This Year Several Faculty are Especially Looking for Students with Particular Interests and Skills 

We are always looking for good students interested in all aspects of sociology and all approaches, but for the fall of 2018 recruitment year several faculty have indicated that they are particularly looking for new graduates students with the following interests and skills:

Students interested in multinational comparative studies and/or religion in East Asian societies, using either qualitative or quantitative methods.

Students interested in criminology and law and society. We are in the process of hiring two new faculty in this area who will join us in the Fall of 2018.

Students whose primary interests are in social movements and/or political sociology using primarily qualitative methods.

Students interested in the sociology of health, health related issues, mental health, and/or aging especially those with strong quantitative abilities who are willing and able to learn statistical methods.

Students interested in social relationships, health, and aging, especially those with strong quantitative abilities who are willing and able to learn statistical methods.

A student with strong math skills interested in simple mathematical theories of social processes, social networks, small groups, or group decision-making, including studying these phenomena with the use of experiments.

Students with strong quantitative and writing skills interested in educational organizations and educational stratification.

Students interested in stratification/work/labor markets/organizations area or gender or race who also have strong quantitative skills and are willing to learn quantitative research methods.

Students interested in immigration, race, ethnicity, culture, and qualitative methodology.

Students who want to work with the Within Families Differences Study (WFDS) data, http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~jsuitor/within-family-differences-study/index.html, especially those who would be entering Purdue without already having earned a Masterís degree in sociology.

Students with quantitative skills who are interested in work places and how well they accommodate family needs.  Some relevant topics include mandatory overtime, underemployment, schedule instability, flexible hours, working from home, and paid/unpaid leave.

Students interested in key issues of law & society such as dispute resolution, justice, access, and legal consciousness (in contrast to criminology).

Students interested in quantitative studies of religion, especially the ways that the religious composition of geographic areas (counties, states, and countries) affects other variables of sociological interest, e.g., such diverse things as political affiliation, gun ownership, age at first marriage, divorce rates, educational attainment, crime, etc.  

Again, we are always looking for good students regardless of interest areas in sociology!

But if you fit any of the descriptions above, we especially encourage you to apply!

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