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Garfield Avenue project affects travel on lower campus.

The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018, and the footbridge will be closed from late May to late August in both 2017 and 2018.

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You will find a great deal of expertise and support within our faculty and staff in the sociology department. We are focused on helping all of our students succeed while providing you with the opportunities to reach your full potential. We work closely with you to prepare you for the path you want to take whether that is pursuing graduate school or finding the perfect career after graduation.

You will find a great deal of expertise and support within our faculty and staff in the sociology department. We are focused on helping all of our students succeed while providing you with the opportunities to reach your full potential. We work closely with you to prepare you for the path you want to take whether that is pursuing graduate school or finding the perfect career after graduation.

All the professors, faculty, and staff are easy to talk to and engage in meaningful conversation all the time! I am happy to have been able to be a part of it, and couldn’t sing enough praises about the sociology department to anyone willing to listen!

Lauren Bollaert | sociology, liberal arts major

 Meet our team

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Education
Ph.D., University of California, Davis (Sociology)
M.A., University of California, Davis (Sociology) 
B.S., Cornell University (Individual Curriculum)
Teaching Interests
Gender Sexualities 
Visual Sociology 
Public Sociology 
Sport 
Work and Organizations
Research Interests
Visual Sociology 
Public Sociology 
Sexualities 
Gender 
Sport 
Work and Organizations
Responsibilities
Chair, Department of Sociology 
Executive Director, Eau Queer Film Festival 
LGBTQA Advisory Committee, At Large Member 
Women's Rugby Advisor 
ASDAC (College of Arts and Science Diversity Advisory Committee) 
URCA Council"

Fall 2017 Office Hours

T 2:00-3:00

W 11:00-12:00

Or by Appointment

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Education
Ph.D., University of Iowa (Sociology) 
M.A., University of Iowa (Sociology) 
B.A., Wartburg College (Sociology)
Teaching Interests
Social Inequality 
Poverty and Welfare 
Work and Occupations 
Gender and Work 
Introductory Sociology
Research Interests
Racial Discrimination and Privilege in Higher Education
Gender Inequality in the Labor Market 
University Climate 
"Mental Health Stigma"  
Responsibilities
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) Fellow - 2015-2017

Fall 2017 Office Hours

M W F 9:00-10:00 AM

Or by Appointment


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Education
Ph.D., Washington State University (Sociology) 
M.A., Washington State University (Sociology) 
B.A., Washington State University (Sociology) 
A.A., Spokane Falls Community College (Liberal Arts)
Teaching Interests
Family Sociology 
Social Gerontology 
Sociology of Gender
Research Interests
Gender and Occupations 
Gender Issues in Families and Relationships
Responsibilities
Full time appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences
Vicky Crane
Education

B.A. UW-Eau Claire

M.A. U. of Minnesota

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Education
  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University (Sociology)
  • B.A., George Mason University (Philosophy)
Teaching Interests
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Class Analysis
  • Historical Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
Research Interests
  • Epistemologies of Race and Ethnicity
  • Systemic Racism
  • Black Cultural-Intellectual Traditions
  • Dynamics of Class and Power
Responsibilities

Fall 2017 Office Hours

M W when class on campus 5:00-6:00 PM

T 12:30- 1:30 PM

Th 1:15-2:15 PM

Biography

Sean Elias is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, teaching Race and Ethnicity in the United States. He is an author of several articles on the sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois and is lead author, with Joe Feagin, of Racial Theories in Social Science: A Systemic Racism Critique (Routledge, 2017). Building on nearly a decade of fieldwork, his current research critically addresses attitudes and behaviors of Aspen’s elite (Routledge, forthcoming).

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Education
Ph.D., University of Iowa (Sociology)
M.A., University of Iowa. (Sociology) 
B.A. Drake University
Teaching Interests
Social Psychology 
Sociological Theory 
Deviance 
Medical Sociology
Research Interests
Medical Sociology 
Mental Health 
Identities and Social Action 
Internet Communities
Responsibilities

Fall 2017 Office Hours

M W 8:00-9:00 AM

M W 12:00-1:00 PM

Or by Appointment

Peter Hart-Brinson
Education
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison 
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison 
B.A., New College of Florida
Teaching Interests
Introduction to Sociology
Sociological Research Methods 
Sociology of Culture 
Communication in Contemporary 
Diversity and Communication
Research Interests
Generational Change 
Same-Sex Marriage 
Civic Engagement 
Media and the Social Construction of Knowledge 
Political Sociology 
Cultural Sociology
Responsibilities

Fall 2017 Office Hours:

M 2:00-4:00 PM

W 1:00-2:00 PM

Or by Appointment

Biography
Peter Hart-Brinson holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Communication/Journalism. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of culture, media, and politics. His two active research projects concern generational change in Americans' attitude about same-sex marriage and the rise of fitness fundraisers and other forms of civic recreation in American civil society. The thing he loves most about UW-Eau Claire is working with motivated, intellectually curious students on independent and collaborative research projects, and he is always open to talking with students about their own intellectual interests and aspirations.
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Education
  • Ph.D., Mississippi State University (Sociology)
Teaching Interests
  • Social Statistics 
  • Social Research Methods 
  • Demography 
  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Society in Contemporary China 
  • Marriages and Family in America 
  • Social Gerontology
Research Interests
  • Demographic Transition 
  • Population Aging 
  • Chinese Elderly Studies 
  • Marital Quality Studies
Responsibilities
Primary teaching tasks include courses of "Social Statistics; Social Research Methods, Principles of Demography," followed by other courses of " Introduction to Sociology, Society in Contemporary China." Engaged consistently in faculty-students research projects over the last 13 years and serve as mentor to students to promote students' research ability. Working as adviser to advisees assigned by the department each semester."

Fall 2017

M W 8:30-11:00 AM

Or by Appointment

Biography
In addition, I have the ability and experience in working with international scholars as well as students in particular with those from China. In the past 15 years also, I have helped the university promote educational exchanges between China and the USA by introducing many scholars and students. I have been involved in several delegations visits.
Tarique Niazi
Education
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison 
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaching Interests
Environmental Sociology 
Sociology of the Middle East 
Introduction to Sociology 
Contemporary Social Problems 
Environmental Policy and Management
Research Interests
Environmental Conflicts and Security with a focus on Resource-based conflicts 
Sociology of Agrarian Change 
Nationalism and Ethnicity
Responsibilities
Fall 2017 Office Hours

M W 3:30-4:55 PM

Or by Appointment

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Education
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (Sociology) 
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin (Sociology) 
  • B.A., Augsburg College (Sociology)
Teaching Interests
  • Sociology of Family  
  • Sociology of Education 
  • Sociology of Sexualities 
  • Social Inequality
  • Family and Intimate Relations 
  • Family Demography 
  • Research Methods
Research Interests
  • Adolescence and emerging adulthood 
  • Higher education attendance and persistence 
  • Parental involvement 
  • Cohabitation and intimate relationships 
  • Sexualities
Responsibilities
  • Family Studies Program Coordinator

Fall 2017 Office Hours

M 12:30-1:45 PM

Th 2:00-3:15 PM

Or by Appointment

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