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Olivia Ball sitting on a bench among flowering plants in her graduation gown holding her cap.

Apr 30, 2024

Defining the Moments

Olivia Ball is graduating from NC State feeling like a much different person from who she was when she started. This transformation isn’t the result of one big change but a series of opportunities — including support from professors and donors — that have helped her grow along the way. 

black and white photo shows the bars of a prison cell

Feb 13, 2024

Studying the Impact of U.S. Penal System ‘Pay-to-Stay’ Policies

Until now, little research has been done on the impact these policies have on incarcerated people, their families, and their communities. Associate Professor of Sociology April Fernandes is co-leading a team that will analyze the policies. 

Oct 11, 2023

A Lasting NC State Connection

Alumna and former social work professor Wilma Peebles-Wilkins was one of the first Black women to graduate from the college with a degree in sociology and a minor in social work. 

a Black man and woman sit on either side of a playful Black toddler

Sep 29, 2023

How Racism Shapes Black Motherhood in the U.S.

A new study, authored by assistant professor of sociology Mia Brantley, underscores how being a Black mother in the U.S. involves navigating aspects of parenthood that are explicitly tied to dealing with racism. 

a room is filled with graduating seniors wearing mortarboard caps

Apr 24, 2023

What Makes Someone Likely to Be a First-Gen College Grad? Money.

Sociology professor Anna Manzoni is first author on the study that highlights the challenges facing young people who want to attend college, as well as how difficult it is for individuals to move up the socioeconomic ladder. 

a person of ambiguous race and gender is typing on their laptop computer

Sep 13, 2022

Study Outlines Steps To Reduce ‘Cybervetting’ Bias in Hiring

Failing to regulate cybervetting can introduce bias into hiring processes and hurt a company’s bottom line. 

handcuffs lying on top of a set of fingerprints

Sep 10, 2019

Study Sheds Light on How the Justice System Can Affect Physical, Mental Health

New research from NC State sociologist April Fernandes finds that being convicted of a crime is associated with a decline in health, even if there’s no jail time. 

Jun 26, 2019

Study: Internet Perpetuates Job Market Inequality

Research from sociologist Steve McDonald finds the internet is giving both employers and job seekers access to more information, but has not made the hiring process more meritocratic. 

Mar 12, 2019

Why Home Cooking Isn’t Possible For Everyone – And What We Can Do About It

NC State sociologist Sarah Bowen discusses why a home-cooked meal is out of reach for many Americans — and what we can do about it. 

Feb 25, 2019

Study: Aquaculture Does Little, If Anything, To Conserve Wild Fisheries

New research finds that aquaculture, or fish farming, does not help conserve wild fisheries.