Rick Rogers is now an Associate Editor of Population Health Metrics Info

On Friday, October 11, Prof. Mike Radelet gave a public lecture entitled Race, Ethnicity, and the Death Penalty in San Diego County: The Predictable Consequences of

Excessive Discretion at Columbia University Law School in New York.

Mike Radelet has a new publication: Michael L. Radelet & G. Ben Cohen, The Decline of the Judicial Override. ANNUAL REVIEW OF LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCE 15 (2019): 539-557.

Don Grant has set up a competition for the campus called “Map the System”

Laurent Cilia's article, "“We don't know much about Bees!” Techno-Optimism, Techno-Scepticism, and Denial in the American large-scale Beekeeping Industry," was accepted for  publication in Sociological Ruralis.


Lori Peek’s recent $3 million National Science Foundation CONVERGE award was featured as part of this write up in Colorado Today, regarding the record amount of research funding generated by the University this year Info

Jill Harrison was featured on CU’s website in an article titled “Environmental Justice For All” Info

Skye Niles and Jill Harrison, along with their co-authors (including CU ENVD professor Shawhin Roudbari) have had an article accepted in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction: “Bridging the Praxis of Hazards and Development with Resilience: A Case Study of an Engineering Education Program.” 

Leslie Irvine and Wisam H. Alshaibi (CU BA 2015). "Personal Trials and Social Fears: Examining Reflexivity in Captivity Narratives." NANO: New American Notes Online. Info

In the special issue "Captivity Narratives Then and Now: Gender, Race, and the Captive in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century American Literature and Culture."

Collaborating with Stef Mollborn and Paula Fomby (U of Michigan), Josh GoodeAubrey Limburg, and Kim Truong-Vu have authored two new publications about kids' and teens' technology use in the mobile internet era compared to earlier cohorts.

Joshua A. Goode, Paula Fomby, Stefanie Mollborn, and Aubrey Limburg published online ahead of print. “Children’s Technology Time in Two U.S. Cohorts, 1997-2016.” Child Indicators Research. Accessible here


Fomby, Paula, Joshua A. Goode, Kim-Phuong Truong-Vu, and Stefanie Mollborn published online ahead of print. “Technology Use and Adolescent Health Lifestyles in Two US Cohorts.” Youth & Society. Accessible here


The Department of Sociology stands in solidarity with the BSA and we join the campus community in condemning the racist acts directed at African-American students on Oct 6. As sociologists, we acknowledge the long history of institutional and interpersonal discrimination and oppression against African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinxs, the poor, women, and others. Recognizing this history of exclusion and ongoing discrimination, we support the demands of the Black Student Alliance including the circulation of a statement regarding the explusion of the perpetrator from campus, widespread campus alerts on the situation, improved reporting, administrative accountability and a restructuring of campus policies that impact communities of protected classes.


Sociology Faculty Book Talks
Join us for talks from SOCY faculty who have recently published books! Info


Fall 2019 Speaker Series Info
November 11th 12:00pm-1pm in IBS 155A w/ light lunch provided at 11:45am.
Dalton Conley is the Henry Putnam University Professor in Sociology at Princeton University and a faculty affiliate at the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Title: Using Genetics for Non-Genetic Social Science
Abstract: The cost of genetic information has been dropping at a rate faster than of Moore's law in microcomputing.  As a result, the science of genetic prediction has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years and with it has emerged a novel field: sociogenomics.  Sociogenomics seeks to integrate genetic and environmental information to obtain a more robust, complete picture of the causes of human behavior as well as novel ways to answer old sociological questions. This talk will highlight some recent examples of sociogenomic research, touching upon issues such as adolescent peer effects, racial discrimination, assortative mating and fertility patterns.  The talk will conclude by discussing the social and policy implications of genetic prediction.   


Fall 2019 Colloquia Series Info


New open access book edited by Leslie IrvineWe are Best Friends: Animals in Society.https://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/1594 This book is a printed edition of the special issue published in https://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci Three Department of Sociology alums are among the contributors: Cameron Whitley (CU BA ’05); Jenny Vermilya (CU PhD ’15); and Devon Thacker Thomas (CU BA ’05, MA ’06, PhD ’13).


