Research in HSOC

The School of History and Sociology (HSOC) is an interdisciplinary unit within the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, consisting of scholars and educators from history and sociology.


As part of a world-renown technological university situated in the heart of a global city, we focus on the dynamics of modern globalization, examining societies and nations as they experience rapid scientific discovery and profound technological change.

As a component of a premiere public research university located in the economic and cultural hub of the U.S. South, we analyze and address the enduring legacies and emerging challenges of our communities, our state, and our region.

Because of our commitment to outstanding teaching and research, HSOC faculty have won numerous awards in these areas.


Scholars in HSOC have a broad array of interests and expertise and are widely published in their fields.  Among the diversity of specializations, the HSOC faculty has particular strengths in five areas of emphasis and scholarly excellence:

Row of images that depict the five areas of expertise in the School of History and Sociology.


Within these five broad areas, some specific areas include:

  • Science, Technology, and National Security
  • Engineering and Society
  • Global Agriculture and the Environment
  • Urban Studies
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality
  • Global Development and Diplomacy since 1900
  • U.S. Economy, Politics, and Society
  • Sport, Society, and Technology
  • Gender and Technology
  • Medicine, Disease, and Society
  • Social Movements and Human Rights