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
Jessie Luna published “The chain of exploitation: intersectional inequalities, capital accumulation, and resistance in Burkina Faso’s cotton sector” in The Journal of Peasant Studies. Abstract […]Read More
Story by Jeff Dodge. Originally published on SOURCE. CSU faculty member’s new book examines how food is used in social justice efforts Recently the term […]Read More
Although both popular and scholarly accounts have argued that income inequality reduces trust, some recent research has been more skeptical.Read More
Awards & Honors
The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) Excellence in Research Award for recognizes excellent scholarship in researching significant rural issues.
Hastings’s article “Income Inequality and Household Labor” published in Social Forces received an award at the 2018 ASA meeting.
Jeni joins a select group of leading industry professionals who will guide the continuous evolution of concepts in the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™), the premier building rating system focusing exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness.
In The Media
Rising Income Inequality Widens the Class Divide in Parenting Practices: An Interview with Orestes Pat Hastings by Alyssa ElHage, originally published on www.ifstudies.org “Rising income inequality is reshaping parenting practices in the United States along class lines,” according to a recent report published in the journal, American Sociological Review. Authors Daniel Schneider, Orestes “Pat” Hastings, and Joe LaBriola used […]
Media and research remind us daily of the dire risks of climate change, overfishing, industrial agriculture, freshwater depletion, deforestation, and loss of wildlife. How can we create behaviours that benefit people and the planet?
Story by Kelly Ragan. Originally published on The Coloradoan. CSU research: Parent spending on children’s education is ‘an arms race,’ and poorer families are falling farther behind The gap between what wealthy parents and poor parents spend on their kids’ education is widening, according to a new study co-authored by a Colorado State University faculty […]