Sociology

Plugged in to environmental issues

Sociology professor Brad Bullock and Harrison Pippin '18 talk about their project.

Each weekend this summer, Harrison Pippin ’18 has traveled downtown and set up a table at the Lynchburg Community Market. He’s not there to sell fresh produce, however—he’s there for research. As part of a Summer Research project with sociology professor Brad Bullock, Pippin has been administering a survey each week at the market, based... READ MORE >>

Randolph sociology professor’s work published in academic journal

Brad Bullock

Randolph sociology professor Brad Bullock’s paper, “Sensing Hinduism: Lucian-Indian Funeral ‘Feast’ as Glocalized Ritual,” has been published in Religions, an academic journal dealing with the sociology of religion. The article is part of an ongoing project in St. Lucia involving the collection of oral narratives from families who came to the Caribbean as indentured laborers... READ MORE >>

Student researching sociocultural effect of mills

Danielle Currier (left) and Ayla Hagen '’18 visit the site of a Lynchburg mill that closed in the 1950s.

Inspired by the work of a former Randolph professor, Ayla Hagen ’18 is conducting a Summer Research project that examines the socioeconomic effect of mills on their surrounding communities. Hagen is following in the footsteps of John K. Morland, a Randolph professor who wrote Millways of Kent. The book describes the role of “Kent’s Mill,”... READ MORE >>

Randolph honors three alumnae with Achievement Awards

Achievement Award presentation dinner

Ann Close ’56, Gonul Velicelebi ’73, and Ellen Suthers ’73 received Alumnae Achievement Awards.... READ MORE >>

Student research zeroes in on motivations and obstacles for volunteers

Photo of students working together

Abigail Smith ’15 hopes her Summer Research project will help more young adults spend time serving others in their communities. She is researching the factors that influence the decisions of Randolph College students to volunteer—or not volunteer.... READ MORE >>

Student Center is strengthening community on campus, Summer Research study shows

Tsuabasa Watanabe ’14 focused her independent study and a Summer Research project on Randolph's Student Center.

Randolph’s new Student Center buzzed with activity late into the night after an opening ceremony earlier this year. Students enjoyed food from the Skeller; socialized in the new commons area; played ping pong, pool, and video games; tried out a new dance floor; and exercised on state-of-the art fitness equipment overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge... READ MORE >>