About the Department

 The Department of Sociology and Anthropology serves as a hub for many important initiatives while providing quality training in sociology and anthropology. The department, consisting of 27 full-time faculty members, offers a B.A. and M.S. in sociology and a B.A. and Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) in anthropology, as well as undergraduate minors in each respective field. Faculty in the department also play a vital role in the newly launched interdisciplinary Disaster Studies M.A program. Internships and faculty-mentored research opportunities are available to students. The department also supports both a Sociology Club and an Anthropology Club and recognizes outstanding students through induction into the respective national honor societies: Alpha Kappa Delta and Lambda Alpha. The department integrates community engagement into the curriculum with programs such as CHAPS (the Community Historical Archeology Project with Schools) and curating the Border Studies Archive.

Contact Information

Dr. Ramon Guerra
Department Chair
Edinburg: LABN 344A (M, W-F) 
Phone: (956) 665-3339
Brownsville: Main 1.440 (T) 
Phone: (956) 882-7313


Dr. William Donner
Disaster Studies Program Coordinator
Edinburg: LABN 350
(956) 665-2367

Dr. Igor Ryabov
Sociology Graduate Program Advisor/ Sociology Program Coordinator
Edinburg: LABN 342A
(956) 665-7874


Dr. Margaret Graham
Anthropology Program Coordinator/ MAIS- Anthropology Graduate Program Advisor
Edinburg: LABN 329
(956) 665-7393


Mr. Jesus “Jesse” Medina
Administrative Assistant II
Edinburg: LABN 344
(956) 665-8723

Department Locations

Edinburg (main office)
Building: LABN (SBSC)
Room: 344
Address: 1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 665-3321
Office Hours: M-F: 8-12 pm; 1-5 pm

Building: Main
Room: 1.440
Address: One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: (956) 882-7313
Dr. Guerra's Office Hours: Tuesdays 9 am -3 pm
Mr. Medina's Dept. Hours: Thursdays 9 am - 3 pm

Note: Dr. Ramon Guerra's Brownsville office location is Main Room 1.440. If you would like to contact Dr. Guerra by email, you may reach him at ramon.guerra@utrgv.edu.