Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

Environmental Sociology Kayaking

Students from Prof. Maria Akchurin’s environmental and urban sociology classes explored the north branch canal of the Chicago River by kayak.

Professor Maria Akchurin’s class visited floating islands installed by Urban Rivers, a Chicago-based organization working to create natural habitat and recreational public space on the waterway. The restoration project is a great site for students to experience urban nature, learn about local environmental efforts in a deindustrializing landscape, and reflect on how to make such green spaces inclusive and accessible for city residents.

Environmental Sociology is offered Fall 2020, Tuesday/Thursday, 11:30am to 12:45pm. See Locus and/or contact the Sociology Department for more information.

Jennifer Cossyleon
Jennifer Cossyleon, a 2018 Ph.D. graduate of the Sociology Department, has this year both received the 2019 CBSM Mayer N. Zald Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper titled “'Coming Out of My Shell': Motherleaders Contesting Fear, Vulnerability, and Despair through Family-focused Community Organizing,” and has been appointed as Policy Advisor for Community Change through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program.

About Us

Welcome to Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Sociology. From our faculty, to our graduate students, to our undergraduate majors, our department is a place for intellectual growth, a commitment to understanding and engaging major societal challenges, and collegial fellowship. Through research and publication, in-class teaching, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, members of the department reach out in the best tradition of both the sociological discipline and the social justice commitment of Jesuit universities.

Many challenges and problems confront our globalizing world, and a perspective that can examine these locally, nationally, or internationally is vital. At Loyola we have people—faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students—studying contemporary immigration, gender representations in the mass media, how cities thrive, racial diversity in American workplaces, religiously motivated environmentalism, and the politics of food and nutrition, to name just a few topics.