Research

Faculty in the Sociology Program conduct research on a wide variety of topics and publish in some of the top journals in their fields. Below are several areas of particular strength and concentration among our faculty.


Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

The study of race and ethnicity, along with immigration, is a special strength among our faculty. Sociology faculty conduct research on a wide range of topics in this area. Mexican American culture, religion, assimilation, and identity are of particular interest to sociology faculty members, a reflection of our unique location at the U.S.-Mexico border. Faculty also study racial and ethnic disparities in education, health, and in the labor market as well as processes of racial construction and racial attribution. Immigrant incorporation and ethnic relations also represent key areas of research among sociologists at UTRGV.

Faculty:

  • Steven Foy
  • Ramon Guerra
  • Salvatore Restifo
  • Bienvenido Ruiz
  • Igor Ryabov
  • Dawid Wladyka
  • Arlett Lomeli

Gender, Family, and Sexuality

Sociology faculty conduct research on the complexities of gender, family and sexuality in the 21st century. Research areas among our faculty include family and gender roles, how gender intersects with class and race, and the relationship between household composition, family structure, and poverty. Other research focuses on sexuality and LGBT issues, such as the experience of LGBT young adults, and anti-LGBT sentiment and activism.

Faculty:

  • Amie Bostic
  • Igor Ryabov
  • Arlett Lomeli
  • Young-Rae Oum
  • Billy Ulibarri
  • Salvatore Restifo

Environmental Sociology and Disaster Studies

Research related to environmental sociology and disasters is a unique feature of sociology at UTRGV and facilitates the new Disaster Studies M.A. program. Faculty in our program conduct research on population and social vulnerability to disaster, as well as disaster/emergency management and preparedness.

Faculty:

  • William Donner
  • Dean Kyne
  • Dawid Wladyka
  • Arlett Lomeli

Medical Sociology/Sociology of Health

Sociology faculty conduct research on a wide variety of topics related to the sociology of health and medicine. These topics include access to and utilization of healthcare services, processes of medicalization, mental health issues, eating disorders among adolescents, and obesity.

Faculty:

  • Steven Foy
  • Igor Ryabov
  • Qi Sun

Sociology faculty members conduct research on a range of other topics, including the sociology of religion, demography, social psychology, the sociology of education, and social movements.


Recent publications by sociology faculty

Chad Richardson

William Donner

Steven Foy

Arlett Lomeli

Dean Kyne

Salvatore Restifo

Ben Ruiz

Igor Ryabov

Katarzyna Sepielak

Dawid Wladyka