Alumni News

Sociology Faculty Noelle Chesley and Britta Johnson (MA 2011) are co-authors of two recently published journal articles: 2014, “Information and Communication Technology Use and Social Connectedness over the Life Course,” Sociology Compass, and “Technology Use and the New Economy: Work Extension, Network Connectivity, and Employee Distress and Productivity,”  (Forthcoming in 2014 volume of Research in the Sociology of Work.)

Our congratulations to alumni Havidán Rodríguez (MA 1986) for being named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), a new university formed out of the consolidation of UT-Pan American (UTPA) and UT-Brownsville.  He is currently serving as the Interim President at UTPA, where he began in 2011 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and a tenured professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. During 2014-15 he will continue to serve as Interim President at UTPA while also serving in his new role at UTRGV, which will open its doors in the fall of 2015.


Publications by our Ph.D. Students

Mark Caldwell. 2014. “The rise of the gourmet hamburger.” Contexts 13: 72-74. (pdf)
Matthew T. McCarthy. Forthcoming. “Toward a Free Information Movement.” Sociological Forum
David Wolover.  2014. "An issue of attribution: The Tunisian revolution, media interaction, and agency." New Media & Society.

2014-15 Sociology Colloquium Series

Dates and topics for the
2014-15 Sociology colloquium series will be announced soon.

Colloquia are held in Bolton Hall, Room 757, 12:00–1:30 pm


Faculty in the Media

Prof. Celeste Campos-Castillo was recently quoted in a Milwaukee Business News article about her research into electronic medical records and patient privacy concerns. The article may be read here.

Prof. Gordon Gauchat was interviewed by CNN about the continuing debate on climate change. The article may be read here.

Prof. Noelle Chesley was recently quoted in an NBC article about the increasing number of stay-at-home fathers. It may be read here.

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UWM Department of Sociology

Department Chair: Donald E. Green

Welcome to Sociology

Sociology is the study of patterns of social relations and how those patterns shape what people do and think. I like to joke that even hermits are shaped by society because, after all, they can only survive with the skills they learn from society. From community and conflict, family and inequality, social change and religion, crime and conformity, class and race, gender and work, few fields offer students such breadth in the study of the social world we all inhabit.

For undergraduates we offer an exciting array of classes, where students can study everything from human sexuality to the sociology of culture, from issues related to aging to pressing questions of inequality and poverty. Students have great opportunities to work closely with our faculty and teaching staff; our wide range of courses offers undergraduates both breadth and depth in their study of sociology.

For graduate students we offer an excellent master’s and PhD program. Our MA program has long provided outstanding training as preparation for PhD programs or for work in non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies. Our new PhD program offers advanced training, in general sociological theory and cutting edge methodologies for the analysis of social data, with particular emphasis on expertise in the analysis of social inequalities and social institutions. Check out the Prospective & Incoming Students link for more detail about the companies and organizations where our graduates work and the PhD programs to which MA students have gone.

UWM sociology faculty members are engaged in innovative research and teaching across a wide range of topics and our faculty members come from the best universities in the country. We are both deeply rooted in the Milwaukee area and very involved in research on an international scale. We conduct research across the city and across the globe and support a broad array of graduate student research projects. Check out the faculty webpages for more details on faculty publications and areas of expertise.

We hope you will join us!

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Donald E. Green
Associate Professor and Chair