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From left to right: Magda Boutros, Jelani Ince, Theresa Rocha Beardall
This academic year, UW Sociology welcomes three new faculty members:  Theresa Rocha Beardall, Magda Boutros, and Jelani Ince. Each is a promising scholar committed to understanding and challenging social inequalities, and we are excited to have them join us, and eager to learn from them! Magda Boutros was working at a human rights organization in Egypt when the revolution of 2011 erupted. She had... 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 Tracking — is part of the University’s new data... 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 
Large smartphone with the text "donate," two smaller people walking over with a credit card and coin. Above, a large hand is reaching down toward the phone with a coin in it.
As eviction moratoriums, unemployment benefits come to an end, and ordinary people struggle to obtain their basic needs, the crowdfunding business is expected to see an increase in activity. While there are a number of people who feel a sense of tech optimism filling in the gaps for people in need, Mark Igra's research on crowdfunding during the pandemic has received attention for its clear 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
Two elderly adults sitting on a bench and wheel chair, looking out over the water
A new study led by Michael Pearce and Adrian Raftery calculates the probability of living to at least age 110. These “supercentenarians” are rare, but their numbers may grow by the end of the century. Featured in UW News
Multiple coin boxes gathered together. In the middle is one large gold coin box, with coins only falling in the middle and largest box.
PhD student Mark Igra co-authored a paper on charitable giving and fundraising efforts during the pandemic. The paper, titled "Crowdfunding as a response to COVID-19: Increasing inequities at a time of crisis" shares evidence that most donation campaigns fail to raise much money (if any... Read more
three graduate students in front of projector screen
The Simpson Center for the Humanities recently granted funding to the department’s Gender and Sexuality Graduate Research Cluster. Working groups play a critical role in cultivating community among graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. The working group, originally established in 2014, includes students... Read more
A demonstrator holds their hands up while they kneel in front of the police at the Anaheim City Hall on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California, during a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd. (Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images)
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