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On track to receive his PhD this year, as well as an MS in statistics, Yuan Hsiao has also accepted a position as an assistant professor in the UW Department of Communication. Yuan’s primary research interest is in political communication and movement participation, with a focus on how new technologies change the nature of support and mobilization. But he has a history of collaborative work with... Read more
In honor of MLK Day, the UW asked Black students, staff, and faculty to respond to the prompt, “What does MLK Day mean to you in 2021?” Featured on University of Washington 
School of Art + Art History + Design teaching professor Timea Tihanyi and Victoria Aukland, a senior majoring in sociology and dance explain how art can be beneficial in the cold winter months. Featured on The Daily 
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Tinder, Grindr and other dating apps have a reputation for encouraging casual hookups, but a new study suggests app users may be looking for — and finding — love in all the right places after all. Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology at the UW, is quoted.... Read more
Through hours of Zoom meetings, University of Washington vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ed Taylor found himself nervously folding paper off screen. As he helped the university make high-stakes decisions about its pandemic future, his fingers kept busy shaping origami cranes. Taylor's collection of about 300 cranes tells the story of how he coped with this year, and they... Read more
Portrait of Bob Crutchfield
When Robert Crutchfield, who retired as a professor emeritus in 2016 after almost four decades in the Department of Sociology, was invited to join the Board of Commissioners for the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), he couldn’t say no. It was a full-circle moment. “For me, it was pretty special because I grew up in housing projects in Pittsburgh,” he says. “I was honored to be asked and happy to... Read more
Katherine Beckett, Professor of sociology and law, societies and justice, explains Oregon's decriminalization of drugs, and whether Washington will be next.... Read more
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Annie McGlynn-Wright, who received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2019, explains the results of a new study she worked on exploring the consequences of early interactions between police and Black youth. Robert Crutchfield, a professor emeritus of the UW Sociology department, was also involved in the study. The results of the UW study, which was published in late... Read more
Retiring from the UW doesn’t end the story for faculty and staff. They are driven to serve their communities on a local or global scale. Featured on UW Magazine 
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The 2020 census has been subject to court fights, shifting deadlines and pandemic-related process adjustments. Sara Curran, director of the UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, explains the developments with this year’s count. Featured on UW News