Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Discover Social Sciences at UM-Flint

Students who choose to major in one of the social sciences tend to have at least one trait in common: curiosity. Whether they are researching the origins of life, comparing our justice system to those in other countries, or proposing solutions to our society's social problems, our students have an insatiable appetite for knowledge and most have the desire to use what they learn to positively influence our modern world.

Three majors, endless possibilities.

Students majoring in anthropology and sociology are introduced to alternative perspectives of their world. Whether through a reexamination of their own society or other cultures throughout the world, our students will develop their abilities for critical and analytical thinking.

Students majoring in the criminal justice program will learn how to apply critical thinking, social justice, and civic responsibility to their decision-making process as they pursue professional careers and encounter life situations. In addition to developing valuable skills, students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the structure and operation of the American criminal justice system and how it relates to other social institutions.

Anthropology Read In: Resistance, Hegemony, Violence, Empire

FIRST MEETING: Friday, March 24th, 2017

3:00-5:00 PM
527 French Hall ("Anthro Lab")

Please join the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice as we host the local meeting of the monthly Anthropology Read In, co-sponsored nationally by the blog "Savage Minds" and several anthropology journals.  Here is how it works: On the third Friday (this month the fourth Friday) of every month for the next four years (or as short or long as necessary), anthropologists, their colleagues, students, and friends come together in person and virtually (through social media) to read, think, and discuss. Our conversation focuses upon materials selected to help us reflect upon life under the Trump administration.

At this month's Read In we will be reading texts on the theme of "Resistance, Hegemony, Violence, Empire." These include the Introduction to Alyosha Goldstein’s edited volume “Formations of United States Colonialisms” (Duke 2014), the Introduction to Rob Nixon’s “Slow Violence” (Harvard 2011), and an excerpt from “Poor People’s Movements and the Structuring of Protest” by Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward.

To request .pdf copies of the readings, please send an e-mail to Daniel Birchok (

We hope you plan to attend.  All are welcome, including faculty, staff, students, and community members.  Please feel free to circulate this invitation to parties that might be interested in attending.

Also, feel free to request the readings even if you cannot make it to our meeting.  You can always participate virtually through Twitter or Facebook, or simply reflect on the readings in your own time and space.

More information about the Anthropology Read Ins can be found here:

We will also be discussing logistics for future local meetings of the Anthropology Read In, so if you cannot make it, but have suggestions for times and venues for future meetings (or other similar ideas), please feel free to pass them along at


The number of UM-Flint courses designed to connect academic expertise to community concerns keeps growing. The number of civic engagement classes at the University of Michigan-Flint has reached a record high this semester.

On April 16, 2015, the Regents of the University of Michigan adopted the following memorial statement for Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Ph.D.

The Regents of the University of Michigan acknowledge with profound sadness the death of Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, program director, and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Michigan-Flint. Professor Aiyer died on March 20, 2015.

Professor Aiyer received his B.A. degree from St. Xavier’s College in 1989, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Temple University in 1993 and 2004, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan-Flint faculty as a lecturer in 2000, and was promoted to assistant professor in 2004, and associate professor in 2008.

An inspiring and accomplished teacher, Professor Aiyer researched the international political economy; Latin America; South Asia; crime, corruption, and capitalism; resources and environmental politics; and cultural studies. He edited, with his undergraduate students, the notable book Telling Our Stories: Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Flint published in 2007. Professor Aiyer authored a number of influential journal articles in the leading scholarly publications and was a frequent invited speaker at national and international symposia. He was a valued student advisor, respected leader in his department, and served many years a chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and director of the International and Global Studies Program. Professor Aiyer expanded course offerings in the anthropology program, developed interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and attracted new student majors. He designed and taught numerous courses including Cultures of South Asia, Third World Cultures Through Film, Terror and Violence, and Seminar on Contemporary Global Issues.

As we mourn the loss of our beloved colleague, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Jennifer and his many loving relatives and friends.

A fund has been established in Dr. Aiyer's memory. Please contact the deaprtment office for more information.