The following subfields are strongly represented at Indiana University, with faculty members working in each area.
Areas of Specialization
Aging and the Life Course
Biology and Society
Comparative and Historical Sociology
Ethnography and In-Depth Interviewing
Global and Transnational Sociology
Organizations, Occupations, and Work
Population and Demography
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Sex, Gender, and Sexualities
Stratification and Inequality
Examples of questions addressed by our research
- Does the public see college as exclusively an individual good that benefits the student or also a collective good that benefits society?
- How do people choose between vengefulness and forgiveness when they feel they have been wronged?
- How do different immigrant and U.S.-born groups perceive and define one another and experience diversity, and what do intergroup interactions look like across a variety of social settings?
- What are the links between status, consumption, and life satisfaction?
- What types of surveillance systems are used by hospitals to monitor and prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs)?
- How can we better understand the dynamics of attitudes formation on issues relating to job hiring and workplace evaluations, public social provision, social justice, and counterterrorism in the contemporary United States?