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The Sociology Faculty engage in research on many topics. Use this page to learn about our areas of specialization.

Pick a Topic: Children & Youth, Environment, Gender & Sexuality, Higher Education, Immigration, Race & Ethnicity, Cultural, Economic, Sociological Imagination, Religion, Statistics & Research Methods, Miscellaneous

Children & Youth

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. The Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap. Temple University Press. 2019.

Donoghue, Christopher & Lisa Meltzer. 2018. Sleep it off: bullying and sleep disturbances in adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 68, 87-93.

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. Part-time Employment and Aesthetic Labor among Middle-Class Youth. In Youth, Jobs and the Future: Problems and Prospects. Lynn Chancer, Christine Trost and Martin Sanchez Jankowski Oxford University Press (December 2018).Book Reviews:

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. How Babysitting Can Set Up Teen Girls to Earn Less When They Enter the Workforce. Philadelphia Inquirer January 31, 2018

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin, Ed. 2016. Education and Youth Today (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth v. 20). ASA Section on Children and Youth.

Raia-Hawrylak, Alicia and Christopher Donoghue. 2016. “Assessing the Impact of Emerging Anti-bullying Legislation on Children and Youth.” Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, 20, 167-184.

Donoghue, Christopher, Consuelo Bonillas, Jeniffer Moreno, Omara Cardoza and Melissa Cheung.2016.  Young people’s perceptions of advice about sexual risk taking. Sex Education. 17, 1, 73-85.

Donoghue, Christopher and Alicia Raia-Hawrylak. 2016. “Moving Beyond the Emphasis on Bullying: A Generalized Approach to Peer Aggression in High School.” Children and Schools, 38, 1, 30-39.

Donoghue, Christopher, Dina Rosen, Angela Almeida, and David Brandwein. 2015. “When is Peer Aggression ‘Bullying?’ An Analysis of Elementary and Middle School Student Discourse on Bullying at School.” Qualitative Research in Education, 4, 1, 26-44.

Donoghue, Christopher, Angela Almeida, David Brandwein, Gabriela Rocha, and Ian Callahan. 2014. “Coping With Verbal and Social Bullying in Middle School.” International Journal of Emotional Education, 6, 2, 40-53.

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. 2014. Consuming Work: Youth Labor in America. PA: Temple University Press.

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. 2013. “Cool Stores, Bad Jobs, and Young Workers.” Contexts 12: 42-47.

Cassino, Daniel R. and Yasemin Besen-Cassino. 2009. Consuming Politics: Jon Stewart, Branding and Youth Vote in America. Associated University Presses, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: New Jersey.

Besen, Yasemin-Cassino. 2008. “The Study of Youth Labor: Shift toward a Subject-centered Approach.” Sociology Compass 1(1).

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. 2008. “Work as an Alternative to School? Confidence in the Education System and Youth’s Labor Market Entry Decisions.” Education & Society 26(1).

Besen, Yasemin. 2006. “Pay or Play? Labor Market Entry Decisions of Youth in the United States.” Regional Labor Review 9(3).

Besen, Yasemin. 2006. “Fun or Exploitation: The Lived Experience of Work in Suburban America.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 35(3).

Besen, Yasemin. 2005. “Consumption of Production: Part-Time Student Employment in Suburban United States.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology 49(1).

Besen, Yasemin. 2005. “It’s Not like a Job: A Study of Part-Time Youth Labor in Suburban America.” Contexts 3(4).


Freund, Peter. 2010. “Capitalism, Time Space, Environment and Human Well Being: Envisioning EcoSocialist Temporality and Spatiality.” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. 21(2):112-121.

Freund, Peter and George Martin. 2009. “The Social and Material Culture of Automobility.” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society.

Martin, George. 2009. “The Global Intensification of Motorization and Its Impacts on Urban Social Ecologies.” in J. Conley & A. Mclaren, eds., Car Troubles. Ashgate.

Martin, George and Peter Freund. 2008. “Fast Cars/Fast Foods: Hyperconsumption and its Health and Environmental Consequences.” Social Theory and Health 6: 309-22.

Martin, George. 2008. “All Climate Change is Local.” UGEC Viewpoints 1: 14-17

Freund, Peter and George Martin. 2007. “Hyperautomobility, the Social Organization of Space, and Health.” Mobilities 2:37-49.