Lori Hunter is co-Investigator on a new $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) to build an interdisciplinary network of researchers focusing on rural population health and aging. The project is led by Penn State and also involves Syracuse University and the University of Mississippi. The newly established “Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging” will identify gaps, stimulate new research, and develop and disseminate training materials as well as data and analytic resources to better understand rural health and aging trends and the factors affecting these trends.


Over the past year, the team at the Natural Hazards Center has been working to build out a global map and online listing of hazards and disaster focused research centers and institutions around the world! That map is now live, here: https://hazards.colorado.edu/resources/research-centers And this past week, Emma Hines (former graduate student in Geography), Mason Mathews (postdoc in the Natural Hazards Center), and Lori Peek had the following paper accepted for publication, which describes this new technical resource. 

Hines, Emmanuelle, Mason Mathews, and Lori Peek. “Global List and Interactive Web Map of University-Based Hazards and Disaster Research Centers.” Forthcoming in Natural Hazards Review.


SOCY was represented at this week’s meeting of the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science in Seattle.  Presentations included:

Daniel H. Simon and Ryan Masters:  The Opioid Epidemic and Suicide Mortality Trends among White Americans

Andrea M. Tilstra and Ryan Masters:  Race/Ethnic Trends in Cesarean Deliveries, Induced Labors, and U.S. Birth Weight

Aubrey Limburg and Stef Mollborn and Bethany Everett (CU SOCY Alum): Sexual Orientation and Race/Ethnic Disparities in Birth Weight


Lori Peek will be delivering a short Ted style talk at the upcoming Research and Innovation Office (RIO) Faculty Fellows event on Tuesday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome and registration info is below!

RIO Faculty Fellows TED-Style Talks

•             Gordon Gamm Theater, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302 

•             This event is free and open to the public. RSVP

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) Faculty Fellows will present short TED-style talks in the Gordon Gamm Theater, located at the Dairy Arts Center. Catch a glimpse of the leading edge of research, scholarship and creative works from some of CU Boulder's most influential leaders, representing disciplines across the spectrum—from ethnic studies to engineering, computer science to cinema studies, biochemistry to sociology and more.



Melissa Villarreal was interviewed by the Boulder Daily Camera about her research about disparity in disaster response by gender.

Kendra Clark was the sole awardee of the Student Paper Award from the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division of Corrections and Sentencing, which is based on her third-year paper and master’s thesis, Rethinking Prisonization: A Longitudinal Investigation of Adherence to the Convict Code across Stages of Incarceration. Kendra will receive the award at the annual meeting of the ASC in San Francisco in November.

David Pyrooz was elected to the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division of Corrections and Sentencing.

Kyle Thomas had a new paper published in Criminology (w/ Matt Vogel), titled “Testing a Rational Choice Model of ‘Desistance:’ Decomposing Changing Expectations and Changing Utilities.” Info

Mathieu Desan gave an invited talk on his book project at the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Sociology



Jason Boardman was awarded this year’s CU Boulder Outstanding Postdoc due to being an uncommonly generous scholar…giving of time and attention, charitable with resources and connections, and where due, always happy to share credit for intellectual contributions.


The University of Colorado sociology Department welcomes YOU! Stop by Ketchum 1B40 for some free pizza on September 11th at 5:30PM. Info


Check out this NYT article to see Mike Radelet’s work getting linked to all over the place! (see research finding hyperlinks) Info


Congratulations to David Pyrooz and Rachel Rinado, now officially Associate Professors with tenure!
Departmental affiliate and past graduate student (PhD 2009) Emmanuel David has also been promoted. Info


Professor Claire Decoteau of the University of Illinois - Spring 2019 Speaker Series. Info


Professor Tim Bartley of Washington University in St. Louis - Spring 2019 Speaker Series. Info 


Professor Kelsy Burke of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln - Fall 2018 Speaker Series. Info


