January 22nd, 2016

Cooking Your ‘Self’

Join visiting scholar Rafi Grosglik for our upcoming colloquia!

It will be held in Pearlman Lounge on Thursday, February 11th at 2:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

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December 4th, 2015

Sociology Department’s Statement of Solidarity with #FordHall2015


Below is the Sociology Department’s statement of solidarity with #FordHall2015. Though the occupation has ended, with success, we feel it is important to share this nonetheless.


Statement of solidarity with #FordHall2015

The faculty and staff of the Department of Sociology stand in solidarity with students who have occupied Bernstein-Marcus. We strongly endorse their vision of a more inclusive and diverse university. We commend their leadership and courage in asking all of us to participate in the realization of this vision. We commit ourselves to actively engaging to deepen the conversation and to support concrete efforts to move towards a more equitable and just Brandeis.

Our discipline arose from the study of inequality and injustice, and these remain central concerns. We recognize the harms done by systems of structural inequality, which exact deadly and unacceptable tolls on the bodies, souls, families, and communities of people of color in the United States. We also know that the values and policies that have attempted to address the persistent problems of racism and exclusion in our society and our university have often fallen short, and that new discussions, new ideals and new practices are necessary to move our communities forward.

We maintain an unshakable commitment to teaching and research focused on inequality and injustice, their consequences, and mechanisms for their amelioration. We support continued negotiations between the students, university administration, interim President Lynch and the Board of Trustees to find a collaborative path for addressing the yet unfulfilled social justice promise of Brandeis. We will continue to engage with our students, colleagues, and university leaders to address these issues on campus and beyond in a constructive and collaborative manner.


October 19th, 2015

Anita Sarkeesian – November 2nd, 2015

Please join us in welcoming Anita Sarkessian Monday, November 2nd, 2015 in Wasserman Cinematheque.

Co-Sponsored by Women’s Studies Research Center, The Chief Information Officer, Women’s Gender Studies, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Office of the Provost, English Department, Sociology and SJSP.

(The Only) Sarkeesian


May 13th, 2015

Commencement is right around the corner!

Congratulations, Sociology graduates! We are so proud of all you’ve accomplished and the myriad of ways in which you contributed to our department.

The main Commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

At 1:30pm, we’ll have our diploma ceremony in Schwartz Hall, along with the AAAS program. Please be there promptly at 1:00pm if you’re a graduate!



May 5th, 2015

Sociology Department Mini-Commencement

The mini-commencement for the Sociology Department will be held at 1:30pm in the Schwartz Auditorium. For more information, visit the Brandeis Commencement page.


April 16th, 2015

Behind the Scenes @ Brandeis: The Masks We Wear

Thursday, April 23 9am-9pm in the Farber Mezzanine
Reception 6:30-8:30 pm

SOC 128b: Documenting Race, Class, and Gender will present an interactive photo exhibit on Thursday, April 23 in the Farber Mezzanine. The exhibit will be open from 9am-9pm with a reception from 6:30-8:30 pm. Led by Professor Powers, the students from SOC 128b document their personal experiences at Brandeis through photo essays in order to examine intersections of race, class, and gender.

This event is sponsored by the Sociology Department and the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.



April 13th, 2015

Noam Chomsky coming to Brandeis

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April 6th, 2015

Prof. Cunningham’s going away party

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March 31st, 2015

Meet the Majors!

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March 19th, 2015

Davis Projects for Peace Award winners!


Congratulations to our Davis Projects for Peace Award winners! These two students got $10,000 each to implement their projects. We’re very proud of the quality of their applications and their passion to activate social justice both locally and globally.


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