February 28: Considering Graduate School?

Wed., Feb. 28, 6:30-7:30pm, Eddy 117

Join current grad students and our directors to talk about Sociology’s programs in Environment & Natural Resources; Food, Agriculture & Development; Crime, Law & Deviance; Social Justice & Governance. ALL majors welcome, free pizza. RSVP encouraged at soccomm@colostate.edu

March 21: Why Sociology?

Wed., March 21, 6:30-7:30pm, Eddy 200

Find out about career paths in General Sociology, Criminology/Criminal Justice and Environmental Sociology. ALL majors welcome, free pizza, RSVP encouraged atsoccomm@colostate.edu

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: Why the Middle Matters: A Conversation about Land, Labor, and New Forms of Capital in American Agriculture

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