Recent News

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Mind the Gap, a newly published clinical handbook co-authored by a second-year medical student, aims to help doctors and other medical students identify how symptoms of disease appear in non-white skin tones.  The book addresses a deep imbalance in what skin tones are represented in photo illustrations in medical texts.  The unequal representation means doctors have historically been... Read more
John Leverso
John Leverso’s unique road to a PhD in Sociology cannot be overlooked. While serving an 11-year sentence, he earned his GED and began taking classes at the local community college with the long-term goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. He applied, and was accepted, to the University of Illinois at Chicago from a prison typewriter during his time in incarceration from 2001-2012. Today, the... Read more
elizabeth litzler
Dr. Elizabeth Litzler was recently awarded the WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) Founders Award. The ward, named for the three founders of WEPAN, Inc., recognizes her extraordinary long-term service to the organization while in her role as Affiliate Assistant Professor in Sociology and Director of the UW Center... Read more
American Bonds book cover
Sarah Quinn’s book, American Bonds: How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation has won the Viviana Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology for 2020. This award was recently announced by the Economic Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. The committee felt the book has already majorly influenced how Americans understand our current moment, and praised the book:... Read more
Michele Cadigan
Michele Cadigan, a PhD candidate of Sociology, has received a Horowitz Foundation Grant for her dissertation, Cannabis-Infused Dreams: A Market at the Crossroads between Criminal and Conventional, which draws on worker surveys, ethnographic field work, administrative data, and interviews to understand how racial... Read more
Faculty picture of Daniel Karell from NYU Abu Dhabi
Daniel Karell has left his post as Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy at New York University Abu Dhabi to join Yale University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Previously, he was a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University’s Institute for International and Regional Studies and a postdoctoral research associate at New York University Abu Dhabi. He received his PhD in... Read more
Protestors outside the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct with fists raised
Companies, organizations and institutions are issuing public statements as anti-racism protests and calls for criminal justice reform continue across the nation. The CEOs, presidents and commissioners of clothing brands, grocery store chains, universities, sports teams and more know they can't stay silent while millions of Americans march against systemic racism, police brutality and a white... Read more
colorful line drawing of people standing naked together
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
Department Chair Katherine Stovel shares her letter to the department in the wake of protests against police killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.
Girl studying at home with her laptop open
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost all aspects of people’s lives, including the daily rhythm of the University of Washington.  However, this quarter students in many of our remotely-taught Sociology classes are using a sociological lens to better understand how COVID-19 is impacting our lives and our communities.    For instance, PhD student Erin Carll was originally planning to teach SOC... Read more