Department of Sociology and Criminology

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For everyone’s safety, many faculty and staff members are continuing to work remotely. We are still available to assist you during our normal office hours, and recommend reaching out via email to get in touch.

Looking for the latest campus updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19? The #UARK website has the most up-to-date information at

Please note: Guidance from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health and university may change rapidly given the fluidity of the situation.


message from the chair

Mission, Vision, Core Values Poster

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The Indigenous history of the land the University of Arkansas campus sits on goes back to time immemorial, and across that expanse of time, many successive groups have lived here and created sacred legacies in this area. Fulbright College acknowledges Indigenous peoples were forced to leave their ancestral lands, including the Osage, Caddo and Quapaw Nations with ties to Northwest Arkansas. We further recognize that a portion of the Trail of Tears runs through our campus, and that the Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), Chickasaw and Seminole Nations passed through what is now Arkansas during this forced removal. We acknowledge all Indigenous teachers, researchers and all other residents in our community and region today. We proudly offer Indigenous Studies in our college and seek continuity and connection to the past as we look to the future with increased collaboration with Indigenous governments and entities.

We say to the Citizens of Indigenous Nations: We see you and we thank you.

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Mission  Link ->


Lori Holyfield Vice-Chair Undergraduate Program Director
Undergraduate Program Director
Casey Taggart Harris Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
Mindy Sue Engen Director of Online Education
Director of Online Education


Christopher Shields Internship Coordinator
Internship Coordinator




Sociology Club

Join Sociology Club

Undergraduate and Graduate Students are more than welcome to join our new Sociology Club! If you are interested in our club please contact Sociology Club Faculty Advisors:

Dr. Paez
Dr. Allison

We are looking forward to meet you!



Sociology Club

Join Online Reading Group "Pandemic and the Crisis of Capitalism"

Consider participating in our online reading group this Fall 2020. 

We will be reading: "Pandemic and the Crisis of Capitalism from the journal Rethinking Marxism" examining COVID-19 and the capitalist world economy, environmental justice, racial justice, public health, workers' rights, indigenous sovereignty.

For more information please contact
Dr. Justin Barnum,

TRC Internship

Students across disciplines are encouraged to apply for an internship in Terrorism Research Center!

Internships are offered during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students will complete 180 hours in the Terrorism Research Center (Old Main 101) over the course of the internship (12 hours per week during Fall/Spring, 18 hours per week in the summer) on a variety of projects. To learn more about course credit requirements and additional internships offered through the Department of Sociology and Criminology, visit the Department’s website.

More information about Terrorism Research Center can be found  in the link below:




student resources



  • Spring 2020 Newsletter
  • Departmental Strategic Plan
  • MA in Sociology Poster
  • Data Snapshot
    • Failed and Foiled Islamic Terrorist Plots Targeting Military Personnel in the United States Since 9/11 Link ->
  • Data Snapshot
    • Less than Half of Racially-Motivated Homicides Result in Official Hate Crime Charges Link->
  • Datasets Available to Sociology and Criminology Graduate Students and Faculty Link ->

  • The Bias Homicide Database (BHDB)

    • The Bias Homicide Database (BHDB) is an open-source, relational database housed in the Terrorism Research Center (TRC). BHDB data include information on incident, victim, and offender attributes of bias homicides in the United States from 1990 to 2019. Students in the TRC contribute to the Bias Homicide Database (BHDB), an open-source, relational database containing information on bias homicides from 1990 - 2019.   Link ->