Department of Sociology


“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.”

C. Wright Mills

The Department of Sociology at Sam Houston State University is committed to furthering knowledge of social life, social change, and the causes and consequences of human behavior using the context of globalization. While in the program, students develop the “sociological advantage,” or the ability to examine interpersonal relationships and relate them to the larger social world.

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Minor in Community Leadership

"The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Sociology, and the Center for Community Engagement invite you to be a part of an interdisciplinary minor in Community Leadership."

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Latest News

Congratulations to Dr. Mariah Zimpfer on her recent publication Exploring Sociology.

Zimpfer Exploring Sociology

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Constance, Dr. Maki Hatanaka and Dr. Jason Konefal on their recent publication Contested Sustainability Discourses in the Agrifood System

Constance, Hatanaka and Konefal - Contested Sustainability Discourses in the Agrifood System

Dr. Zimpfer presents at the Appalachian Studies Association annual conference



Sociology Club travels to New Orleans to Present at SSS (April 4-7, 2018)

Dr. Douglas Constance was recently invited to speak at the University of Coahuilla in Saltillo, Mexico.


Drs Hatanaka and Konefal visit Wageningen University in the Netherlands


Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Gallo who has promoted to Lecturer with the Department of Sociology.


Congratulations to Dr. Alessandro Bonanno on the recent publication of his new book "Resistance to the Neoliberal Agri-Food Regime".

Bonanno with Book

Dr. Jason Konefal, Director of the Sociology Department Graduate Program, presents "Grad School 101".


Dr. Jeffery Gardner and Dr. TzeLi Hsu provide an overview of the process of presenting at professional academic meetings.

Presenting Your Research

SHSU Department of Sociology hosts Emily Corntassel, Assistant Director of Admissions of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.


Sociology Department represents CHSS at the Battle of the Piney Woods

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Sociology students volunteer at NRG as part of Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

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We welcome Dr. Jeffrey Gardner, Assistant Professor, to the Department of Sociology. Dr. Gardner received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He will teach and conduct research in race-related subject areas.

Jeffrey Gardner

Congratulations to Dr. Brooklynn Wynveen who has been selected for promotion to Lecturer with the Department of Sociology. Dr. Wynveen received her Ph.D. from Clemson University and will teach at the graduate level.

Brooklynn Wynveen

Congratulations to Dr. Alessandro Bonanno on his most recent publication The Legitimation Crisis of Neoliberalism: The State, Will-Formation, and Resistance.

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July 5, 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Mariah Zimpfer who was able to return to Scotland and walk across the stage at the University of Edinburgh, where she received her PhD!

Graduation at Edinburgh

June 19, 2017: New Report Looks at Six Key Impact Areas of Shale Development in Texas

Dr. Gene Theodori recently traveled to Austin, TX to participate in the latest meeting of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. The purpose of this meeting was to provide the opportunity for top state researchers to share the most up-to-date science on environmental and community impacts of shale development. See the full report here.

"Local residents tend to welcome the economic benefits that come along with shale oil and gas development. However, they're also very concerned about the unknown environmental and other social-level consequences that will emerge from increased development." - Gene Theodori, Sam Houston State University

April 12-15, 2017: Sociology Students Visit Austin

Several Sociology Majors and one alumnus recently traveled to Austin to participate in the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association. 


Pictured left to right are Dr. Mariah Zimpfer, Tiffani Dawson, Megan Bennet, Jessica Ashworth, Dillon Lay, Rosalia Orozco, Lesly Rodriguez, Dr. Emily Cabaniss and Dr. James Stykes


Alumnus Jessica Stark and current major Ethan Cutrone presented a poster: A Comparative Analysis of the Alligator Commodity Chain, with Professor Douglas H. Constance

February 24, 2017: Former Sociology Department Chair Dr. Rupert C. Koeninger named to CHSS Wall of Honor


January 2017: Dr. Melissa Tackett-Gibson selected as Director of Internships for the Department of Sociology

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