4/8/2019 - 4/19/2019 

  • Lori Hunter presented her collaborative research with Catherine Talbot at CU Boulder’s Earth Lab and North Central Climate Adaptation’s open house. The presentation focused on their research based at the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance site in rural South Africa that aims to develop geographical masking techniques to preserve confidentiality while allowing for important and innovative research.
  • Jason Boardman was mentioned in the article “It’s Nature and Nurture: How Our Genes and Our Friends Shape the Way We Live Our Lives”. Click here to read it!
  • Jill Harrison gave a presentation at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Washington DC: “White Supremacy, the Environment, and the State in Environmental Justice Scholarship.”

3/25/2019 - 4/5/2019 

  • Lori Peek recently received a Recognition of Service Award from the City of Rancho Mirage, California, Community Emergency Preparedness Commission for her “efforts in advocating and educating the public regarding natural disasters, the needs of children, and emergency preparedness.”

3/8/2019 - 3/22/2019 

2/18/2019 - 3/8/2019 

  • David Pyrooz published the following study, “The use of restrictive housing on gang and non-gang affiliated inmates in U.S. prisons: Findings from a national survey of correctional agencies,” in Justice Quarterly (coauthored with Meghan Mitchell). https://doi.org/10.1080/07418825.2019.1574019
  • Jason Boardman gave an invited talk at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies entitled “A sociological perspective on the utilization of polygenic risk scores across racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
  • Mathieu Desan has a chapter (co-authored with Gareth Dale, Brunel University London) forthcoming in an edited volume, Exploring the Thought of Karl Polanyi  (https://cup.columbia.edu/book/exploring-the-thought-of-karl-polanyi/9781788210904 ). The chapter is about Polanyi’s theory of fascism.

2/11/2019 - 2/15/2019 

  • Jill Harrison gave an invited talk at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs on her forthcoming book, From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice in Government Agencies.
  • Lori Peek and Nnenia Campbell (an alum of the Department and research associate at the Natural Hazards Center) traveled to Puerto Rico as part of the NSF INCLUDES Minority Surge Capacity in Disasters project. Lori is a co-PI on this project and Nnenia serves as the internal evaluator for this mentoring program that was established to increase the representation of racial and ethnic minorities in hazards and disaster research. Nineteen students from universities across the U.S. participated in the Year 2 launch of this project.
  • Lori Peek traveled to Washington, DC as a member of the National Academies Resilient America Roundtable. This group is dedicated to enhancing the resilience of communities especially at risk to natural hazards across the nation.
  • Lori Hunter had a “Comment” published online this week in Nature Sustainability, entitled “Hardin’s Oversimplification of Population Growth”.  Summary:  “Garrett Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons put forward underdeveloped arguments that continue to be reflected in simplistic debates about the drivers and implications of demographic dynamics. It’s time to embrace the complexity that Hardin lacked in order to develop better-informed policy.”  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0230-5  
  • Ryan Masters presented, "Midlife Mortality: Overview on Differential and Trends," as part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on Rising Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic Disparities in Washington, DC.

2/4/2019 - 2/8/2019

1/28/19 - 2/1/2019 


  • “Children of Katrina,” written by CU-Boulder Sociology alums Alice Fothergill and Lori Peek, was selected as the 2016 co-recipient of the Alfred and Betty McClung Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Humanist Sociologists (AHS). Peek, who will become a faculty member in Sociology at CU-Boulder and director of the Natural Hazards Center in January 2017, represented the author team at the AHS award ceremony. She was joined by the Professor Aldon Morris, whose book “The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. DuBois and the Birth of Modern Sociology” was named the other 2016 co-winner.


  • Sanyu Mojola has been awarded grant money for a 5 year R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging, NIH for her project HIV after 40 in Rural South Africa: Aging in the Context of an HIV/AIDS Epidemic.  She is serving as Principal Investigator on the grant which has multiple collaborators (including Jane Menken who is one of the co-investigators).  South Africa has the world's largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS (7 million) and is the most rapidly aging country on the African continent.  The study uses a life course approach to examine why HIV rates are so high among middle aged and older rural South Africans aged 40-79, and expects to contribute significant new information to guide HIV prevention and treatment programming for a population that is often ignored.  


  • Sanyu Mojola received the 2016 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association for her book "Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS" during the awards ceremony at the recent ASA meeting in Seattle.  She was also elected as a Council member for the Sex and Gender Section of ASA for the 2016-2019 term.


  • Congratulations to Liam Downey who is the co-winner of the AS/J:s Environment and Technology Section's Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award for his book Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment(NYU Press). He is sharing the award with Riley Dunlap and Robert Brulle for their edited volume, Climate Change and Society. There were 16 books under consideration for the award this year.
  • Liam also won the Outstanding Publication Award in 2009 for a series of environmental inequality articles he wrote between 2004 and 2008.
  • He has won the award for both his quantitative research and his qualitative historical research and for both of the major research programs he has undertaken.
  • Liam is also lead author on an article, "Family Structure, Residential Mobility, and Environmental Inequality," that was recently accepted for publication by the Journal of Marriage and Family. His co-authors are Kyle Crowder and Rob Kemp.
  • Congratulations to Amy Wilkins and co-author Sarah Miller who have had an article accepted in Sexualities: "Secure Girls: Class, Sexuality, and Self­Esteem".
  • Congratulations to Leslie Irvine who has undertaken editorship of a new book series published by Palgrave Macmillan, entitled Studies in Animals and Social Problems.


  • Congratulations to David Pyrooz on receiving the Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar award from the American Society of Criminology! The Cavan award is given to recognize outstanding contributions to the discipline of criminology by someone who has received their graduate degree in the last five years. The Cavan award is one of the highest honors a junior scholar can receive in the field of criminology, and David will join a list of past award winners who are among the most accomplished scholars in criminology. Check out all the award winners here.


  • Congratulations to Ryan Masters on being presented with the department’s Faculty Mentor Award for his outstanding and extensive mentoring of graduate students.


  • Congratulations to Christi Sue on being awarded a Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research award from the Latin American Studies Center (LASC) in support of her new project, “Color Mastizaje, and Whiteness in Mexico”.


  • Congratulations to Amy Wilkins on being awarded a Faculty mentored Undergraduate Research award from the Latin American Studies Center (LASC) in support of the project on which she collaborated with Christi Sue. The project is titled, “Culture, Identities, and Gendered Power: Mexican American and Mexican Immigrant Baby Naming Practice”.


  • Congratulations to Leslie Irvine on receiving a $43,000 grant from the American Veterinary Medical Association to conduct a meta-analysis of research literature on the health and economic benefits of pets!


  • Congratulations to Sanyu Mojola on winning the 2016 ASA Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award for her book, Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Women in the Age of AIDS! She found out after being told to look at this month’s ASA footnotes magazine. The annual award is given for a single book or monograph published in the three preceding calendar years. Check out the ASA footnotes here.