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Ruth A. Wallace Memorial Fund

Eligibility: Department of Sociology Majors or Minors

The Ruth A. Wallace Memorial Fund was established in 2017 by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, BA ’98, and James A. Coriden in memory of Dr. Ruth Wallace. Dr. Wallace was a professor of sociology at GW and a prolific and pioneering scholar in the sociological fields of gender and religion. Each year, this fund provides one $500 prize for excellence in research or writing on gender, as well as grants for majors or minors in the Department of Sociology facing financial emergencies in meeting tuition or living expenses.

To apply, please contact the Sociology Department via email at [email protected] or by phone at 202-994-6345. 


Located just blocks from the White House, the Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center, and other landmarks, GW offers a rich laboratory in which students may acquire and develop new skills in sociological observation, analysis, and service. The wide array of government agencies, lobbying organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and think tanks headquartered in our nation’s capital provides a range of internship, service learning, and job opportunities.

The Department of Sociology offers three undergraduate majors and minors, two master's degree programs, and three five-year BA/MA degree programs. While the department does not offer a PhD, it is affiliated with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, which offers a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration. The areas in which students can specialize include Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy; Gender and Social Policy; Urban Policy; and other public policy and administrative fields. To learn more click here. To learn more about our current graduate students, click here.

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Meet Our Professors: Hiromi Ishizawa

HiromiProfessor Hiromi Ishizawa has recently published an article in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science that examines the relationship between immigrant concentration and violent crime across neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Chicago (with Charis Kubrin). Her recently completed research projects include the effect of political climate on immigrant home ownership (with Ryan Allen) and patterns of civic engagement across immigrant generations.