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Apr 7, 2024

Spring 2024 Department Newsletter

Click here to access the Spring 2024 Department of Sociology and Anthropology Newsletter. Dear NC State Sociology and Anthropology Faculty, Students, Alumni, and Supporters It is an exciting and vibrant time to be in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at NC State! This year we welcomed four new assistant professors and two new staff members to… 

Apr 4, 2024

Graduate Students Present at Annual Research Symposium

On April 3 2024, several Graduate Students from the department of Sociology and Anthropology presented their research at the 17th Annual Graduate Research Symposium. Included in Graduate Appreciation Week activities, Graduate Students from across campus come together to share ideas and knowledge in their various fields at the annual event. In order to be included… 

Apr 2, 2024

Dr. April Fernandes to Present at the Denver Law Review’s Annual Symposium

Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. April Fernandes, has been invited to give a presentation at the Denver Law Review’s Annual Symposium, being held April 12-13. The annual event is hosted at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. Dr. Fernandes’s talk is entitled, “Perpetual Debt & Prison Pay-to-Stay,” and she will serve… 

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Mar 6, 2024

What Drives ‘Drug-Induced Homicide’ Prosecutions in North Carolina?

A new study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jennifer Carroll finds the desire to reduce overdose deaths is spurring DIH prosecutions. However, the evidence suggests it may be harming public health. 

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Feb 12, 2024

Studying the Impact of U.S. Penal System ‘Pay-to-Stay’ Policies

Until now, little research has been done on the impact these policies have on incarcerated people, their families, and their communities. Associate Professor of Sociology April Fernandes is co-leading a team that will analyze the policies. 

Jan 25, 2024

Graduate Student, Bec Stargel, Wins 2024 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ Master’s Thesis Award

Bec Stargel, a NCSU Graduate student in Sociology, is the recipient of the 2024 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools' (CSGS) Master's Thesis Award. 

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Nov 20, 2023

Why the COVID Pandemic Hit Non-White Americans the Hardest

There was a stark difference in the percentage of non-white Americans who died in the first year of the COVID pandemic compared to white Americans. A new book authored and co-edited by professor of sociology Melvin Thomas explains why. 

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Sep 29, 2023

How Racism Shapes Black Motherhood in the U.S.

A new study authored by assistant professor of sociology Mia Brantley, underscores how being a Black mother in the U.S. involves navigating aspects of parenthood that are explicitly tied to dealing with racism. 

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Sep 19, 2023

How Education, Work and Motherhood Shape Women’s Life ‘Pathways’

The researchers, including associate professor of sociology Anna Manzoni, found seven “pathways” that illustrate the way major life events can have long-term ripple effects for women. 

Apr 25, 2023

How You Can Take Advantage of the Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers opportunities for undergraduates to become involved with research happening on campus.