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2018

Cover of Hustle and Gig

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

Between Teaching and Caring in the Preschool (2019, Lexington Books) “Talk, Interaction, and Preschool Teacher Identity"

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 too

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.

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: 

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.

The University of Missouri Department of Sociology and a few of his students are organizing a memorial for the life of Prof. Ted R. Vaughan, 2-4:30 pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Columbia, MO.  At Palmer Room 100a located in the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on S 9th st.  After the memorial, we hope people will go to The Olde Heidelberg, Ted's 'REAL' classroom, and continue the celebration of his life. Click through to read some of the remarks presented at the memorial.

2017

We are sorry to report that long-time faculty member of the Sociology Department, Professor Emeritus Ted Vaughan, passed away on Friday 9/22.  The funeral will be in Wellington, TX, on Wednesday 9/27. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Below is a link to Ted's obituary and links to sign the guestbook, send private condolences, send a sympathy card, or send flowers.

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2016

Professor Joan Hermsen elected as the Missouri State Director on the Midwest Sociological Society Board of Directors.

Professor Jay Gubrium to receive honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lund University in Sweden.

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