Recent News

Stewart Tolney
Tolnay and Beck are cited in a NY Times article (see link below) regarding their original work on compiling a comprehensive list of lynchings in the mid 90's.  Stew, along with UW PhD Amy Bailey (Assistant Professor at University of Illinois, Chicago)  have a new book due for release in June of this year titled Lynched:  The Victims of Southern Mob Violence.     ... Read more
Professors Alexes Harris and Bob Crutchfield have provided local Seattle editorial comment and TV interviews on racial disparties in the US and the events of Ferguson and Staten Island.  Their comments address the general state of racial/ethnic disparities in the US and the US justice system and the resulting protests/national discussion from the events in Ferguson and NYC. Bob's guest comment in... Read more
Walker Frahm
Walker Frahm has won a highly selective and prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship. The award supports research for his dissertation, "Brokers Beyond Borders." Walker will use expert interviews and field observations to study development organizations assisting orphans and fighting human trafficking in Romania and Moldova, with a particular emphasis on... Read more
Congratulations to Blaine Robbins for successfully defending his dissertation, "The Origins of Trust and Trustworthiness: A Mixed Methods Approach."  The dissertation makes important theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions to understanding the nature of trust.   The term trust has been used broadly and loosely across the social sciences in several separate literatures, so Blaine... Read more
Pepper Schwartz
Professor Schwartz's book "Dating After 50 for Dummies" (published by AARP/John Wiley & Sons) won the Silver Award from the 2014 Living Now Book Awards.  It was one of six AARP published books to receive an award.
In August Kelly Kistner successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled, "Organizing Knowledge: Comparative Structures of Intersubjectivity in Nineteenth-Century Historical Dictionaries."  Her committee, consisting of Gary Hamilton, Katherine Stovel and Steve Pfaff, were deeply impressed by an erudite, scholarly and highly insightful contribution to the sociology of science. Kistner... Read more
The dissertation is entitled "Individual-Group Dynamics in a 12-Step Fellowship: Identification, Service, and Recovery in Overeaters Anonymous." The committee, consisting of Edgar Kiser, Jerry Herting and Steven Pfaff, were united in praising the dissertation for its outstanding empirical study of self-help groups and its insights into how group processes inform the way that individuals identify... Read more
Katrina Leupp successfully defended her dissertation entitled, "Benefits of the Balancing Act: Motherhood, Employment, and Mental Health," on Tuesday, July 8. The project explores the benefits and strains of combining employment and family roles. Leupp investigates the mechanisms and conditions under which employment improves the well-being of individuals who perform the greatest amount of family... Read more
Congratulations to Maria Grigoryeva, who has been awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement grant for academic year 2014-15.
On June 30, Danny Koski-Karell successfully defended his dissertation, “This Project We Call Spain: Nationality, Autochthony, and Politics in Spain’s North African Exclaves". This project provides several contributions to the study of ethnicity, ethnic politics, and Islam in Europe. It finds that Muslim residents of these cities differ in how they understand their ethnicity and its implications... Read more