We prepare future scholars and leaders to understand and tackle 21st century local and global social challenges from a sociological perspective that emphasizes social theory and social science analytics.

Recent News

The Department of Sociology would like to welcome two new faculty who joined us in Fall 2018:

  • Dr. David McElhattan- Research interests in punishment & social control; collateral consequences; race; the social organization of risk.
  • Dr. Robin Stryker- Research interest in law, politics, inequality and social change.

Highlighted Events

  • April 1- Colloquium 3pm  STEW 311 - Kimberly Kay Hoang, University of Chicago - "Playing in the Gray: Offshoring and Foreign Investment in Frontier Markets"
  • April 4- Colloquium 3pm  STEW 202 - Jack Goldstone, George Mason University -"The Collapse of All Authority: Law vs. Knowledge and the Rise of the West"
  • April 10- Colloquium 3pm  LWSN 1142 - Panel of Barry Wellman, Bernice Pescosolido, Beverly Wellman - "The Networked Question in the Digital Age: How Do Individuals Connect at Different Stages of the Life Course?"

Contact and Connect

The Department of Sociology main office is located in Stone Hall on the campus of Purdue University in West LafayetteIndiana.

Mailing Address:
700 W. State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2059
Phone: (765) 494-4668 Fax: (765) 496-1476
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For more information please contact the following:

General Information: 
Candy Lawson, Main Office Secretary 

Graduate Information:
Shawn Bauldry, Director of Graduate Studies
Nicole Remley, Graduate Assistant

Department Head: 
Linda Renzulli, Department Head
Karen Studebaker, Assistant to the Head 

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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