Rachel Rinaldo has published a commentary on The Immanent Frame. She is one of several sociologists asked to respond to the Religions and Social Progress chapter of The International Panel on Social Progress. (The IPSP project aims deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians, and decision-makers to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change). 


Liam Downey was featured in the spotlight section of the CU Connections email and website. 


Jill Harrison and colleagues from Environmental Studies, Political Science, Communications, and Philosophy successfully established a new graduate certificate in Environmental Justice. For more information, contact Jill.

Jill Harrison and colleagues Julie Keller and Maggie Gray published a new article in New Labor Forum: “Milking Workers, Breaking Bodies: Health Inequality in the Dairy Industry.” 


Stefanie Mollborn has a new article published titled “Young Children’s Developmental Ecologies and Kindergarten Readiness.” 

A special issue of Qualitative Sociology that Rachel Rinaldo guest edited along with Manisha Desai is now online. The theme is gender and globalization and it includes an introduction written by Rachel and Manisha, as well as articles on South Korea, Chad, India, and more! 

A white paper that David Pyrooz wrote—Gang affiliation and restrictive housing in U.S. prisons—for the National Institute of Justice was recently published. The paper appears in a 10 chapter NIJ volume that was commissioned as part of President Obama’s call for the Department of Justice to review the overuse of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. The article provides a full list of chapters, and the NIJ Director Rodriguez’s overview of the volume.

Bertha Bermudez Tapia is presenting her paper: “Where is home? A study of migrant shelters and deportations on the east Mexico–U.S. border” at the LASA2017 Congress taking place in Lima, Peru.

Nnenia Campbell, Lucy McAllister (ENVS), and Liam Downey just had their article, “Invisible While in Plain Sight: The World Bank in the New York Times,” published in Sociology of Development.  Babs Grossman-Thompson had her article, "Gendered Narratives of Mobility: Spatial Discourse and Social Change in Nepal," published in the same issue of the journal.

Matt Desan presented his paper, "Tactics Versus Doctrine: The 1933 French Socialist Schism and the Birth of New-Socialism" at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Chicago.


Prof. Mike Radelet was a guest at Harvard Law School, where he gave a public lecture for students and faculty on “Race and the Death Penalty.”

Lori Hunter gave an invited talk at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on the occasion of “World Science Day for Peace and Development.”  She spoke on the topic of human migration and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 


Sanyu Mojola gave a talk on her book "Love, Money and HIV" as part of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill's sociology department colloquium series on Wednesday.

Stef Mollborn published a review article on teen parenthood which is available online ahead of print. “Teenage Mothers Today: What We Know and How It Matters.” Invited article, Child Development Perspectives.


David Pyrooz published an article, “Criminal crews, codes, and contexts: Differences and similarities across the code of the street, convict code, street gangs, and prison gangs,” in Deviant Behavior (w/ Meghan Mitchell, Chantal Fahmy, and Scott Decker).

Leslie Irvine presented the results of funded research on the benefits of pet ownership at the American Veterinary Medical Association's Economic Summit. Laurent Cilia is Research Assistant on the project. 


Lori Hunter, along with her collogues R.J Nawrotzki, D.M. Runfola and F. Riosmena had their paper titled Domestic and International Climate Migration From Rural Mexico accepted into the journal of Human Ecology.


Sanyu Mojola gave two presentations last week.  On Monday she presented her paper "Navigating Aging, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in a rural South African community: Applying an Age-Period-Cohort lens to Qualitative Life History Interviews" at Harvard University's African Studies Workshop.  On Friday, she presented  on her book in progress "Race, Health and Inequality: Producing an HIV Epidemic in the Shadow of the Capitol" at a seminar co-sponsored by the Cornell Population Center and the Center for the Study of Inequality.


Ryan Masters, Andrea Tilstra, and Dan Simon have an article accepted in Biodemography and Social Biology titled "Mortality from Suicide, Chronic Liver Disease, and Drug Poisonings among Middle-aged U.S. White Men and Women, 1980-2013."


