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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NSF funds Jeni Cross and transdisciplinary sustainability collaborators

March 21, 2022

Breaking free from the silo: Regional network focuses on all parts of the sustainability puzzle Article by Stacy Nick. Originally published on SOURCE. A new Colorado […]

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Prison Agriculture Lab launched by Joshua Sbicca, Becca Chalit Hernandez, Azmal Hossan, Julia Kovacs

December 15, 2021

Joshua Sbicca has launched the Prison Agriculture Lab, a collaborative space for inquiry and action that focuses on agricultural practices within the criminal punishment system. […]

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AAPI statement reaffirms our Call for Racial Justice

April 29, 2021

CSU Sociology reaffirms our commitment to the struggle for racial justice and commits to raising awareness of the valuable contributions our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific […]

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IWBI advisor Jeni Cross & team release Global Research Agenda linking buildings & spaces with health & humans

January 26, 2021

In July 2018, Jeni Cross was selected as an advisor for International WELL Building Institute. In January 2021, IWBI released her group’s innovative report linking […]

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Recent Books & Publications

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FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin publishes Chris Moloney and Prabha Unnithan’s cybercrime research

April 6, 2022

Dr. Chris Moloney has published his dissertation research in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. His article “Assessing Law Enforcement’s Cybercrime Capacity and Capability” is co-authored by Prabha […]

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Jessie Luna and Becca Chalit Hernandez publish Burkina Faso research in Geoforum

November 18, 2021

Dr. Jessie Luna, Ph.D. student Becca Chalit Hernandez, and Abdoulaye Sawadogo (Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo/Ouagadougou) published “The paradoxes of purity in organic agriculture in Burkina Faso” in Geoforum […]

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Stanford University Press releases Michael Carolan’s latest book A Decent Meal

October 15, 2021

Dr. Michael Carolan’s latest book, A Decent Meal: Building Empathy in a Divided America was published by Stanford Stanford University Press in October. From the […]

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Presentations

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Kellie Alexander and Jeff Nowacki’s research on gender & promotion in policing published by Feminist Criminology

December 24, 2021

Ph.D. student Kellie Alexander and Dr. Jeff Nowacki’s research “Women in power? Examining gender and promotion in policing through an organizational perspective” was published December 24, 2021 by Feminist […]

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Jessie Luna visits West Africa as keynote speaker and radio panelist on pesticides & public policies

November 20, 2021

Jessie Luna gave the keynote address at a fall conference in Côte d’Ivoire (West Africa) on Pesticides and Public Policies in the Global South. Her […]

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Michael Carolan keynote speaker for RIHN 15th International Symposium

February 9, 2021

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) held its 15th International Symposium virtually January 13–16, 2021. This year’s theme was “Transitioning Cultures of Everyday Food […]

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Awards & Honors

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Prabha Unnithan honored by the Academy of Criminal Justice Science

By Sociology Communications | March 26, 2022

The Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS) presented Dr. Prabha Unnithan with the prestigious Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Criminal Justice at the International Section’s Annual Awards Luncheon during the 2022 ACJS Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas in late March. This annual award is given to an individual who has made an […]

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Tara Opsal selected as Career Impact Award recipient by CSU’s Career Center

By Sociology Communications | March 9, 2022

Dr. Tara Opsal has been selected as a 2022 Career Impact Award recipient by CSU’s Career Center. This award recognizes students, staff, faculty, employers, and alumni who are champions for student career development, equity and inclusion, and student success. “Tara leads by example as she incorporates DEI into her innovative and collaborative approaches to student success. […]

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KuoRay Mao receives sabbatical funding from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation

By Sociology Communications | September 23, 2021

Dr. KuoRay Mao is the recipient of an American Region Scholar Grant from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the most prominent and prestigious grant-giving foundation among scholars who study social issues in the greater China region. KuoRay’s sabbatical research project, “Environmental Social Control & Regulatory Pluralism: A Green Criminology Approach to the Generation and Transference of […]

In The Media

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Matt Greife helps young adult sue deputies for excessive force

By Sociology Communications | April 2, 2021

Faculty member and alum Matt Greife is also an attorney in Denver. In February, he secured the largest K-9 unlawful use of force settlement in Colorado history. In March, he helped a young adult sue for excessive force and was interviewed by Denver media. Story by Rob Low. Originally published by KDVR.  Teen sues Adams County Sheriff’s […]

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CSU’s Center for Healthy Aging features Jeni Cross in Living Healthy Longer podcast

By Sociology Communications | March 8, 2021

Jeni Cross talked about the science of team science during her podcast for the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging at CSU. She presented her work around why humans work better in teams and how research benefits from a transdisciplinary approach. She discussed how teams of people foster innovation, how they communicate effectively with […]

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KuoRay Mao featured by CSU SOURCE in CLA’s wicked problems series

By Sociology Communications | March 4, 2021

Article by Jeff Dodge. Originally published on SOURCE. The walls between us: Building and rebuilding trust Liberal arts faculty examine role of U.S. in the world What is the appropriate role of the U.S. on the world stage? It’s a question that has been hotly debated by politicians and scholars alike for decades. The transition […]

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