1924. Butterfield came to the university, then the Massachusetts Agricultural College (MAC), after a brief stint as President of the Rhode Island Agricultural College and with an established commitment to sociology. His undergraduate (BA, Michigan) and graduate degrees (PhD, MAC) were in rural sociology, and he brought with him a nearly messianic passion to improve the lives of the then-widely impoverished small family farmers and rural workers. His first course was titled "The Rural Community," and its progressive leanings were hinted at in the course description. Among the topics covered were "the present social conditions of farm people", and "social class and social status of the rural population." At the time, MAC had a total enrollment of exactly 239 men and 2 women. Shortly after this initial offering, in 1909, Butterfield instituted a completely new unit he named the Division of Social Science, centered around the departments of rural sociology and agricultural economics. From its inception, the Division of Social Science was a self-consciously uplifting and progressive enterprise. Many of the courses were explicitly dedicated to improving the lot of rural workers and small farmers. By the early 1920s, as many as eight undergraduate courses in rural sociology were being offered each semester, including such staples as "Rural Village and Town Sociology," "Rural Government," and "Rural Organization." Major topics in these three courses included the forming of class consciousness, criticism and evaluation of plans for improvement, and political institutions and rural betterment. Within 10 years of the first sociology course, the Division of Social Science was offering both an MA and a PhD in sociology. The first UMass MA degree in sociology was awarded in 1921 to Aaron Smith and the first PhD in 1932 to Ezra Morgan. In addition to Butterfield, faculty before WWI included professors Newell Sims, James Cutler, John Phelan, Joseph Novitski, and John Skinner. Like Butterfield, all were activists in the progressive movement. The modern era of sociology at UMass began with Henry Korson’s arrival from Yale in 1944. At this time, the university still had fewer than 1,000 students. Korson became the head and only member of a new freestanding UMass Department of Sociology. Within a few years John Manfredi, Edwin Driver, and T.O. Wilkinson joined Korson, and these four formed the core of the department until the explosive growth of sociology that began in the early 1960s. Between 1963 and 1974, faculty size increased from 10 to 31, including a number of people who were already or became distinguished scholars. Among these were Milton Gordon, Lewis Killian, Charles Page, Alice Rossi, and Peter Rossi, Hans Speier, William J. Wilson, and Jay Demerath, who came from Wisconsin as chairperson. Under the directorship of Doug Anderton, the Department’s Social and Demographic Research Institute (SADRI) continues on the path blazed by Pete Rossi, and even earlier by Butterfield, with the mandate to carry out empirical and applied policy research on issues of broad public concern (see www.umass.edu/sadri). The Demerath era was capped in 1983 when the National Research Council report on graduate programs ranked UMass sociology 18th in the nation, eleventh among public universities. UMass sociology remains tied to our progressive origins, blending the tools of contemporary sociological research with our historical legacy. - Brief history of the department as told by former long-term chair, Randall Stokes
Mission: News, announcements, and events about the UMass Sociology department.
Sociology Newsletter 2/15/21-2/21/21 - https://mailchi.mp/2dcd4b0f3368/sociology-newsletter-21521-22121
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Welcome Back! Sociology Newsletter 2/1/21-2/6/21 - https://mailchi.mp/04a02b4f8809/welcome-back-sociology-newsletter-2121-2621
Sociology Newsletter - End of the Semester! - https://mailchi.mp/9023d5cf5967/sociology-newsletter-end-of-the-semester
What class do you currently TA for? I'm a TA for Soc 329: Social Movements with Professor Millie Thayer! How did you find out about this opportunity? I had Professor Thayer for Junior Year Writing last semester. I had a lot of fun with the material in that class, and over the summer Professor Thaye...
Sociology Newsletter 11/16/20-11/21/20 - https://mailchi.mp/d578b041e9f3/sociology-newsletter-111620-112120
What kind of research do you do? I do mostly quantitative research using survey data. The project that I’m working on now uses the American Time Use Survey which has data on tens of thousands of people looking at how they use their time over the last fifteen or so years. How did you come to the ...
Sociology Newsletter 11/9/20-11/14/20 - https://mailchi.mp/bc8dae9bd718/sociology-newsletter-11920-111420
Sociology Newsletter 11/2/2020-11/7/2020 - https://mailchi.mp/5d3918f5b835/sociology-newsletter-1122020-1172020
I am teaching Sociology 106 "Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity" with 150 students. I also teach one course a semester for the East Asian Languages and Cultures program, in this case, Asian Studies 397B "Bridging Asia and Asian America."
Sociology Newsletter 10/26/20-10/31/20 - https://mailchi.mp/17c377bbf6fe/sociology-newsletter-102620-103120
What is your favorite hobby to do during your free time? Either playing soccer, or creating music with friends. Fun fact about yourself? Why did you choose Sociology or the subfield of sociology? What's your focus/ research on in the program? What made you decide to go to grad school? If you could...
Sociology Newsletter 10/19/20-10/24/20 - https://mailchi.mp/dcda9087e7f9/sociology-newsletter-101920-102420
What kind of research/projects do you work with? I do research on organizations, and how they shape the possibilities for equitable work and production of knowledge. If we want to understand who has the power to shape new technologies based on artificial intelligence in ways that disrupt rather than...
