Dr. Sameena Mulla Receives Way Klingler Young Scholar Award

The Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. Dr. Mulla, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, is one of those scholars. She conducts research that interweaves gender, sexuality, and medical legal issues.

The award, which gives the recipient a semester sabbatical, will enable Dr. Mulla to devote a semester to completing two projects: The first is an interdisciplinary project titled “Trace, Body, Voice,” (conducted with Dr. Heather Hlavka, a criminologist in the department) that stems from their Milwaukee-based court-watch program. In this study, Dr. Mulla is interested in how forensic evidence is used in sexual assault cases. Her second project is an interdisciplinary and collaboratively written book project focusing on cross-cultural practices in sexual assault intervention. Its co-authors are from Scotland, Canada, and England and it will address international variations in legal definitions of rape, police practices, forensic investigation, and post-rape advocacy. Learn more.

Dr. Roberta Coles honored with AMUW Nora Finnigan Werra Faculty Achievement Award

Dr. Roberta Coles, professor and chair of social and cultural sciences, has been selected to receive the 2013 AMUW Nora Finnigan Werra Faculty Achievement Award. This annual award honors and recognizes a female faculty member who has excelled in research, teaching and service to Marquette and the community and has mentored students and other faculty. Coles will be honored by the Association of Marquette University Women at the Mary Neville Bielefeld Awards Mass, Reception and Brunch Saturday, April 27, during Alumni National Awards Weekend. 

2013 Outstanding Seniors Named in their respective majors

Armando Barron (sociology), Mary Rose Geitl (social welfare & justice), Erin Hastings (anthropology), and Meghan Wleklinsky (criminology & law studies) were named the 2013 Outstanding Senior Students in their respective majors.  These awards are given in acknowledg-ment of students who performed well academically but also have exhibited service and leadership in the community.

Dr. Gale Miller retires after 37 years of service

Professor of Sociology Gale Miller will officially retire this May. In addition to teaching more than a dozen different courses and thousands of students, Dr. Miller served as Department Chair from 2000-2003. Dr. Miller retires with a remarkable record of scholarship as well, having published 24 books and more than 70 articles and book chapters, and receiving the title Research Professor in 2000 and the Lawrence G. Haggerty Research Award in 2012. Dr. Richard Jones, professor of social and cultural sciences at Marquette University, recently received the university’s highest teaching honor, the Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

Marquette professor of social and cultural sciences receives teaching award

Dr. Richard Jones, professor of social and cultural sciences at Marquette University, recently received the university’s highest teaching honor, the Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Read more.

Dr. Richard Jones Study Abroad Course

In May 2013, Dr. Rick Jones, Professor of Sociology, will lead a two-week study abroad course on Comparative Crime and Punishment.  The course will focus on the contrasting corrections styles in the U.S., Finland, and Estonia.   Appropriate for students majoring in criminology, sociology, social welfare and justice, and political science, the course offers students opportunities to tour prisons in Finland & Estonia and talk with prisoners, former prisoners working with offenders.  If interested, contact OIE.

Annual McGee Lecture

Elin Stebbins Waldal, author of the award-winning book Tornado Warning: A Memoir Of Teen Dating Violence And Its Effect On A Woman’s Life, spoke as part of the McGee Lecture Series on Marquette’s campus. The public is welcome. Her book Tornado Warning, a first-person account of intimate partner violence, has been recognized as: a Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient for 2011 in the Adult Book Category, The 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards Best Parenting Teens Book Winner , and aFinalist in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

Published book

Dr. Angelique Harris published a book for undergraduates on different forms of writing within the field of sociology.

Dr. Louise Cainkar collaboration

Dr. Louise Cainkar collaborates with faculty in History, Languages, Political Science, and Theology which organized a two-day conference on Islam and Muslims.

Grant awarded to faculty members

Drs. Heather Hlavka, CRLS, and Sameena Mulla, ANTH, received a grant award of $100,042 from the National Science Foundation for their interdisciplinary project titled “Trace, Body, Voice: U.S. Cultural Narratives of Sexual Assault in the Post-Forensic Trial.” Using the Milwaukee County Court system, this ethnographic project investigates how forensic evidence, witness testimony and other legal evidence coalesce to produce a social life for medico-legal evidence and create new cultural narratives in contemporary sexual assault trials.

Jay Balchunas Memorial Scholarship recipient

Criminology & Law Studies major student, Curtis Hinca has been awarded the 2012 Jay Balchunas Memorial Scholarship, established in 2006 by Don and May Kay Balchunas in honor of their son Jay Balchunas, a Marquette graduate who while working with the Milwaukee Department of Justice was shot and killed in 2004. Curtis is a senior who has served as a military police officer and he plans to return to the military as a prosecutor after law school

Journal Foundation Scholarship recipient

Criminology and Law Studies junior Amber J. Powell has been awarded the Journal Foundation Francis D. and Jane Keogh Kelly Scholarship.


Recognized in 2011 with the Champion of HOPE Award for an individual who Expresses Hope, Opportunity, Healing and Education for her commitment to spreading awareness about the prevalence of teen dating abuse, Waldal is a regular speaker for speaking and educating high school and college students. She has appeared on countless radio programs across the country. Additionally, she is a California state certified domestic violence advocate.

Faculty Research

Our faculty conduct qualitative research on a wide range of topics. Take a look at some of their publications.

Forum on Race and Housing

Race and Housing Issues in Milwaukee was the focus of a forum the Department co-sponsored with the Institute of Urban Studies and the Department of History  Speakers included scholars and community activists, and topics ranging from the history of open housing laws to current eviction practices on discriminatory practices done by the Miwaukee Fair Housing Council. 

Simmons Grant Awarded

SOCS Staff Member KathyHawkins was a recipient of a Simmons grant for Project Night Night.  Comfort totes are being distributed to children in homeless shelters consisting of a blanket, huggable size stuffed animal and blanket.

Council on American Overseas Research Award

Dr. Louise Cainkar, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare & Justice was awarded a Council on American Overseas Research Centers Senior Fellowship for her new transitional study on second-generation American Muslim youth.  The fellowship will support four months of research in the Middle East in Spring 2011.

Senior Students Awarded Outstanding Academic Performance for 2009-2010  

Each received the award for their high academic performance and demonstrated leadership throughout their years at Marquette.  We wish them well in their future endeavors.




Social and Cultural Sciences Majors

Check out our suggested curriculum for our four majors:

Criminology and Law Studies
Social Welfare and Justice