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Welcome to Sociology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. We are a part of New Jersey’s leading public university – one of the oldest and most well regarded institutions of higher education in the nation. Our department is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia, an area known throughout the country for its dynamism and diversity.

The Rutgers Sociology Department strives to create an environment that supports and affirms diversity in all manifestations, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class, disability status, region/country of origin, and political orientation. We also celebrate diversity of theoretical and methodological perspectives among our faculty and students and seek to create an atmosphere of respect and mutual dialogue.

We pride ourselves on our eclectic vision of sociology.   Our faculty and students’ research projects address over 60 areas of sociological inquiry, and our work incorporates a wide variety of methodologies, including the latest statistical modeling techniques, innovative network-analytic approaches, cutting-edge ethnographic research, in-depth comparative historical inquiry, and sophisticated survey analysis.

At both the undergraduate and graduate level, we provide the rigorous training that allows students to see the world through a sociological lens.  We also encourage our students to pinpoint and explore their own special interests, and help them to develop the skills and confidence necessary to become independent producers of sociological knowledge.

The department has a wide variety of strengths, but is particularly well known for its seven concentrations.

Rutgers Centers, Bureaus, and Institutes

Center for Cultural Analysis
Center for European Studies
Center for Race and Ethnicity
Center of Alcohol Studies
Eagleton Institute of Politics
Institute for Research on Women
Rutgers Libraries


ASA Rose Series in Sociology
Rutgers Journal of Sociology
Sociological Forum
The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences

Professional Associations

American Sociological Association
Eastern Sociological Society
International Sociological Association

Rutgers University Links

Rutgers Libraries
Sociological Abstracts
Web of Science
GradFund Assists Rutgers Graduate students with identifying and applying for external funding.
Graduate Study at Rutgers
Career Services
Office of Undergraduate Education Information on all aspects of undergraduate education in the School of Arts and Sciences

Social Science Data Archives

GSS pages The online codebook displays frequencies for all GSS questions (1974-2014).
ICPSR Hundreds of data sets online
UCSD Social Science Data Services
Princeton University's Data and Statistical Service
University of Wisconsin Data and Information Services Center

General Statistical Information and Reference

Census Bureau
University of Michigan Documents Center The most comprehensive collection of statistical documents on the web.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
State and Local Governments on the Internet
University of Virginia Social Science Data Center

General Sociology Sites

SocioLog Provides links to sociology departments, think tanks, research institutes and sociology mailing lists.
Socioweb Another general site with a handy search engine.



Contact: Daniel Fowler, American Sociological Association, (202) 527-7885, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ASA Task Force Releases New Book on Climate Change

Washington, DC, August 3, 2015 — Climate change is one of the most critical issues of the 21st Century, presenting a major intellectual challenge to both the natural and social sciences. While there has been significant progress in natural science understanding of climate change, social science analyses have not been as fully developed. Edited by Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle, the forthcoming book, Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives , breaks new theoretical and empirical ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, institutions, and cultural practices.

This collection of essays summarizes existing approaches to understanding the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of climate change. From the factors that drive carbon emissions to those which influence societal responses to climate change, the volume provides a comprehensive overview of the social dimensions of climate change. An improved understanding of the complex relationship between climate change and society is essential for modifying ecologically harmful human behaviors and institutional practices, creating just and effective environmental policies, and developing a more sustainable future. Climate Change and Society, which will be published in August 2015 by Oxford University Press, provides a useful tool in efforts to integrate social science research, natural science research, and policymaking regarding climate change and sustainability.

Produced by the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, this book presents a challenging shift from the standard climate change discourse, and offers a valuable resource for students, scholars, and professionals involved in climate change research and policy.

Dunlap is Dresser Professor and Regents Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University, Past President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Environment & Society, and Past Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environment & Technology. He is senior editor of the Handbook of Environmental Sociology and Sociological Theory and the Environment, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Brulle is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science at Drexel University, and Past Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environment & Technology. He is author of Agency, Democracy, and Nature: The U.S. Environmental Movement from a Critical Theory Perspective and co-editor of Power, Justice, and the Environment. He was a 2012-2013 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.


About the American Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association (www.asanet.org), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society.

