Department News

Karen V. Hansen named director of the Women's Studies Research Center

June 28, 2017

BrandeisNOW reports that sociology chair, Professor Karen Hansen, is now the new director of the Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC).

Read Karen's WSRC profile
Forum on Medical Sociology: The Conrad Way

March 4, 2017

A celebration honoring Peter Conrad

Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar

February 1, 2017

Polgar shaking hands with 8-year-old opponentA discussion with the first woman to become a grandmaster, 5-time Olympic Gold Champion Susan Polgar

Sociology Statement on #FORDHALL2015

November 2, 2015

Ford Hall Protesters

The faculty and staff of the Department of Sociology stand in solidarity with students who have occupied Bernstein-Marcus. We strongly endorse their vision of a more inclusive and diverse university. We commend their leadership and courage in asking all of us to participate in the realization of this vision. We commit ourselves to actively engaging to deepen the conversation and to support concrete efforts to move towards a more equitable and just Brandeis.

Our discipline arose from the study of inequality and injustice, and these remain central concerns. We recognize the harms done by systems of structural inequality, which exact deadly and unacceptable tolls on the bodies, souls, families, and communities of people of color in the United States. We also know that the values and policies that have attempted to address the persistent problems of racism and exclusion in our society and our university have often fallen short, and that new discussions, new ideals and new practices are necessary to move our communities forward.

We maintain an unshakable commitment to teaching and research focused on inequality and injustice, their consequences, and mechanisms for their amelioration. We support continued negotiations between the students, university administration, interim President Lynch and the Board of Trustees to find a collaborative path for addressing the yet unfulfilled social justice promise of Brandeis. We will continue to engage with our students, colleagues, and university leaders to address these issues on campus and beyond in a constructive and collaborative manner.