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Christopher Lyons and María Vélez Talk Crime on KUNM

Christopher Lyons and María Vélez Talk Crime on KUNM

UNM sociologists, Christopher Lyons and María Vélez spoke with Stephen Spitz about crime in Albuquerque. Click to listen.

Dr. Nancy Lopez on the U.S. Census

Dr. Nancy Lopez on the U.S. Census

Dr. Nancy Lopez discusses how the U.S. Census confuses race and ethnicity.

The Faces of a Human Crisis

The Faces of a Human Crisis

Read about the important work being done by the Refugee Well-Being Program, led by project director and UNM sociologist, Jessica Goodkind

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 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.

Recent Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Broidy, Lisa and Wayne Santoro. 2017. "General Strain Theory and Racial Insurgency: Assessing the Role of Legitimate Coping," Justice Quarterly:1-28. doi: 10.1080/07418825.2017.1327610

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: 1-18.

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, edited by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret Andersen. Plymouth, MA: Cengage Learning.

Whooley, Owen. 2016. “Measuring Mental Disorders: The Failed Commensuration Project of DSM-5,” Social Science & Medicine, 166:33-40.