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Tuesday, February 28th 12:00-1:00pm
221b Kaufman Hall with a Virtual (Zoom) Option 

Adding Tools to the Toolkit: Using Theory-Guided Machine Learning to Support Social Science Research

Prof. Chris Garneau - OU Sociology
Prof Heather Bedle - OU Geosciences



Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. We are a vibrant department with 18 full-time faculty members, approximately 40 full-time graduate students, and over 400 undergraduate majors.

The Department of Sociology has two interrelated missions: to provide the highest quality education at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels and to foster state-of-the-art research among faculty and graduate students.

Congratulations to Peyman Hekmatpour, who recently accepted a Teaching Assistant Professor position in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University (Tulsa Campus). Peyman will be starting at OSU-Tulsa in the spring of 2023, and will continue to teach and do research in the areas of social stratification, quantitative methods, global and transnational sociology, and environmental sociology. Peyman will defend his dissertation, “Global vs. Local: Panel Analyses of Economic, Political, Environmental, and Gender Inequalities in Late Capitalism,” in the fall. Peyman’s committee includes Tom Burns (chair), Cyrus Schleifer, Rob Clark, and Allen Hertzke.

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Our undergraduate program contains two degree tracks, one in general sociology and one in criminology.

At the departmental level, we have strengths in teaching and research in the following areas:

  • Criminology and Deviance
  • Family
  • International/Cross-National Sociology
  • Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Class  
  • Religion


We emphasize contemporary issues within these areas, and also explore their historical, comparative, and global dimensions. Through our research, we seek to update and refine knowledge in each area to assist in formulating and evaluating social policy.

Our undergraduate students pursue careers in diverse fields, ranging from social service jobs to corporate sales. Many of our undergraduates also go on to graduate school or law school.

Our graduate students regularly present papers at professional meetings and publish research in academic journals. Most graduate students go on to establish academic careers in universities and colleges or work as researchers for government or nonprofit agencies.

The members of our faculty maintain active research agendas and regularly publish articles and books. Many also occupy leadership roles in the profession of sociology, both within the university and in the community.

We take great pride in having rigorous academic programs while simultaneously maintaining a friendly, supportive environment for our students.