Recent News

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It is clear that many in our community are finding continuity by getting engaged in research about various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With this in mind, we are pleased to share the news that the Population Health Initiative has awarded funding to several people in the department, including Kyle Crowder and Ian... Read more
Portrait of Chuck Lanfear standing in front of Savery Hall
The University of Washington has awarded Sociology PhD student Charles "Chuck" Lanfear an ... Read more
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Why people adopt beliefs and behaviors is a central question in the behavioral sciences. In this case, behavior can be the difference between reducing or increasing the spread of infection during a pandemic. We would like to extend a congratulations to Zack Almquist, whose year-long study on the adoption of behaviors and... Read more
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Back in early March, before the Governor Inslee issued state-wide orders to shelter in place as part of the COVID-19 response, the UW Sociology department hosted a successful Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend, which is designed to introduce admitted graduate students to the Sociology Department at the University of Washington... Read more
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Professor Katherine Beckett, whose research spurred the state Supreme Court decision to end capital punishment in Washington, has  now teamed up with UW Epidemiology professor Anjum Hajat in a recent op-ed piece in the Seattle Times that draws attention to the... Read more
Alizay Sajjad
Alizay is an undergraduate sociology major and assistant director at SARVA (Sexual Assault Relationship Violence Activists). SARVA is a student group on campus that works to combat sexual assault and relationship violence at the UW, where activists advocate for survivors by holding open office hours and... Read more
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A new University of Washington study of evictions around the state shows that more women are evicted than men, and in the state’s two most populous counties, eviction rates among black and Latinx adults are almost seven times higher than for white adults. The disparities are among the findings in the Evictions Study, created by a... Read more
John Leverso
A warm congratulations to John Leverso who recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at Whitman College, in Walla Walla, WA.  John's research focuses on urban street gangs, and pays particular attention to how ritualized but not face-to-face interactions, including shared mixed-tapes and online posts, impact... Read more
Detroit, New York City, and Chicago
Acting Assistant Professor Christine Leibbrand published a story in The Conversation, What happens when black Americans leave their segregated hometowns?” In it, Leibbrand discusses results from a study that she, Chris Hess (PhD 2019, now... Read more
NIH Director's New Innovator Award
The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award is a five-year award will support Tyler McCormick's project, Big Data, Big Models, and Big Bias?: A decision making framework for vital rate estimates based on extrapolation. Part of the... Read more