Department of Sociology

FSU experts available for context on Black History Month

Black History Month is an observance to celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans and a time to examine how race continues to influence the country today. The predecessor to the event began in the 1920s. In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month on the federal level. The United States now has a Black […]

FSU experts available to comment on first female vice president of the United States

When she is sworn in next month, Kamala Harris will become the first woman to serve as vice president of the United States. Harris has a long political career, having served as district attorney of San Francisco, attorney general of California and a U.S. senator before this position. Florida State University faculty members are available […]

FSU expert available to comment on psychological effects of social isolation during COVID-19 pandemic

Millions of Americans are staying home to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus cases. Among those avoiding other people are many older Americans, whose age puts them at a greater risk of serious complications from a COVID-19 infection. That isolation — for seniors and for everyone else — can bring loneliness and frustration. A Florida State […]

Do your share: Perception of fair division of housework linked to better sex among married individuals in midlife

Husbands, are you helping your spouse with chores around the house? If your wife doesn’t think so that may result in a less satisfying sex life, according to new research by Florida State University. FSU Sociology Professor Anne Barrett and her former student Alexandra Raphael found that when wives reported an unfair arrangement in the […]

FSU researcher: Women do get better with age

A Florida State University researcher has found that younger women’s concerns about wrinkles and deteriorating health cause them to have lower emotional well-being than those women who’ve passed the so called ‘midlife crisis’ phase. Anne Barrett, sociology professor and director of FSU’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, found that young women’s greater anxieties […]

FSU researcher: Plan ahead for successful aging

For many people, the prospect of aging is scary and uncomfortable, but Florida State University Assistant Professor Dawn Carr says that research reveals a few tips that can improve our chances of a long, healthy life.  Carr, who joined FSU’s Department of Sociology and the Pepper Institute on Aging and Social Policy this fall, is […]

Symposium highlights hip hop culture’s social impact

More than simply a style of music and fashion, hip hop is a phenomenon with broad social and cultural impact. Florida State University’s Department of Sociology in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy will highlight and examine the genre in an upcoming symposium.  “Hip Hop Is Life” will bring together educators, cultural critics, […]