Spring 2018

Emory Sociology provides an extensive curriculum for our graduate students. You will find below the topical courses and individualized programs offered in Spring 2018. Click on each one to see additional information, such as the course description.

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Applied Regression (SOC 506) - Sabino Kornrich

Tuesday 9:30-12:30

Tarbutton Hall 206


This course covers the topic of regression analysis in sociology. This includes the basics of diagnostics, errors, and dealing with collinearity. After covering ordinary least squares, the class moves into nonlinear dependent variables, including regression models for categorical dependent variables like logistic regression and poisson regression. The course focuses on the interpretation of results, with particular emphasis on visualization to aid understanding of complex statistical models and nonlinear relationships.

Required Texts:

ISBN: 978-0761985334: Paul D. Allison. 1999. Multiple Regression: A Primer. 

ISBN 978-1597181075:  Michael N. Mitchell. 2012. Interpreting and Visualizing Regression Models Using Stata

ISBN: 978-1597181112: J. Scott Long and Jeremy Freese. 2014. Regression Models for Categorical Dependent Variables Using Stata.

Gender and Global Health (SOC 533) - Kathryn Yount

Friday 2:00-5:00

Tarbutton Hall 206


This course provides an overview of theories, case studies, and social interventions related to gender and global health, with a focus on poor settings. Students are exposed to major theories in public health and the social sciences that have advanced an understanding of the institutional and ideological bases of gender inequities and of the power dynamics within couples and families that influence women's and men’s health and well being in these settings. The theoretical and empirical underpinnings of existing social policies and interventions intended to empower women and girls in resource-poor countries are stressed, and case studies of the health-related consequences of these policies and interventions are discussed. By the end of the course, students will have developed the ability to evaluate critically and to identify the relationships between theory, evidence, and social interventions related to gender, empowerment, and health in poor settings.

Specific Course Objectives:

1. To develop an appreciation for the terms “gender system” and “intersectionality” and the institutional and ideational determinants of women’s health, with an emphasis on poor settings.

2. To develop an appreciation for different perspectives on “the family” and “the household” and the ways in which families – and men’s and women’s places within them – exert power in decisions that have major implications for the health of women, men, and children.

3. To appreciate how femininities, masculinities, and gendered identities are socially constructed in cultural context.

4. To evaluate critically the empirical evidence for and against the reciprocal influences of “gender inequity,” “women’s empowerment,” and “gender identity” with the health of women, men, and children.

5. To understand the anticipated and unanticipated effects of social interventions intended to empower women and girls, and ultimately to improve their health in poor settings.

Required Text:

The materials for this course include presentations, readings, films, and guest speakers. All readings are available online. At least portions of all films will be shown in class, and are available for preview at the Media Center of the Woodruff library.

Interactionist Approach to Social Relations (SOC 551) - Cathryn Johnson

Friday 1:30-4:30

Tarbutton Hall 206


This course approaches the dynamics of social interaction from the symbolic interactionist (SI) perspective. The course provides an overview of both classic and contemporary works in this tradition. In the first section of the course, we will focus on the development of the SI perspective and will read major theorist including Mead, Cooley, Blumer, Goffman, and Stryker. In the second section of the course we will cover recent theoretical developments, focusing on topics including stigma, the looking-glass self, reflected appraisals, identity processes, identity and stress, identity negotiation, and emotions. Throughout the course, we will focus on how selves and identities are created, modified, and enacted through interactions with others.

Required Texts:

ISBN: 978-0226112879:  G.H. Mead 1934. Mind, Self, and Society.

