Recruiting the next generation of Sociology PhDs at WSU


Hello, All,

A front facing photo of Justin Denney, from the shoulders up. He is looking into the camera and smiling softly.
Justin Denney

I hope this message finds you and yours well in these trying times. I doubt that I could overstate the relevance of social science research and the value of sociological inquiry given everything that is happening in the United States and the world. Plain and simple, the work of sociologists is paramount and WSU Sociology wants to do its part in both research and training. I hope that what we work toward is in the spirit of what you, our alums, have already accomplished.

Due to the stresses and strains placed on WSU, our department, and our current graduate students, we have decided as a department to defer recruiting a new cohort of students that would begin in fall 2021. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of graduate students in fall 2022.

I wrote briefly to you last year and am reaching out again. If you have talented students or come across other colleagues or friends who are considering graduate training in sociology, tell them about the PhD program in Sociology at WSU. You are part of a wonderful history in Sociology at WSU and that is certainly a draw for many students applying to our program. We are also encouraging people to take a look at us for our exciting present and inspiring future. As a department, we are engaged in research and teaching aimed at building strong and sustainable communities. Our faculty consists of passionate, smart, and accomplished scholars who care deeply about providing opportunities to the next generation of sociologists. If you haven’t checked us out in a while, you may find some familiar and some new faces at And please feel free to reach out to me with your ideas, experiences, and updates.

Yours sincerely,

Justin T. Denney
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology
William Julius Wilson Distinguished Professor
College of Arts and Sciences