NEIU Sociology

NEIU Sociology Our aim is to develop students’ critical understandings of social life through the shared power of knowledge and collective action. The Department of Sociology offers students a world of difference.

We constantly challenge the status quo. We inform action with empirical evidence. We share alternative perspectives on understanding how and why societies are structured in ways that make some groups of people succeed repeatedly, some groups stagnate indefinitely, and other groups fail miserably from one generation to the next. We expose the exploitative relations of the powerful relative to the powerless. Indeed, the Department cracks open the logic of how and why particular power-groups in society use such social institutions as the family, government, law, economy, education, media, religion, medicine, military, police, and prison to silence, divide, conquer, discriminate, oppress, criminalize, enslave, medicalize, and/or kill different groups of people, considered as “others,” at different points in time, across different societies.

Mission: The fundamental mission of the Department is to develop students’ critical understandings of social life through the shared power of knowledge and resourceful action. Our faculty is committed to working with students to understand how classism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of inequalities intersect and operate, and how individuals, groups, and organizations challenge these inequalities against all odds. Our primary aim is thus to equip students with a lifelong love of learning; broad, diverse, and critical perspectives of the social world; and relevant and important life skills that are consistent with the goals of a liberal arts education. By deepening students’ critical understandings of the structures and patterns upon which everyday life rests, the Department fosters the students’ “sociological imaginations” through empowerment, social engagement, and commitment to social justice. Please consider a financial donation to our department. Your donation will help bring guest lecturers to speak at the university, send students to educational seminars, cover book expenses, and other sociological perks. There are several ways to donate: Online at www.neiu.edu/giving. Under Designation, select "Other" and type "Sociology". Complete the rest of the form as prompted; a check made payable to the NEIU Foundation, and designate "Sociology Department" in the memo. Please mail to: NEIU Foundation, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with us! 💜💪🏻 All virtual sessions are FREE!⚠️Please visit: Neiu.edu/WHM ⚠️
02/22/2021

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us! 💜💪🏻 All virtual sessions are FREE!
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HELP NEIU SOCIOLOGY STUDENTS!  Tomorrow, December 1st, is #GivingTuesday where people all around the world will support ...
11/30/2020
NEIU #GivingTuesday 2020 - Sociology Scholarship Fundraiser

HELP NEIU SOCIOLOGY STUDENTS! Tomorrow, December 1st, is #GivingTuesday where people all around the world will support causes that are near and dear to them. Times are so hard for our students so on this day of giving, NEIU's Sociology Department will attempt to raise $5000 for scholarships (i.e. for books, tuition, etc.) to help our students reach graduation. Please join us and show your support for our students tomorrow at https://p2p.onecause.com/neiugivingtuesday/team/sociology-scholarship-fundraiser . Any amount is greatly appreciated. Please share widely! Thank you so much!

Respectfully,

Olivia Perlow (she/her), Department Chair
Sociology Department
African & African American Studies Program
Latino & Latin American Studies Program
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
Northeastern Illinois University

Greetings Everyone! I am so excited to be participating in this year's Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign. 2020 has been very difficult for so many of our sociology students, many of whom have been laid off from their jobs, are facing mental and physical health challenges, housing and food insecuri...

Remember back in My 2016 when we were young and innocent?
05/01/2019

Remember back in My 2016 when we were young and innocent?

Thank you to the NEIU sociology department for their mentorship and motivation to not stand idly by but create action in the face of injustice!!!! In solidarity #squadgoals #whereskaren #wefoundher

05/08/2018

Is anyone available to attend our On The Table discussion this afternoon? It's at 12 pm -2 pm. We are located at 2755 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago. The discussion is about the youth population of Chicago, who have been involved in the juvenile system. We are talking about what we can do as a community to engage these young people in our substance abuse disorder programs and provide other behavioral healthcare to this population. So if you are a probation officer, social worker, lawyer, or a professor, who has insight on this subject matter, please come by for some conversation and lunch!

