Research in the dictionaryThe UCSC Sociology Department faculty research interests fall into one or more of these three areas:

  • Political Economies and Political Ecologies

  • New Studies of Inequality

  • Culture, Knowledge, and Power

Political Economies and Political Ecologies

This area is related to long-standing sociological concerns with the nature of modernity and the transition from feudalism to capitalism; and to sociology's familiar interest in large-scale social organization and the processes of historical change. It is also related to more recent literature analyzing industrialization, underdevelopment, colonialism, and the world system, and to orthodox sociological subfields such as political sociology and social movements. It applies well-established methods of political economy and comparative and historical analysis.

Hillary Angelo

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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Urban studies, Environmental History, Sociology, Sustainability
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Ben Crow

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Lindsey Dillon

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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Activism, Environmental Justice, Science and Technology, American Studies, More...
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James Doucet‑Battle

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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Science and Technology
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Deborah Gould

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Steven McKay

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New Studies of Inequality

Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality: This area is also related to familiar mainstream concerns in sociology. The study of class structure is the intellectual forerunner of revised notions about the central axes of inequality. We conceptualize this area largely in terms of social stratification, but with an eye toward more recent theoretical and empirical studies of race, gender, and sexuality. Indeed, social stratification is a central empirical concern of sociology, while gender (at least in the form of the sociology of the family) and race/ethnicity are traditional subfields. Our intention is to move toward the cutting edge of theory in linking these axes together, and away from the purely descriptive focus of traditional stratification studies.

Julie Bettie

  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Cultural Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender More...
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Lindsey Dillon

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James Doucet‑Battle

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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Science and Technology
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Deborah Gould

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Hiroshi Fukurai

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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Law and Policy
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Herman S. Gray

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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Cultural Studies, African American / Black Studies
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Rebecca A London

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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Schools and Academic Achievement, Community-based Research, Health and More...
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Steven McKay

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Jenny Reardon

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Dana Y. Takagi

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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Philosophy, Nationalism
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Culture, Knowledge, and Power

This third area is represented in several traditional sociological concerns-culture, knowledge, religion, and art, as well as in methodological topics in fieldwork, ethnographic analysis, and other qualitative studies- and culture and the symbolic, linking together cultural studies, media studies, postcolonial studies, women's studies, and area and ethnic studies. Many of the topics studied under this rubric-symbolic interaction, social problems theory, the sociology of science, culture, and knowledge, and the study of language-are current specialties of our existing faculty.

Hillary Angelo

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    • Assistant Professor
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Urban studies, Environmental History, Sociology, Sustainability
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Julie Bettie

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    • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Cultural Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gender More...
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James Doucet‑Battle

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    • Assistant Professor
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Science and Technology
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Deborah Gould

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    • Associate Professor
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology
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Herman S. Gray

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    • Professor
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Cultural Studies, African American / Black Studies
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Miriam Greenberg

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    • Professor
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  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Sociology, Urban studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies
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Jenny Reardon

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