SOCS student Chris King ('22) creates men's discussion group during internship experience at MU Wellness Center

SOWJ student Paige Stoeffler ('23) writes and illustrates a lyrical picture book, Sometimes Things Happen, designed to help young readers through the process of coping with emotions that result when things don't go their way or when events are out of their control.

SOCS student Alyssa Spies ('23 ) is completing her internship at Table of Saints and has led two Let’s Talk About It discussions (on eviction and accessible healthcare for the formerly incarcerated)

Watch Dr. Rodrigues' REIS colloquium presentation, "Supportive networks and equitable relationships: Creating an inclusive, decolonial culture of science"

Dr. Aleksandra Snowden and Dr. Heather Hlavka among 2021 recipients of the President's Challenge for Racial Justice and Equity

SOWJ alum Samira Payne selected as Marquette's first Director of Black Student Initiatives 

Dr. Louise Cainkar honored with Community Engaged Teaching Award

Dr. Darren Wheelock and team are awarded $745k Mellon grant to support the Education Preparedness Program (EPP), an initiative that will help those impacted by incarceration succeed in higher education

Dr. David Nowacek's MOI course on climate change featured in Best Practices in Jesuit Higher Education magazine

Dr. Michael McCarthy wins prestigious Berggruen Institute Fellowship at USC for 2021-2022

Watch the Pere Marquette Award Ceremony featuring Dr. Darren Wheelock (2020 recipient of the University Excellence in Teaching award)

Dr. Michelle Rodrigues' research on the effect of friends on cortisol levels was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution


Dr. Aleksandra Snowden discusses factors contributing to the increase in alcohol-related deaths in Wisconsin

Dr. Cainkar discusses taking a stand against anti-Asian violence

Dr. Roberta Coles retires after 25 years

Meet Dr. Michelle Rodrigues and watch her trailer for ANTH 2201. Human Evolutionary Process

Ms. Volz Daniels featured in article about the needs of underpriveledged children

Dr. Cainkar's Islam Immersion trip featured in Wisconsin Muslim Journal.


SOCS faculty Erin Hoekstra and Sameena Mulla discuss Race, Immigration and COVID

SOCS Faculty release "Dear Students" letter in response to the George Floyd protests and calls for racial justice

Dr. Darren Wheelock receives Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award,is honored with University Excellence in Teaching Award

MU's Criminology program ranks in top 20 of Criminology bachelor's degrees nationwide  

Dr. Jane Peterson's Bronzeville research featured in Marquette's A&S magazine

Dr. Jesse Cheng writes op-ed “How the new constitutional amendment should protect victims of police brutality”

Dr. Alexandra Crampton cautions against the use of war metaphors in efforts to combat the coronavirus

Dr. Louise Cainkar discusses her research on American Muslims

Dr. Michael McCarthy’s book wins multiple awards.


Apply for an Islam and Muslims interfaith immersion experience to travel to Dearborn and Hamtramck, Michigan over spring break. Deadline is 12/31/2017.

Dr. Lynch presented at the "Principles in Crisis" panel at the Conference by Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network

Social Welfare and Justice alum, Amanda Avalos, committed to helping Milwaukee's communities of color thrive

The book by Dr. Holstein and Dr. Jones won the Outstanding Book Award by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

Dr. Hlavka publishes a blog titled "How can a "Real man" be raped?"

The study abroad program led by Dr. Wheelock is featured on OIE website

Read about Emily Lynch's ongoing fieldwork with Congolese refugees

Applications now being solicited for CRLS Outstanding Senior. Apply here by March 6.

Social and Cultural Science New Hire- Dr. Aleksandra Snowden

Social and Cultural Science New Hire - Dr. Emily Lynch

Apply for an Islam and Muslims interfaith immersion experience to travel to Dearborn and Hamtramck, Michigan over the Spring break. Deadline is January 30, 2017

Please join us in the Grand Ballroom of the AMU, November 1 at 5pm for a special lecture by Dr. Michael Kimmel.

Take a written exam with the Madison Police Department

Apply now for two CRLS scholarships (the Jay Balchunas Memorial Scholarship and the Journal Foundation Francis G. and Jane Keogh Kelly Scholarship)

Dr. Michael Krzewinski wins the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award

Learn about our new interdisciplinary minor in Culture, Health and Illness

Explore our new interdisciplinary minor in Law and Society

Two Professors Observed Over 650 Court Cases to Write Book on Sexual Violence Research

New Director Angelique Harris says Center for Gender and Sexualities will Focus on Research

Dr. Meghan Stroshine quoted in a story on Time Magazine's website

Students, join Social and Cultural Sciences on April 28th for the Research Salon.

Hlavka and Mulla's Research Featured in Medical Anthropology Series

Dr. Dawne Moon receives $190,000 Templeton Foundation Award to study reconciliation between Evangelicals and LGBT people

Dr. Semukhina presented a lecture titled "Public-Police Contacts in Russia: Revisiting the Predatory Model of Policing "at the Center for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison

CRLS Student Luis Feliciano Goes for Boxing Gold

Social and Cultural Sciences New Hire - Dr. Jesse Cheng

Two criminology scholarships are available for undergraduate students. Please apply by 9/21/15

Dr. Angelique Harris discusses community health initiative in Lindsay Heights neighborhood

Dr. Dawne Moon receives Way Klingler Sabbatical Award

Annual McGee lecture was conducted on April 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Library.

The second Annual Research Salon was conducted on April 23 from 5-7 pm in Lalumiere #177

Social and Cultural Sciences new hire – Wendy Volz Daniels

Social and Cultural Sciences new hire – Michael McCarthy

Dr. James Holstein receives Marquette University Research Excellence Award

Dr. Roberta Coles research on black fathers is featured online, written by Marquette student, Wyatt Massey

Dr. Hlavka’s research on sexual violence is featured on Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

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.

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 acknowledgment 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 recently received Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
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 a Finalist 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.

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 Milwaukee Fair Housing Council.