Ryan Masters and co-authors (Peter Muennig, Daniel Vail, and Jahn Hakes) have an article accepted in the International Journal of Epidemiology titled "The effects of New York City's coordinated public health programmes on mortality through 2011."


Kathryn Nowotny was highlighted in the Career Services site at CU boulder.


Amy Wilkins and Cristen Dalessandro have new article that was accepted in Gender & Society titled "Blinded by Love: Women, Men, and Gendered Age in Relationship Stories."


Michael D. Sousa  recently presented his work in progress, Legal Consciousness among the Bankrupt: An Interactionist Perspective at the Symposium on Consumer Credit in America held at Duke University Law School and sponsored by the journal, Law & Contemporary Problems.


David Pyrooz was mentioned in Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine.


Leslie Irvine gave a talk entitled "Animal Welfare in Disasters: Insights from Sociology" at the annual Colorado Animal Welfare Conference.


Christina Sue presented a paper on identity and discrimination related to Mexico's black population as part of the following conference:

"Orden Visual, Orden Social: Racismo, Imáginesy Relaciones, Mexico City, Mexico, 9/16.”


Jessie Luna is featured in the latest edition of the CU Boulder Graduate School’s Grad Student News. You can see a quick 3-minute video interview here.

Vanessa Roberts was featured as a recipient of the 2016-2017 Community-Based Research (CBR) Graduate Fellowship


On Tuesday, September 27th, Jason Boardman gave a talk entitled “Social contexts, social identities, and the genetics of resilience” at the first Social Sciences Today Forum sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences this Tuesday. 


Jessica Harrison presented her work, "Family Matters: Secrecy, Belonging and the Heteronormative Ideal in Adoption and Sperm Donor Conception" to the National Council for Adoption, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys in New Orleans, LA.


Dr. Jennifer Bair and Cate Bowman have had their article "From Cultural Sojourner to Temporary Migrant Worker? The Historical Transformation and Contemporary Significance of the J-1 Visa Summer Work Travel Program" accepted for publication in the journal Labor History.


David Pyrooz was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.


The 2017 American Sociological Association Program Committee has selected Liam Downey’s book, Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment, for an Author Meets Critics session at the 2017 annual meeting in Montreal. Liam’s book is one of 20 books selected for an AMC panel among the more than 300 books considered by the Program Committee.


Stefanie Mollborn was asked to join the Sociology Advisory Panel for the National Science Foundation for a two-year term. This panel of about 10 members meets in Washington, DC twice yearly to review the Sociology research grants for NSF.


Bethany Rigles’ third year paper entitled, "The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience, and Health Among Children with Autism" was accepted for publication in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Don Grant was elected as a Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). RASEI is a joint institute between the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) addressing important, complex problems in energy that require a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional approach.


Jason Boardman, along with Robbee Wedow and colleagues, have published an article on gender, genetics, and weight identity in the journal Social Science & Medicine.   


Jill Harrison gave a presentation at the ASA meeting in Seattle this week: "Racist Regulatory Culture and Government Agencies’ Environmental Justice Programs.”


Michael Radelet’s research was cited earlier this month by the Delaware Supreme Court in a decision that found the state’s death penalty statute to be unconstitutional, and on August 15 the Delaware Attorney General announced that he would not appeal the ruling.  How this will affect the 13 people still on Delaware’s death row is uncertain, but it is clear that the decision will give them all an excellent appellate issue, and no more people will be sentenced to death in Delaware unless the state legislature enacts a new statute.


David Pyrooz was recently quoted in the Houston Chronicle and NPR. He spoke with a reporter from the Houston Chronicle about the Texas  prison system’s gang renouncement program. He was also interviewed as part of NPR’s “code switch” podcast about how crime rates have changed in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO.

Houston Chronicle



Derek Lee published a review of "Beyond the Tragedy in Global Fisheries" by D.G. Webster in the latest edition of the Journal of World Systems Research.


Robbee Wedow, along with Jason Boardman and colleagues have published an article on gender, genetics, and weight identity in the journal Social Science & Medicine. 