To schedule an interview with the editors or to request a review copy of the book, please contact Daniel Fowler, ASA Media Relations Manager, at (202) 527-7885 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Sinead O’Connor, Oxford University Press, at (212) 743-8204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. O’Connor wrote this press release.           


Andrea Barra.  “Romance Novels in the Twenty-First Century.” Committee: Karen Cerulo, Arlene Stein.

Susan Bodnar-Deren. “Perceiving the Self as a Burden and the Likelihood of End-of-Life Planning.” Committee: Ellen Idler Deborah Carr.

Kathryn Burrows. “Age Difference in Gay American Partnerships: A Test of Sociobiological Theories.” Committee: Richard Williams, Deborah Carr, Sarah Rosenfield.

Neha Gondal. “With(out) a Little Help from my Siblings: A Cross-National Investigation of the Relationship between Personal Networks and Sibsize.” Committee: Eviatar Zerubavel, Deborah Carr, Ann Mische, Thomas Rudel.

Shatima Jones. “Expressions of Relatedness:  Everyday Talk and Interactions in the Barbershop.” Committee: Ann Mische, Patrick Carr, Ethel Brooks.

Oh-Jung Kwon. “The Logic of Social Policy Expansion in a Neoliberal Context:  Health Insurance Reform in Korea after the 1997 Economic Crisis.” Committee: Thomas Rudel, Catherine Lee, Paul McLean.

Yu-Sheng Lin.  “From Difference to Consensus:  The Keyings and Rekeyings in Public Deliberation.” Committee: Ann Mische, Paul McLean.

Yu-Sheng Lin.  “The Wax and Wane of the Reds:  Leadership and Dilemma-Solving in Social Movements.” Committee: Ann Mische, Catherine Lee.

Wenbo Lu. “World System Incorporation:  The East Asia Revlation.” Committee: Jozsef Borocz, Robyn Rodriguez.

Maria Malyk. “Are You Positive You are Saying Something Positive?  Exploring TONE in Mixed Messages.” Committee: Eviatar Zerubave, Ira Cohen.

Brian McCormick. “Testing Compulsory Hetero-Eroticism: Father's Education and Religious Upbringing as Predictors of Erotic Preference for Gender in National U.S. Probability Sample.” Committee: Kristen Springer, Deborah Carr.

Dawne Mouzon.  “Do The Mental Health Benefits of Marriage Vary by Race and Gender?” Committee: Ellen Idler, Deborah Carr, Sarah Rosenfield.

Colleen Nugent.  “When You Procreate, Don't Hypenate:  Accounting for the Predominance of Fathers' Surnames for Children.” Committee: Deborah Carr, Patricia Roos, Kristen Springer.

Monique Porow. “An Exploration of the Influence of Household Structure on the Adoption of a Racial Identity Amongst Biracial Individuals.” Committee: Richard Williams, Karen Cerulo.

Greg Rubin.  “Alternative Narratives of 9/11.” Committee: Ira Cohen, Catherine Lee.

Vikash Singh. “Contentious Subjects of Globalization:  Narratives in a North Indian Pilgrimage.” Committee: Arlene Stein, Richard William, Benjamin Zablocki.

Alena Singleton.  “The Effects of Race on Self-Rated Weight.” Committee: Deborah Carr, Ellen Idler.


Andrea Barra. “Social Service Programs and Congregational Ideology: Characteristics of Congregations That Volunteer.” Committee: Ellen Idler, Patricia Roos.

Susan Bodnar-Deren. “The Effect of Formal Support on the Positive Psychological Aspects of Caregiving Among Older Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia.” Committee: Deborah Carr, Ellen Idler.

Lisa Campion. “Private Values, Public Choices: Searching for a Culture War in the 1996 U.S. Presidential Elections.” Committee: Patricia Roos, Arlene Stein.

Laurie Cohen.  “The Effect of Sibship Size on Self-Acceptance:  Is More Better?” Committee: Deborah Carr, Kristen Springer.

Audrey Devine-Eller. “Does Income Predict Participation in College Test Prep?” Committee: Patricia Roos, Sarah Rosenfield.

