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Sociology Department News

January 28, 2022: Professor Herda published an article in Ethnic and Racial Studies titled: “Immigration Attitudes and the Influence of Positive, Negative and Neutral Intergroup Exposure.”

December 15, 2021: Professor Herda’s book Chicago’s Reckoning: Racism, Politics, and the Deep History of Policing in an American City is now available for pre-order with Oxford University Press.

November 22, 2021: Professor Decesare appeared as a guest on the AAUP Presents podcast in which he discussed shared governance at colleges and universities throughout the country.
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September 1, 2021: Professor Herda presented his research titled, “Intergroup Contact and Population Innumeracy: Misperceptions, Attitudes, and the Varied Encounters between European Citizens and Non-EU Foreigners” at the European Sociological Association meeting, which was held remotely.

August 6, 2021: Merrimack Sociology alumna Sofia Quinci just presented her research at the American Sociology Association conference. She shared her research titled “The Effects of Socialization on the Perceptions of Masculinity in College-Age Males.” Sofia will be attending graduate school at the University of Delaware where she’ll be pursuing her Ph.D.

July 8, 2021: Professor Herda published an article in the journal, The Dubois Review, titled “Racist Torture and the Code of Silence.

April 2, 2021: Professor Herda published a research paper titled “Experienced, Anticipated, and Vicarious Discrimination” in the journal Social Currents.

March 19, 2021: Professor Decesare co-delivered the Plenary Address titled, “‘Inextricably Linked’: Academic Freedom, Tenure and Shared Governance Before, During and After COVID-19” alongside Hans-Joerg Tiede at the Midwest Sociological Society Meeting.

Feb 10, 2021: Professor Decesare has published an article in the Winter 2021 issue of Academe magazine titled: “Accrediting Commissions’ Standards on Faculty Governance.”

Oct 27, 2020: Professor Herda published a paper titled “Is Not Knowing the Same as Being Incorrect?: An Examination of Immigrant Population Innumeracy Non-Response” in an edited volume published by Springer.

Oct 7, 2020: Professor Daniel Herda Presented his research titled “Examining the Contexts of Intergroup Contact” at the annual meeting of the World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) virtual conference.

Sept 23, 2020: Professor Decesare hosted a Facebook Livestream as part of his work with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). He and Michael Bérubé (Penn State) are co-chairing an investigation of the crisis in academic governance that has occurred in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug 9, 2020: Professor Herda presented his research on interpersonal contact between immigrants and citizens at the American Sociological Association virtual conference.

July 1, 2020: Professor Herda becomes the chair of the sociology department.

June 17, 2020: Professor Herda just published an article on Immigration Innumeracy in Canada in the journal Migration Letters.

May 18, 2020: Professor Herda’s research, titled, “Neighborhood Climates of Legal Cynicism and Complaints about Abuse of Police Power” was recently posted online and will appear in a future issue of the journal Criminology.

Study Abroad

We strongly encourage our majors and minors to study abroad. Students who are considering studying abroad should visit the Office of Global Education as a first step. Our chair determines if courses from accredited institutions will transfer to Merrimack. 

Video: Sociology Students Travel to Germany