Message from the Chair
Welcome from Dr. Anna Zajicek 

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is a very dynamic, productive, friendly, and student success-oriented unit in Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Our popular and valuable majors, with over 400 undergraduate students, and over 100 double majors, prepare students for meaningful and rewarding careers. The department excels in teaching, and community outreach/engagement. Our students have access to three research centers where they can engage in research and/or gain valuable internship experiences. Please explore our departmental homepage, including the information about our student organizations and honors opportunities.


Affiliated Research Centers




Dahlia Evans-Vertreese alumni photo
 Dahlia Evans-Vertreese
MA in Sociology | 1995 | Mayor of The Township of Hillside in New Jersey

In her work with labor unions, Dahlia credits the Sociology program in helping her navigate perspectives and understand where people were coming from, helping her to develop win-win situations in managing conflicts. As a teacher, she credits faculty in the Sociology program for helping her to develop a strong ability to compare and contrast. Dahlia notes that she couldn’t have received a better education anywhere else and that “choosing the University of Arkansas was the best honor ever”.


Rocio A. Paez Visiting Assistant Professor
 Rocio A. Paez 

Dr. Rocio Paez is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Her research and teaching interests include criminological theory, the intersection of race, immigration, and crime, and the role that networks and institutions play in neighborhood crime. In line with her research focus, her dissertation consisted of a macro-level analysis of the influence of military presence on crime rates in American communities. 


Mattie Harris photo student
 Mattie Harris
Undergraduate Student
Major: Criminal Justice, Sociology and Middle East Studies | Minor: Arabic | Anticipated graduation: Dec 2019

 Mattie Harris said ''I am majoring in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Middle East studies and minoring in Arabic. I have such a wide range of studies. I have always had a passion for the Middle East and public service. I was fortunate to find a degree plan that satisfied these passions, while graduating on time. I am looking forward to the endless possibilities that will arise out of my studies''.