Welcome to the UNM Department of Sociology!

Our Department is actively engaged in research and teaching, and maintains a strong commitment to diversity in our graduate and undergraduate education. Our mission is to advance the comprehension of society, and explain and analyze human relationships, social institutions, and the dynamics of social change. Our faculty engages major sociological issues of global, national, and regional significance. Click here to view a letter from our Chair, Dr. Sharon Erickson Nepstad.

Our Department specializes in a variety of research and teaching areas, including (but not restricted to):

*usually with Latin American focus

Furthermore, our faculty and students actively affiliate with a wide range of campus-wide research centers, including:



Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor Criminologist

Assistant Professor Quantitative


News and Events

Dr. Nancy López has been named the  Inaugural Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) Faculty Fellow, UNM Division for Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Elena Windsong has had an article accepted to the journal Society & Natural Resources. more

Dr. Santoro, Dr. Velez, and Stacy Keogh have published an article in the journal Social Forces. more

Jeff Nowacki has had an article accepted to the journal Crime and Delinquency. more

Dr. Maria Velez and Dr. Christopher Lyons have had an article accepted to the journal Criminology. more

Winners of the 2013 McGee Essay Awards Announced! more

Dr. Nepstad's book has won the 2012 Outstanding Book Award from the ASA section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict. more

Dr. Waitzkin's book has won the 2012 Freidson Award from the ASA. more

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