Graduate Sociology at UAlbany

Areas of Specialization: Urban Community, Race, & Ethnicity


Interests in urban community and how it is shaped by the ethnic and racial diversity of American society have been at the heart of American sociology since the days of Robert E. Park and the Chicago School. These two interests are central to the Sociology graduate program at the University at Albany; they are the focus of the teaching and research of a large, nationally recognized group of scholars, who have twice in recent years received Sociology's highest book award (for Urban Fortunes in 1990 and American Apartheid in 1995), as well as that of the Social Science History Association (for A Festival of Violence in 1992).

The sociology graduate program at Albany offers students the opportunity to work with these faculty and participate in their research programs. These areas of concentration in the department have also benefitted from a series of large research projects on such topics as racial and ethnic segregation and suburbanization, residential mobility, the relation between community characteristics and crime, lynchings, and the role of women of varying race and ethnicity in the political economy of the U.S. at the turn of the century. Through these projects, students have the opportunity to work with faculty and to gain experience in the analysis of large national data sets. Coursework in this area might include SOC575 (Ethnicity and Race), SOC550 (The American Community), and SOC627 (Urbanization). Concerns with urban and race/ethnic issues are found throughout the curriculum, however, in such areas as criminology, demography, and inequality. Therefore, students interested in these areas of concentration may specialize in urban/community studies or race/ethnicity or may combine them with each other or with other fields. These interests may be pursued either at the master's or the doctoral level.

There are also opportunities for coursework with faculty members outside of sociology. For example, the Certificate Program in Urban Policy involves courses in such other fields as political science, geography and planning, and economics.
Other institutional resources include two multidisciplinary research centers: the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis and the Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research.

Faculty in Urban Community, Race, and Ethnicity: Chung, Dreby, Denton, Friedman, Horton, Liang, Jacobs, South

Completed Dissertations

Paul Bellair (1995) The Consequences of Crime for Social Disorganization Theory: An Examination of Reciprocal Effects Between Crime and Social Interaction, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University.

Kyle Crowder (1999) The Rural Context of Residential Mobility: Neighborhood Conditions and Metropolitan Constraints, Assistant Professor, Western Washington State University.

Marlese Durr (1993) The Use of Cross-Ethnic Ties in the Facilitation of Promotions: African Americans and Managerial Labor Markets in the Public Sector, Assistant Professor, Wright State University.

Kevin Fitzpatrick (1985) American Suburbs in Transition: Ecological Succession and the Dimensions of Community Change, 1960-1980, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Reid Golden (1991) The Macrostructural Determinants of Health Care Delivery in the United States: A Test of Competing Theoretical Models, Associate Professor, Hartwick College.

Akiko Hosler (1995) Japanese Immigrant Entrepreneurs in New York City: The Role of Ethnic Collectivity in Business, Research Scientist, New York State Department of Health.

Sung Joon Jang (1992) Sex Differences in Delinquency Among African American Adolescents: A Longitudinal Study, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University.

Tom McNulty (1999) Race and Crime in the City: The Institutional Bases of Community Social Disorganization, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia.

Sonia Miner (1993) Informal and Formal Spheres of Social Interaction and Support by Race: An Analysis of Interdependencies and Compensations in Later Life, Assistant Professor, University of Utah.

Gordana Rabrenovic (1990) Neighborhood Associations and Political Actors: Unequal Representation at the Local Level, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University.

Myungduk Sakong (1990) Rethinking the Impact of the Enclave: A Comparative Analysis of Korean Americans' Economic and Residential Adaptation, Seoul, Korea.

Min Zhou (1989) The Enclave Economy and Immigrant Incorporation in New York City's Chinatown

-- Updated October, 2013