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Sociology

Research Opportunities

Doing sociology means developing, evaluating and understanding research, so every course involves hands-on research possibilities for students, carried out in small classes with the close assistance and supervision of faculty members. Many courses involve field trips; others provide training in computer-based research techniques. In addition, students have independent-study options in which they can develop their own research methods.

The sociology program is designed to promote ambitious, independent scholarship. The curriculum is not a strict hierarchy of courses, but a spectrum of opportunities in which good students are encouraged to advance as quickly as they can. Our goal is intellectual challenge — for every student, at every level.

Annie Lindahl '15
Annie Lindahl ’15 Examining Social Policy for Incarcerated Mothers

This past February, Hamilton welcomed actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate, Laverne Cox, as the keynote speaker of the NY6 Spectrum Conference. Cox portrays the incarcerated Sophia Burset on the critically acclaimed television show Orange is the New Black, which follows the lives of inmates in a women’s federal prison.  More ...

In 2013 Levitt Research Fellow Eren Shultz '15 researched development in Tanzania to understand the current and future roles of cooperative organizations.
2014 Levitt Summer Research Fellows Announced

The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center recently announced the 2014 Levitt Summer Research Fellows. To enhance student research around issues of public affairs, the Levitt Center funds student-faculty research through its Levitt Research Fellows Program. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors who wish to spend the summer working in collaboration with a faculty member on an issue related to public affairs. Following are this year’s recipients.  More ...

Mandy Wong '15
Mandy Wong ’15 Examines Fuzhounese Student Perspectives on Higher Education

The Gaokao, also known as the National College Entrance Exam, is a Chinese academic examination that students must complete to apply to undergraduate schools.  Chinese schools prepare children for the grueling exam that determines if the children will pursue an education at highly competitive universities or end their formal education and enter the workforce.  In her project funded by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, Mandy Wong ’15 researched Chinese student perspectives on obtaining a higher education after passing the Gaokao.  More ...

Hannah Tessler '14
Born Chinese, Raised American

Hannah Tessler ’14 is connecting with children adopted from China to learn about their unique experiences being “raised American,” in her project funded by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.  With Associate Professor of Sociology Steve Ellingson, she will listen to others’ stories and “search for relationships between a child’s environment and their outlook on a variety of topics and issues.”  More ...

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