Congrats to David Pyrooz for being mentioned in the NYTimes Info


Barry Eidlin of McGill University - Spring 2018 Speaker Series. Info


Pilar Goñalons-Pons of the University of Pennsylvania - Spring 2018 Speaker Series. Info


Corey Fields of Georgetown University - Spring 2018 Speaker Series. Info 


Leslie Irvine has a new publication in the journal Animal Sentience: "Animal Pain and the Social Role of Science." http://animalstudiesrepository.org/animsent/vol2/iss16/18/

Tracy Fehr-Sardone wrote an article for the Huffington Post, featuring Jax Gonzalez: "The Grad Student Rallying Cry for Higher Education." https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-grad-student-rallying-cry-for-higher-education_us_5a1f7e00e4b064ca3c1511c3


Stephanie Bonnes has won the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime's Graduate Scholar of the Year Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of graduate students to the field women and crime, both in their published work and their service to the Division of Women & Crime.  Additionally, her article "The Bureaucratic Harassment of U.S. Servicewomen" appears in the most recent issue of Gender & Society. Read here: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0891243217736006. This paper was awarded the American Society of Criminology's Division of Victimology's Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award at the ASC'a Annual Meeting in November. 


Robbee Wedow, Ryan Masters, Stef Mollborn, and Jason Boardman's recently published article "Body size reference norms and subjective weight status: A gender and life course approach" was published ahead of print in Social Forces and can be found here: https://academic.oup.com/sf/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/sf/sox073/4656143?redirectedFrom=fulltext


Jamie Vickery has had an article accepted for publication in Environmental Sociology: "Using an intersectional approach to advance understanding of homeless persons' vulnerability to disaster." 


Last week, Mathieu Desan participated in the Social Sciences Today Forum panel “Beyond #Protest” organized by CARTSS at CU. He also presented a paper, “Is the Front National Republican and Does it Matter?”, at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Montreal this past weekend.


Emily and Sam Bacon welcomed Harper Claire early in the morning on Wednesday, November 8th. We are all happy and healthy and enjoying our time together. 

An interdisciplinary certificate in Animals and Society, directed by Leslie Irvine, has now been approved. The program emphasizes scholarship from the social sciences and humanities, with elective options in the natural sciences. The requirements include courses in History, Philosophy, Anthropology, and French and Italian, along with Animals and Society in Sociology.

Elizabeth Bittel (2011 cohort) presented a paper at the 46th Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison, WI titled “Gender and Modernization or Development of Sri Lanka’s East Coast After the 2004 Tsunami and War.”

Additionally, Elizabeth developed a teaching module for the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies as part of a curriculum development grant competition, that is (at long last) live on the AISLS website! The module, titled “Teaching about the 2004 Tsunami” is a two-part unit of curriculum meant to be adaptable to instructors in a wide array of fields who may be teaching (both online and face-to-face classes) about the social dimensions of disasters and hazards. The two sections focus broadly on the topics of “disasters and disaster recovery” and “social capital and disaster recovery” by grounding the relevant concepts in the context of Sri Lanka’s recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 30-year civil war. The module can be found here: http://www.aisls.org/resources/teaching-about-sri-lanka/the-2004-tsunami/ Please feel free to use the module, share it widely, and reach out to Elizabeth with any questions you may have about it. Elizabeth.bittel@colorado.edu



Lori Peek is Co-PI on a new grant funded to enhance the number of racial and ethnic minorities in disaster research and emergency management practice. Peek is part of an interdisciplinary team including Nnenia Campbell (CU Ph.D. in Sociology, 2016) and other researchers at the University of Nebraska. You can read more here: https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/center-news/collaboration-wins-national-award-to-enhance-stem-fields



Andrea Tilstra's article "Estimating Educational Differences in Low-Risk Cesarean Section Delivery: A Multilevel Modeling Approach," has been accepted for publication at Population Research and Policy Review.

Rachel Rinaldo was quoted in two recent articles about gender issues in Indonesia:




David Pyrooz published the following article in Criminology, "Parenthood as a turning point in the life course for male and female gang members: A study of within-individual changes in gang membership and criminal behavior," with coauthors Jean McGloin and Scott Decker.


