Our Research Mission & Values
Inspired by Colorado State University’s land-grant heritage, the Sociology Department support’s CSU’s commitment to excellence and to setting the standard for public research university research for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States and the world. Sociology at CSU has a long tradition of high quality research in support of effective solutions to complex social, economic development and environmental problems.
- Our Sociology Department supports four research centers that actively contribute to CSU’s Tier 1 interdisciplinary community of faculty and graduate.
- Sociology faculty members blend their research, teaching and outreach/engagement, bringing to their classrooms up-to-date knowledge and expertise about current societal problems and providing unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work with them on research.
- Sociology faculty are University leaders in “engaged scholarship,” which is encouraged by Colorado State University as a Carnegie Elective Classified University for Engagement. According to Carnegie, “Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”
Recent Books & Publications
Crime, Law and Social Change published Matt Greife and Michael Maume’s paper “Do companies pay the price for environmental crimes? Consequences of criminal penalties on […]Read More
Jeni Cross publishes chapter on regenerative development in Routledge’s latest book on climate change research
Jeni Cross and Josette Plaut bring together designers, practitioners & social scientists in their chapter of Routledge’s latest book on climate change research. Their chapter […]Read More
Society & Natural Resources published Lynn Hempel and Ph.D. student Keith Smith’s paper “Evangelical Protestantism, Politics, and the Environment: When and How Do Biblical Beliefs Matter?” ABSTRACT […]Read More
Awards & Honors
Pat Hastings and co-authors Daniel Schneider and Joe LaBriola, both at University of California-Berkeley, have been awarded the American Sociological Association (ASA) 2019 Family Section Article of the Year Award for “Income Inequality and Class Divides in Parental Investments.” The study was published by American Sociological Review in May 2018. The award will be presented to Hastings and his colleagues […]
Michael Carolan has been selected for a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award. This is among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program and requires candidates be eminent scholars with significant publication and teaching records. Find out more about the program here. Dr. Carolan will spend the next 12 months conducting a cross-cultural comparison between Canada […]
Dr. Prabha Unnithan was one of two winners of 2018-2019 John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Awards. Many thanks to Dr. Mike Hogan,Dr. KuoRay Mao, Dr. Josh Sbicca, and Dr. Pete Taylor nominating Dr. Unnithan. The Stern Award is the top honor given by CLA annually, and it recognizes a career of outstanding achievement in research/creativity, teaching and service that has brought recognition to the […]
In The Media
In its research brief “School Quality Influences Where Parents Choose to Live—and How Much They’re Willing to Pay for Their Homes,” the Urban Institute’s Housing Matters initiative presented recent findings by Assistant Professor Orestes Pat Hastings and Adam Goldstein (Princeton). Their paper “Buying In: Positional Competition, Schools, Income Inequality, and Housing Consumption” was published by […]
Striving for a more equitable food system Story by Amanda Moutinho. Originally published by Boulder Weekly Seemingly every day Netflix adds a food documentary, another farmers’ market opens and more restaurants offer farm-to-table fare. While some obvious improvements are being made in the way society consumes food, author, sociologist and CSU professor Joshua Sbicca thinks there […]
Jeni Cross’s Sustainable Places, Health and Educational Research in Schools (SPHEReS) research team hosted 52 fourth-graders from Northglenn’s STEM Lab in January. SPHEReS partners with Adams 12 Schools to examine the impact of school environment on occupant health and performance. Funded by the EPA, the Healthy Schools project is the first time that epidemiologists, sociologists, economists, and sustainability experts have collaborated at this scale to address this question. STEM Lab […]