How do land-use patterns in the Amazon affect deforestation? How do high-tech industries cope with the accelerating pace of technological, economic, and legal change? Does poor health in childhood lead to lower education? What are the effects of war and military occupation on the quality of life of populations? What are economic and racial disparities in the health care of older Americans? How do social structures and patterns of inequality influence the life chances of African adolescents?

These are just a few of the questions that faculty and students in Brown's Sociology Department investigate. Faculty and students both work within the department and are linked to a variety of research centers at Brown—such as:

In addition to considerable work in the United States and Europe, we do research in Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, India, China, and the former Soviet Republics.

The research and teaching of Brown sociology faculty is guided by the systematic and scientific investigation of human behavior and social life.  Sociology connects. Sociology clarifies. Sociology empowers students to engage effectively with the world around them. We invite you to join us.

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Faculty Administrative Positions

Heller, Patrick G, Chair of Sociology

Faculty Positions

Chorev, Nitsan, Harmon Family Professor of Sociology

DiCarlo, Lisa, Lecturer in Sociology

Dill, Ann, Professor Emerita of Sociology

Elliott, Gregory C, Professor of Sociology

Fennell, Mary L, C.V. Starr Professor Emerita of Commerce, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship and Professor Emerita of Sociology

Frickel, Scott A, Professor of Environment and Society and Sociology

Goldscheider, Calvin, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies

Goldscheider, Frances K, University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Sociology

Goldstein, Sidney, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Heller, Patrick G, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Sociology

Henry, Paget, Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology

Hirschman, Daniel, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Hogan, Dennis, Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Population Studies

Itzigsohn, Jose, Professor of Sociology

Jackson, Margot, Associate Professor of Sociology

Johnson, Mathew, Professor of the Practice of Sociology

Kennedy, Michael D, Professor of Sociology

Lindstrom, David P, Professor of Sociology

Logan, John, Professor of Sociology

Lopez Sanders, Laura, Assistant Professor of Sociology

McNally, Brendan C, Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology

Meyer, David R, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Modell, John, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Owens, Jayanti J, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Sociology

Pacewicz, Jan Mateusz, Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies

Qian, Zhenchao, Professor of Sociology

Rauscher, Emily K, Associate Professor of Sociology

Roberts, J Timmons, Professor of Environment and Society and Sociology

Rueschemeyer, Dietrich, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Schrank, Andrew M, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Sociology

Short, Susan E., Professor of Sociology

Silver, Hilary, Professor Emerita of Sociology

Spearin, Carrie E, Lecturer in Sociology

Suchman, Mark C, Professor of Sociology

Van Cleve, Nicole Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Sociology

Vanwey, Leah K, Professor of Environment and Society and Sociology

Wetts, Rachel, Assistant Professor of Environment and Society and Sociology

White, Michael, Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies, Professor of Sociology

Wright, Mary C, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology