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Emilio Zagheni
Determining how many people live in Seattle, perhaps of a certain age, perhaps from a specific country, is the sort of question that finds its answer in the census, a massive data dump for places across the country. But just how fresh is that data? After all, the census is updated once a decade, and the U.S. Census Bureau’s smaller but more detailed American Community Survey, annually. There’s... Read more
Tolnay Retirement
Symposium 1-4pm Walker-Ames Room Kane Hall, University of Washington Reception 4:30:  Governors Room, Hotel Deca (4507 Brooklyn Ave NE) Please join us or a hosted reception, where our tributes to Stew will continue Limited van transportation available to the reception   Symposium Program 1:00 Welcome Pete Guest, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Washington 1:20... Read more
Tolnay Retirement
In Grad School, many of us often dream of becoming “great scholars.” What, however, is, the mark of a “great scholar”? And how do we define or measure that greatness? Some people in the social sciences –university committees, award boards, and research councils– have well-established metrics and criteria for the accomplishments that characterize a distinguished academic career. Using any of these... Read more
UW Sociology alums David Pettinicchio (PhD 2012) and Michelle Maroto (PhD 2012) have received funding from the Social Science and Humanities Reseach Council of Canada to conduct an audit study of employment discrimination agains persons with disabilities.  Motivated by the observation that in spite of anti-dscirimination laws such as the Americans With Disabilities Act many disabled people do not... Read more
No Jargon
In a live episode of the Scholars Strategy Network podcast No Jargon, Professors Theda Skocpol and René Flores discuss the role of national and local organizations on the 2016 election outcome, the Trump presidency so far, and what comes next.  Listen here to learn more about what René's research tells us about... Read more
Cesare Miscarriage
National Public Radio's Your Health series gave Elaine Nsoesie and Nina Cesare (Ph.D candidate in Sociology) an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research on how people discuss miscarriage on Twitter.  Prompted by recent disclosures by high profile celebrities, Nsoesie and Cesare wondered if the taboo against talking about miscarriage is being lifted.  They analyzed over 50,000 tweets... Read more
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Tyler McCormick, Nathalie Williams, and Katherine Stovel have each been awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation to study aspects of new data intensive technologies.  These grants reflect our collective stength in bringing tools from statistics and data science to... Read more
Government Building
Given today’s political climate, one might assume that terms like “administrative state” and “deep state” are merely examples of polarized rhetoric. But the wariness underlying those terms goes back much further, said Sarah Quinn, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Washington.  ... Read more
Olivia Smith, BA 17
Olivia Smith, who graduated in June of 2017 with a B.A. degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish, is one of eleven students at the University of Washington to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship.  Olivia will travel to Mexico, where she will join Fulbright's English Teaching Assistant Program. Olivia was an outstanding student in the department and a finalist for the 2017 Woolston Award, the... Read more
Alexes Harris has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.  Members of the WSAS contribute scientific expertise to major issues facing Washington State, and Alexes’ many contributions to the study of the criminal justice system make her a natural fit for this honor.  Alexes joins eight other members of our faculty (Katherine Beckett, Richard Catalano, Kyle Crowder, Charlie... Read more