Alaina Iacobucci’s co-authored paper entitled "(In)dependence and Addictions: Governmentality across Public & Private Treatment Discourses" was accepted at Theoretical Criminology.


Amy Wilkins and co-author Sarah Miller have had an article accepted in Sexualities: "Secure Girls: Class, Sexuality, and Self­Esteem".


Leslie Irvine was interviewed for recent articles in the Daily Camera and the Toronto Sun.


Leslie Irvine has undertaken editorship of a new book series published by Palgrave Macmillan, entitled Studies in Animals and Social Problems.


Adelle Monteblanco successfully defended her dissertation, "Call the Midwife: Cultures, Capabilities, and Disaster Response." She's now headed to UT-El Paso for a postdoctoral position.


Steff Mollborn has been elected Chair of the Children and Youth Section of the American Sociological Association.


Don Grant published two papers: The first, co-authored with Bogdan Vasi, is titled "Civil Society in an Age of Environmental Accountability: How ENGOs Reduce Power Plants' CO2 Emissions" and will appear in Sociological Forum. The second, co-authored with Andrew Jorgensen and Wesley Longhofer, is titled "Disproportionality in Power Plants' Carbon Emissions: A Cross-National Study" and will be published in Scientific Reports.


Michael Sousa presented his working paper this past weekend at the annual Law & Society Conference, titled "Legal Consciousness Among the Bankrupt: An lnteractionist Perspective. 11


Jason Boardman’s research recently received some more coverage in the news


Lori Hunter’s Special Topics Course Yoga, Culture & Society was featured in this week's A&S Magazine.


Lori Hunter’s special topics course, Yoga, Culture & Society, was featured in this week’s A&S Magazine. She reports that it was a blast to develop and teach the course and the students were SO engaged.  Lori is working to develop a reading collection that might be used by other social scientists interested in teaching such a class.


Michael Radelet was one of three international guests who led a 1.5-day workshop entitled “Indonesian Criminal Sanctions from a Human Rights Perspective,” in Bogor, Indonesia, on Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3. The workshop was attended by about 40 Indonesian government officials, and was sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Law & Human Rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs.


Congratulations to Ryan masters and his co-authors (Sun Jeon and Eric Reither) on publishing an article in BMC Public Health titled “A Population-based Analysis of Increasing Rates of Suicide Mortality in Japan and South Korea, 1985-2010”.


Congratulations to Lori hunter on being an invited keynote speaker at a workshop on “Science needs in the context of tough choices in implementing the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework”. The workshop was organized by Future Earth Germany and held in Villa Vigoni at Lake Como, Italy.  Lori spoke on “The implications of migration for implementation of the SDGs”.


Congratulations to Ryan Masters on presenting “Making Sense of Recent Trends in U.S. Adult Mortality”, at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health and Society Scholars Program at Columbia University!


Congratulations to Althea Godfrey on successfully defending her Master’s thesis – “Toxic Beauty: Exotic Invaders Versus Native Beauty on Colorado’s Front Range”.


Congratulations to Urooj Raja on being selected into the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides funding for three years of graduate stipend and tuition support, as well as opportunities to conduct research internationally.


Last week, Amy Wilkins gave a talk as part of the Northwestern Human Development and Social Policy colloquium series called “Whatever It Takes?  Gender and Social Integration among White First Generation College Students”.


Congratulations to Aaron Johnson on successfully defending his proposal for his dissertation, entitled “Biking Bad: The Social-Psychological and Interactional Challenges of Being a Bicyclist”.


Congratulations to Jill Harrison on giving a presentation titled “Racist Regulatory Culture and Government Agency’s Environmental Justice Programs” last week at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in San Francisco, CA. Jill was also an invited panelist there at a session on “Chemical Geographies: Science, Politics, and Materiality”


Congratulations to Don Grant and his co-authors (Andrew Jorgenson and Wesley Longhofer) for getting his article “How Organizational and Global Factors Condition the Effects of Energy Efficiency on CO2 Emission Rebounds among the World’s Power Plants” accepted for publication in Energy Policy.


