Stratification has long been a central concern in sociology, and indeed social inequality is a theme in the research of all faculty in Sociology at Ohio State. Some faculty have conducted rigorous programs of research that examine the causes and consequences of social stratification in U.S. society. One starting-point for this research is inequality in jobs and wages which in turn is closely linked to wealth and debt inequalities, housing disparities, and neighborhood disadvantage. Some faculty study schools as an institution that reproduces inequality, with educational attainment highly differentiated according to class, race, and gender. The explosion of student higher education debt, and its consequences mfor young adulthood (and beyond), is the subject of important ongoing research by OSU sociologists. Several faculty conduct research on race and ethnicity, including research on religion (African-American religious institutions and practice), marriage patterns (trends in inter-ethnic and inter-racial marriage), racial disparities in crime and violence, and the historic subordination of Native Americans. Other research examines gender inequality, with particular attention to the gendered division of work and the gendered nature of routine time use (work, leisure, etc.).
Tim Bartley, Associate Professor
Claudia Buchmann, Professor
Doug Downey, Professor
Rachel Dwyer, Associate Professor
Korie Edwards, Associate Professor
Corinne Reczek, Assistant Professor
Vincent Roscigno, Professor