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Research and Engagement

We dig up tiny shards of pottery and bones. We also put entire societies and cultures under our microscopes. We’re driven to to examine and understand what we can learn from the past, and how we can guide the future. Our research matters. 

Impactful Research

Our faculty – and our students – contribute to our understanding of what it means to be human, to live in society, to create and recreate ourselves and our cultures.  

We’ve made our mark in studies of medical sociology, family sociology, gender and sexuality, women's labor force participation, nonprofit organizations, and crime, to name just a few.  

Our research appears in the top journals of our fields, including the Annual Review of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Gender and Society, Social Forces, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Human Ecology, and the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Engaged With the World

As a proud part of our great land grant university since its very beginnings, we serve the citizens of the state through our research and engagement, from local communities and schools to government entities to multi-national businesses and industries. Our faculty and students conduct and share our studies and expertise around issues of poverty and inequality, archaeological science, cardiovascular mortality, child abuse, family issues, food environments, obesity, health and physical activity, education, gender-related issues, crime and criminal justice organizations … to mention a few.