Jun 21, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 


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Fontana, Andrea
  (1976), Professor; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego.

Graduate Coordinators

Gottschalk, Simon
  (1992), Associate Professor; B.A., Haifa University (Israel); M.A., University of Houston; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara.

Graduate Faculty

Batson, Christie
  (2007), Assistant Professor; B.A., University of Texas, Austin, M.A., Ph.D., the Ohio State University.
Bernhard, Bo
  (2002), Associate Professor; B.A., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Brents, Barbara
  (1987), Associate Professor; B.J., M.A., Ph.D., University of Missouri.

Borer, Michael         

  (2008), Assistant Professor; B.A., Lafayette College; MA., Ph.D., Boston      University.
Dickens, David
  (1984), Professor; B.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas.
Futrell, Robert
  (1999), Associate Professor; B.A., University of Kentucky; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas.
Gottschalk, Simon
  (1992), Associate Professor; B.A., Haifa University; M.A., University of Houston; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara.
Hausbeck, Kathryn
  (1995), Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Graduate College; B.A., M.A., Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo.
Keene, Jennifer
  (2001), Associate Professor; B.A., Tulane; M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University.
Monnat, Shannon
  (2008), Assistant Professor; B.A., State University of New York.
Parker, Robert E.
  (1989), Professor; B.S., Southern Illinois University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Shalin, Dmitri N.
  (1991), Professor; B.A., M.A., Leningrad State University; Ph.D., Institute of Sociological Research, U.S.S.R. Academy of Science; M.Phil, Ph.D., Columbia University.
Smith, Ronald W.
  (1972), Professor and Vice President for Research and Graduate Dean; B.S., Southeast Missouri State College; M.A., Northern Illinois University; Ph.D., Washington State University.
Spivak, Andrew
  (2008), Assistant Professor; BBA, University of Oklahoma; B.A., M.A., University of Central Oklahoma; M.A., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.

Professors Emeriti

Carns, Donald E.
  (1973), Professor; B.A., M.A., Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Indiana University.
Frey, James
  (1974-2004), Professor and Dean; B.A., Augustana College; M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., Washington State University.

The graduate faculty in sociology consists of scholars/teachers who have earned doctorates at some of the leading graduate schools in the country. The DOS offers three graduate program tracks: a terminal MA program with a specialization in Community Studies; a Ph.D. program for students who have already earned a Masters degree; and a Bachelors to Ph.D. track for qualified students who want to earn their MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at UNLV in a single program. We have five broad areas of specialization in the department: 1. Community Studies; 2. Culture; 3. Inequalities; 4. Social Psychology, Symbolic Interactionism & Deviance; 5. Politics & Institutions. The M.A. program has been in place for many years and has graduated men and women who occupy professional, academic and administrative positions across the nation. Beginning with the class of 2005, all graduates of our MA program now have a specialization in Community Studies. The Ph.D. program, which began in 1989, has already graduated more than 37 scholars who hold positions in academia, the nonprofit sector, private industry and public service. Graduates from our Ph.D. program are trained in advanced theory and methods, and have well-developed expertise in at least two of our departmental areas of specialization. The Sociology department welcomes applications for MA and Ph.D. programs from candidates who can demonstrate a record of significant academic achievement and potential for professional success in sociology.


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