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
Sharon Nepstad

Letter from the Chair, Dr. Sharon Nepstad

Our department includes 15 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.

Recent Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Yukich, Grace, Brad R. Fulton and Richard L. Wood. 2019. “Representative Group Styles: How Ally Immigrant Rights Organizations Promote Immigrant Involvement," Social Problems. DOI: 10.1093/socpro/spz025.

Wilson, Eli R. 2019. “Managing Portfolio Lives: Flexibility and Privilege Amongst Upscale Restaurant Workers in Los AngelesQualitative Sociology.

Wilson, Eli. 2019. “Tip Work: Examining the Relational Dynamics of Tipping Beyond the Service Counter,” Symbolic Interaction. DOI: 10.1002/SYMB.413.

Henderson, Loren, Assata Zerai and Rebecca Morrow. 2017. “Intimate Partner Violence and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Status among Ever-Married and Cohabiting Zimbabwean Women: An Examination of Partners’ Traits," African Journal of Reproductive Health, 21(4): 45-54.

Zerai, Assata. 2017. “Millennium Development Goals Shortfalls in Zimbabwe: Access to Water and Sanitation, and Early Childhood Morbidity," Development Southern Africa, 34(6):802-824.

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