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


Robbee Wedow, Ryan Masters, Stef Mollborn, and Jason Boardman have had their paper titled "Body size reference norms and subjective weight status: A gender and life course approach" accepted for publication in Social Forces.


Michael Sousa recently had his article, “Debt Stigma and Socioeconomic Status,” accepted for publication in Volume 41 of the Seattle University Law Review (forthcoming April 2018).

Leslie Irvine was honored with the Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair Lectureship at Texas Christian University. She gave two talks in Fort Worth during her visit to campus, on homeless pet owners and animal welfare in disasters. 


Scott Pruitt has a new article in Gender, Work, and Organization titled "Redoing gender: How women in the funeral industry use essentialism for equality." Read it here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gwao.12203/full


David Pyrooz published an op ed in the Washington Post, titled “Did the Ferguson shooting make police less proactive” (with his coauthors John Shjarback, Scott Wolfe, and Scott Decker) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/did-the-ferguson-shooting-make-police-less-proactive/2017/09/18/a5ac91f2-76fb-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.273f48f8aade 
Dr. Pyrooz also published an op ed in the Wall Street Journal, titled “To deal with antifa, designate it a street gang” (with his coauthor James Densley) https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-deal-with-antifa-designate-it-a-street-gang-1505672746 
Additionally, he was interviewed for an article in the Coloradan: Alumni Magazine, titled "Behind the Bars" which examined his path to today and how his research on groupthink has potential to change the way gangs and crime are looked at and handled.http://www.colorado.edu/coloradan/2017/09/01/behind-bars 


Scott Pruitt and Wendy DuBow (NCWIT) have a new article on Harvard Business Review's website titled, "The Comprehensive Case for Investing More VC Money in Women-Led Startups" Read it here: https://hbr.org/2017/09/the-comprehensive-case-for-investing-more-vc-money-in-women-led-startups


Jason Boardman is helping to launch a training program on advanced study of gene-environment interactions. 


David Pyrooz published an article, titled “A Signaling Perspective on Disengagement from Gangs”, in Justice Quarterly (coauthored with James Densley) 



Amanda Stevenson and Stefanie Mollborn were awarded a large grant from the Society of Family Planning Research Fund to begin an evaluation of long-term impacts from Colorado’s experimental expansion of access to IUDs and implants.  Their work is joint with colleagues at CU Denver, the US Census Bureau, and the CU Institute of Behavioral Science.


Theodore Martin joined the Bowman family (Cate Bowman, 2011 cohort) on August 11th.


Jamie Vickery successfully defended her dissertation, "Every Day is a Disaster: Homelessness and the 2013 Colorado Floods." Jamie is now working as a postdoctoral associate in the Environment and Society Program at the Institute of Behavioral Science with Dr. Hannah Brenkert-Smith and is also serving as a research associate at the Natural Hazards Center.


Rachel Rinaldo was quoted in this article: http://www.dw.com/en/why-are-more-indonesians-favoring-shariah/a-40471411


Lori Peek is quoted in the Christian Science monitor: https://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2017/0911/Post-Katrina-lessons-for-Harvey-s-returning-students


Ryan Masters. Andrea Tilstra, and Dan Simon in Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-11/which-came-first-the-opioids-or-the-despair


Huge congratulations to Team Sociology as they rode in The Buffalo Bicycle Classic this past weekend- participating as it has since the first BBC in 2003. The team was represented this year by Laurent Cilia, Jason Boardman, Simon Mollborn (12), Benjamin Mollborn (14), and Fredrik Mollborn. Laurent's race fees were supported by contributions from Lori Hunger and Jane Menken.


Leslie Irvine gave the keynote address at the regional conference of HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response in Colorado Springs on Sunday, September 10. HOPE is a national non-profit organization with specially trained handlers and dogs trained and tested for crisis response work. Leslie's talk was titled " Animals--and their People--in Disasters: Insights from Sociology."


Professor Lori Peek shares some thoughts on recent events in Charlottesville in this interesting post: https://hazards.colorado.edu/news/director/5


Heather Champeau has accepted a position with the Colorado State Demography Office. Congrats to her!


Lori Hunter has accepted an invitation to join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Environmental Change and Society (BECS). The Board provides a forum to examine and advance the social and natural sciences at the intersection of human activity and global environmental change. 


Doctoral candidate Adenife Modile, who studies fertility and maternal health worldwide, travels to Tanzania this month as a Population Reference Bureau Fellow. One of 10 people from seven countries selected for the fellowship, Modile wants to influence public policy to disrupt cultural norms that encourage high fertility rates.


Heather Champeau has accepted a position with the Colorado State Demography Office. 


Lori Hunter has accepted an invitation to join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Environmental Change and Society (BECS). The Board provides a forum to examine and advance the social and natural sciences at the intersection of human activity and global environmental change.   http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BECS/index.htm


David Pyrooz published an article in Justice Quarterly, titled “Cut from the same cloth? A comparative study of domestic extremists and gang members in the United States”, with coauthors Gary LaFree, Scott H. Decker, and Patrick James.