Martin, George. 2007. “Global Motorization, Social Ecology and China.” Area 39:66-73.

Martin, George. 2005. “The Global Diffusion of Motorized Urban Sprawl: Implications for China and Shanghai,” pp. 122-29 in H. Feng, L. Yu & W. Solecki, eds. Urban Dimensions of Environmental Change, Science Press, 2005.

Thomas, Tanesha A. 2019. “Enduring rust: the persistence of low-tech pollution amidst New York’s high-tech revolution.” Environmental Sociology 6(2). 

Gender & Sexuality

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. Too Few Women on Top: The Persistence of Inequality in Japan by Kumiko Nemoto. American Journal of Sociology, September 2018.

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. This is Where the Gender Pay Gap Starts. Guardian March 14, 2018.

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. Women who Succeed by Susan Durbin. Work and Occupations, Spring 2018.

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. 2008. “Cost of Being a Girl: Gender Wage Differentials in Teenage Employment.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal (NWSAJ) 20(1).

Kimmel, Michael S. and Yasemin Besen-Cassino. 2008. The Jessie Bernard Reader. Paradigm Publishers: CO. Reprinted (2013) in Getting In is Not Enough: Social, Political, and Economic Aspects of Women’s Access to Work edited by Terri Fredrick and Coeltte Morrow. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Presser, Harriet, Janer Gornick, and Sangeeta Parashar. 2008. “Gender and Nonstandard Work Hours in 12 European Countries.” Monthly Labor Review 131(2): 83-103.

Besen, Yasemin-Cassino. 2007. “Men at Work.” Equal Opportunities International 26(3).

Besen, Yasemin-Cassino. 2007. “Young Men, Masculinities and Spirituality: An Introduction to the Special Issue of JMMS.” Journal of Men Masculinities and Spirituality 1(3).

Besen, Yasemin-Cassino and Gilbert Zicklin. 2007. “Young Men, Religion and Attitudes towards Homosexuality.” Journal of Men Masculinities and Spirituality 1(3).

Wang, Yong. 2007. “The Homosexual Subject: Coming Out as a Political Act.” Journal of Man, Masculinity and Spirituality. 1(3).

Besen, Yasemin and Michael S. Kimmel. 2006. “At Sam’s Club, No Girls Allowed: The Lived Experience of Sex Discrimination at Work.” Equal Opportunities International 25(3).

Bird, Sharon, Jacquelyn Litt, and Yong Wang. 2004. “Creating Status of Women Reports: Institutional Housekeeping as ‘Women’s Work’.” The National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 16(1).

Higher Education

Donoghue, Christopher. (2015) “Virtual Instructor-Student Interaction: A New Method for Stimulating Class Participation in an Asynchronous Learning Network.” Journal of Emerging Learning Design. 2, 1-6.

Allard, Faye and Sangeeta Parashar. 2013.“Comparing Undergraduate Satisfaction with Faculty and Professional Advisers: A Multi-Method Approach.” The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal.

Allard, Faye and Sangeeta Parashar. 2012.“Higher Education: A Conspiracy? How Students View Their Chances in A Four Year Institution.” The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal.

Hadis, Benjamin, 2005. “Why Are They Better Students When They Come Back? Determinants of Academic Focusing Gains in the Study Abroad Experience.” Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 11.

Hadis, Benjamin, 2005. “Gauging the Impact of Study Abroad: How to Overcome the Limitations of a Singe-Cell Design.” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 30(1).


Ruszczyk, Stephen P. 2019. Dreaming Despite Status: Immigrant Youth in Contingent Migration Contexts. In Narrating Perspectives on Childhood and Adolescence, edited by Mery Diaz and Benjamin Shepard, Chapter 3. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Ruszczyk, Stephen P.  2018.  Local Governance of Immigrant Incorporation: How City-Based Organizational Fields Shape the Cases of Undocumented Youth in New York City and Paris. Comparative Migration Studies 6 (33).

Ruszczyk, Stephen P. 2018.Non-State Actors in the Regularisation of Undocumented Youths: The Role of the ‘Education Without Borders Network’ in Paris. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Ruszczyk, Stephen P., and Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa.2017. A Second Generation of Immigrant Illegality Studies. Migration Studies 5 (3): 445–56.

