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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

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 […]

Ph.D. student Kellie Alexander presents research for hazing prevention

By Sociology Communications | November 7, 2019

Ph.D. student Kellie Alexander presented her research at CSU’s “Research & Assessment Dialogues – Using multi-level assessment to gain understanding, educate, and transform: End Hazing @ CSU” event held in November on campus. The meeting was hosted by Dave McKelfresh in CSU Student Affairs. Kellie presented three research initiatives she has taken part in to assess […]

Faculty and graduate students present at 2019 Western Social Science Association Conference

By Sociology Communications | April 17, 2019

Western Social Science Association’s (WSSA) 61st annual conference was held in San Diego in April.  Shawna Bendeck presented “The Effects of Aging Out of Foster Care on Social Capital and Life Outcomes: A Mixed Methods Study of Experiences and Outcomes.” India Luxton (pictured) presented “Mapping Movements: A Call for Qualitative Social Network Analysis.” Bailey Mellott also attended the conference, […]

Faculty and Graduate Students present at ACJS

By Sociology Communications | March 17, 2019

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) conference was held in Baltimore in March. “Justice, Human Rights, and Activism” was the theme of ACJS’s 56th Annual Meeting. Several faculty and graduate students along with one undergraduate attended and cheered on Prabha Unnithan as he was inducted as the 2019–2020 ACJS president. Shown above from left: Ian Greenwood, Jeff Nowacki, Megan […]

CSU’s Fostering Success Program benefits from research by Tara Opsal and M.A. student Rebecca Eman

By Sociology Communications | November 5, 2018

New peer mentoring program created as part of Fostering Success Article by Drew Smith. Originally published on Source. A new mentoring program has been formed for CSU students who were foster youth or otherwise separated from their parents. The Fostering Success Program was started at CSU in 2010 for students from independent backgrounds. This includes […]

Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan collaborates with South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

By Sociology Communications | October 31, 2018

Ph.D. student Azmal Hossan is an Early Career Research Fellow at the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, University of Oklahoma. As part of the fellowship, Hossan attended the Fall Science Working Group Meeting held in Dallas/Fort Worth in 2018 and 2019. He is collaborating on a project titled, “Enhancing Resilience of Indigenous, Rural and Vulnerable Communities.” […]

India Luxton awarded grant for program evaluation in Costa Rica

By Sociology Communications | October 8, 2018

Graduate Student India Luxton will investigate the learning practices of an education abroad course and student reported impacts on learning

Azmal Hossan accepted for CSU’s InTERFEWS program

By Carmen Ruyle Hardy | May 17, 2019

Azmal Hossan has been accepted for CSU’s Interdisciplinary Training, Education, and Research in Food-Energy-Water Systems (InTERFEWS) program. Dr. Stephanie Malin worked to secure National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for CSU (scroll this article), and will be his program mentor. Azmal is one of only eight CSU Ph.D. students selected. His four-year training begins this fall.

Carolyn Conant’s paper accepted in CSU Anthro’s Graduate Student Society journal

By Carmen Ruyle Hardy | May 17, 2019

Carolyn Conant’s paper, “The Legacy of Classical Sociological Theory: Androcentrism and Universalism In the Tradition of the Canon,” has been accepted for inclusion in the CSU Anthropology Graduate Student Society’s 9th edition of the online journal Furthering Perspectives. “The paper displays great rigor, sophistication, and engagement with sociological theory and the canon in particular.” – excerpt from the reviewer

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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