01/31/2018
Indie Episodic program: America To Me

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Meet Steve James, creator of America To Me, which is playing in the Indie Episodic Program at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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09/08/2017
Smartpartyagenda

Smartpartyagenda

This page is designed to create links between people and organizations who support: Campaign finance reform, ending gerrymandering, voting access, fair taxation, holding asset stripping companies accountable, and responsible gun control.

08/21/2017

Congrats to NEIU SOC alum Alexis Dennis on the completion of her MA in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison!

08/21/2017

Congrats to NEIU SOC alum Patricia Morales on her acceptance into the MA program in Latinx Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago!

08/21/2017

Congrats to NEIU SOC alum Viki Peer on her acceptance into Arizona State University's PhD program in Gender Studies!

08/21/2017

Are you an NEIU Sociology major or minor, or an alum? Let us know what you're up to!

The Northeastern Illinois University Sociology Club had another amazing year, complete with radical resistance, collecti...
05/09/2017

The Northeastern Illinois University Sociology Club had another amazing year, complete with radical resistance, collective self-care, and adventure! Congrats to those members who graduated today!

Congratulations to the NEIU Sociology Club for another successful academic school year! It was a pleasure working with you all!

Congratulations to the NEIU Sociology Club for another successful academic school year! It was a pleasure working with y...
04/20/2017

Congratulations to the NEIU Sociology Club for another successful academic school year! It was a pleasure working with you all!

02/06/2017

NEIU alumna, medical sociologist and intersex activist Georgiann Davis (B.A. 2004 Sociology, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas) will discuss the gender binary and intersex rights on Gender Revolution with Katie Couric tonight, Monday, February 6 at 8 (Central Time) on the National Geographic channel. #GenderRevolution

Congratulations to amazing NEIU Sociology alumna Dr. Georgiann Davis, expert on intersex studies, who was interviewed fo...
12/15/2016
National Geographic Magazine Puts Young Transgender Girl On Cover

Congratulations to amazing NEIU Sociology alumna Dr. Georgiann Davis, expert on intersex studies, who was interviewed for this January's National Geographic as well as the accompanying documentary on gender (by NG and Katie Couric).

Avery Jackson appears on the cover of the January 2017 issue.

12/14/2016
In the NOW

Must view for anyone wanting to know more about what's been going on in Syria. Canadian journalist challenges biased Western media.

Canadian journo totally crushes MSM reporter on what’s actually going on in Syria

11/30/2016
Our pledge

Super powerful and inspiring pledge by women scientists to support oppressed communities.

An open letter from women scientists. We declare our support to each other and resolve to take action towards a more inclusive society.

My friend and comrade Jeff Edwards posted this powerful message about a petition to oppose Trump's proposed registry for...
11/18/2016
Sign the petition: I pledge to register as Muslim if Trump is allowed to take power and starts a registry.

My friend and comrade Jeff Edwards posted this powerful message about a petition to oppose Trump's proposed registry for Muslim Americans. As a gay man who has been living with HIV for 22 years, I think Jeff's links to Reagan and the AIDS crisis are right on target...

"This is the single most powerful call to action/resistance/solidarity I have seen post election: asking ALL to register as Muslim if such a registry moves forward, and saying so publicly right now. This touches me so personally, because as a gay man who endured, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, calls for national HIV testing with subsequent tattooing to outwardly mark the bodies of those with HIV (the William Buckley plan) or internment for life (the Lyndon LaRouch plan, which was a California ballot initiative), I know first hand how simply _talking_ about such things, even by fringe political figures, function as terrorism and violence. I can't begin to imagine what it would have been like if Reagan himself had issued such proposals, rather than blithely ignoring the epidemic, since, as his spokesman put it, it did not affect "the general population." I have signed the MoveOn petition, will register as Muslim if such a registry is created, and urge everyone else to do the same.

I have found myself thinking a lot lately about friends and comrades lost to AIDS, I think because the current moment reminds me of the darkness of the pre-ACT UP 1980s for me, and because it also reminds me that with ingenuity, organizing, coalition-building (including talking to people we think are very different from ourselves), and persistence, even a small group of people can change the world." --Jeff Edwards

I just signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama: Trump has recommitted to creating a registry for Muslim Americans. I pledge to register as Muslim if Trump is allowed to take power and starts a registry. I call on all peopl...