Ruszczyk, Stephen and Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa. 2016. “A second generation of immigrant illegality studies.” Migration Studies.

Gonzales, Roberto G., Veronica Terriquez, and Stephen P. Ruszczyk. 2014. “Becoming DACAmented Assessing the Short-Term Benefits of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).” American Behavioral Scientist 58.14: 1852-1872.

Race & Ethnicity

Ruane, Janet. 2017.Re(Searching) the Truth About Our Criminal Justice System: Some Challenges. Sociological Forum. 32(S1):1127-1139.

Singh, Vikash. 2017. Uprising of the Fools: Pilgrimage as Moral Protest in Contemporary India. Stanford University Press.

Singh, Vikash. 2017. Myths of meritocracy: caste, karma and the new racism, a comparative study. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 41(15), pp.2693-2710.

Singh, Vikash. 2017. Race,The Condition of Neo-Liberalism. Social Sciences, 6(3), 84.

Donoghue, Christopher. 2014. “The Acquisition of Ethnic Prejudice Among Young Children.” In Diditi Mitra and Joyce Weil (Eds.), Race and the Lifecourse: Readings from the Intersection of Ethnicity and Age. Palgrave MacMillan Publishers.

Parashar, Sangeeta. 2014. “Marginalized by Race and Place: A Multilevel Analysis of Occupational Sex Segregation in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 34(11/12): 747-770.

Singh, Vikash. 2014. “Beyond religious fundamentalisms: An analysis of resistance in the Kanwar pilgrimage in India.” Subjectivity, Vol. 7, No.3, pp.234-53.

Singh, Vikash. 2014. “Religious Practice and the Phenomenology of Everyday Violence in Contemporary India.” Ethnography.Vol.15, No.4, 469-92.

Parrillo, Vincent and Christopher Donoghue. 2013. “The National Social Distance Survey: Ten Years Later.” Sociological Forum, 28 (13).

Singh, Vikash. 2013. “Work, Performance, and the Social Ethic of Global Capitalism: Understanding Religious Practice in Contemporary India.” Sociological Forum, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 283-307.

Donoghue, Christopher and David Brandwein. 2012. “Improving Cultural Competence by Teaching Multicultural Education.” The Journal of Multiculturalism in Education 8(2): 1-19.

Cerulo, Karen and Janet Ruane. 2011. “Pearl Sydenstricker Buck: At the Intersection of Sociocultural Worlds.” Christofer Edling and Jens Rydgren (eds.), Sociological Insights of Great Thinkers: Sociology through Literature, Philosophy, and Science. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

Ruane, Janet. 2011. Review of The Assassination of Theo Van Gogh: From Social Drama to Cultural Trauma. Ron Eyerman. Social Forces.

Roberts, Carl W. and Yong Wang. 2010. “Traitor in Our Midst: Cultural Variations in Japanese vs. Oklahoman Public Discourse on Domestic Terrorism in the Spring of 1995.” Comparative Sociology, 9: 463-494.

Vermeylen, Saskia, George Martin, and Roland Clift. 2008. “Intellectual Property Rights Systems and the ‘Assemblage’ of Local Knowledge Systems.” International Journal of Cultural Property 15: 201-21

Wang, Yong. 2008. “From the Sublime to the Obscene: Modalities of Totalitarianism and Jouissance.” American Journal of Semiotics: Special Issue on Chinese Semiotics.

Martin, George and Saskia Vermeylen. 2005. “Intellectual Property, Indigenous Knowledge, and Biodiversity,” Capitalism Nature Socialism 16:273-86.


Wang, Yong 2022. “Totalitarianism as Religion.” In Interpreting Religion: Making Sense f Religious Lives, p.180-198. Bristol University Press, Bristol, UK.

Social, Cultural, Economic 

Singh, Vikash & Sangeeta Parashar. 2019. A review essay on Karl Polanyi: The Hungarian Writings. Contradictions/Kontradikce.

Ruane, Janet.2017.Should Sociologists Stand up for Science? Absolutely. Sociological Forum. 33(1):239-242.

Livingston, Jay. 2016. “The Injustice,” Contexts.

Cerulo, Karen and Janet Ruane. 2014. “Apologies of the Rich and Famous: Cultural, Cognitive, and Social Explanations of Why We Care and Why We Forgive.” Social Psychology Quarterly 77(2): 123-149.