Rachelle Germana. “Beyond Grammar:  Towards a Sociological Profile of the Hyphen.” Committee: Eviatar Zerubavel, Richard Williams.

Neha Gondal. “Knowledge Space as a Partially Self-Organizing System: An Illustration from Literature on EPZs in Asia.” Committee: Paul McLean, Ethel Brooks, Phaedra Daipha.

Daina Harvey.  “A Space for Culture.” Committee: Karen Cerulo, Eviatar Zerubavel.

Jennifer Hemler.  “Problems in Everyday Living:  "Compulsive Buying" as a Response to Existential, Ideological, and Experimental Strains.” Committee: Karen Cerulo, Judith Friedman.

Oh-Jung Kwon.  “Race, Gender and Perceived Health Risk:  ‘The White Male Effect’ in Perceived Heart Risk.” Committee: Deborah Carr, Kristen Springer.

Janet Lorenzen. “Consuming the Future:  Imagining Ideal Lifestyles.” Committee: Paul McLean, Karen Cerulo.

Bijita Majumdar. “(Re)Mapping Contention at Globalized Localities:  Bt Cotton in India.” Committee: Ethel Brooks, Ann Mische.

Benyamin Nuriely.  “Strangers in a National Space: Arab-Jews, Palestinians and the City of Lod, 1948-59.” Committee: Robyn Rodriguez, Jozsef Borocz, Ethel Brooks.

Nnenna Okeke. “Reconsidering the Role of Agency in the Leadership of Nigeria's Independence Movement, 1920-1953.” Committee: Jozsef Borocz, Ethel Brooks.

David Peterson.  “The Ivy and the Trellis:  Socialization and the Aggregation of Schemata.” Committee: Ira Cohen, Karen Cerulo, Benjamin Zablocki.

John Rand.  “Hidden Insecurities in the Workplace:  Unintended Consequences of Workplace Regulation.” Committee: Patricia Roos, Paul McLean.

Karen Stein. “Getting Away From it All:  Vacations and the Organization of Modern Identity.” Committee: Eviatar Zerubavel, Richard Williams.

Jason Torkelson.  “What About Life After Subculture:  Rethinking Approaches to Subculture With the Narrative Accounts of Former Straightedge Adherents.” Committee: Patrick Carr, Karen Cerulo.


Karen Danna-Lynch. “The Chameleon Factor: The Mental Management of Multiple Roles (and What it Reveals About the Organization of Culture).” Committee: Karen Cerulo (chair), Allan Horwitz, Sarah Rosenfield, Eviatar Zerubavel. (Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Lafayette College)

Thomas DeGloma. “Awakenings: Autobiography, Memory, and the Social Logic of Personal Discovery.” Committee: Eviatar Zerubavel (chair), Allan Horwitz, Ann Mische, Arlene Stein. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hunter College)

Fichter, Stephen J. “Shepherding in ‘Greener’ Pastures: Causes and Consequences of the Dual Transition of Celibate Catholic Priests into Married Protestant Ministry.” Committee: Ellen Idler (chair), Benjamin Zablocki, Eviatar Zerubavel. (Research Associate in Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University)

Chantelle Marlor. “Ways of Knowing: Epistemology, Ontology, and Community Among Ecologists, Biologists and First Nations Clam Diggers.” Committee: John Levi Martin (chair), Thomas Rudel, Eviatar Zerubavel. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia)

Baris Mucen. “Doxa of Modernization: The Sense of Political Reality in Historiographies of the Late Ottoman Empire.” Committee: Ethel Brooks (chair), Jozsef Borocz, Paul McLean. (Instructor of Sociology, Middle East Technical University)


Jenna Howard. “Recovery from Recovery: The Temporal Organization of Identity.” Committee: Eviatar Zerubavel (chair), Deborah Carr, Allan Horwitz, Sarah Rosenfield. (Research Analyst, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

Karen Jaffe. ”Forming Fat Identities.” Committee: Deborah Carr (chair), Allan Horwitz, Eviatar Zerubavel. (Project Leader/Survey Research Associate, Consumers Union)

