Sociology (Ph.D.)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus  

Doctoral and master's degree students in Sociology benefit from advanced training in research design and methods, as well as such areas as inequalities of gender, age, class and sexuality; crime; culture; global political economy; and health.
















Our Doctoral Program in Sociology

Areas of high expertise include: criminology (e.g., studies of radicalization on the internet and bullying in high schools), inequality: (interdisciplinary programs in Africana studies, American Indian studies, and women’s & gender studies), health (focus on racial disparities and mental health).

Why Study Sociology Here?

In addition to providing students an interdisciplinary environment, we support the research of scholar-activists, who connect with communities in need and provide research that can help them to shape policies and solve problems.

What You'll Study

Students work with a large, interdisciplinary faculty that includes about 30 tenure-track professors with PhDs in sociology, anthropology, English, history, and foreign languages. Students can also study with professors and instructors from other departments on campus who are affiliated with our department.

Students with deeper interests in race and gender can focus their degree programs on them, through our interdisciplinary programs in Women's & Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and American Indian Studies.

Careers of Program Graduates

Our doctoral graduates have gone on to become professors of sociology and related fields in universities around the world, and to direct and coordinate social research in such organizations as the U.S. Census, the Mt. Sinai medical school, the University of Virginia’s Cancer Center, the California’s Department of Social Services.

Professional Development & Research Support/Opportunities

“Broadening Participation in STEM: Intersectional and Institutional Influences on Underrepresented Minorities' College and Career Pathways in Longitudinal Perspective” (funded by National Science Foundation) Dr. Sarah Ovink and doctoral students Megan Nanney and Hans Momplaisir, and doctoral graduate Dr. Yun Ling Li.

“Student Violence, School Disorder, and Dropping Out.” (funded by NIJ W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship) Dr. Anthony Peguero, and doctoral graduate Lindsay Kahle and doctoral student Stephanie Matos.

“UrbComp”, an interdisciplinary training program focusing on the use of big data in identifying and ameliorating problems of urbanization. (funded by National Science Foundation) Dr. John Ryan (co-pi), and doctoral student Stacey Clifton.

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Crime
  • Deviance
  • Social Media
  • Drugs
  • Social Policy

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Research Interests

  • Environment
  • Indigenous Politics
  • Social Movements
  • Violence

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Research Interests
  • Production of Culture 
  • Aging
  • Recovery from Violence

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Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Environments
  • Social Movements
  • Climate Change Science and Public Debate

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Research Interests
  • Gender
  • Higher education
  • Immigration
  • Race
  • Latino Sociology

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Sociology Research Highlights

Anthony A. Peguero, Jennifer M. Bondy, and Jun Sung Hong. 2017. “Social Bonds Across Immigrant Generations: Bonding to School and Examining the Relevance of Assimilation.” Youth & Society, 49 (6): 733-754.

Laura E. Agnich, Lindsay L. Kahle, Anthony A. Peguero, Jennifer L. Murphy, Olivia Foroughi, and Jennifer N. Nester. 2017. “Does Breaking Gender Stereotypes Contribute to Victimization at School?” Criminal Justice Studies, 30(3): 257–275.

Xin Jiang and Anthony A. Peguero. 2017. “Immigrant Generations and Delinquency: Assessing the Relative Effects of Family, School, and Delinquent Peers.” Race and Justice, 7(3): 199–225.

Jennifer M., Bondy, Anthony A. Peguero, and Brent E. Johnson. 2017. “The Children of Immigrants’ Academic Self-Efficacy: The Significance of Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Segmented Assimilation.” Education and Urban Society, 49(5): 486–517.

Students interested in applying to the Sociology (Ph.D.) degree should contact the program director, Shannon Bell, by email at or by phone at 540-231-4445.

Visit our office at 560 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall: August 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 15


Shannon Bell

Director of Graduate Studies

674 McBryde Hall


Tish Glosh

Graduate Coordinator

560 McBryde Hall


Department of Sociology

560 McBryde Hall (0137)

225 Stanger Street

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-8971