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Sociology at UAlbany, currently ranked 28th by the U.S. News & World Report's Top 100 Graduate Schools for 2014, has a long history of excellence in research and teaching.

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Sociology explores and analyzes issues vital to our own lives, our communities, our nation, and the world. We are known for studies of demography, crime and deviance, family and gender, political, economic and historical sociology, cultural sociology, urban sociology, migration, and race and ethnicity. We develop and test theories with a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods. Our scholarship extends beyond the United States to case studies and comparisons with societies throughout the world. The Department looks forward to continuing its rich traditions. A major in Sociology provides a foundation for careers in academia, the professions, government, business, or community agencies. We are also one of the largest undergraduate majors at UAlbany, offering a broad and diverse range of options for students.

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The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the case of the arts. The candidate’s work must be of such character that the individual’s presence will tend to elevate the standards of scholarship of colleagues both within and beyond these persons’ academic fields.

Scott J. South, University at Albany – Dr. South, a member of the Department of Sociology at the University at Albany, has earned a stellar national and international reputation for his innovative research in the fields of family demography and urban/community sociology. His research has had a major impact on these fields, identifying key consequences of sex ratio imbalances and illuminating the dynamic processes underlying migration and residential racial segregation. Dr. South received the University at Albany Excellence in Research Award in 2003, and his productivity has continued apace since then. He has published nearly 100 scholarly articles, and his publications are consistently in the top-tier journals of the profession. His extraordinary productivity and the high quality of his scholarship are clearly reflected in the customary indicators of academic eminence (citation counts and impact indices). While making sustained contributions to the overall mission of the University, Dr. South has also been highly successful in securing external funding. He has earned 16 significant grants from external sources that include the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

We would like to announce Trevor Hoppe's new book, THE WAR ON SEX (Trevor Hoppe & David Halperin, co-editors, Duke University, 2017)

The past fifty years are conventionally understood to have witnessed an uninterrupted expansion of sexual rights and liberties in the United States. This state-of-the-art collection tells a different story: while progress has been made in marriage equality, reproductive rights, access to birth control, and other areas, government and civil society are waging a war on stigmatized sex by means of law, surveillance, and social control. The contributors document the history and operation of sex offender registries and the criminalization of HIV, as well as highly punitive measures against sex work that do more to harm women than to combat human trafficking. They reveal that sex crimes are punished more harshly than other crimes, while new legal and administrative regulations drastically restrict who is permitted to have sex. By examining how the ever-intensifying war on sex affects both privileged and marginalized communities, the essays collected here show why sexual liberation is indispensable to social justice and human rights.

Study: 1 Percent of Black Men in US Are Registered Sex Offenders
Research contends that sex offender registries reflect widespread, systemic bias

One percent of all black men in the U.S. are registered sex offenders, and black men enter the sex offender registry at nearly twice the rate of white men, a new University at Albany study finds.

In the study, conducted by Assistant Professor Trevor Hoppe, "Punishing Sex: Sex Offenders and the Missing Punitive Turn in Sexuality Studies" (Law & Social Inquiry, May 2016) researchers used public data sets to examine sex offender registration rates between 2005 and 2013, and analyzed databases of currently registered offenders to evaluate registration by race. Read More

Ian Sheinheit has had an article published in Sociological Forum. Read the article here.