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Sociology is the study of the social forces at work, both globally and in everyday life. It seeks to understand the causes and contributions to social problems like crime, inequality, and problems surrounding human differences, such as race, class, and gender. Community activism permeates the field as solutions are sought to social challenges at the local, national, and international level. 

Sociology has had an active year in and outside the classroom. Dr. Jackson’s Tier 3 course, Civic Engagement and Service Learning brought students into the community food bank and prepared meals for a community shelter through New Reach (formerly known as New Haven Home Recovery). For the Twelfth Annual Observation of “64 Days of Non-Violence,” Dr. Jackson helped organize and sat on a panel of scholars for a well-attended screening of the movie “Selma,” which tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s role in the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery.

Consistent with Sociology’s expanding criminology curriculum, Drs. Gregory Adams (SOC) and Therese Marchant-Shapiro (PSC) continue to collaborate on curriculum development for a proposed joint partnership program between SCSU and the Yale and New Haven Police Departments.

Eight students presented successful research posters at the First Annual SCSU Undergraduate Research Conference. Ashley Baronavski, Ashley Dyal, Madison Featherston, and Jenese Morgan presented, “Food Deserts in Low-Income Communities.” Emily Collins offered her research on “Social Ties in Low-Income Communities.” In addition to presenting student papers at regional conferences, several students opted into internships with the Isaiah House, Inc. Reintegration Services and the Connecticut Judicial Branch. 

Sociology Department

Recent Departmental and Faculty Successes

Dr. Gregory Adams published “A Day in the Life: Time-use, employment, and drug access among opiate addicts in Ukraine” in the Journal of Sociology and Social Work.

Dr. Jessica Kenty-Drane co-authored a chapter on the widening racial wealth gap for the second edition of African Americans in the U.S. Economy. She continues to work closely with graduate and undergraduate students in her research. Two of her articles appeared this year in Sage Sociology of Education: An A to Z Guide, one of them co-authored with Southern student, Jamilah Prince-Stewart.


Dr. Cassi Meyerhoffer  authored a journal article, “‘I Have More in Common with Americans Than I Do with Illegal Aliens’: Culture, Perceived threat and Neighborhood Preferences,” for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. She also contributed an entry, “Racial Residential Segregation,” to the Enclyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice.