Department of Sociology

News and Events

Thank you Prof. Das for your Service as Chair

Mitra Das, Ph.D., completed her term as chairperson of the Department of Sociology over the summer of 2014.   Her service to the department as chair occurred during a period of growth for the Department, with three new faculty joining. Das is teaching a Sociology of Family seminar, and is working on research related to gender and migration.

Announcing a New Chair of the Dept. of Sociology

We are excited to announce that Mignon Duffy, Ph.D. has succeeded Mitra Das, Ph.D. as chair of the Department of Sociology.  She began in Fall 2014 and will serve a three  year term.  Under her leadership, the department will undertake an extensive review of its curriculum to both deepen and broaden the education for sociology students, continue to grow with the prospective hiring of new faculty and deepen our commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service.

New Opportunities for Student Internships!

The Department of Sociology revived a course to provide opportunities for students to complete academic internships for credit, while connecting their experiences to academic work.  The new Fall 2014 course is taught by Thomas Pineros Shields, Ph.D., has placed the first cohort of seven upper-level sociology students in internships for approximately 10 hours per week with the Coalition for a Better Acre, Budget Buddies, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell, the Student Immigrant Movement, Centro Presente, Girls, Inc., and the Center for Hope and Healing.   

Sociology Major winning awards!

Deborah Paul ’14 was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Community Service, to University students who have made significant contributions to the public good (volunteer efforts which benefit the Greater Lowell community, other communities, or other organizations) and thus have brought credit to themselves, the University and the larger community.  DPaulopt
Deborah also received the Sociology Department’s Shirley Kolack Book Award. Deborah founded USERVE, a club established “to reach others and positively impact their lives for a day, a month or year through service.”

Columbia University has accepted Deborah Paul, for its Summer Medical And Dental Program. Students in the program take two classes. They also shadow a primary care physician and two sub-specialists at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
"Medical schools want future doctors to understand the social determinants of health disparities," said Sociology Chair Mitra Das, "so it not surprising that acceptance rate for social science majors match those of traditional science majors." The program provides tuition, room and board for accepted fellows. 

Sociology Major Entrepreneur 

Jake Latif ’14 began working with friends in Management and other majors to build a company as undergraduates.  They've been very successful, and now that Jake's graduating, the company is moving to Denver. It combines music, a clothing line, and social events.  Two or three other UMass Lowell students are partners. The company's name is Stay Bad.