Sociology and Geography

Sociology is a discipline within the social sciences that studies society and human relations within a societal context. Sociological research in the social sciences department focuses primarily on the status of underrepresented minorities in both American and international society, as well as societal impacts on the environment with a connection to both our political science and environmental and energy policy research. Our sociological research employs a place-based methodology emphasizing geography and demography techniques.

FacultyAreas of Interest
International/transnational development; Faith-based development; Gender; Human rights; Global service learning; African studies (Niger)
Applications of GIS for Historical Research; Time-Space Integration; Mobility and Social Interaction; Qualitative GIS; Demography and Historical Record Linkage; Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction; Urban Environments
Social simulation; Agent-based modeling; Land-use modeling; Norm evolution; Survey design; International relations
Rural Sociology; Population and Environment; Environmental Sociology; Community Engaged Scholarship; Internal Migration; GIS and spatial analysis