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When Zack Almquist joined our faculty last spring, he realized a cherished ambition: rejoining the academy while solving the so-called “two-body problem.”  As an interdisciplinary scholar grounded in mathematics, statistics, and sociology, Zack combines modern social network analysis with demography to investigate how populations interact, often in novel... Read more
Protestors holding signs that read "Prisoners are people, No Forced labor" and "End Prison Slavery"
This course will be offered in the summer and taught by Michele Cadigan. Read on for the description of the course:  Poor communities of color, particularly Black communities have been devastated by the phenomenon called mass incarceration as individuals are being removed from their families and within these communities at a disproportionate rate. Even more, others return from jail and prison... Read more
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Seven courageous students started our graduate program last fall, at the height of the pandemic.  From virtual orientations to remote classes, online TA duties and Zoom stats study session, their first year experiences have been like no other.  Most still haven’t set foot on campus or inside Savery Hall, let alone met their colleagues in person.  How have they navigated the challenges of... Read more
portrait of Ann Frost outside Savery Hall
The last time Ann Frost, a lecturer in the Sociology Department and Law, Societies, and Justice, taught a course that focused on juvenile justice she and twelve UW undergraduate students traveled to the Monroe Correctional Complex as part of  a mixed-enrollment class with men who were incarcerated. Three years later, she’s teaching in a completely different context: now it’s a large lecture... Read more
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Graduate students, Xinguan Fan and Maria Vignau Loria published an article "Intimate Partner Violence and Contraceptives Use in Developing Countries: How does the Relationship Depend on Context?" last February, which we have been thrilled to hear was selected as the 2021 winner of the ... Read more
David Takeuchi in a read shirt against a bookshelf backdrop
It’s not unusual for sociologists to discover their calling late. Musicians, mathematicians, artists, and doctors may know even as kids what they will be when they grow up, but there just aren’t a lot of youngsters dressing up as sociologists for Halloween. Of course, you don’t find a lot of longitudinal data play sets at Toys R Us, either. Sociology is disadvantaged when it comes to kid appeal.... Read more
protest outside police precinct with demonstrators holding a yellow and black banner that reads "JUSTICE FOR DAUNTE WRIGHT"
Alexes Harris' essay in Vox breaks down the "pretext traffic stop," which is typically when law enforcement stop a vehicle for a minor traffic or equipment violation and then uses the stop to investigate a more serious crime. Recent studies suggest that non-safety related traffic stops do little to prevent accidents or increase driver safety. In light of the killing of Daunte Wright in... Read more
Washington State’s Supreme Court Building, also known as the Temple of Justice, photographed on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. (Jovelle Tamayo for Crosscut)
In a landmark decision last month, the Washington Supreme Court voided all drug possession cases in the state. According to the court’s ruling in State v. Blake, the entire statute that criminalizes simple drug possession is unconstitutional. The sweeping decision pertains to all drugs — regardless of type and amount — across the history of the state’s criminal legal system. No longer can police... Read more
man walking along a sidewalk lined with tents in Seattle
A study led by Keren Snedker, Charles Lanfear, and Lindsey Beach on the growing tent cities in Seattle, was recently featured in The Seattle Times. The study reported that the presence of tents within Seattle's urban core has... Read more
Professor of sociology Katherine Beckett is mentioned in this article about Washington's punitive approach to criminal justice. Featured on Crosscut