Sociology / Anthropology

Current Events

The Gender Brown Bag Series will be featuring Dr. Sharla Blank and Dr. John Paul on Thursday, October 16, 2014. They will be presenting on "The Power and Joy of Derby: Women's Participation, Empowerment and Transformation in a Flat Track Roller Derby Team." The presentation will be at noon in the Lincoln Room in Memorial Union at Washburn University. This presentation uses a sporting feminist perspective to explore the benefits of participating in contemporary women’s roller derby. Using an ethnographic approach, we collected women’s positive sporting-experiences from the Topeka Capital City team. Themes to be explored include: physical empowerment, growth of personal confidence, challenges to traditional notions of femininity, and the use of derby to expand social networks and conceptions of family. The event is FREE and open to the public.




Welcome to the Sociology & Anthropology Department!

We are a diverse and open-minded department with experienced and dedicated professors who provide a great deal of individual attention to students. We offer numerous exciting courses of anthropological and sociological studies revolving around culture, society, and people. We invite you to take some time learning about who we are and what our department can offer you!

Contact Us

Washburn University
Henderson Learning Resource Center
Room 218
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1608

(Department Secretary: Tammy Schlingmann)