For over 30 years, we have been distinguished by our emphasis on world-historical studies that cut across disciplinary boundaries.

This has made us one of the most distinctive sociology departments in the world, with faculty expertise on every world region—indeed we have the largest such concentration of any department of our size. We seek to make sense of the astonishingly diverse and deep-seated global processes and movements that transform our lives. Faculty and students alike are engaged worldwide in academic research, publications, and public sociology work, as can be seen if you explore our website.

We have special research strengths in critical study of political economy: hierarchies of class, race and gender; social movements; world-systems analysis; and culture, power and knowledge. We offer our students, drawn from all over the globe, a friendly, supportive and vibrant teaching and research environment.

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Denis O'Hearn being interviewed.

Delal Aydin, left, Sociology doctoral student, with a Kurdish woman she interviewed in a small town near the Syrian border.

Delal Aydin, sociology graduate student, is a recipient of the SSRC Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship, which she is using to conduct field research in Kurdish areas of the Southeast of Turkey. Delal's research focuses on students in high schools in the Kurdish region of Turkey, who have rejected the school curricula's efforts to encourage their assimilation as part of a "Turkish nation" and instead chose at great risk to be part of the struggle for Kurdish recognition.

In her doctoral research, Delal is interviewing high school graduates and faculty members from Kurdish high schools in the 1990s, when the conflict between Kurds and the Turkish state became critical.

She says, "I think that an understanding of the Kurdish movement from this angle might provide another window to look at other struggles for recognition in other parts of the world, including the United States."

Delal Aydin is just one of many graduate students in the Sociology Department who are working within our tradition of interdisciplinary world-historical studies.

Last Updated: 10/30/15