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Sociology Department

We have a distinguished faculty with a commitment to first-rate research, teaching, and service, along with a dedication to our theme of Social Economy and Social Justice: Gender, Race and Class in a Global Context. Our faculty members specialize in a wide variety of sociological subfields, write influential books, and publish widely in major sociological journals. A significant number consider themselves to be public sociologists, whose work is influential beyond the academy, and many engage in activism at the local level and beyond.

Their teaching and mentoring is reflected in our award winning students and alumni. Students work closely with faculty on research and publication projects, and we have many examples of co-authored publications between faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate. We encourage a very broad, interdisciplinary approach to sociological inquiry, and a collaborative, flexible learning environment in which students can achieve their full potential.

To see faculty specialties and access their websites, check out our Faculty Profiles page. To examine some of their course syllabi, see our Syllabus section (which has syllabi going back a few years). The Faculty Clusters page is intended to help graduate students form committees for their MA theses, area exams, and dissertations. Keep in mind when viewing it that we do have faculty in specialty areas not included on the clusters page, and that students are also free to solicit faculty from other departments within BC and from other universities to serve on their committees.

Juliet SchorSociology Professor Juliet Schor was named the Matina S Horner Visiting Professor at Radcliffe, where she is working on her latest book. She was also listed as one of the Five Superstar Women Sociologists You Should Know in the sociology section of About Education.

Shawn McGuffeyAssociate Sociology Professor C. Shawn McGuffey participated in an international conference in Tanzania, where scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists gathered to make recommendations to the International Criminal Court regarding its work in Africa.

AssistantBrian Gareau Sociology Professor Brian Gareau was awarded a $30,000 Ignite grant from the Office of the Provost as part of a new internal grant initiative designed to spur research across the University. His project will examine ways to protect the state’s cranberry crop from threats posed by climate change.