ISBN: 978-0520056763:  Herbert Blumer 1969 Symbolic Interactionism

ISBN: 978-0385094023:  Erving Goffman 1959. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

ISBN: 978-0029119402:  Erving Goffman 1963 Behavior in Public Places

ISBN: 978-1930665484:  Sheldon Stryker 1980 Symbolic Interactionism

ISBN: 978-0671622442: Erving Goffman 1963 Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity

Mastering the Archive: Situating Atlanta in the Interwar Housing Debate (SOC 585) - Christina Crawford

Thursday 9:00-12:00

Carlos Hall Conference


Atlanta was the site of both the first so-called “slum clearance” project in the United States, in 1934, and of America's first completed—though segregated—federally-funded public housing: Techwood Homes (for white families), and University Homes (for black families). These projects, composed of low-slung brick apartment buildings set in footpath-crossed open spaces, became models for New Deal housing projects built throughout the U.S. in the years following enactment of the National Housing Acts of 1934 and 1937, and will be the focus of this archivally-based seminar. Students will gain facility working in the archival environment through theoretical and historical readings and discussions, workshops with archival and library representatives, and, critically, through hands-on experience working in an Atlanta-area archive. Each student will be assigned a research repository to mine for materials on one or both of the two housing projects; these will include archives and libraries of the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta Housing Authority, Atlanta University (Woodruff Library), Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and Emory’s own Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library. Through both individual and collective research, this seminar seeks to plot Atlanta on the interwar architectural map, establishing the city’s role as a clearinghouse for European social housing ideas in the U.S., and as the earliest home-grown precedent for New Deal public housing. Student research + writing may be featured in the new digital humanities project, Atlanta Housing Interplay, being developed by the professor with Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS).

Qualitative Methods (SOC 585) - Cassidy Puckett

Thursday 3:00-6:00

Tarbutton Hall 206


In this course, we will investigate what it means to utilize qualitative methods in social science research. To do so, we will 1) examine the epistemological underpinnings of qualitative research; 2) consider issues such as subjectivity, ethics, validity, rigor, and causality; 3) practice various qualitative data collection and analysis methods; and 4) discuss practical issues such as framing and operationalizing research questions, designing feasible projects, selecting samples, managing data collection and analysis, presenting and publishing findings, and pursuing funding for qualitative research. The goal of the course is for students to develop the skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to design and undertake independent qualitative research (and/or mixed methods research)—or to be sufficiently conversant in qualitative methods to engage with qualitative scholarship in the social sciences. The final outcome of the course is that students walk away with an initial experience in qualitative research methods as well as a draft of a grant proposal for the National Science Foundation or some other equivalent that uses qualitative or mixed methods.

Race, Ethnicity and Politics in the US (SOC 585) - Andra Gillespie

Tuesday 1:00-4:00

Tarbutton Hall 206


This course explores the relationship of racial and ethnic minorities (African, Latino/a, and Asian American) to the American state. We will cover topics related to how minorities engage with and are affected by political institutions. We will also explore the ways that differences in political and social experiences across these groups informs different political strategies and preferences. Assignments include short papers, co-leading class discussions, a term paper and a take-home exam.

Required Texs:

ISBN: 978-0814736944: Haney Lopez, Ian.  White by Law. 

ISBN: 978-0300103922: Dahl, Robert. Who Governs?  

ISBN: 978-0877229100: Hero, Rodney. Latinos and the US Political System: Two-Tiered Pluralism. 

ISBN: 978-0691149264: Minta, Michael. Oversight.

ISBN: 978-0691117867: Tate, Katherine.  Black Faces in the Mirror.  

ISBN: 978-1107697973: Francis, Megan. Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State. 

ISBN: 978-1107566613: Gillion, Daniel. Governing with Words

ISBN: 978-0472069132: Wong, Janelle. Democracy’s Promise.

ISBN: 978-0813938110: Ramirez, Ricardo. Mobilizing Opportunities. 

ISBN: 978-0691148793: Hajnal, Zoltan and Taeku Lee. Why More Americans Don’t Join the Party. 

ISBN: 978-0300175196: Kinder, Donald and Allison Dale-Riddle.  The End of Race?  

ISBN: 978-0226353012: Tesler, Michael. Post-Racial or Most-Racial?  

ISBN: 978-1589017023 Tate, Katherine. What’s Going On?  

ISBN: 978-0226435749: Kinder, Donald and Lynn Sanders.  Divided by Color

ISBN: 978-0226057163:  Masuoka, Natalie and Jane Junn.  The Politics of Belonging. 

ISBN: 978-0691025438: Dawson, Michael.  Behind the Mule.  

ISBN: 978-0226112893: Cohen, Cathy. The Boundaries of Blackness. 