On March 30th, Stef Mollborn and Ryan Masters participated in the “2016 Population Association of America Advocacy Day: Evidence Counts!” Stef and Ryan spoke with staff members of Colorado Representative (1st District) Diana Degette and Colorado Senators Michael Bennett and Cory Gardner about the importance of federally funding population research.


Congratulations to Amanda Stevenson on having the paper that she co-authored earlier this year, “Effect of Removal of Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women’s Health Program”, favorably mentioned in an editorial in the New York Times. The paper was mentioned in the Opinion Pages of the New York Times on March 28, 2016 in the editorial “The State Assault on Planned Parenthood”. 


On March 21st, Ryan Masters presented, “Does Obesity Really Protect Elders against Mortality?  Endogenous Selection Biases in the U.S. Obesity-Mortality Association” at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.


Congratulations to Robbee Wedow on being selected as one of a limited number of participants to attend the first Russell Sage Foundation Summer Institute in Social Science Genomics from July 1st to July 19th this year. Along with other social science graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from around the world, Robbee will be trained by leaders in the latest genome-wide methods for quantitative genetic analysis.


Congratulations to Nnenia Campbell on her interview last week with the History Channel for an upcoming series that examines risk associated with various extreme catastrophes.  The show will be airing in 5-6 months. She stated: “The episode for which I was interviewed focused on widespread electrical grid failure caused by a large coronal mass ejection.  I shared perspectives from the sociology of disaster to provide insights into social responses to extreme events, hopefully debunking the fatalistic and hyperbolic predictions about human behavior often promoted by experts in the security industry.”


Congratulations to Jill Harrison on the acceptance of her article “Bureaucrats’ Tacit Understandings and Social Movement Policy Implementation: Unpacking the Deviation of Agency Environmental Justice Programs from EJ Movement Priorities” in Social Problems.


David Pyrooz co-Authored an article in Quillette Magazine, titled “What does science tell up about the so-called Ferguson effect?” He commented: “My collaborators and I responded to Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, and other academic and political commentators who have critiqued our original work on the topic, particularly our interpretation of our research findings and our ideological motivations for conducting this research.”


Congratulations to Stefanie Mollborn on her book manuscript (working title – “Mixed Messages: What Teens Are Told about Sex and How It Matters”) being under contract with Oxford University Press. Publication is expected in February 2017.


Congratulations to Kathryn Nowotny on being accepted as a participant of the Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program on Substance Use, HIV, and Comorbidities. The program is funded by NIDA through the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. It is a two year mentored training program that is designed to prepare early career faculty across the US for NIH-Funded research careers in the field of prison health.


Congratulations to Bertha Alicia Bermudez Tapia on having 2 pieces accepted for publication in peer-reviewed edited volumes.

Yrizar G. & Bermudez Tapia, B. “Living the ‘American Dream’?, Female Mexican Irregular Migrant Mothers in two U.S. Global Cities.” in Femininity, Masculinity, and Challenges in the Contemporary World. El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

Bermudez Tapia, B.  “Masculinities, social justice and homeless people.  Roads in constant movement” in Multidisciplinary Insights around Masculinities: Challenges for the Delivery of Justice.  Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación.  Editorial Fontamara.


Congratulations to Mike Radelet on being featured in the article “Legislation Would Allow Death Penalty without Unanimous Jury Vote” in the Boulder Weekly. Radelet and Raci Lacock conducted a study in 2009 that found 88 percent of the nation’s leading criminologists do not believe the death penalty is an effective deterrent to crime. “The thing about deterrents,” Radelet adds, “is that there are virtually no credible studies that have shown the death penalty is a stronger deterrent than life without parole.”


Congratulations to Amanda Stevenson on joining the CU-Boulder Sociology team as well as her paper “Effect of Removal of Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women’s Health Program” that will be in the New England Journal of Medicine. We are excited that she will soon be joining our faculty.  Thank you to the Search Committee and Don Grant for sealing the deal.


Congratulations to Jason Boardman on presenting at the Social Science Today Forum.  Jason’s session is titled “What Can a Society Take? Stress, Resilience and You”. The Forum is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and happened on February 2nd in Hale 270.