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Muslim woman holding an American flag and raising her hand to take the citizenship oath
Professor Steve Pfaff published an op-ed in The Washington Post on September 11 that details the results of his recent audit study about religious discrimination in US public schools. Pfaff's research was designed to measure whether... Read more
doorway of an apartment building in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood
Graduate student Ian Kennedy has published a paper in Social Forces that takes a closer look at how rental ads may contribute to continuing Seattle's long history of residential segregation. The study was co-authored by alum Chris Hess (PhD 2019), Amandalynne Paullada and Sarah Chasins.... Read more
COVID-19 viruses against green background
  Officials looking for COVID-19 statistics to help make public health decisions — such as when to open or close schools, businesses, and community facilities — have plenty data to choose from, including confirmed cases, deaths, hospitalizations, intensive care unit occupancy, emergency room visits, antibody tests, nasal-swab tests, the ratio of positive test results, and more. But interpreting ... Read more
Malone Muwkende, a medical student at St. George's University of London
Patricia Louie, professor of sociology, explains bias in medical textbooks and how it endangers BIPOC. Featured on Refinery29 
Scott Radnitz, professor of international studies, and Yuan Hsiao, sociology doctoral student, explain the disagreement over whether Black Lives Matter protesters are peaceful. Featured on The Washington Post 
Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology, discusses how COVID-19 is changing relationships. Featured on The Telegraph 
John Leverso
John Leverso’s path to a PhD in Sociology is not a typical one: a young man who grew up in Chicago, he was incarcerated from 2001 - 2012. While serving his sentence John earned his GED, and then began taking classes through a local community college with the long-term goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. John wrote his application to the University of Illinois at Chicago on a prison typewriter.... 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
Professor Sarah Quinn's book, American Bonds How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation, has been recognized with the Viviana Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology and the Alice Amsden Best Book Award from the Society of Socio-Economics. American Bonds also received... 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