The Sociology and Criminology Department is pleased to welcome Rosalío Cedillo as Assistant Professor of Sociology this Fall 2017. His research involves the Latino/a experience in the U.S. as it relates to immigration, gender, race/ethnicity, and social inequality. More specifically, it focuses on interracial marriage patterns among different generations of the Mexican-origin population in order to better understand how gender and race/ethnicity affect the integration experiences of immigrants and their descendants, and asks to what degree they are being included or excluded in U.S. society. He earned his PhD in Sociology at University of California, Irvine.

Chair of Sociology and Director of the Blues and the Spirit Symposium, Prof. Janice Monti, just completed another successful conference on blues and gospel music this past June that brought together a historical gathering of Chicago musical legends who played with Howlin’ Wolf alongside some of the most prestigious music scholars and journalists writing in the area of Chicago’s blues legacy.  She will deliver a lecture this November in London for the Dominican London Program tentatively titled: Muddying the Waters: The British Invasion and the Blues: An Attempt to Explain the Trans Atlantic Crossing and Re-Crossing of African American Music and its Influence on British and American Popular.

Criminology Discipline Coordinator Prof. Michelle VanNatta has had a busy year: she co-authored the report "Status of Girls in Illinois" with Mariame Kaba and Melissa Spatz, which was released in Fall 2009. Additionally, her article "Conceptualizing and Stopping State Sexual Abuse of People Incarcerated in Women’s Prisons" has been accepted for publication by Social Justice Journal and "Power and Control: Changing Structures in Battered Women’s Shelters" is forthcoming from the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. She also has been working as an advisory board member for the transformative justice group, Project Nia.