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The Department of Sociology at Boston University fosters teaching and research that expand knowledge of human social behavior. By introducing students to the art and science of sociology, including its theories and methods, the Department contributes to the education of active, critically informed and globally-aware citizens, as well as to the training of the next generation of teachers, policy makers, and scholars. Learn more about our Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees.


Department chair: Dr. Nazli Kibria
Campus address: 96-100 Cummington Street
Phone: 617-353-2591
Fax: 617-353-4837

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  • Mental health disparities in solitary confinement 

    Simes, Jessica; Western, Bruce; Lee, Angela (2020)
    Harsh prison conditions have been widely examined for their effects on the mental health of incarcerated people. Few studies of punishment examine how mental health status could expose individuals to greater risk of harsh ...
  • Solitary confinement and institutional harm 

    Western, Bruce; Simes, Jessica; Bradner, Kendra (2019)
  • Autonomy as empowerment, or how gendered power manifests itself in contemporary Russian families 

    Guseva, Alevtina; Ibragimova, Dilyara (Springer, Cham, 2020-11-01)
    What constitutes power in the household, and how much power do contemporary Russian women have vis-à-vis their husbands? Research on intrahousehold gendered power has typically focused on three contexts: employment and ...
  • Science and democracy reconsidered 

    Harris, Joseph (Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), 2020-01-08)
    To what extent is the normative commitment of STS to the democratization of science a product of the democratic contexts where it is most often produced? STS scholars have historically offered a powerful critical lens ...
  • Solitary confinement and the U.S. prison boom 

    Simes, Jessica T.; Sakoda, Ryan T. (SAGE Publications, 2019-12-29)
    Solitary confinement is a harsh form custody involving isolation from the general prison population and highly restricted access to visitation and programs. Using detailed prison records covering 30 years of practices in ...
  • The ecology of race and punishment across cities 

    Simes, Jessica T. (Wiley, 2020-03)
    In an era of mass incarceration in the United States, neighborhood context plays a significant role in demographic patterns of imprisonment. This paper examines the preprison neighborhood environment of racial and ethnic ...
  • Drug use in the year after prison 

    Western, Bruce; Simes, Jessica T. (Elsevier BV, 2019-08)
    With poor health and widespread drug problems in the U.S. prison population, post-prison drug use provides an important measure of both public health and social integration following incarceration. We study the correlates ...
  • Consumer credit surveillance 

    Guseva, Alya; Rona-Tas, Akos (Oxford University Press, 2019-12-01)
    This chapter reviews the development of consumer credit surveillance in the United States from the nineteenth century, as the original problem of information asymmetry in consumer lending gave rise to consumer data registries, ...
  • Moral-ethical and legal aspects of surrogate motherhood: origins, international experience, problems 

    Guseva, A. (MedMedia, 2017-12-27)
    The article traces first commercial surrogacy contracts to the late 1970s Michigan, USA, and examines the most common moral objections to the practice of surrogacy. It familiarizes the readers with several recent sociological ...

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