The Department of Sociology is fortunate to have a dedicated and productive group of scholars. The breadth and depth of our faculty's research specialties and projects are highlighted below. Much of this research, trans-disciplinary and international in scope, expresses a strong sense of civic engagement and a dedication to addressing the pressing problems of our times.
Erin Kelly and Phyllis Moen found that employees who were allowed to routinely change when and where they worked based on their individual needs and job responsibilities, showed improved health and well-being. Their findings are published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Chris Uggen was honored by the Council on Crime and Justice with their 2011 Equal Justice Award recognizing those who provide exemplary leadership in helping to create safer, stronger, and more just communities. He was selected for ensuring that injustices in society remain at the forefront of public thought and discourse until they are resolved, particularly through his research and advocacy work in offender reentry and felon disenfranchisement.December 1st, 2011
Doug Hartmann and Chris Uggen have edited the 2nd edition of The Contexts Reader containing more than 60 of the best articles from the award-winning Contexts Magazine. New to this edition are articles from the magazine while it was edited at the University of Minnesota.
In At this Defining Moment, Enid Logan provides a nuanced analysis framed by innovative theoretical insights to explore how Barack Obama's presidential candidacy both reflected and shaped the dynamics of race in the United States.
In Entitled to Nothing, Lisa Sun-Hee Park investigates how the politics of immigration, health care, and welfare are intertwined and how the concept of "public charge" or "public burden" continue to influence our conception of who can legitimately access public programs. She shows the consequences for the immigrant community and makes important policy suggestions for reforming our immigration system.
In The Slums of Aspen, Lisa Sun-Hee Park and David Pellow, use a wide range of sources including extensive interviews with town officers, school teachers, immigration-control officials, social-service providers and many Latino immigrant workers and their families, to report on the paradox of social contempt for and economic dependence on immigrant labor, as they reveal its root causes and impacts. Some of the press they have received include an opinion piece in the Denver Post.
In American Memories, Joachim Savelsberg and Ryan King rigorously examine how the United States remembers its own and others' atrocities and how institutional responses to such crimes, including trials and tribunals, may help shape memories and perhaps impede future violence.October 18th, 2011