UNM Department of Sociology
Our Department is actively engaged in research and teaching, and maintains a strong commitment to diversity in our graduate and undergraduate education. Our mission is to advance the comprehension of society, and explain and analyze human relationships, social institutions, and the dynamics of social change. Our faculty engages major sociological issues of global, national, and regional significance.
The fascination of Sociology lies in the fact
that its perspective makes us see in a new light
the very world in which we have lived all our lives.
~ Peter Berger
An Invitation to Sociology
Letter from the Chair, Dr. Sharon Nepstad
Our department includes 21 full-time faculty members, approximately 50 graduate students, and approximately 1,000 undergraduate majors in Sociology and Criminology. Ours is a rich and diverse intellectual community. The interests of our faculty are wide ranging, from macrosocial comparative studies of globalization in different countries to qualitative research about gender and race interactions in schools to studies of crime patterns in urban neighborhoods.
Awards & Honors
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Recent Journal Articles & Book Chapters
Broidy, Lisa and Wayne Santoro. Forthcoming. General Strain Theory and Racial Insurgency: Assessing the Role of Legitimate Coping. Justice Quarterly.
Huyser, Kimberly R., Gabriel R. Sanchez*, and Edward D. Vargas*. 2016. “Civic Engagement and Political Participation among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States.” Politics, Groups and Identities. (DOI:10.1080/21565503.2016.1148058).
López, Nancy. 2016. “Contextualizing Lived Race-Gender and the Racialized Gendered Social Determinants of Health, in Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape, Fourth Edition. Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret Andersen, coeditors, Plymouth, MA: Cengage Learning, estimated print date of October 2015. Reprint granted from Rutgers University Press for chapter from Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research, Laura Gómez and Nancy López, editors, Piscataway, NJ; Rutgers University Press, pp. 179-211. Permission is requested for North America distribution, in print format and English language for 10,000 copies.
Painter-Davis, Noah. 2015. Forthcoming. “Immigration Effects on Violence Contextualized: The Role of Immigrant Destination Type and Race/Ethnicity.” Sociological Perspectives.