Department Blog

WVU Amish Research Team publish article in Journal of Religion and Health

 The WVU Amish Research Team, part of the Religion and Society Group, published an article on Amish and Mennonites and COVID-19 in the Journal of Religion and Health. Check it out here for free access.

Congratulations to our Graduate Student Award Winners

Outstanding Dissertation Fellowship Award - Brittany Kowalski

WVU Sociology & Anthropology Stands in Support of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Communities

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology at West Virginia University stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, faculty, staff, and communities and denounces the anti-AAPI violence and hate occurring in the United States and globally.

Digital Nomads Q&A with Dr. Rachael Woldoff

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Undergraduate Research Spotlight: Talia Buchman

The Marshall Scholarship is a nationally competitive scholarship that funds two years of graduate school at universities in the UK. In order to apply for the scholarship, students’ universities need to interview and endorse them.

Graduate Student Spotlight: Vivian Guetler

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Faculty Research Spotlight: Dr. Walter DeKeseredy

1.  What is your title at WVU, what do you research, and what led you to the field?

George Floyd, Systemic Racism, and Anti-racism: A Faculty Statement from WVU’s Department of Sociology & Anthropology

 As faculty who study and teach on the subjects related to inequality and crime, community, and social justice, we join all of those who are sickened, angered, and heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. It has long been our mission to explain how incidents like these--including the racism-fueled deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor--are not outliers but are part of the way our society operates. This form of bigoted, state-sponsored violence is deeply rooted in our country’s history and continues to manifest in our institutions. Those of us in privileged positions cannot be silent about the dangerous realities of life for black and brown Americans. All of us must take a stand and act in ways that disrupt and dismantle these systems of oppression. This is why we support the protests and all of those who are bravely marching in cities and towns throughout the country.