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Tufts Sociology has moved!  This year, while our trusty Eaton Hall gets a major (and long-awaited) makeover, you can find us across the quad in our temporary offices on the third floor of Braker Hall. We look forward to seeing you in our new location. Come say hello!

Are you a freshman or sophomore who is exploring majors and minors? We would love to tell you more about sociology! Email or drop by to visit our Department Chair, Sarah Sobieraj in Braker 316 or any of our faculty. They love meeting new students and can answer your questions, point you to students and faculty who share your interests, and/or tell you about ways to get involved.

The Sociology Student Advisory Board facilitates peer mentoring, social events, info sessions, and discussion opportunities for students in the sociology community. If you are a major, minor, or simply sociology-curious student, reach out and get on their email list! To do so, just contact any of our student advisory board members.

Call for Sociology Peer Mentoring Participants: Students Helping Students
The Sociology Student Advisory Board is matching students for short-term, focused peer mentoring meet-ups!

If you are interested in meeting with a more experienced Sociology major to hear their perspective on a specific topic (e.g., an internship, great courses to take, planning for study aboard, double majoring, what it’s like to do a senior thesis…etc.), or if you would be willing to support a fellow student by being a peer mentor and sharing your experiences, let us know here: mentor sign-up form and mentee sign-up form!

Congratulations to Professor Freeden Blume Oeur, who was honored with the Distinguished Early Career Award by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Children and Youth. It is a pleasure to see his magnificent work recognized. For more details on the achievements of our talented faculty, please see the “department highlights” section.

This fall we are welcoming two new part time lecturers to our community; Utku Balaban and Julie LaBagnara. If you see new faces in the halls, be sure to say hello!

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Department of Sociology News

“Most parents I interviewed were concerned about student stress and competition,” says Tufts sociologist Natasha Warikoo.

Should Kids Be Cramming for Tests or Competing at Sports?

In her new book Race at the Top, Lenore Stern Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Natasha Warikoo examines how Asian American and white parents in an affluent suburb define success for their children—and push them to achieve it.
Felipe Dias

Getting to the Root of Inequality

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology Felipe Dias uses real world experiments to delve into the mechanisms of inequality in the US and Latin America.