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Sociology at CSU offers a rigorous graduate experience made possible by our being part of a large, public land-grant university in which faculty are accomplished nationally- and internationally-known researchers as well as committed teachers and advisors. Here we celebrate all three aspects of teaching, community engagement and research, and we blend them all in what we do. This allows for graduate research opportunities and skillset development that are very transferable into the marketplace.

Recent Graduate Research & Outreach

Environmental Health News features Azmal Hossan’s essay and podcast

By Sociology Communications | September 22, 2021

Ph.D student Azmal Hossan’s essay on water injustice in South Asia with a special focus on the India-Bangladesh water relationship was published by Environmental Health News on September 15, 2021. In his piece “Weaponization of water in South Asia,” Azmal focuses on how climate change and regional imbalanced political economic structure made water a double-edged […]

Humanity & Society publishes Emilia Ravetta’s research

By Sociology Communications | September 16, 2021

Ph.D. student Emilia Ravetta published “Mixed-status Families in Northern Arizona: An Inductive Analysis of Legal Clinic Participation and the Gendered Dynamics of Emotional Care Work” in Humanity & Society on September 16, 2021. Her and her co-author’s research was from Emilia’s master’s thesis that she did at Northern Arizona University. ABSTRACT Fear of deportation and […]

Yue Xu wins RSS 4-Minute Flash Talk Award

By Sociology Communications | August 24, 2021

The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) recognized PhD student Yue Xu as winner of the 4 Minute Flash Talk at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Society. Yue presented “Rise of Social Network Based Seafood Industrial Cluster and Rural Community Transformation in Zhoushan Islands of China.” RSS judges said, “Yue Xu in this talk explores the […]

Environmental Health News features Azmal Hossan’s Agents of Change cohort

By Sociology Communications | July 7, 2021

Last fall, Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan was accepted to the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice Fellowship, a joint initiative of George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and Environmental Health News. This spring, his cohort began a nine-month program to receive rigorous training on writing and publishing academic pieces on environmental health […]

Azmal Hossan & SESYNC Graduate Pursuit cohort write blogpost

By Sociology Communications | June 22, 2021

Originally published by National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) One Year Later: Climate gentrification Graduate Pursuit reflects on professional and personal growth Below, members of the Graduate Pursuit Pushed to the Edge: A Socio-Environmental Analysis of Climate Gentrification along the East Coast of the United States share what they’ve learned during their first year of working together on […]

Becca Chalit-Hernandez wins AFHVS Graduate Student Research Paper Award

By Sociology Communications | April 14, 2021

Ph.D. student Becca Chalit-Hernandez has been awarded the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) Graduate Student Research Paper Award for her paper, “Hunger Strikes and Differential Consciousness: Impure Contestation, Hunger, and the Building of Symbolic Futures.” AFHVS is a leading interdisciplinary food studies association. The committee for Becca’s prestigious award wrote, “This paper is […]

Azmal Hossan and Emilia Ravetta accepted for CSU Summer Extension Internship Program

By Sociology Communications | April 10, 2021

Two Sociology Ph.D. students have been accepted into the CSU Summer Extension Internship Program. The award for each internship is $4000 for ten weeks. Interns each make a final Extension program and poster presentation at CSU’s annual Extension Forum held on campus each fall. Emilia Ravetta was selected for the Larimer County Farmers’ Market internship. […]

Sociology graduate students successfully defend theses

By Sociology Communications | March 29, 2021

Emma Casey “Victimhood and Actorhood: Constructions of agency in anti-trafficking advocacy” Emma’s thesis identified and critically analyzed patterns among antitrafficking organizations in their constructions of victimhood and victim agency. Emma will continue her intellectual pursuits as a PhD student in sociology at Stanford University. Committee: Lynn Hempel, Tara Opsal, Tony Roberts, and Sammy Zahran (Economics).  […]

Emilia Ravetta and Thai Binh Tran accepted for Graduate Student Showcase

By Sociology Communications | November 18, 2020

Ph.D. student Emilia Ravetta and M.A. student Thai Binh Tran were accepted for CSU’s annual Graduate Student Showcase held virtually on November 18, 2020. Binh’s presented “Effects of Religion on Empowerment Rights: A Cross National Study.” Emilia presented “An Inductive Analysis of Mixed-status Families and Legal Clinic Participation.” In the Showcase’s new virtual platform, you can watch […]

Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan’s NSF-funded CONVERGE working group publishes agenda-setting paper on COVID-19 and food insecurity

By Sociology Communications | October 30, 2020

This summer Azmal Hossan began working with the COVID-19 and Food Insecurity interdisciplinary research group, one of the CONVERGE COVID-19 Working Groups for Public Health and Social Sciences Research. The groups’ projects are supported by the National Science Foundation-funded (NSF) Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) network and the CONVERGE facility at the Natural Hazards […]

2019 Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Bailey Mellott
Understanding First-Generation, Low-Income, Latino/a Student Networks: A Critical Exploration of Student Support at a Modern Land-Grant University

India Luxton
Mapping Movements: A Call for Qualitative Social Network Analysis (Co-author Josh Sbicca)

Chelsey Potter
Plastic Fantastic Lover: A Content Analysis of the Online Deviant Community of Sex Doll Owners: Research Proposal

Becca Clark-Hargreaves
Hunger Strikes and Carceral Resistance: Embodied Struggle, Discourse, and the Political Meaning-Making of Hunger

Yan Shan
Why the Chinese State Incorporates University-based Extension into its Agricultural Extension System?

2018–2019 Dissertation Defenses

Hannah Love   Advisor: Jeni Cross
The Social Process of Knowledge Creation in Science

Claudia Rosty   Advisor: Laura Raynolds
Fair Trade Certified Coffee Estates: Can Fair Trade USA Promote Workers’ Well-Being, Empowerment and Gender Equity in Brazilian and Nicaraguan Coffee Plantations?

Stacia Ryder   Advisor: Stephanie Malin
Mutliscalar Power, Conflict, and Procedural Justice in Regulating Colorado's Unconventional Oil and Gas Production

2018–2019 Theses Defenses

Becca Clark-Hargreaves   Advisor: Josh Sbicca
Hunger Strikes and Carceral Resistance: Discourse, Symbolic Contestation and the Political Meaning-Making of Hunger

Remo Macartney   Advisor: Lynn Hempel
Dramaturgy and Gender Performance in Fitness Spaces

Megan Parks   Advisor: Jeff Nowacki
Legal Financial Obligations: A Focal Concerns Perspective

Robert (RJ) Tuttle  Advisor: Prabha Unnithan
Dangerous Politics? An Analysis of the Relationship Between Political Affiliation and Assaults on Police Officers in American Counties


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