Department of Sociology and Criminology


Our essential mission is to prepare students to analyze, transform, and overcome conditions of oppression, exploitation and injustice.

Department of Sociology and Criminology
Douglass Memorial Hall
Building 23
2419 6th Street NW | 2nd Floor Suite 202
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: 202-806-6853

We live in an age of social conflict fueled by poverty, racism and other forms of inequality, but also by our knowledge that a better world is possible and our desires to make it so.

Social theory and research provide us with powerful tools for critically analyzing, transforming, and overcoming conditions of oppression, exploitation and injustice. 

Our graduate and undergraduate programs give students training in the use of these tools and that prepare them for careers and lives in service to their communities and struggles for a better world.

We offer undergraduate programs in Sociology and Criminology, and a graduate program in Sociology.

Dr. Reynaldo Ortíz-Minaya
Director of Criminology Program

Dr. Eleanor King
Undergraduate Sociology Program

Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad
Graduate Sociology Program

Dr. Christopher Gunderson
Graduate Sociology Program

For general information contact Administrative Assistant Mr. Michael Omaye


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New External Grants Awarded to Faculty Members

Dr. Eleanor King Awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Eleanor King was awarded an NSF grant for more than $250,000 for a collaborative project entitled “Collaborative Research:  Exploration of Maya Marketplaces in the Three Rivers Region of Northwest Belize.”  The project is a collaboration between university scholars, specialized consultants, and K-12 educators in Belize. 

Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad Co-PI on Two New External Grants

Dr.  Bahiyyah Muhammad is a Co-PI on two new external grant awards.  She is the co-PI on the $5M Mellon Foundation project entitled "The Just Futures Award," which provides funds to support the Social Justice Consortium and the Social Justice Certificate Program.  Dr. Muhammad is also the co-PI on the Knight Foundation award for the "Mis-information and Dis-information and the Voting Patterns of Black Residents in DC" project.

Visting Professor Dr. Michelle Dovil Wins NSF Grant

Dr. Michelle Dovil is the PI for the "Full STEAM Ahead: Powering Connections Among Different Generations of Geoscientists" project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $295,885.  The research project seeks to expand NSF's efforts in bringing diversity and inclusion in the government, industry, and academic community for underrepresented individuals within the geoscience fields through mentorship and professional development. Moreover, the project includes a social science component in order to drive the next generation of leaders full STEAM ahead.

Faculty and Student Highlights

Celebrating Graduate Student Marie V. Plaisime, MPH

Doctoral student, Marie Plaisime is a recipient of the Health Policy Research Scholars Program (HPRS) Dissertation Award, which is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The award provides funds to support her research on provider-bias in clinical settings, and its contributions to racial health disparities.   

Marie's research has also been supported by the Howard University Just-JulianGraduate Research Fellowship, the Health Policy Research Scholars Program. She has been invited to present her research at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her work has also earned her recognition within various professional organizations.

Celebrating Graduate Student Shannell Thomas

Doctoral student Shannell Thomas is the recipient of the first Winslow Sargeant Doctoral Award provided by the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center. The $10,000 award, which accompanies a fellowship at the Center and is designed to support the research efforts of a doctoral student, will enhance Shannell’s ability to examine the use of felony disenfranchisement as a tool of voter suppression.

Dr. Mohammad with her Inside and Outside Class

HU Inside Out Program Director, Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad engages inside and outside students in a small group discussion at the DC Department of Corrections.  

Photo credit:  Muntaquim Muhammad

PhD Students Cassandra Jean and Kenya Goods Conduct Research with Dr. Adams on the Impacts of Hurricane Irma and Maria in St. Thomas and Puerto Rico

PhD students Cassandra Jean and Kenya Goods conducted research with Dr. Adams on the Impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the residents and first responders of St. Thomas and Puerto Rico in Summer 2019.…

Graduate Students Presenting Research

Graduate students Akiv Dawson, Marie Plaisime, and Mi'Cheal Wright participated their research at Howard University's Research Conference.