We’re bringing sociology back!

Interested in human rights, inequality, criminology, and other topics in the broad field of sociology? You’ll once again find them here at WashU. The university is building a new Sociology Department from the ground up, and deans and department chairs couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come. We think you will be, too!

The department chair, Steve Fazzari, will grow the department over the next several years, but he’s starting strong by hiring three accomplished sociologists to begin teaching this fall. Fazzari and other leaders of this effort decided the new department should at least in part focus on issues of inequality. These issues are particularly relevant today, but have been essential to sociology since the start of the discipline.

Three scholars in the field of sociology will join the faculty of WashU’s Arts & Sciences in the fall: Adia Harvey Wingfield, an expert on the workplace experiences of minority workers in predominantly white professional settings; David Cunningham, whose research focuses on the scope, organization, and legacy of racial contention; and Jake Rosenfeld, who specializes in political and economic determinants of inequality in the United States and other advanced democracies.

Whose class – or classes – would you take?

The three professors will begin teaching undergraduate classes in their core areas of interest, over time building to a fuller curriculum that will include a minor, then a major, and eventually a PhD program.

Barbara Schaal, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, says, “Reestablishing our sociology department will enhance our ability to educate our students and conduct world-class research in areas that are central to the critical social issues of our time.”

The next generation of WashU students will certainly benefit from this growing body of knowledge and further opportunity for discussion on campus.

Visit sociology.wustl.edu for more information on this exciting new development!