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Social Inequalities

The graduate program in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University offers a specialization in social inequalities with emphases in the three broad areas of race/ethnicity, class, and gender. Within those broad areas, students and faculty study a range of topics, including: inequality in various life domains (e.g., work, education, family, and health), racism and discrimination, immigration, race/class/gender intersectionality, economic inequality, masculinity, and sexuality. The core social inequalities faculty include Tim Berard, Carla Goar, David Purcell, Nicole Rousseau, Clare Stacey, and Tiffany Taylor. Through our joint PhD program with the University of Akron, graduate students can also work with Cheryl Elman, Kathryn Feltey, Rudy Fenwick, Stacey Nofziger, Robert Peralta, and Baffour Takyi. The department offers numerous inequalities courses, including Stratification & Health, Social Stratification to Social Inequalities, the Sociology of Gender, the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, and Work & Family.