Department of Sociology at The University of Akron



Olin Hall 247
Akron, OH 44325-1905

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  • Sociology Club Attends NCSA

    Many members of the Sociology Club presented at the North Central Sociology Association annual meeting in Chicago, IL, in March! IMG_2637

  • Does it Cost Men to Care?

    UA's Dr. Janette Dill has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts and California State University, Fullerton, to examine whether the "glass escalator" helps to raise mens' wages when they work in feminized occupations. Usually feminized occupations - and particularly care work occupations - have lower wages as compared to other occupations, even when accounting for education and skill. However, men typically advance quickly in feminized occupations, which may help to compensate for the overall devaluation of these occupations. 

  • Collaboration between faculty and graduate students

    UA’s Dr. Adrianne Frech and graduate student Peter Barr (now Dr. Peter Barr), along with Dr. Jamie Lynch from St. Norbert College, have recently collaborated on a couple of projects that look at whether intimate relationships are related to better health for young adults. Using The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) dataset, Frech, Lynch and Barr looked at whether men and women in either same or opposite-sex relationships who are cohabitating are better off than those who are just dating. 

  • High school dropout becomes celebrated UA scholar
    David Delgado’s dissatisfaction with dead-end jobs fueled his determination to pursue an education. Now he’s on his way to becoming Professor Delgado.
  • Mandatory arrest laws may hurt domestic violence victims
    Law designed to protect victims may be backfiring, according to recent research by two sociologists.


1. Social Effects of Crime in the Media 3850-360: SUMMER SESSION II (fully online)

Television news“If it bleeds it leads” is a phrase that aptly represents the American public’s fascination with crime. Crime has become one of the most common topics of television programs, movies and popular web pages. This course is designed to examine various forms of media and how they present crime. These images will be analyzed from a sociological perspective, focusing on issues of racism, gender expectations, class distinctions, moral panics and fear of crime.

2. Law, Justice and Inequality in Film 3850-360-420: SUMMER SESSION II (fully online)

This course will examine how the law is socially constructed through film and how reality differs from these media accounts. We will also see how accounts of actors in the legal system differ by race/ethnicity, social class and gender, disability and sexual orientation. This course will use research from four disciplines: communication (media), sociology, psychology, and law.