April 13: Sociology Graduate Student Symposium

Friday, April 1310am–12pm, location TBA

Please join us to hear Sociology graduate students present their work on a wide variety of topics.

Graduate students: contact Ian Greenwood to secure your time slot! 

March 2: “Tools for Managing Controversy and Conflict in the Undergraduate Classroom”

Friday, March 2, 10:30–11:30am, Clark B252

Presented by Dr. Tara Opsal, Associate Professor of Sociology & the Director of Undergraduate Studies and  Pat Mahoney, Senior Teaching Appointment, both in the Department of Sociology, Colorado State University.

Our Spring 2018 Sociology-in-Progress (SIP) Colloquia are free and do not require registration. Please join us!

April 20: “Can REDD+ achieve its goals? Insights from research on forests and climate in the tropics”

Friday, April 20, 12–1:30pm, LSC 304

Presented by Dr. William Sunderlin, Center for International Forestry/SUNY-ESF.

Our Spring 2018 Sociology-in-Progress (SIP) Colloquia are free and do not require registration. Please join us!

April 27: Spring Sociology-in-Progress event

Friday, April 27, 12–1:30pm, LSC 226-228

Title TBD. Presented by Dr. Kathryn De Master, University of California-Berkeley.

Our Spring 2018 Sociology-in-Progress (SIP) Colloquia are free and do not require registration. Please join us!

Sociology’s Dr. Laura Raynolds Awarded Top Honor by College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Laura Raynolds was awarded the 2017–2018 John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Award in the College of Liberal Arts.

As Dean Withers wrote to Laura in his award letter, “the award recognizes a career of outstanding achievement in research/creativity, teaching and service that has brought recognition….to the Department, College, and University.” Laura will be recognized publicly for this award at the CLA Faculty/Staff Meeting and Celebration in the spring.


Professor Laura Raynolds is the world’s foremost scholar on Fair Trade and one of the most prominent scholars of alternative agro-food networks more broadly.

She brought to this new field her strong analytical vision, recognition of key researchable questions, and strong qualitative and quantitative research skills. Professor Raynolds’ scholarly work has earned her widespread international recognition which enhances the reputation of the department and the university.


Professor Raynolds is sought after as an advisor and mentor because of her reputation in the field, her passion for the subject, and her dedication to her students. 


Raynolds has a very strong international presence built over the years not only by her scholarly publications but by her successful efforts to bring her academic findings to the attention of broader publics.

As colleagues, we benefit every day from her dedication and passion for her work, as a department our reputation is continually enhanced by her work.

“Professor Raynolds is an exemplary scholar, mentor, and departmental leader.”  

– excerpts from nomination form

Two Sociology PhD Students Recognized for Excellence in Research, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at CSU’s Fall 2017 GradShow

Sociology PhD students Sneha Kadyan and Hannah Love received awards in CSU’s 2017 Graduate Showcase. The GradShow awards recognize excellence in research, creativity and entrepreneurship in a variety of categories. The 2017 winners were announced by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research Nov. 9 at a reception that followed a day of presentations and professional development.

Hannah was named a Research Top Scholar for the Undergraduate Choice Award from the Graduate School and the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry. 

Sneha was named a Top Scholar for the Global Impact: Global Research Award from the Office of International Programs.

Hannah’s and Sneha’s posters and abstracts will be in the CSU Digital Repository, a service of Colorado State University Libraries, providing online access to the research and scholarship of CSU’s faculty, students, and staff.

“What an inspiring day! Thank you for your willingness to share your work and engage with judges. The session was full of conversation, energy and new connections.”  – Dr. Jodie Redditti Hanzlik, Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School

Click here for additional information and a video of the GradShow.

Sociology Professors and Their Teams Win Highly Competitive Research Awards

Drs. Michael Carolan and Jeni Cross are Co-PIs of two winning Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships (CIP) teams sponsored by the Office for the Vice President for Research (OVPR). These highly competitive research awards of $200,000 each for three years were presented to five interdisciplinary teams of researchers from across the colleges of CSU. Click here to read more about the awards or on the titles below for details on the projects.


Dr. Michael Carolan, Co-PI Dr. Becca Jablonski (Agricultural and Resource Economics, Food Systems Extension) and their research team project seek to understand how food system strategies can contribute to social, cultural, human, political, physical, natural, and financial capital in rural communities.


Dr. Jeni Cross, PI Dr. Deana Davos (Psychology) and Co-PIs Agniescza Z. Burzynska (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences), Dr. Laura Malinin (Design & Merchandising), Dr. Lindsey Wilhelm (Music, Theatre and Dance) and Dr. Wendy Wood (Occupational Therapy) are expanding their team’s B Sharp research program. B Sharp is a highly-innovative interdisciplinary, community-initiated program research effort designed to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.