Elissa Zeno

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Sociology
Office location and address
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
SOC 2220: Social Problems
Credits: 3
Analyzes the causes and consequences of current social problems in the United States: race and ethnic relations, poverty, crime and delinquency, the environment, drugs, and problems of educational institutions.
SOC 2320: Gender and Society
Credits: 3
Gender and Society
SOC 4058: Unequal Families
Credits: 3
Family inequality is an enduring feature of American family life--both within and between families in the US. This seminar will focus on the ways in which class, race, and gender structure inequality within and between families--and the effects of that inequality on the social, emotional and financial well-being of men, women and children. We will also explore the causes and consequences of growing class-based inequality in marriage. 6 credits of Sociology or obtain permission of instructor
SOC 4430: Love, Sex and Sociology
Credits: 3
This course explores the social construction of love and sexualities. Beginning with historical perspectives, the class also compares the organization of intimate life in the United States and other countries. Students evaluate the impact of social inequalities in gender, class and race on the construction of choice and commitment. The class considers how consumer capitalism, the state, and culture interact to shape our intimate practices.
SOC 4550: Topics in Ethics and Society
Credits: 3
This course considers various ethical aspects of society in such areas as race, family, work, the economy, and memory. It focuses on sociological approaches to ethical and moral questions in modern society, drawing on empirical examples and case studies. Prerequisite: six credits of Sociology or permission of instructor