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Sociology Faculty Research Interests and Areas of Specialization

UWM’s designation as an R1 institution indicates robust research activity, and the Sociology Department fills a critical role in social science research at UWM. Our faculty have a broad range of research areas. Prospective graduate students should browse the faculty pages to identify a good fit between our research areas and their interests.

UWM prides itself on our undergraduate research programs. As early as freshman year, students can build their resume through hands-on research experience. Prospective and current undergraduate students can reach out directly to faculty to inquire about research opportunities in their area or work through the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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  • Associate Professor, Sociology

Urban Sociology; Racial Segregation & Integration; Racial & Place-based Inequality

  • Assistant Professor, Sociology

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Religion; Science and Medicine; Gender and Sexuality; Mixed Methods

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  • Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Department Chair

Social Implications of Data and Technology; Gender; Work and Family; Health and Well-Being

  • Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Director, LGBT Studies Program

Sociology of the Body; Sex and Gender; Sociology of Sexuality; Intersectional Identity; Science, Technology, and Medicine Studies

  • Associate Professor, Sociology

Social Inequality; Environmental Sociology; Political Economy; Science, Culture-Cognition and Quantitative Methods

Urban Sociology; Sociology of Culture; Theory; Europe/Germany; Sociology of Food; Beer and Brewing

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology
  • Associate Professor

Sociology of Law; Sociology of Science/Knowledge; Political Sociology; Sociology of Religion

  • Associate Professor, Sociology

Political Sociology; Comparative/Historical; Social Movements; Race and Ethnic Conflict

  • Associate Professor, Sociology

Criminology, Crime Justice Outcome, Motor Vehicle Theft, Japanese Crime, National Incident Based Reporting Systems (NIBRS)

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  • Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology
  • Professor

Social Networks; Quantitative Methods; Mathematical Sociology; Criminology

Sociology Research News