and Social Inequalities
Welcome to the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University!
Our department focuses on global phenomena, as well as their connection to national dynamics. We thus hold a leading position in the discipline of sociology and, as such, are integral to the university's global focus. Our faculty expertise is concentrated in Computational Social Science, Environment, Health, International Development, Inequality, and Politics and Culture. We are a methodologically diverse department that spans both quantitative and qualitative methods. We aim to teach students how to use the best methods available to inform the most pressing policy and social issues of our time.
The Sociology Department at Stony Brook University is committed to advancing equity and justice. We acknowledge that social justice oriented scholarship has a long tradition in sociology, including contributions from members of historically marginalized groups, such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Jane Addams. We thus affirm the value of a wide variety of approaches to sociological research, including scholarship that is explicitly oriented toward addressing and dismantling injustice alongside inequalities. We are committed to rigorous research and teaching that seeks to improve both global and local conditions for everyone.
Department Administrator and Interim Graduate Coordinator
Academic Programs Coordinator
Department of Sociology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-4356
Telephone: (631) 632-7700
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News and Events
The Sociology Department mourns the passing of Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor Norman Goodman. Dr. Goodman, who passed away on June 26th, enjoyed a 56-year career at Stony Brook University. He was a member of the university’s founding generation beginning his career at Stony Brook in 1964 as one of the earliest members of the Sociology Department. Professor Goodman chaired the department for 20 years (from 1973 to 1989 and again from 2000 to 2004). He also served as president of the Arts and Sciences Senate, twice president of the University Senate, served as vice president for the senate for three terms and edited the SUNY University Senate Bulletin for more than 20 years. Goodman was the author/co-author/co-editor of 10 books, including four textbooks in Introductory Sociology and two textbooks in Marriage and the Family. Goodman also served on the SUNY Distinguished Academy Board from its conception until his retirement last year. Further information on the career of Norman Goodman can be found here.
In dedication to Stony Brook University and the Department of Sociology, Dr. Goodman has generously bequeathed funds to create the “Norman ‘Norm’ Goodman Endowment Excellence Award in Sociology” which will provide annual $1,000 cash awards for one undergraduate and one graduate student in Sociology who “demonstrates high academic achievement as defined by Stony Brook policy…[and] who demonstrates achievement, experience or commitment to academic excellence, leadership or community service”
- Kristen Shorette is the 2022 winner of the Environmental Sociology's Section of the American Sociological Association Teaching and Mentorship Award.
- Nicholas H. Wilson has received a $20,000 Stony Brook Foundation Trustees Faculty Award to pursue research, scholarship and creative art. Recipients are chosen with an emphasis on the quality of research and publications and scholarship, the institutional impact of achievements and potential for continued professional growth, and the clarity, quality and significance of long-term future research, scholarship and creative activity and their probable impact upon SBU and the scholarly community within the discipline.
- Oyeronke Oyewumi has received the Distinguished Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the United States. Established in the 1980s, the award recognizes and honors "scholars who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African Studies and service to thr Africanist community."
- In the recent American Sociological Association election,Crystal Fleming was elected to a three year term as an at-large member of Council, which is the governing body of the association.
- Jennifer Heerwig,has received a Piper Foundation Research Grant for her work on democracy vouchers,
"Comparing Small Donor Public Financing Systems: The Effects of Matching Funds and
Democracy Vouchers on Donor Diversity.
- Jennifer Heerwig,has received a Piper Foundation Research Grant for her work on democracy vouchers, "Comparing Small Donor Public Financing Systems: The Effects of Matching Funds and Democracy Vouchers on Donor Diversity.
- Yongjun Zhang, with his co-author Jeremy E. Fiel, is the co-winner of the 2020 James Coleman Best Article Award in the ASA Sociology of Education Section for his article, "With All Deliberate Speed: The Reversal of Court-Ordered School Desegregation, 1970-2013." AJS 124(6): 1685-1719.
- Crystal Fleming, has received a Stony Brook Mid-Career Diversity Award, recognizing a faculty member at the mid-career stage who has a strong record of research and service while also advancing Stony Brook's goals of a diverse and inclusive campus.
- Sarah Bush, (Yale University) Sociology Departmental Colloquium Speaker, March 4th, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, SBS N403: "Gender Quotas and International Reputation"
- Michael Schwartz, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, has received the American Sociological Association's 2020 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award.