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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

Azmal Hossan accepted to Agents of Change in Environmental Health Fellowship

By Sociology Communications | October 2, 2020

Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan has been accepted to the Agents of Change in Environmental Health Fellowship, a joint initiative of George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health and Environmental Health News. In spring 2020, his cohort will begin a nine-month program to receive rigorous training on writing and publishing academic pieces on environmental health […]

KuoRay Mao and Nefratiri Weeks publish research on environment and politics in China

By Sociology Communications | September 15, 2020

Dr. KuoRay Mao and Ph.D. student Nefratiri Weeks co-published three recent articles. KuoRay Mao, Shuqin Jin, Yu Hu, Nefratiri Weeks & Liangjun Ye “Environmental Conservation or the Treadmill of Law: A Case Study of the Post-2014 Husbandry Waste Regulations in China” – International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Read it here ABSTRACT As industrialized animal agriculture expanded […]

Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan invited to attend Global Environment Summer Academy and Gender, Disaster and Climate Risk Summer School

By Sociology Communications | April 30, 2020

Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan has been invited to attend two prestigious summer schools at renowned European universities. Global Environment Summer Academy 2020 is jointly organized by the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and the Global Diversity Foundation. The Academy was to be held at the University of Oxford in the UK this fall. It […]

Kellie Alexander and Tara Opsal publish hazing research in Deviant Behavior

By Sociology Communications | April 30, 2020

Deviant Behavior published “‘That’s Just What You Do’: Applying the Techniques of Neutralization to College Hazing” by Ph.D. student Kellie Alexander and Associate Professor Tara Opsal. ABSTRACT Hazing is a prevalent behavior on college campuses that is harmful and can be dangerous, yet remains understudied in sociological literature. While research demonstrates that a majority of […]

Joshua Sbicca and Ph.D. student Becca Clark-Hargreaves present at annual American Association of Geographers Meeting

By Sociology Communications | April 26, 2020

Joshua Sbicca and Ph.D. student Becca Clark-Hargreaves organized and participated in a virtual session in April for the annual American Association of Geographers Meeting. The session was titled “Food and Carceral Intersections: From Geographies of Confinement to Enactments of Abolition.” There were over forty participants who attended this session.

Kellie Alexander and Tara Opsal publish chapter on fracking in Routledge handbook

By Sociology Communications | April 16, 2020

“Fracking the Rockies: The production of harm” by Ph.D. student Kellie Alexander, Tara O’Connor Shelley (Tarleton State University) and Associate Professor Tara Opsal is chapter 19 in the Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology. Find out more about the book here.

Routledge publishes KuoRay Mao’s and Ph.D. student Yan Shan’s chapter on green criminology

By Sociology Communications | April 16, 2020

KuoRay Mao, Yiliang Zhu, Zhong Zhao, and Ph.D. student Yan Shan’s work “Authoritarian environmentalism and environmental regulation enforcement: A case study of medical waste crime in Northwestern China” is chapter 21 in the Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology. Find out more about the book here.

M.A. Student Severin Mangold publishes research in Social Sciences

By Sociology Communications | February 13, 2020

Social Sciences published research by M.A. student Severin Mangold and co-authors Chelsey Willoughby and Toralf Zschau (both University of North Georgia). Their paper is titled “Small Houses, Big Community: Tiny Housers’ Desire for More Cohesive and Collaborative Communities.” ABSTRACT Past research on the tiny house movement has primarily focused on understanding the individual motivations behind […]

NSF grants funding to Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan

By Sociology Communications | January 24, 2020

Azmal Hossan’s interdisciplinary Graduate Pursuit team’s proposal “Pushed to the Edge: A Socio-Environmental Analysis of Climate Gentrification along the East Coast of the United States” has been selected for National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. This 18-month research project is comprised of seven Ph.D. students from seven different universities. Joshua Sbicca is one of two mentors […]

Ph.D. student Kelsea MacIlroy interviewed by Time and others after The Nature Conservancy releases her report on Western Slope water conservation

By Sociology Communications | December 10, 2019

Ph.D. student Kelsea MacIlroy’s work looks at social and cultural perceptions of Demand Management on the Western Slope – something that has not been previously studied. The Nature Conservancy funded her research, and in December they released her report “Exploring Perceptions of a Voluntary Agricultural Water Conservation Program on the Western Slope of Colorado.” She […]

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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