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
Dr. Michael Carolan received the 2020 Rural Sociology Best Paper Award for his paper “The Rural Problem: Justice in the Countryside.” His paper and $1,000 […]Read More
Elena Ariel Windsong published “White and Latino Differences in Neighborhood Emotional Connections and the Racialization of Space” in Sociological Focus on June 23, 2021. ABSTRACT […]Read More
The Sociological Quarterly publishes Michael Carolan’s research on COVID-19’s impact on gendered household food practices
Michael Carolan published “COVID-19’s Impact on Gendered Household Food Practices: Eating and Feeding as Expressions of Competencies, Moralities, and Mobilities” in The Sociological Quarterly on […]Read More
Awards & Honors
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 […]
Dr. Michael Carolan received the 2020 Rural Sociology Best Paper Award for his paper “The Rural Problem: Justice in the Countryside.” His paper and $1,000 award were mentioned at the Rural Sociological Society’s (RSS) Virtual Awards Ceremony on August 1, 2021. His paper was published by Rural Sociology on May 19, 2019. His research was […]
Please join the Department of Sociology in thanking Dr. Ken Berry and wishing him well as he enters a new stage of his long and productive career. Beginning May 15, Emeritus Professor Berry will pursue opportunities beyond CSU. His next statistics book will be released July 28, and he and co-author Dr. Janis Johnston (’06) […]
In The Media
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]