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Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi

Welcome From the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi!

We are OPEN during regular business hours M-F from 8-5.  For assistance or to set up an appointment for advising please call (662) 915-7421 or email

Whether you are a current (or potential) major or minor, graduate student, faculty member, or someone who is simply curious about the social world (past or present), we are happy to make available the skills and tools that the social sciences have to offer—skills that are needed now more than ever.

We offer fantastic courses taught by dedicated and award-winning faculty. Introductory courses in Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography provide “maps” of the exciting elements of our disciplines. Upper-division and graduate courses provide deeper insights into faculty members’ areas of expertise and help you to develop a dynamic understanding of the social world.

  • For those interested in advanced study, we offer MA programs in Sociology and Anthropology. Contact Dr. Carolyn Freiwald (, Graduate Coordinator in Anthropology, if you are interested in the MA in Anthropology. Contact Dr. Kirk Johnson (, Graduate Coordinator in Sociology, if you are interested in the MA in Sociology.
  • The Center for Archaeological Research undertakes a wide range of archaeological projects in the region.
  • The Center for Population Studies, directed by Dr. Anne Cafer, provides exciting opportunities for engaged community research on issues including social inequality and population health. It also houses the Society and Health minor which is an excellent way to combine your interest in health with the social sciences.
  • The McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement is directed by Professor of Sociology, Dr. Albert Nylander. McLean is located on the 3rd floor in Howry Hall. Check out the McLean Institute website for their impressive agenda this year.
  • We house important peer-reviewed journals in our Department. Dr. JT Thomas is c0-editor of Sociology of Race and Ethnicity  journal of the Race and Ethnicity section of the American Sociological Association.  And Dr. Anne Cafer is editor of Community Development Practice, journal for the Community Development Society.
  • Field School Opportunities are available for hands-on research in Mississippi, Virginia, Bolivia, Central America, and elsewhere!
  • The Critical Race Studies Group, a network of interdisciplinary scholars, continues to use academic research on race to create social change in our own institution and surrounding communities.

Please take some time to become familiar with our exciting Department and be sure to follow us on social media for the latest news and developments!

If you have any questions, we’re here to help. Contact us at (662) 915-7421 or by emailing or

Hope to see you soon!

Jeff Jackson

Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D, University of Texas
Race & Ethnicity, Development, Globalization
Lamar Hall 509  |  662-915-5230