Dr. Pyrooz also published a guest editorial in The Crime Report, "Disengaging from gang life: What works?," with coauthors Scott Decker and Caterina Roman.


Rick Rogers and Justin Vinneau were active in this year’s Southern Demographic Association annual meetings in Morgantown, West Virginia, October 25-27, 2017.

CU graduate student Justin Vinneau presented “International Trends in Early Life Mortality Research.” This project includes CU researchers Rick Rogers, along with UNC collaborator Bob Hummer.

UNC graduate student Nathan Dollar presented “Geographic Divergence in Early Life Mortality Rates, 1969-2014.” This project includes CU researcher Rick Rogers and UNC collaborators Liz Lawrence (a previous CU graduate student), David Braudt, Iliya Gutin, Samuel Fishman, and Bob Hummer.

Plenary Speaker Rick Rogers presented “Recent Trends and Future Prospects for Mortality Research.”

University of West Virginia President Gordon Gee welcomed the SDA to UWV. Gee has served as president for more universities than anyone else and was president of CU from 1985 to 1990.


Lori Peek was named by the Ottawa University Alumni Association as the 2017 recipient of the Ottawa University Outstanding Achievement Award. The award "recognizes individuals who have made an impact in their chosen field of endeavor, whethere over a span of many years or in a relatively short time frame." To be considered for the award, candidates must "have made accomplishments in the context of their paid career, or for a civic personal interest which they have pursued, with or without pay and achieved accomplishments that have had an impact on the world, nation, state, or community." The full announcement is available here:


Michael Radelet collaborated on an article recently published but already being used in several Oklahoma death penalty appeals: Glenn L. Pierce, Michael L. Radelet, & Susan Sharp, Race and Death Sentencing for Oklahoma Homicides Committed Between 1990 and 2012, 107 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 733-56 (2017); available at http://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/jclc/vol107/iss4/5/


Jill Harrison gave two invited presentations last week at the Environmental Justice Community Solutions Conference organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the California Environmental Health Tracking Program. Her presentations were titled "Government EJ Grant Programs – What Funders Need to Know to Ensure that Programs Better Meet EJ Principles,” and "Drift Catcher Air Monitoring Project: How Citizen Science Programs Can Best Serve Community Needs.” 

Jessie Luna’s article “Getting out of the dirt: racialized modernity and environmental inequality in the cotton sector of Burkina Faso,” has been accepted for publication at Environmental Sociology.


Lori Hunter and Dan Simon had their study titled, “Might Climate Change the “Healthy Migrant” Effect” accepted for publication in the journal, Global Environmental Change

Emily Bacon has had two articles accepted for publication. The first, "Does the Hispanic Health Advantage Extend to Better Management of Hypertension? The Role of Socioeconomic Status, Sociobehavioral Factors, and Healthcare Access," was accepted at Biodemography and Social Biology, with coauthors Richard Rogers from sociology and Fernando Riosmena from geography. The second, "Racial/Ethnic Differences in Treatment Recommendations: Lifestyle Changes and Medication Prescriptions for High Cholesterol," was her third year paper and was accepted at Ethnicity and Health.

Vanessa Roberts has been invited to present two workshops at the CIRCLE (Connecting Inclusive Responsive Communities Leading Education) conference in Denver this Saturday - the first on how a colorblind ideology reinforces injustice; the second on how to create an inclusive classroom environment. Both workshops are a combination of sociological research and practical applications for educators. For more information on the conference please check out their homepage


Stephanie Bonnes has won the American Society of Criminology's Division on Victimology's 2017 Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award.


Jessie Luna welcomed daughter Jade Luna Kilcher into the world on September 20. The new Luna was fittingly born on a new moon, and the whole family is happy and healthy!


Jill Harrison was interviewed about immigration politics and dairy industry workers in a recent article in the Huffington Post:https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wisconsin-dairy-industry-undocumented-workers_us_59c3cfb7e4b06f93538cfd3f


David Pyrooz coauthored an op-ed that was published this morning by the St. Louis Post Dispatch:



News from alumni:  Mary A. Romero (Ph.D. 1980) has been elected President, American Sociological Association.