Hadis, Benjamin. 2014. “Risk, Social Protection and Trust Amidst Cuts in Welfare Spending.” Health, Risk and Society 16(5).

Parashar, Sangeeta and Yong Wang. 2014. Divisions and Integrations: The Expansion of Global Capitalism. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Singh, Vikash. 2014. “Definitive Exclusions: The Social fact and the Subjects of Neo-Liberalism” in Chancer, Lynn, and John Andrews (eds), The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis: Diverse Perspectives on the Psychosocial. Palgrave Macmillan.

Freund, Peter. 2011. “Embodying Psychosocial Health Inequalities: Bringing back Materiality and Bioagency.” Social Theory and Health.

Parashar, Sangeeta and Yong Wang. 2011. Inequality in a Globalizing World: Perspectives, Processes, and Experiences. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishers.

Roberts, Carl W., Cornelie Zuell, Juliane Landmann, Yong Wang. 2010. “Modality Analysis: a Semantic Grammar for Imputations of Intentionality in Texts.” Quality and Quantity, 44: 230-257.

Freund, Peter. 2009. “Social Synaesthesia: Expressive Bodies, Embodied Charisma.” Body and Society 15: 22-31.

Freund, Peter. 2009. “Accomplishing More with Less.” Capitalism, Nature, and Socialism. 20(2): 126-129.

Carl W. Roberts, Cornelia Zuell, Juliane Landmann, and Yong Wang. 2008. “Modality Analysis: 

A Semantic Grammar for Imputations of Intentionality in Texts.” Quality & Quantity 42.

Thomas, Tanesha A. 2015. Seeds of Freedom: Liberating Education in Guatemala by Clark Taylor. Contemporary Sociology 44(2): 293-4. 

Thomas, Tanesha A. 2015. International Crime in the 20th Century: The League of Nations Era, 1919- 1939 by Paul Knepper. Contemporary Sociology 44(2): 291-2.

Sociological Imagination

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2019. Second Thoughts: Sociology Challenges Conventional Wisdom. 7th ed. Forthcoming. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2014. Second Thoughts: Sociology Challenges Conventional Wisdom, 6th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2011. Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye. 5th Edition. LA: Pine Forge Press.

Ruane, Janet M. and Karen Cerulo. 2008. Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye (4th ed.). Pine Forge.

Ruane, Janet M. and Karen Cerulo. 2008. “Second Thoughts on Presidential Politics.” Sociological Forum 23(1)

Ruane, Janet M. and Karen A. Cerulo.2008. Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye. Third Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press

Hadis, Benjamin. 2008. “El Mensaja Del Terror” in Los Laberintos de la Violencia. Edited by Leticia Glocer Fiorini. Asociación Psicoanalítica Argentina & Lugar Editorial, Buenos Aires.

Ruane, Janet M. 2008. “Social Control” In Vincent Parrillo (Ed) Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Sage Publications.

Rule, James B. and Yasemin Besen-Cassino. 2008. “The Once and Future Information Society.” Theory & Society 37(1).

Wang, Yong. 2008. “Agency: the Internal Split of Structure.” Sociological Forum, 23(3).

Wang, Yong. & Carl W. Roberts. 2006. “Schadenfreude: A Case Study of Emotion as Situated Discursive Display.” Comparative Sociology. 2006, 5(1): 45-63.

Wang, Yong. & Carl W. Roberts. 2005. “Actantial Analysis: Greimas’s Structural Approach to the Analysis of Self-Narratives.” Narrative Inquiry 15(1): 51-74.

Statistics & Research Methods

Healey, Joseph and Christopher Donoghue. 2021. Statistics: A Tool For Social Research and Data Analysis, 11th Edition. Cengage Learning, Stamford: CT.

Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. Social Research Methods by Example: Applications in the Modern World. Routledge 2018

Ruane, Janet. 2016. Introducing Social Research Methods: Essentials for Getting the Edge. Malden, Mass: Wiley

Ruane, Janet M. 2005. Essentials of Research Methods: A Guide to Social Science Research. Wiley-Blackwell


Wang, Yong 2022. “The Truth of the Fully-Engaged Subject.” International Journal of Zizek Studies, Vol. (6), p. 1-9.