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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

PLOS Global Public Health publishes Azmal Hossan & cohort’s COP27 article

By Sociology Communications | December 5, 2022

Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan’s invited commentary paper on COP27, climate justice, and planetary health has been published in PLOS Global Public Health. In “Achieving climate justice, safeguarding planetary health: Diagnosis and demands from next generation leaders for COP27 and beyond,” Hossan and his co-authors critically examine the ongoing global climate change negotiation in the form […]

Forbes interviews PhD student Azmal Hossan about climate justice

By Sociology Communications | July 28, 2022

Young Climate Justice Activists Are Fighting For Our Collective Survival Article by Madhukar Pai. Originally published by Forbes. Wildfires, heatwaves, droughts, and floods. Climate change is a code red for humankind. But politicians and world leaders are yet to take strong, decisive, collective action. Young people are nervously watching the lack of action by grown-ups. They are […]

India Luxton’s research published by Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad

By Sociology Communications | April 26, 2022

Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad has published Ph.D. student India Luxton’s research article “High Impact Learning in a Short-Term Study Abroad Program.” Co-authors are Dr. Rodolfo Valdes-Vasquez and Dr. Mehmet Egemen Ozbek (both Construction Management, CSU) and Laura Thornes (Education Abroad, CSU). This research is the outcome of a grant India received in […]

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin publishes Chris Moloney and Prabha Unnithan’s cybercrime research

By Sociology Communications | April 6, 2022

Dr. Chris Moloney has published his dissertation research in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. His article “Assessing Law Enforcement’s Cybercrime Capacity and Capability” is co-authored by Prabha Unnithan and Dr. Weiqi Zhang (Suffolk University in Boston). Chris successfully defended his dissertation in Fall 2021. The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (LEB) is read by midlevel to executive managers […]

GTIs diversify Sociology’s classrooms while upholding CSU’s teaching mission

By Sociology Communications | March 14, 2022

Article by Carmen Ruyle Hardy. Originally published on SOURCE as part of the College of Liberal Arts’ feature,“CLA GRADUATE STUDENTS: THINKERS, MAKERS, AND LEADERS OF TOMORROW: Stories of research, scholarship, and creative artistry by graduate students at Colorado State University”  “Nefratiri has not only been one of my favorite professors in the Sociology department, but one of […]

Azmal Hossan co-hosts Agents of Change podcast “Unconventional Pathways to Science”

By Sociology Communications | March 2, 2022

Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan co-hosted part two of a special series of Agents of Change podcasts titled “Unconventional Pathways to Science.” He joined co-host Cielo Sharkus, Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for a conversation with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, one of the world’s leading climate scientists and climate change […]

Azmal Hossan’s internship experiences with Western Slope water conservation published by Colorado Water

By Sociology Communications | February 24, 2022

Azmal Hossan’s storytelling piece titled “A Tale of Water Conservation Efforts of a CSU Agriculture Experiment Station” has been published in Colorado Water, a publication of Colorado Water Center. Azmal highlights his practical field experiences as a CSU Summer Extension Intern last year as he discusses the importance of community engagement to conserve water in […]

Himal Southasians publishes Azmal Hossan’s research on environmental justice

By Sociology Communications | December 29, 2021

Azmal Hossan’s article “Thirst for Energy: Where does Bangladesh go?” has been published by Himal Southasians, a Colombo, Sri Lanka based non-fiction magazine covering politics, culture, ecology of South Asia. After reading his essay on water injustice in South Asia, they invited Azmal to write about the ecology of Bangladesh for their special issue celebrating the country’s […]

Kellie Alexander and Jeff Nowacki’s research on gender & promotion in policing published by Feminist Criminology

By Sociology Communications | December 24, 2021

Ph.D. student Kellie Alexander and Dr. Jeff Nowacki’s research “Women in power? Examining gender and promotion in policing through an organizational perspective” was published December 24, 2021 by Feminist Criminology. ABSTRACT Women bring important strengths to the field of policing, such as communication skills, the ability to lead teams, as well as the ability to coach and nurture subordinates. […]

Prison Agriculture Lab launched by Joshua Sbicca, Becca Chalit Hernandez, Azmal Hossan, Julia Kovacs

By Sociology Communications | December 15, 2021

Joshua Sbicca has launched the Prison Agriculture Lab, a collaborative space for inquiry and action that focuses on agricultural practices within the criminal punishment system. Our research and advocacy focus on place, power, inequality, and resistance. We are informed by scholarship, art, and activism that challenges racial capitalism and advances food justice and abolition. Given […]

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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