Dmitry Khodyakov. “Trust and Control in Counterpoint: The Case Study of Conductorless Orchestras.” Committee: Lee Clarke (chair), Deborah Carr, Paul McLean, Patricia Roos. (Associate Social/Behavioral Scientist, The RAND Corporation)


Roksana Rahman Badruddoja. “The ABCD Conundrum: What Does It Mean To Be A South Asian-American Woman?” Committee: Ethel Brooks (chair), Richard Williams, Eviatar Zerubavel. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Manhattan College)

John T. Lang. “Acceptable Trust? The Public Perception of Organizations Involved in Genetically Modified Food.” Committee: Lee Clarke (chair), Paul McLean, Patricia Roos. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Occidental College)

Vanina Leschziner. “Recipes for Success: Culinary Styles, Professional Careers, and Institutional Patterns in the Field of High Cuisine.” Committee: Karen Cerulo (chair), John Levi Martin, Paul McLean, Ann Mische. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto)

King-To Yeung. “Suppressing Rebels, Managing Bureaucrats: State Building During the Taiping Rebellion, 1850-1864.” Committee: John Levi Martin (chair), Lee Clarke, Paul McLean, Ann Mische. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Princeton University)


Mahasti Hashemi. “Immigrants and Exiles: Iranian Women in the United States.” Committee: Martin Oppenheimer (chair), Ethel Brooks, Karen Cerulo. (Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education, Honors Program, Rutgers University)

Ruth Simpson. “The Germ Culture: Modernity, Metaphor, and Epidemic Disease.” Committee: Eviatar Zerubavel (chair), Jozsef Borocz, Ira Cohen, Allan Horwitz, Richard Williams.

Stacey Sutton. “Contested Spaces and Countervailing Practices: Inner-City Revitalization and the Agency of Neighborhood Entrepreneurs.” Committee: Susan Faenstein (chair), Norman Glickman, Richard Williams. (Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University)

Kevin Keogan. “Policing the Boundaries Between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Immigrants, Narrative Identity, and the Politics of Inclusion/Exclusion.” Committee: Karen Cerulo (chair), Ann Mische, Thomas Rudel. (Instructor of Sociology, Montclair State University)


Courtney Bangert Jackson. “Attending Birth: Interprofessional Competition Between Midwives and Physicians.” Committee: Patricia Roos (chair), Judith Gerson, Sarah Rosenfield, D. Randall Smith. (Associate Director, Office of Institutional Research, Northeastern University) 

Eric C. Kaldor. “Advancing Corporate Capitalism in Hungary.” Committee: Jozsef Borocz (chair), Lee Clarke, Paul McLean, Patricia Roos. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, The College at Brockport, City University of New York)

J. Anna Looney. “New Perspectives in Past Commitments: Midlife Reflections on Cult Experience in Young Adulthood.” Committee: Benjamin Zablocki (chair), Deborah Carr, John Levi Martin, Sarah Rosenfield. (Assistant Professor, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

Jamie MacLennan. “Solitude and Sociability: The Social World of Long Distance Hikers on the Appalacian Trail.” Committee: Thomas Rudel (co-chair), D. Randall Smith (co-chair), Deborah Carr. (Associate Professor of Sociology, Georgia Southwestern University)

Takiko Mori-Saunders. “Media Discourse for Konenki and Konenki Women in Japan: Between Docile Body and Silent Resistance.” Committee: Ellen Idler (chair), Ethel Brooks, Judith Friedman. (Associate Professor of Sociology, Montgomery College)

Keumjae Park. “In Our Different Names: Korean Immigrant Women and the Challenges of Post-Migration Identity Renegotiation.” Committee: Karen Cerulo (chair), Vilna Bashi, Richard Williams. (Associate Professor of Sociology, William Paterson University)

Elaine M. Replogle. “Intergenerational Conflict, Identity and Mental Health Among Second Generation South Asian Americans.” Committee: Sarah Rosenfield (chair), Ethel Brooks, Allan Horwitz. (Instructor of Sociology, University of Oregon)

Ian Watson. “Cognitive Design: Creating the Sets of Categories and Labels That Structure Our Shared Experience.” Committee: Eviatar Zerubavel (chair), Allan Horwitz, Paul McLean. (Assistant Professor of Social Science Bifröst University, Iceland)

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