Welcome to the Sociology department...
....a vibrant community of students and faculty who are at the forefront of the discipline. Sociologists study the world around us to uncover how society works. Our dedicated, highly qualified faculty engage with students in and outside of the classroom. Students learn how to do sociology not only through their formal coursework but also by working alongside faculty on cutting-edge sociological research. These opportunities provide our students with the specialized skills needed to successfully compete in today’s labor market.
News and Stories
Kei Nomaguchi begins new role as Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Kei Nomaguchi
Professor Kei Nomaguchi was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in May. She has been enjoying getting to know our eight energetic students of the 2020 cohort in our brand new Professional Development course. In her research, Kei continues to investigate parenting, work and family, parent-child relationships, and the well-being of children and parents. She has published extensively on social determinants of parenting and parental well-being, including her recent decade-in-review article for Journal of Marriage and Family. Kei’s work has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She was named 2018 “Top 50” Overall Contributor to Work and Family Research by the Work and Family Researchers Network. Currently she is working on her new projects on racial/ethnic differences in parenting and children’s activities using national data sets.
Congratulations PhD and MA summer graduates!
The Sociology Graduate Commencement ceremony was held via WebEx on Thursday August 13. Faculty and staff celebrated the accomplishments of four PhD students, Mitch Gresham, Paul Hemez, Elizabeth Howe-Huist, and Marissa Landeis, and two MA students, Ian King and Alyssa Vielee. Congratulations to all of our summer graduates!
BGSU population scientist Kelly Stamper Balistreri digs into data to find answers
Dr. Kelly Stamper Balistreri
Associate Professor Kelly Stamper Balistreri works with statewide health agencies and academia to help improve the health of Ohio residents. As a member of the executive committee for the Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey (started in 1997), Balistreri helps develop survey questions, plans the field work to ask the questions, and analyzes the collected data. After receiving several grants, she became involved with the survey and was asked to be on the 40-member executive committee that administers the surveys. She notes that social determinants have become an important focus when studying health, stating “Health doesn’t just happen by our behaviors - what we eat, whether we smoke and exercise. It’s formed from where we’re born, where we grow up, how we live, where we live.”