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.


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.

Sociology Conversations is a forum developed and hosted by the Department of Sociology at MU.  This forum serves to bring undergraduate students together with faculty and graduate students to discuss current social problems in society and on campus through a sociological lens.  Our department believes that facilitating a dialogue is important to understanding issues in our society and community.


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.

Associate Professors Amit Prasad and Eileen Avery have been designated holders of the Jake O. & Irma B. Mathes Chair in Sociology for the Fall and Spring of 2016-17 academic year respectively.

Anastacia Schulhoff has been awarded Robert Habenstein Dissertation Award for 2016. Anastacia’s dissertation is titled, Living and Dying Lakota: An Ethnography of a Tribal Nursing Home (Advisor: Jay Gubrium)

Robyn Swink. “Lemony Liz and Likeable Leslie: Audience understandings of feminism, comedy, and gender in women-led television comedies,” Feminist Media Studies 
Estimated Publication date - 19 Dec 2016 (Online), 16 Jan 2017 (Print). 

Jaber F. Gubrium, Tone Alm Andreassen, and Per Koren Solvang, eds. 2016. Reimagining the Human Service Relationship. New York: Columbia University Press.