Recent News

The 2020 Department of Sociology newsletter is now available!
While we cannot celebrate with our 2020 graduates in person, Sociology faculty and staff want to congratulate all of our BA, MA, and PhD graduates. We are so proud of you!
We are excited to welcome three new assistant professors joining the Department this coming year: Yige Dong, Iris Lu, and Joanna Pepin.
We are fortunate to have two sociologists joining the 2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Scholars program at UB: Dr. Waverly Duck and Dr. John Major Eason.
The winner of the 2019-2020 “Graduate School’s Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award” is Dr. Aysegul Balta Ozgen for her dissertation “Refugee Integration in Comparative Perspective: Syrians in Canada, Germany, Turkey, and the United States.”  Dr. Balta Ozgen was a student in the Sociology Department and received her Ph.D. from UB in June 2019. 
The Department of Sociology now offers Criminology as a major. A BA in Criminology focuses on the nature and causes of crime, the behavior of criminals, and how society reacts to crime and criminals. A minor in Criminology is also available. This year, we are sponsoring a Crime and Justice Issues series to foster conversations about criminology and to promote our new major. For more information, please contact Kelly Crean at