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Chart showing divorce rates spiking in early spring and late summer, before dipping in the fall and winter.
Associate Professor Julie Brines was recently featured in King5 about divorce rates taken from census data from the last decade, as well as during the pandemic. In 2016, Brines co-authored a study that showed a seasonal pattern with divorce rates,... Read more
Graduate students collaborating in a room while wearing masks. They are discussing some text on the whiteboard.
The UW sociology department has a long tradition of cultivating high quality teaching. We were among the first graduate programs in the country to offer a graduate seminar on Teaching Sociology, and several Sociology faculty and graduate students have been recognized with University-wide Distinguished Teaching Awards. Expanding on this tradition, Associate Chair ... Read more
Zack Almquist photo
Assistant Professor Zack Almquist has been presented the 2021 Leo Goodman Award by the American Sociological Association’s Methodology Section.  The Goodman Award was created in 2005 to honor an outstanding researcher in the first 15 years of their career.  Zack’s work was recognized “for contributions to network methodology that are characterized by deep attention to data issues... Read more
Portrait of Alexes Harris against a dark teal background. She is smiling and looking off to the left.
Alexes Harris, ’97, grew up in Seattle, played high school volleyball and loves to watch Husky sports. That’s fitting, seeing how this professor of sociology is the UW’s Faculty Athletics Representative. Did you approach this position with any initiatives or changes in mind? One thing... Read more
From left to right: Magda Boutros, Jelani Ince, Theresa Rocha Beardall
We are delighted to welcome three new faculty members this year: Magda Boutros, Jelani Ince, and Theresa Rocha Beardall. These three promising scholars arrive at UW Sociology committed to using sociology to address social... Read more
illustration of woman jogging while wearing headphones, holding her phone in her right hand, and wearing a smart watch on her left wrist
A new course in the Department of Sociology tackles this question, combining analysis of self-tracked data with discussions of ethical issues raised by technology that captures our daily routines. Developed by Zack Almquist, assistant professor of sociology, the course—The Quantified Self: An Introduction to the Societal Implications of Self... Read more
A man receives a vaccination in East Hollywood, Los Angeles last week
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 
People in cars wait at a Covid testing and vaccination site at Barnett Park in Orlando, Florida
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 
graphic of a large golden box which coins are dropping into. Around the large golden box is a cluster of smaller blue boxes, which are receiving no coins.
By now most Americans realize the pandemic revealed deep structures of economic inequality in our society. One tool that tech optimists suggest could solve financial problems for those in need is crowdfunding, using sites like GoFundMe, where individuals create fund-raising campaigns to share on social media. The dream is that each campaign will ‘go viral,’ strangers will be moved to help, and... Read more
Security and police try to prevent supporters from entering a homeless encampment as the camp's occupants await possible eviction by police after workers enclosed the area with a fence, at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto, June 22, 2021.
"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... Read more