ISBN: 978-0521144544: Hardy-Fanta, Carol, Pei-te Lien, Dianne Pinderhughes, and Christine Sierra.  Contested Transformation.

ISBN: 978-0801477348: Tillery, Alvin.  Between Homeland and Motherland. 

ISBN: 978-0300093308: Kim, Claire. Bitter Fruit. 

ISBN: 978-1107625440: Hero, Rodney and Robert Preuhs.  Black-Latino Relations in US National Politics.

ISBN: 978-1479805310: Watts Smith, Candis. Black Mosaic. 

ISBN: 978-0814732458: Gillespie, Andra.  The New Black Politician. 

ISBN: 978-0691163611: Parker, Christopher and Matt Baretto. Change They Can’t Believe In. 

ISBN: 978-1107446922: Frasure Yokley. Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs. 

Social Network Analysis (SOC 585) - Weihua An

Tuesday 5:00-8:00

Tarbutton Hall 206


Interest in social network analysis has EXPLODED in the past few years. Aiming to examine social connections and interactions from structural perspectives, network analysis has become an essential tool for understanding a variety of issues in social and natural sciences. This course covers the major methods to collect, represent, and analyze network data and the latest advancements in statistical modeling of network data. Students will learn hands-on skills to conduct their own research using popular software for network analysis.


This course requires a basic understanding of logistic regressions. Knowledge of using R is recommended.

Required Text:

ISBN: 978-0521141383: Lusher, D., Koskinen, J. & Robins, G. 2013. Exponential Random Graph Models for Social Networks: Theory, Methods, and Applications

Second Year Research Paper (SOC 590R) - Sabino Kornrich

Monday 5:30 – 8:30

Tarbutton Hall 206


The goal of this seminar is to facilitate completion of the second-year research paper requirement. Towards that end, the seminar instructs students regarding conceptual and pragmatic issues associated with empirical research. We will address the development of a theoretical argument; the translation of theoretical questions and concerns into empirical projects; design and implementation of empirical studies; analyses and presentation of results; and discussion of the implications of results. Assignments pertaining to students’ own empirical research projects will complement dialogue about each issue to ensure progress on their respective projects. Feedback on the assignments provide a means for students to improve their projects and make the expected substantial progress toward the completion of their research papers.

Required Text:

ISBN: 978-1462529391: Singh, A., Lukkarila, L. Successful Academic Writing: A Complete Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists

Recent Theoretical Orientations (SOC 742) - Timothy J. Dowd

Wednesday 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Tarbutton Hall 206


Sociological theory sometimes has the unfortunate reputation of being (a) removed from empirical matters and (b) done by people who are now long dead. That reputation cannot be further from the truth. In fact, sociological theory remains vibrant in the present and, in both its classical and contemporary formulations, it has remained tied to understanding empirically the world in which we live. In this seminar, we will focus on recent streams of thought within sociological theory -- starting with such 20th century sociologists as W.E.B. Du Bois and working our way to such living sociologists as Viviana Zelizer. In the process, we will see how sociological theory connects to such fundamental concerns as race and racism, identity, commercialization and the expanding digital world.


Weekly memos and a final paper will comprise the written portion of the class.


Most of the readings will be posted online via Course Reserves.

Recommended But Not Required Texts:

ISBN: 978-0155914742: Randall Collins. 1988. Theoretical Sociology. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

ISBN: 978-1138015807: Wesley Longhofer and Daniel Winchester, editors. 2016. Social Theory Re-Wired: New Connections to Classical and Contemporary Perspectives. New York: Routledge. 

Directed Study (SOC 597R or SOC 797R)

These offer credit for individualized work with a given faculty member.

Please consult with your advisor and / or Dr. Ellen Idler, our Director of Graduate Studies), about enrollment.

MA Research (SOC 599R) or PhD Research (SOC 799R)

These offer credit for ongoing research overseen by a given faculty member.

Please consult with your advisor and / or Dr. Ellen Idler, our Director of Graduate Studies), about enrollment.

Teaching Assistantships (TATT 605SOC & TATT 610SOC)

These offer credit for participation in assistantships (TATT 605C) and for teaching one's own class (TATT 610SOC).

Read more about these credits here.