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Alexandrea Ravenelle, who earned her MA in Sociology and her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies and Journalism) from MU has earned her PhD in Sociology from CUNY Graduate Center in New York City in May of 2018.  Her book Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy, will be published in March 2019 by the University of California Press.  Hustle and Gig is based on interviews with nearly 80 gig economy workers, and their stories underline the volatil

John Pruit, who earned his PhD from the University of Missouri Sociology Department, has published a book titled Between Teaching and Caring in the Preschool (2019, Lexington Books).  The book is subtitled “Talk, Interaction, and Preschool Teacher Identity,” precisely conveying its concern with the complex narrative interplay in teachers’ identity of the competing discourses of caring and learning in the preschool context.  The book is based on his MU dissertation research, which took a constructionist perspective articulated in yearlong ethnographic fieldwork.

Click through to access the PDF to read more about the exciting field of Sociology, and find links to more information and great resources.    A major in sociology prepares you for the challenges of the 21st century. Critical thinking, research and data analysis, communication skills, and intercultural and global perspectives are in demand in the workplace as well as in the world at large. Sociology equips you with the sophisticated understanding of complex issues necessary in an increasingly diverse and interconnected global society.

Lisa Martino-Taylor, who earned her PhD from the Sociology Department at Mizzou in 2011 has published the book Behind the Fog: How the U.S. Cold War Radiological Weapons Program Exposed Innocent Americans, which has garnered some attention in the news as seen in this October 2017 article from the AP: 

 https://www.apnews.com/4da06e584a614035afc8d20e4416bbda/Cold-War-radiati...

Steve Barnard, former doctoral student in the program, published a book titled Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Politics, and the Transformation of  Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan 2018). Notably Steve has strong written endorsements from two top scholars in media sociology and communications, Rodney Benson at NYU and Nick Couldry at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As of July, 2018, Steve is at St. Lawrence University in New York.

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