Sociology Newsletter 10/12/2020-10/16-2020 - https://mailchi.mp/ed967390bf8b/sociology-newsletter-10122020-1016-2020
Midterms are rough; you deserve a break! Join us for the Sociology Mid-Semester Break on October 14th. Drop-in between 1-3 PM on Zoom to hang out, play games, and connect with other sociology majors!
Sociology Newsletter 10/5/20-10/9/20 - https://mailchi.mp/1c05af46171e/sociology-newsletter-10520-10920
My work consists of a series of mixed-methods projects at the intersection of crime, power, and intersectional inequality, linked by a single thread: the problem of how state crimes and crime control actions produce and perpetuate power relations. I have written on how racial, ethnic, and gendered v...
Sociology Newsletter: 9/28/20-10/2/20 - https://mailchi.mp/88127423388a/sociology-newsletter-92820-10220
Broadly speaking, I do research on gender stratification and family labor. Most of my projects address connections between household structure, family labor, and women’s opportunity in the labor markets. In my work I have addressed Latin American countries and the United States.
Sociology Newsletter 9/21/20-9/25/20 - https://mailchi.mp/95a1cf13d5a1/sociology-newsletter-92120-92520
Sociology Newsletter 9/14/20-9/18/20 - https://mailchi.mp/4a66b7d61cf0/sociology-newsletter-91420-91820
Sociology Newsletter 9/7/20-9/11/20 - https://mailchi.mp/897899001f71/sociology-newsletter-9720-91120
Sociology Newsletter 8/31/20 - 9/4/20 - https://mailchi.mp/878ddbe310a7/sociology-newsletter-83120-9420
Sociology Newsletter 4/27/20-5/3/20 - https://mailchi.mp/2beaa21b1eec/sociology-newsletter-42720-5320
Sociology Newsletter Special Edition - Award Winners! - https://mailchi.mp/dc88d1b28d2d/sociology-newsletter-special-edition-award-winners
To the class of 2020, our friends, our family, our professors, and every single person who has played a part, big or small, in our time at UMASS Amherst:
Sociology Newsletter 4/20/20-4/26/20 - https://mailchi.mp/6ebe69a11ee2/sociology-newsletter-42020-42620
Sociology Newsletter 4/13/20-4/19/20 - https://mailchi.mp/f4e40ce9c8d0/sociology-newsletter-41320-41920
While targeted for sophomores, first-years students in their second semester as well as juniors & seniors will be allowed after sophomore registration ends (or by instructor consent).
Sociology Newsletter 4/6/20-4/12/20 - https://mailchi.mp/b34fa60dd553/sociology-newsletter-4620-41220
Eligibility: Targeted at sophomores. First-years students in their second semester as well as juniors & seniors will be allowed after sophomore registration ends (or by instructor consent).
Sociology Newsletter 3/30/20-4/5/20 - https://mailchi.mp/591ef3a621c8/sociology-newsletter-33020-4520
Sociology Newsletter - 3/23/20-3/29/20 - https://mailchi.mp/390cf1a5cc7d/sociology-newsletter-32320-32920
Sociology Majors: Your advisors (Alyssa, Kat, and Terra) are still here for you! We are available for appointments via phone, email, and Zoom while you are away. As always, you can schedule with us here: https://umass.campus.eab.com/
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Sociology Newsletter 3/9/20-3/15/20 - https://mailchi.mp/03e1d7e76584/sociology-newsletter-3920-31520
UMass Sociology professor, Ofer Sharone, is quoted in a huffpost.com article, “How Many Months Does It Take To Find A Job?”
There's a tipping point when the job search gets much harder.
UMass Sociology presents Tina Wildhagen on Wednesday, March 4 at 11:30am in Thompson 919 - Rossi Room
Wildhagen's talk is titled A Conduit for Power: The First-Generation Category as Disciplinary Force and Tool in the Struggle for Institutional Legitimacy.
Tina Wildhagen | A Conduit for Power: The First-Generation Category as Disciplinary Force and Tool in the Struggle for Institutional Legitimacy
Sociology Newsletter 2/24/20-3/1/20 - https://mailchi.mp/a955e002e766/sociology-newsletter-22420-3120
In this interactive keynote presentation,Teaching for Black Lives, Dr. Dyan Watson and Dr. Wayne Au, two editors of the book, Teaching for Black Lives, will discuss their book and the overall project of making Black lives matter in schools. This presentation will include a discussion between Dr. W...
Sociology Newsletter 2/18/20-2/23/20 - https://mailchi.mp/beaca8c6f3d9/sociology-newsletter-21820-22320
UMass Sociology presents Elena Shih on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:30am in Thompson 919 - Rossi Room
Shih's talk is titled The Trafficking Deportation Pipeline: Asian Body Work and the Auxiliary Policing of Racialized Poverty.
Sociology Newsletter 2/10/2020-2/16/2020 - https://mailchi.mp/9299e74627ff/sociology-newsletter-2102020-2162020
Sociology Newsletter 2/3/20-2/9/20 - https://mailchi.mp/4241e82fe372/sociology-newsletter-2320-2920
Sociology Newsletter 1/27/19-2/2/19 - https://mailchi.mp/b76eb30afc57/sociology-newsletter-12719-2219
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