Jessie Luna was also given an Honorable Mention in ASA’s Section on Environment and Technology Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award for her paper, “The Color of Progress: Racialized Narratives and Environmental Inequality in the Cotton Sector of Burkina Faso”.


Jessie Luna has been awarded an American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women.  This award will support her dissertation writing from July 2017 – June 2018


Department alumna Liz and Stefanie Mollborn have published a new article available online, in print June 2017.  “Racial/Ethnic Patterns of Kindergarten Enrollment in the United States”. Find it here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/socf.12352/full


Robbee Wedow and colleagues (including his amazing little sister, Lindsey Wedow) had their qualitative paper entitled “I’m gay and I’m Catholic’: Negotiating two complex identities at a Catholic university” accepted for publication at Sociology of Religion.


Jill Harrison won the 2017 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association’s Environment and Technology Section for her article, “Coopted Environmental Justice?”, published in Environmental Sociology in 2015.


David Pyrooz published an article, titled “Recidivism among juveniles in a multi-component gang reentry program: Findings from a program evaluation in Harris County, Texas”, in the Journal of Experimental Criminology. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11292-017-9288-0


Jill Harrison was featured in the Arts and Sciences Magazine for her efforts in probing bureaucratic causes of environmental justice failures. You can find it here: http://www.colorado.edu/asmagazine/2017/04/25/sociology-prof-probes-bureaucratic-causes-environmental-justice-failures


Bertha Alicia Bermudez Tapia was awarded $2000 from the Tinker Foundation grant from Latin American Studies Center (LASC) in support of her research regarding migrant shelters on the Texas-Tamaulipas border.  She was also awarded the Latin American Studies Association, Mexico Section travel fund for the XXXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Lima, Peru.


Ade modile received a $1000 grant from the Center for Advancement in Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences for his research project entitled “Parental Absence/Family Disruptions and the Health Lifestyles of Adolescent College Student in the U.S.”


Mathieu Desan's blog post for Scatterplot was adapted and reprinted in Jacobin, https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/04/national-front-marine-le-pen-holocaust-vichy-republic-secularism/ and translated into French for Contretemps. https://www.contretemps.eu/fn-le-pen-vichy-republique-antisemitisme/ He also translated for Jacobin in statement signed by nearly 200 French academics supporting Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s presidential campaign. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/04/french-presidential-election-first-round-melenchon/


Leslie Irvine has a new publication: Levin, Jack, Arnold Arluke, and Leslie Irvine. 2017.  “Are People More Disturbed by Dog or Human Suffering?” in Society & Animals 25 (1): 1-16.


David Pyrooz published an article titled “De-policing and crime in the wake of Ferguson: Racialized changes in the quantity and quality of policing among Missouri police departments” in the Journal of Criminal Justice. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047235217301289


Lori Hunter will be mentor to post-doc Maia Call next year through the “Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center” in Maryland.  Maia is a soon-to-be PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill  Lori and Maia will be undertaking collaborative research on gender-migration-climate in China, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.


Amanda Barrientez was an invited guest speaker for a Conference on World Affairs panel titled, “Rehabilitation in the Justice System”.


Mathieu Desan has a great blog post up on Scatterplot about Marine Le Pen’s recent denial of French responsibility for the Holocaust. Find it here: https://scatter.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/guest-post-why-did-marine-le-pen-deny-french-responsibility-for-the-holocaust/


Ade Modile was recently accepted in the Population Reference Bureau’s (PBR) Policy Communication Fellows program. As a fellow, he will attend a one-week Summer Institute in Dar es Salaam during which he will learn how research can be used to influence policy development and how to communicate those findings.


Ryan Masters was awarded a seed grant from the Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America (National Institute of Aging) for his pilot project, “Hard Times or a Long Time Coming? Examining Widening Inequalities in U.S. Adult Mortality, 1990-2015”.


Aaron Johnson and his co-authors (Dr. Wes Marshall of CU Denver and Dr. Dan Piatkowski of University of Nebraska) have had an amazing streak for current and future publications!“Scofflaw Bicycling: Illegal but Rational” was published in the Journal of Transport & Land Use (April 2017) “Identifying Behavioral Norms among Bicyclists in Mixed- Traffic Conditions” was published in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior (April 2017) “Bicycle Backlash: A Qualitative Examination of Aggressive Driver-Bicyclist Interactions” is currently in press with the Transportation Research Record. These papers have received an award from the Center for Disease Control, 7 peer reviewed conference presentations, and mentions in 26 news stories!


The Office of the Provost and the Research & Innovation Office with CU Boulder received 112 applications for the 2017 Innovative Seed Grant call for proposals.  23 were funded and 2 were from our faculty!

Amanda Stevenson, Stef Mollborn and collaborators received support to start a project assessing the life course impacts of Colorado’s expansion of access to long-acting reversible methods of contraception.

Jason Boardman received support to develop a new Neighborhood Advisory Council comprised of representative from all neighborhoods in Denver to initiate a large study called Denver Study of the Built and Social Environment (DBASE).


