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Dr. Jessica Goodkind receives the New Mexico Humanitarian Award

Dr. Jessica Goodkind receives the New Mexico Humanitarian Award

Jessica Goodkind has been named a recipient of the New Mexico Humanitarian Award, sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque. This honor is for her work with the Refugee Wellbeing Project.

Coverage of Dr. Elizabeth Korver-Glenn's research

Coverage of Dr. Elizabeth Korver-Glenn's research

Research by Dr. Elizabeth Korver-Glenn explores the persistence of residential segregation, namely how real estate brokerages unwittingly perpetuate housing discrimination. Click to read coverage of her recent study.

Dr. Nancy Lopez discusses poverty in New Mexico

Dr. Nancy Lopez discusses poverty in New Mexico

Dr. Nancy Lopez joins a KUNM panel discussion to talk about how we define and measure poverty. Click to listen.

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. 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.

Faculty Books