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Sociology

Enriching social scientific understandings of the complex problems societies face today.

Heading Home After Hurricanes

Research from UMN Sociologist Jack DeWaard shows how people head home after massive storms.

The Return of Rehabilitation? Educational Programs for Prisoners Remain Inadequate

Up until the 2016 presidential election, criminologists saw increasingly hopeful signs that a new “smart on crime” political alignment was emergent: imprisonment rates (and crime) were declining, tough-on-crime policies were becoming increasingly unpopular among both Democrats and Republicans, and “rehabilitation” was reentering the criminal justice lexicon […]

Atheists Still “Other”?

Ten years ago, Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Doug Hartmann published a paper with a surprising finding: atheists were the most disliked minority group in the United States. Has that changed?

What Americans Believe about Voting Rights for Criminals

Politicians argue over whether former inmates can and should vote, but citizens are increasingly unified in their position. Sociologist Chris Uggen provides a public opinion brief through the Scholars Strategy Network.

Crime and Punishment---Do We Need a Fresh Start?

Drawing on his wide-ranging research, a leading SSN sociologist argues that now is the time to revamp America’s troubled criminal justice system.

In an enlightening forum at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs sponsored by Minneapolis-St. Paul SSN, Christopher Uggen discussed the state of criminal justice in America with district…

There's Research on That! Women at Work: When Self Help Isn't Help Enough

Sociologist Penny Edgell gathers research on why pop culture’s self-help mantras do little to change women’s experiences in the workplace: “trying to solve a problem of structural sexism with a good night’s sleep, a self-help book, and a smile is a losing proposition.”

Office Hours Podcast: Joyce Bell on Social Work and the Black Power Movement

Sociologist Joyce Bell, author of The Black Power Movement and American Social Work, discusses the activist legacy and community organizations that grew out of the 1960s and ’70s Black Power movement.

Atheists Remain Most Disliked Religious Minority in the U.S.

Ten years ago University of Minnesota sociologists conducted research showing that, among a long list of racial and religious minority groups, atheists were the most disliked group of people in the United States. Last month they followed up with new research that shows that Americans still have negative opinions of atheists and the non-religious–and now…