Leslie Irvine and Laurent Cilia have a new publication: “More-than-human Families: Pets, People, and Practices in Multi-Species Households”


Lori Hunter was featured in a Washington Post article, which can be found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/weed-yoga-naked-yoga-yoga-with-goats-have-we-reached-peak-namaste/2017/03/31/276ae420-0021-11e7-8f41-ea6ed597e4ca_story.html?utm_term=.83345a971aa3


Lori Peek was selected as one of North America’s 13 most innovative professors and was featured in a new e-book, The Top Tactics for Creating a More Engaged Classroom.  This e-book focused on three aspects of teaching: improving the beginning of class and making a good first impression, taking the pain out of evaluation (for both students and professors), and new techniques for boosting engagement (Lori’s entry focuses on learning students names!) https://tophat.com/resources/13-most-innovative-professors-in-north-america/


Cristen Dalessandro recently had a paper published in the Next Journal which is housed in the CU Boulder Department of Religious Studies.  The paper, “Hispanic and Catholic, or Hispanic-Catholic? Racialized Religious Identity for Self-Identified ‘Hispanic’ Students at a Predominantly White Institution” is available here: http://scholar.colorado.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1005&context=next


Dan Simon was featured in an article in CU Boulder Today that you can find here: http://www.colorado.edu/today/2017/03/29/graduate-students-set-innovate-expand-research-prestigious-nsf-fellowships


David Pyrooz published an article in Criminology titled “Consequence of incarceration for gang membership: A longitudinal study of serious offenders in Philadelphia and Phoenix”, which can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-9125.12135/epdf. He was also featured in a New York Times article, here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/us/politics/ferguson-effect.html?_r=0


Jill Harrison received a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society to support fieldwork expenses for her book project, “Regulatory Culture and the Failure of Government Agencies’ Environmental Justice Programs”.


Rick Rogers presented “Racial/Ethnic Differences in U.S. Early Life Mortality: A Test of the Hispanic Paradox” to the Florida State University Department of Sociology on March 23rd. The presentation was based on collaborative research with graduate student Andrea Tilstra, UNC postdoc and previous CU graduate student Liz Lawrence and UNC faculty member Bob Hummer.


Stefanie’s book, Mixed Messages: Norms and Social Control around Teen Sex and Pregnancy, has just been released by Oxford University Press. A write up of the book recently appeared in CU’s Arts and Sciences Magazine: http://www.colorado.edu/asmagazine/2017/02/28/lets-not-talk-about-sex.


Kendra Clark and Dan Simon were given the prestigious 2017 NSF GRFP 3 year fellowship. 


Michael Radelet had a piece featured in the Daily Camera and Denver Post.  Check them out! http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_30870097/michael-l-radelet-arrest-judge-gorsuch, and  http://www.denverpost.com/2017/02/16/regional-books-the-death-penalty-terrorism-and-treason/#print


Jamie Vickery as RA for the Natural Hazards Center and Sociology doctoral candidate, has received the 2017 Summer Graduate School Fellowship through CU Boulder! To receive the fellowship: each department nominates one student to apply for the fellowship through the graduate school.  Fellows receive 3 months of support to focus on dissertation completion and are featured on the Graduate School website and newsletter!


Jill Harrison's recent New Labor Forum article about immigration policing and immigrant dairy workers, co-authored with Julie Keller and Maggie Gray, was featured in articles this week in USA Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/03/06/immigration-policy-dairy-farmers/98812630/http://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2017/03/06/dairy-farms-fear-trumps-immigration-policies/98700808/


Children of Katrina, by Lori Peek and Alice Fothergill, was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, the Association of College and Research Libraries/American Library Association.  Choice publishes this list of the best sources reviewed in the previous year.  This past year, less than 10% of 7,000+ titles reviewed were selected for inclusion.  The list is used by librarians to identify the most valuable titles for collection.


Catherine Bowman received the $1000 Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant Award to fund her dissertation research on the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program. Congrats!


Michael Lynn wrote to the Daily Camera and had his piece published in the Open Forum section on 2/26/17.  Check his piece out here: http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_30822164/michael-lynn-crowd-at-islamic-center-was-at


Amy Wilkins presented a paper at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings last week in Philadelphia.


Leslie Irvine has a new publication: “Flamingos and Gender Ideology in Advertising” on pages 277-295 in Flamingos: Behavior, Biology, and Relationship with Man.


Elizabeth Bittel has been accepted to and offered a full scholarship for a summer 2017 Tamil language intensive through the American Institute of Indian Studies. Through this program, she will spend nine weeks (June - August, 2017) studying Tamil in Madurai, India. http://www.aiislanguageprograms.org/lp/tamil


Cristen Dalessandro recently had a paper accepted in the journal Sexualities, titled "Manifesting Maturity: Gendered Sexual Intimacy and Becoming an Adult."


Bertha Bermudez-Tapia has been awarded the Special Topics in Sociology GPTI Teaching Fellowship for her class "Current Policies and Sociological Implications of Immigration."


David Pyrooz was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. He also spoke to the Boulder Rotary Club about the myths and realities of gangs in the United States.


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.