For over 30 years, we have been distinguished by our emphasis on world-historical studies that cut across disciplinary boundaries.
This has made us one of the most distinctive sociology departments in the world, with faculty expertise on every world region—indeed we have the largest such concentration of any department of our size. We seek to make sense of the astonishingly diverse and deep-seated global processes and movements that transform our lives. Faculty and students alike are engaged worldwide in academic research, publications, and public sociology work, as can be seen if you explore our website.
We have special research strengths in critical study of political economy: hierarchies of class, race and gender; social movements; world-systems analysis; and culture, power and knowledge. We offer our students, drawn from all over the globe, a friendly, supportive and vibrant teaching and research environment.
- Walden Bello on the Chinese Stock Market Crash
- Jason W. Moore's new book reviewed in Il Manifesto.
- Jason W. Moore on Endless Accumulation, Endless (Unpaid) Work?
- Josh Price on A mysterious death at Broome jail
- Denis O'Hearn on Social Class and Diversity in Chronicle of Higher Education
- William Martin on The "Ferguson Effect"
- Congratulations are in order as two Sociology courses were named among "17 fascinating courses at Binghamton University." The courses are Ravi Palat's "Sociology of Food" and Denis O'Hearn's "Prison Experiences."
- Ravi Palat on Walmart Fordism in the Financial Times
- Herb Bix on Hirohito, New York Times, September 30, 2014
- William Martin, Op-ed: Militarized police escalate conflicts
- Ricardo Laremont on US News & World Report Debate: Should Obama Have Armed Syrian Rebels Sooner?
- Palat on Colonial Genealogies of contemporary citizenship in Europe
- Denis O'Hearn speaking with Campaigners for Alternatives to isolated confinement, Binghamton, Sat Feb 1, 11 am
- Josh Price, Bill Martin, and Brendan McQuade, "Broome jail expansion is pricey boondoggle, "op-ed, Press and Sun-Bulletin, January 21, 2014
Delal Aydin, left, Sociology doctoral student, with a Kurdish woman she interviewed in a small town near the Syrian border.
Delal Aydin, sociology graduate student, is a recipient of the SSRC Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship, which she is using to conduct field research in Kurdish areas of the Southeast of Turkey. Delal's research focuses on students in high schools in the Kurdish region of Turkey, who have rejected the school curricula's efforts to encourage their assimilation as part of a "Turkish nation" and instead chose at great risk to be part of the struggle for Kurdish recognition.
In her doctoral research, Delal is interviewing high school graduates and faculty members from Kurdish high schools in the 1990s, when the conflict between Kurds and the Turkish state became critical.
She says, "I think that an understanding of the Kurdish movement from this angle might provide another window to look at other struggles for recognition in other parts of the world, including the United States."
Delal Aydin is just one of many graduate students in the Sociology Department who are working within our tradition of interdisciplinary world-historical studies.