About the Department of Sociology

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Chair's Welcome

David Smilde Professor & Department Chair, Sociology

As Chair of the Department of Sociology at Tulane, I am pleased to welcome you to our website. You can also visit us in person at our suite of offices on the second floor of historic Newcomb Hall. We have a dedicated and energetic faculty devoted to research, teaching, and mentoring. Our undergraduate program seeks to prepare our students to understand and analyze how events and individuals shape and are shaped by social forces. We are committed to providing an outstanding education that will prepare students to be lifelong learners and thinkers.

We are a publicly-engaged research faculty committed to creating knowledge that can help meet the challenges of the 21st Century. We have particular strengths in research on gender and sexualities, family and reproduction, health, culture and religion, social movements and political sociology, urban studies, criminology and deviance. Our location in New Orleans and Tulane’s strength in Latin American studies also frame some of our faculty’s and students’ research.

Please feel free to contact us if we can provide more information about our department, its activities, or how the department may be related to your interests.

David Smilde, Chair