Research Spotlight

Researchers in the Department of Sociology are engaged in a variety of research projects intended to improve understanding of complex cultural and societal problems. Our faculty members are making important contributions to scholarly literature in numerous topics of inquiry, including ethnicity and race, poverty, economic mobility, labor market shifts, police shootings, and racial bias. This page spotlights representative examples of the momentous research projects that are under way in the UC Davis Department of Sociology.
A Chat with Bruce Haynes

A Chat with Bruce Haynes

Bruce Haynes is an expert on race, ethnicity, and urban society. His work has focused on topics such as segregation, the link between race and ethnicity, and the black middle class. His latest book, Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family, is his most personal—telling the history of his family while examining the precariousness of the black middle class. He wrote the book with his wife, Syma Solovich, and published it in April 2017. UC Davis College of Letters and Science writing intern Noah Pflueger-Peters sat down with Dr. Haynes to talk about his new book and his compelling life and research

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Al Capone's Network, the Criminal Gender Gap and Police Shootings

Al Capone's Network, the Criminal Gender Gap and Police Shootings

Iconic Chicago crime boss Al Capone is more often the subject of film, fiction and true crime stories than social science research. But for Assistant Professor Chris Smith, the gangster known as “Scarface” provides a window into criminal and other social networks.

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Economic Insecurity of Low-Wage Earners

Economic Insecurity of Low-Wage Earners

Brian Halpin, Sociology Ph.D Candidate

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Robert Faris: Teens, Bullying and Social Media

Robert Faris: Teens, Bullying and Social Media

Being a teenager is difficult for anybody, but it’s especially hard for people who deal with bullying, social aggression and substance use. Associate Professor Robert Faris, an expert in social conflict, wants to know how these issues spread through the social networks of teenagers in and out of school.

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