Recent Alumni News

Community and mentorship made all the difference to Sherri Berdine (2008) as an Alaska Native (Aleut & CIRI Descendent) UW student. Now she's the University's Director of Tribal Relations. Continue reading on UW College of Arts & Sciences News 
Sherri Berdine (BA, 2008) had a rocky start as a University of Washington undergraduate. She was the first in her family to attend college and struggled to find her community at the UW. All that changed when she joined First Nations @ UW, a student organization that focuses on cultural traditions and concerns in the Native community. Berdine also found support from a faculty mentor in the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS). “I really think those… Read more
Experts say so-called breakthrough cases remain rare, and deaths among vaccinated people are "effectively zero." Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics and of sociology at the UW, is quoted.Featured on The Guardian 
The number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. may have been undercounted by as much as 60%, researchers at the UW have found. Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics and of sociology at the UW, is quoted.Featured on The Guardian 
"As researchers of policing and homelessness, we have seen an unmistakable rise in homeless sweeps and encampment crackdowns since the late 1990s. This response to visible poverty results from a collision of forces, both in Canada and the United States: the decline of affordable housing and mental-health services, and local governments’ desires to revitalize business districts, boost tourism and attract high-income residents," write Katherine Beckett, professor of sociology and of law,… Read more
Washington has enacted a number of police reforms since George Floyd was murdered one year ago. Among them is a mandatory 8-hour course, broken up into sessions, for police recruits on the history of racism and policing. Alexes Harris, professor of sociology at the UW, is mentioned.Featured on WBUR 
Over 100 UW graduate and professional programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report to be among the top 35 in the nation.Featured on UW News 
Our very own Chris Hess, who completed his PhD in Sociology in 2019, has since been engaged as a postdoctoral program at Cornell University where one of his many projects has been to help set up a new course offered through the National Education Equity Lab. Titled "Big Data for Big Policy Problems," it was built through a team effort along with Professors Maria Fitzpatrick and Matt Hall, along with PhD students Rene Crespin and Ari… Read more