We have a productive sociology faculty who do work that matters. We are fortunate to work in a university committed to engaging with the community, with a mission to understand Great Cities, and in a college focused on using faculty expertise to promote scientific inquiry and to help shape a more just society. Our faculty members are as dedicated to engaging in rigorous research and contributing to the development of basic knowledge as they are to making substantial contributions to the community at large.

UIC Sociology has research expertise in two broad areas: the study of race, ethnicity and gender, and the study of work, organizations and the economy. Within these broad topical areas, our highly productive faculty pursue research projects within a remarkable array of sub-specialties. 

Our department also prides itself on the array of different methodological strategies in our collective toolkit; faculty undertake ethnographies, in-depth interviews, survey research, focus groups, statistical analysis of secondary data, and the use of comparative historical methods. Moreover, one of the noteworthy features of our department is our methodological cross-fertilization, reflected in the increasing use by faculty of multiple-methods in their research approaches. Quantitative scholars are incorporating in-depth interviews; statistical analysts are using comparative historical methods; and ethnographers have become conversant in designing surveys.

As is true of the discipline overall, our department includes book-writers, journal-article-writers, and those who do both. Reflecting this, our productivity on both dimensions is impressive. Since 2013, our faculty have produced six books and two edited volumes. Our rate of journal article publications is also exceptional, and too many and varied to summarize here. Nevertheless, our faculty (and graduate students) regularly publish in top general and specialty journals with solid to excellent impact factor ratings.


9781479831180_Full From Deportation to Prison

The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America 

Patrisia Macias-Rojas

ISBN: 9781479831180

Prof. Andy Clarno

Beyond the state: policing precariousness in South Africa and Palestine/Israel

Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2014
Vol. 37, No. 10, 1725-1731. DOI:10.1080/01419870.2014.931984

The Victims of Southern Mob Violence

Amy Kate Bailey
 and Stewart E. Tolnay

ISBN  978-1-4696-2087-9

Prof. Nilda Flores-Gonzalez

"Doing Race": Latino Youth's Identities and the Politics of Racial Exclusion

with Elizabeth Aranda and Elizabeth Vaquera

American Behavioral Scientist, 2014
Vol. 58(14) 1834-1851. DOI: 10.1177/0002764214550287

Despite the Best Intentions
How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools

Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond

ISBN: 9780195342727


From Social Movement to Moral Market
How the Circuit Riders Sparked an IT Revolution and Created a Technology Market

Paul-Brian McInerney
ISBN: 9780804785129

Prof. Moshe Semyonov

The Rise of Anti-foreigner Sentiment in European Societies, 1988-2000
with Rebeca Raijman and Anatasia Gorodzeisky

American Sociological Review, 2006
Vol. 71(3) 426-449. DOI: 10.1177/000312240607100304

Prof. Laurie Schaffner

Out of sight, out of compliance: US detained girls' health justice

Contemporary Justice Review, 2014
Vol. 17(1) 63-86. DOI: 10.1080/10282580.2014.883845
9780226064598Ancestors and Antiretrovirals

The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Claire Laurier Decoteau

ISBN: 9780226064598

9780814733172_FullRespect Yourself, Protect Yourself
Latina Girls and Sexual Identity

 Lorena Garcia

ISBN: 9780814733172

Prof. Rachel Gordon

Promoting Family Resilience Through Evidence-based Policy Making: Reconsidering the Link BEtween Adult-Infant Bedsharing and Infant Mortality

Family Relations, 2015
Vol. 64(1) 134-152. DOI: 10.1111/fare.12099

Prof. Pamela Popielarz

The Niche as a Theoretical Tool

Annual Review of Sociology, 2007
Vol. 33: 65-84. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.soc.32.061604.123118

9780393937671_198Families as They Really Are

Second Edition

Editors Barbara J. Risman and Virginia Rutter

ISBN: 978-0-393-93767-1