|Contact Information for SSRJS|
|Contact||Mary Stewart, Ph.D. - Director, School of Social Research and Justice Studies|
|Location||Mack Social Science|
|Address||1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
The School was establised by the Board of Regents in 2007 and consists of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, Communication Studies as well as the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies.
The School brings together faculty with expertise in a wide range of related areas, pursuing the intersections between our social structures and the interactions in which we engage and the identify. Meet our faculty...
Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions
Communication Studies is a discipline that addresses communication processes at work in virtually all human activities.
The content of criminal justice is interdisciplinary, drawing on theory developed in sociology, law, psychology, political science, and related fields.
Ordinary Violence: Everyday Assaults against Women Worldwide - links forms of violence against women worldwide, drawing parallels between wife battery, honor crimes, female genital mutilation and sexual assault by placing these assaults in a structural/cultural context. Written by our own Mary Stewart, Ph.D. and available at Amazon.com.
Biases in the perception of Barack Obama’ skin tone. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy - White Americans higher in prejudice were less likely to vote for Barack Obama than other Americans. Recent research also demonstrated that supporters and opponents of Mr. Obama engaged in skin tone biases, i.e., they perceive Mr. Obama’s skin tone as lighter or darker in line with more positive or negative views of him. Across two studies we hypothesized that skin tone biases occur as a function of two independent sources: racial prejudice, which is always related to skin tone bias, and political partisanship, which is related to skin tone bias primarily during elections. Written by our own Markus Kemmelmeier, Ph.D..
Untreated depression contributes to higher suicide rates in U.S. honor cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology - Osterman and Brown demonstrated that U.S. honor states had higher rates of suicide than nonhonor states and related this phenomenon to the higher incidence of depression and a reduced readiness to seek antidepression treatment in honor states. The present study critiques their research and re-examines the origin of the association between honor culture and suicide using a more expansive multi-year data set and controlling for culturally relevant factors (i.e., climate, gun ownership, population density, collectivism, access to health care, economic deprivation). Written by our own Markus Kemmelmeier, Ph.D..
The School of Social Research and Justice Studies at UNR combines the research expertise and scholarly interests of faculty in the Departments of Communication Studies, Criminology and Sociology. It also houses the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, a state-wide program for research and public service. Faculty in the school enjoy national and international reputations in their fields, publishing in the most prestigious professional journals and presenting papers at national and international conferences. The departments in the school provide a range of stimulating courses, undergraduate programs, and graduate programs for students with an interest in understanding the dynamics of our complex soci-political-legal world. The School brings together faculty with expertise in a wide range of related areas, pursuing the intersections between our social structures, the interactions in which we engage and the identities we develop. The School is particularly focused on research in communications, social processes, social structures and justice issues.
Areas of expertise of faculty include family and gender, mental health and illness, work and family, rhetoric and social movements, gender and sexualities, new religious movements, experiences of and attitudes toward Viet Nam Vets, economic development in Africa, juvenile offenders, ethnicity and identity, political corruption, attitudes across the globe, relationships between psychological characteristics, identity and attitudes and experiences, globalization, class and inequality.
Students majoring in any of the departments are encouraged to study across boundaries to broaden their academic experience. Students can either major or minor in any of the three academic areas represented in the School. The School includes several graduate programs, including an M.A. in Criminal Justice, an MA in Sociology and a Masters in Justice Management (offered on-line). The school also offeres a Masters and Ph.D program in Judicial Studies designed for sitting judges.
Situated within the College of Liberal Arts, the School benefits from relationships among a wide range of faculty. Further, faculty remain accessible to students as a result of the relatively small classes we are able to maintain after the introductory level. Students in the School may seek careers in policy making, social services, in not-for profit and government agencies, in research and analysis positions, public service, in public relations and human resources, and in the legal system at various levels, from police officers to court manager. Many majors continue on to law school or professional school.
The School of Social Research and Justice Studies was approved by the NSHE Board of Regents operation in January 2007.
Our faculty have a diverse range of interests and areas of expertise and are in an excellent position to advance a change-oriented curriculum and research agenda.
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