Welcome to the Department of Sociology
Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ours is a research and teaching environment that emphasizes the theme of SOCIAL JUSTICE. We conduct research and teach in the interest areas of:
Students develop an understanding of both everyday social behavior and the structural factors that contribute to social injustices. In the seminar room and in the field, students also acquire the intellectual tools to identify and critically analyze social phenomena and trends, along with the methodological tools to conduct rigorous research, with a particular focus on evaluating the successes and failures of social policies.
Shefner and win ASA PEWS section Best Article Award, 2013
Congratulations! Jon Shefner, Head of Sociology, is the co-author of the best article awardfrom the Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS) section of the ASA. The article, available free and open access, was published in the official ASA journal of the section. Shefner, Jon, and Julie Stewart. 2011. "Neoliberalism, Grievances and Democratization: An Exploration of the Role of Material Hardships in Shaping Mexico’s Democratic Transition." Journal of World-Systems Research 17: 353-378.×
New PhD Stoner wins Marxist Sociology section Best Paper Award, 2013
Congratulations! Alex Stoner is the recipient of the Albert Szymanski-T.R. Young/Critical Sociology Marxist Sociology Graduate Student Paper Award of the ASA's Marxist Sociology Section, for his article, “Sociobiophysicality and the Necessity of Critical Theory: Moving beyond Prevailing Conceptions of Environmental Sociology in the USA” Critical Sociology doi:10.1177/0896920512471217. Available at http://crs.sagepub.com/content/early/recent×