Sociology Program supports research on
problems of human social organization,
demography, and processes of individual
and institutional change. The Program
encourages theoretically focused empirical
investigations aimed at improving the
explanation of fundamental social processes.
Included is research on organizations
and organizational behavior, population
dynamics, social movements, social groups,
labor force participation, stratification
and mobility, family, social networks,
socialization, gender roles, and the sociology
of science and technology.
In assessing the intrinsic merit of a
proposed piece of research, four components
are key to securing support from the Sociology
Program: (1) The issues investigated must
be theoretically grounded. (2) The research
should be based on empirical observation
or be subject to empirical validation.
(3) The research design must be appropriate
to the questions asked. (4) The proposed
research must advance our understanding
of social processes or social structures.