RESEARCH, OUTREACH, & ENGAGEMENT

Ensuring A Better Future Here & Afar

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.”

“Sociology helps get to the core of scientific questions by offering tools to understand why problems arise in the first place.” – Michael Carolan, Professor of Sociology

Recent Faculty Projects

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Jeni Cross Co-PI on new ecosystem and climate change global project funded by National Science Foundation

September 1, 2020

CSU joins global team to study ecosystem, climate change interactions in thawing permafrost Article by Jeff Dodge. Originally published on SOURCE. A footbridge has broken due to […]

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Michael Carolan’s food systems team studies COVID-19 impacts on Denver supply chain

July 21, 2020

Story by Anne Manning. Originally published on SOURCE. Food systems experts to study Denver supply chain impacts from COVID-19 Social distancing measures, including shutdowns of […]

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A Call for Racial Justice

New Social Justice and Equity Committee Working Group launched

June 12, 2020

In June 2020, CSU Sociology faculty created this Call for Racial Justice. They also established the department’s new Social Justice and Equity Committee Working Group […]

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Michael Carolan on CSU’s food supply task force providing rapid-response research for COVID-19

April 23, 2020

Originally appeared in SOURCE. Article by Anne Manning. Food supply task force at CSU providing rapid-response research for COVID-19 During a global pandemic that changes […]

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Recent Books & Publications

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Pat Hastings and Kassie Roeser published by Social Forces

December 1, 2020

Orestes (Pat) Hastings and Kassandra K. Roeser (B.A. ’18) published “Happiness in Hard Times: Does Religion Buffer the Negative Effect of Unemployment on Happiness?” in […]

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Media appearances continue for Joshua Sbicca following new book on food and gentrification

November 1, 2020

Joshua Sbicca’s latest book A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City was released by NYU Press in July 2020. Along with […]

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Steve Dandaneau’s “What the Election Should Have Been About” published by CounterPunch

October 29, 2020

What the Election Should Have Been About By Steve Dandaneau. Originally published by CounterPunch. Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair Consult Roger Cohen in the Times on the […]

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Presentations

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KuoRay Mao, Lou Swanson, and Pete Taylor invited speakers at international forum on poverty and ecology

November 7, 2020

KuoRay Mao, Lou Swanson, and Pete Taylor presented virtually at the 2020 International Forum on the Theory & Practices of Poverty Alleviation and Ecological Revitalization […]

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Pat Hastings, Jessie Luna, Becca Clark-Hargreaves, Stephanie Malin, KuoRay Mao, Tony Roberts and Nefratiri Weeks present at ASA Annual Meeting

August 15, 2020

The 115th American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting was held virtually this year. 2020’s theme was “Power, Inequality and Resistance at Work.” Presentations: Dr. Pat […]

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Joshua Sbicca and Ph.D. student Becca Clark-Hargreaves present at annual American Association of Geographers Meeting

April 26, 2020

Joshua Sbicca and Ph.D. student Becca Clark-Hargreaves organized and participated in a virtual session in April for the annual American Association of Geographers Meeting. The […]

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Awards & Honors

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KuoRay Mao featured by CLA as Best Teacher Award winner

By Sociology Communications | May 8, 2020

Originally appeared in Source. Article by Peyton Daily Best Teacher Award winner KuoRay Mao helps students become problem solvers for real world issues Great teaching embodies much more than the transmission of knowledge; it is characterized by a willingness to dedicate the classroom to the growth of the students. This commitment to students is just […]

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Elena Windsong and Tara Opsal honored as Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence Fellows

By Sociology Communications | February 27, 2020

Joyce McConnell, President of CSU, and Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment in the Vice President for Diversity office, recognized Tara Opsal and Elena Windsong at the 2020 Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence Awards Ceremony. Joyce wrote about the institute in her weekly email message to the campus community: “Last week, […]

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KuoRay Mao named a 2020 Best Teacher Award winner

By Sociology Communications | February 26, 2020

By Tony Phifer. Originally published on Source. BEST TEACHER AWARDS Seven outstanding teachers to be honored at the 2020 Best Teacher Awards Each year, students, faculty and alumni nominate the teachers who’ve inspired them and made an impact in their lives for the Best Teacher Awards. The 2020 recipients of the Best Teacher Awards, representing five […]

In The Media

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Media appearances continue for Joshua Sbicca following new book on food and gentrification

By Sociology Communications | November 1, 2020

Joshua Sbicca’s latest book A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City was released by NYU Press in July 2020. Along with Alison Hope Alkon (University of the Pacific) and Yuki Kato (Georgetown University), Dr. Sbicca co-edited contributions about gentrification’s effects on food landscapes in cities and towns across the United States […]

Johnnie Henry, president of the Navajo Nation’s Church Rock chapter house community center, hauls drinking water to neighbors in Gallup, N.M.

Joshua Sbicca and Stephanie Malin’s Conversation piece discusses obstacles Native Americans face in overcoming COVID-19

By Sociology Communications | June 1, 2020

Editor’s note: Lindsey Schneider, assistant professor of Native American studies; Joshua Sbicca, associate professor of sociology; and Stephanie Malin, an associate professor of sociology at Colorado State University, wrote this for The Conversation in June 2020. Colorado State is a contributing institution to The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to […]

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Jeni Cross interviewed about why humans are howling during COVID-19

By Sociology Communications | April 28, 2020

Originally appeared in SOURCE. Article by Ty Betts Why humans are howling every night, and why wildlife is joining in Click to hear from Jeni Cross and others in this video by Ty Betts Listen carefully the next time howling erupts in your neighborhood in honor of the healthcare workers who are saving lives while risking […]

“Sociology: because life is a team sport.”
– Lynn Hempel, Associate Professor of Sociology