Jan Sokol-Katz

Senior Lecturer
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Faculty Advisor

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Jan Sokol-Katz is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Sociology and Criminology. Dr. Sokol-Katz is a Faculty Advisor of undergraduates, the Department’s Alpha Kappa Delta and Alpha Phi Sigma honor society chapters, and of the Sociology and Criminology Club and URecovery: Collegiate Recovery student organizations. Dr. Sokol-Katz is also Internship Coordinator of the Department's Internship Program, and after receiving a fellowship from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, partners with Exchange for Change (E4C), a nonprofit that facilitates exchanges between classrooms in correctional and court-mandated facilities, at a local juvenile residential facility. Dr. Sokol-Katz’s research interests include juvenile delinquency and substance abuse.


1993Ph.D. Sociology, University of Miami
1988M.A. Sociology, University of Miami
1986B.A. Sociology, University of Miami

Professional Experience

2011 - Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Miami
2011 - Senior Lecturer – Full time, University of Miami
2007 - 2011Lecturer – Full time , University of Miami
1994 - 2007Lecturer - Adjunct, University of Miami
1993 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Miami
2001 - 2004Research Assistant Professor and Project Coordinator, Department of Sociology and Center for Research on Sport in Society
1998 - 2001Senior Research Associate, Project Coordinator, Center for Research on Sport in Society, College of Arts and Sciences
1990 - 1992Research Assistant, South Florida Youth Development Project
1986 - 1990Research Assistant, Department of Sociology

Honors & Acknowledgements

Engaged Faculty Fellow 2015-2016 – Awarded the Engaged Faculty Fellows position and stipend for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Golden Key International Honour Society
Invited to become an honorary member of the University of Miami’s chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society
Citizens Board Research and Creativity Forum -Judge
University of Miami– 2005-2017
Graduate School Student Research Competition, School of Arts and Sciences - Judge
University of Miami– 2003-2004
Distinguished Senior lecturer, 2022-2023
Awarded the Distinguished Senior Lecturer Award, College of Arts and Sciences, for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Conferences & Events

November, 2011
The Social Construction of Identity | Global Inter-Faith Conference & Workshop, Coral Gables, FL
Sokol-Katz, Jan
August, 2007
College Athletic Reputation and College Choice among African American High School Seniors: Evidence from the Educational Longitudinal Study | American Sociological Association, New York, NY
Braddock II, Jomills Henry, Sokol-Katz, Jan, Dawkins, Marvin, and Hua, Lv.
American Educational Research Association, Chicago
Athletics and College Choice: National Evidence from High School Seniors and their Parents | April, 2006
Braddock II, Jomills Henry, Sokol-Katz, Jan, Dawkins, Marvin, and Hua, Lv


Alpha Kappa Delta Sociological Honor Society, University of Miami-Advisor
Alpha Phi Sigma: National Criminal Justice Honor Society, University of MiamiAdvisor
American Sociological Association – member
1989 to date
Golden Key International Honour Society - Honorary Member
2015 to date
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport- member
1999 to 2008
North Central Sociological Association
member 2001
Alpha Kappa Delta Sociological Honor Society, University of Miami-member
Graduate Student Association class representative, University of Miami

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Drug abuse, Juvenile Delinquency, Deviance, Sociology of Sport

Research Projects

Teaching Excellence, Achievement, and Motivation through Sport: TEAMS

Jan Sokol-Katz, Principal Investigator.

Three-year grant from June 2000 to June 2003, in the amount of $748,088, funded by the South Florida Annenberg Challenge and United Way

Evaluation of "TEAMS: Teaching Excellence, Achievement, and Motivation through Sports"

Jan Sokol-Katz, Principal Investigator.

Grant from July 2003 to October 31st, 2003, in the amount of $36,857 to conduct evaluation of TEAMS


Kelley, M. S. and J. S. Sokol-Katz "Examining Participation in School Sports and Patterns of Delinquency Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health" Sociological Focus 44 (2) (2011).

Sokol-Katz, J. S., M.S. Kelley, L. Basinger-Fleischman, and J.H. Braddock, II "Examining the Complex Relationship Between Interscholastic Sport Participation and Delinquency: Sport Matters" Sociological Focus 173 – 192.39 (3) (2006).

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