Research on the spread of HIV in the 1970s and 80s...
10/26/2016
Mystery Solved: How HIV Came To The U.S.

Research on the spread of HIV in the 1970s and 80s...

The virus that causes AIDS came to the U.S. from Haiti in the early 1970s, a genetic analysis finds. HIV spread in New York City for years before doctors became aware of it.

NEIU Sociology is hiring a TT professor with expertise in Latina feminisms.  Please spread the word.Department of Sociol...
10/24/2016
Northeastern Illinois University |

NEIU Sociology is hiring a TT professor with expertise in Latina feminisms. Please spread the word.

Department of Sociology, Northeastern Illinois University Tenure Track Position

The Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2017. We are interested in candidates with a strong teaching and scholarly background in sociological theory and with areas of expertise in race, ethnicity, and Latina feminism. The candidate will be expected to teach Sociological Theory, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Sociology of Latinas. Candidates must demonstrate an intersectional analysis attentive to race, class, gender, and sexuality in both their teaching and research. An international or global framework and a commitment to applied sociology in classroom teaching, research and service are preferable.

Possession of a Ph.D. in Sociology or a closely related discipline is required for this position. As a single PDF file, candidates must send the following materials to Dr. Brooke Johnson, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]: (1) a letter of application, (2) graduate transcript, (3) curriculum vitae, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) statement of research interests, (6) course syllabi, (7) student evaluations, (8) two writing samples, and (9) three letters of reference (at least one addressing teaching effectiveness). Please write “Tenure Track Position” in the subject line. Complete applications will be reviewed starting November 1, 2016.

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a fully accredited public university serving approximately 10,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of teaching, learning and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs, and the U.S. News & World Report (2012) named it the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and first in Illinois. The University is also recognized as one of the most culturally diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as an Hispanic Serving Institution. NEIU’s main campus is located on a 67-acre campus in a residential neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago. The University also has four satellite locations in the Chicago area, including the Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, Chicago Teachers’ Center, and the University Center of Lake County. NEIU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and invites applications from women and minorities, as well as other qualified individuals. Additional information is available at www.neiu.edu.

From the Field to the Classroom When Luis Ortiz graduated from Northeastern Illinois University, one of his first calls to the field took him back to his family’s roots in Puerto Rico. Read Luis Ortiz's Story

10/18/2016

YOU ARE INVITED!
Please join the sociology department in a unique and informational presentation by the New School for Social Research
Who: NSSR is home to many world-renowned scholars, practitioners, and innovators who open minds and doors to civically engaged inquiry and opportunities. Located in New York City, The New School for Social Research is rooted in a legacy of critical theory and historically grounded scholarship.
When: November 3rd from 1:40-3:30pm in FA 216.
Guest Speakers:
• JEFFREY C. GOLDFARB is the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of dozens of articles and eight books. He will speak on the upcoming elections and democracy.

• DANA MESSINGER is the Director of Graduate Admission at The New School for Social Research. She has worked in admissions at Columbia Law School, Baruch College, and Johns Hopkins University. She has also spent the 2008 campaign cycle working for Hillary Clinton for President and on Democratic house races. She will speak on what makes a good graduate application.

09/09/2016
MTV

MTV

Franchesca "Chescaleigh" Ramsey explores: Are the terms "cracker," "white trash," and "redneck" racist?

"It's not safe to be a queer person of color in America"
06/18/2016
It's not safe to be a queer person of color in America

"It's not safe to be a queer person of color in America"

We're not all Orlando. Let's face the fact that Sunday's massacre occurred because our culture devalues the lives of queer people and people of color.

Congratulation to our Sociology Club who won the Blue and Gold award today! The Blue and Gold Award is given to the stud...
04/20/2016

Congratulation to our Sociology Club who won the Blue and Gold award today!

The Blue and Gold Award is given to the student organization who has displayed outstanding leadership skills through operating as an effective team, collaborating events with other student groups, accomplishing significant achievements and helping improve or enhance the NEIU community.

Congrats!

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