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Department of Sociology

Message from Department Chair regarding COVID-19:

We are open and ready to support you! As we continue to monitor and meet established safety guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our offices are still open and operating in a virtual format. You can reach us by phone at (909) 537-5541. You can also reach us by email:

Yamira Murga, Administrative Support Coordinator,

We will respond as quickly as possible. Please keep a close watch for new announcements. Many of them, as well as several resources, can be found on CSUSB's dedicated COVID-19/Coronavirus Information web page.

Thank you and stay safe.

Ethel Nicdao, Sociology Department Chair,

Sociology Department faculty


The Sociology Department is composed of diverse and experienced faculty whose teaching and research expertise contribute to students’ intellectual and professional development to address social inequalities and contribute towards social justice and equity. We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Sociology minor, and a Certificate in Gerontology. Our faculty also teach in interdisciplinary programs including Gender & Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences, and the Master of Arts in Social Sciences & Globalization.

Our curriculum is designed to prepare students to examine and analyze social phenomena from a sociological perspective. Through our student-centered and applied coursework, students develop critical analysis skills, theoretical and methodological proficiencies, research experience, and internship/service-learning opportunities that prepare them for graduate degrees and professional careers.



News & Events

Faculty News

Dr. Mary Texeira was a panelist for the "Race & Policing: A Zoom Panel and Campus Conversation with Students, Staff, Faculty, and Campus Guests" event on June 3, 2020.

Dr. José Muñoz was awarded a 2020 OSR Undergraduate Summer Research Program fund. The funding will financially support a research team comprised of sociology majors for six weeks.

On April 16th Dr. José Muñoz participated in an online college panel for graduating high school seniors attending Cal State Universities in the fall. The panel was hosted by Save Our Youth and geared at orienting students to opportunities on CSU campuses regarding community engagement, college life, and student success.

Dr. José Muñoz was awarded a Visiting Scholar position (2020-2021) through UCLA’s Institute for American Cultures Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies. While at UCLA, Dr. Muñoz will be affiliated with the Chicano Studies Research Center.

Dr. James Fenelon gave the Keynote "Indigenous Social Movements: Stewards of the Land, Protectors of Earthen Waters” at the Hawaii Sociological Association's annual meeting, Hilo, Hawaii on February 22-23, 2020.

Dr. Vogelsang will visit the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) on March 4th to give graduate students advice on the academic job market

Dr. José Muñoz was invited to participate as a judge in UCR's grad slam event to be held on February 12th.

Dr. Megan Carroll was invited to present her research at the International Fatherhood Conference in Landshut, Germany this January. The conference was created to generate comparisons of fatherhood policy and practices across international contexts. Dr. Carroll’s research on intersectional approaches to gay fatherhood in the United States was published in Family Relations in 2018 and recently won the National Council on Family Relations’ Diversity and Inclusion in Men in Families Research Article Award.

CSUSB Department of Kinesiology faculty Guillermo Escalante, Rafael Alamilla, Christopher Gentry and Jason Ng, and CSUSB professor of sociology Eric Vogelsang published their research on weight discrimination among students from a diverse urban university in The Sport Journal. 

Dr. Eric Vogelsang was interviewed by WalletHub about elder-abuse.

Under Dr. Eric Vogelsang's leadership with the Center on Aging, CSUSB joins the Age-Friendly University Network

Dr. Karen Robinson and Dr. Eric Vogelsang received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, effective Fall 2019.

Dr. José A. Muñoz was invited to join the American Sociological Association Task Force on First-Generation and Working Class Persons in Sociology.

Dr. Paloma Villegas was selected as a 2019 Elevate Fellow (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators), an early career faculty training program at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI). 

Dr. Paloma Villegas has been awarded "Faculty Member of the Year" by the Undocumented Student Success Center, 2019 CSUSB UndocuGrad.

Dr. Eric Vogelsang recognized and awarded an "Establishing Community Partnership Grant" from the Office of Community Engagement for his work with local senior centers.

Student News

Isabella Cantu will join the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at CSUSB as a member of their 2020-2022 fellowship cohort. Dr. José Muñoz will serve as her mentor.

Former sociology major Juanita Rios (Class of 2016) was awarded the Dr. Randall Lynn Wright Memorial Scholarship. Juanita is an MA student in CSUSB’s Rehabilitation and Counseling Program.

Lydia Perez-Palencia, Anahi Reynoso-Franco, and Sarai Tovar presented at CSUSB's Meeting of the Minds. Their project "Popular Culture, Latinos and Mental Health" was supervised by Dr. José Muñoz.

Rebecca Harder, Maria Romero, and Catherine Perez will participate in OSR’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program (Summer 2020). These up and coming researchers will explore data documenting the lives of faculty and graduate students from First-Generation and Working Class Backgrounds. This project​will be supervised by Dr.José Muñoz.

Former sociology major Rubi Becerril Gonzalez (Class of 2016), is presenting at a teaching and learning conference at CSUF.

Former sociology student, Florence Edwards, was quoted in an article in Curve Magazine about her experience as an LGBTQ youth in the foster care system. 

Student-athlete, Cynthia Boyzo Mejia is an Arthur Ashe Award Nominee.

Rubi Becerril (Class of 2016) received a fellowship from the University of California Riverside.

Department News

Our administrative support coordinator, Yamira Murga, MPA received the college's 2019 Outstanding Staff Award.