Recent News

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
Jorge Martinez has accepted a position as a Research Specialist for the Houston Independent School District in Houston, TX, as of July.  HISD is the 7th largest school district in the United States.  Jorge will be working on linking teacher and campus effectiveness to student performance, as well as developing his own research agenda.  Our congratulations, Jorge!
April Fernandes has been awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement Award for Academic Year 2014-2015.  Congratulations, April!
Congratulations to Kelly Kistner, who has received the Hacker-Mullins Graduate Student Paper Award for her work entitled, "'A Word Factory Was Wanted': Organizational Objectivity in the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary."  The award is given annually by the American Sociological Association Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section.  Well done, Kelly!
NPR has a special series on the assessment of legal financial obligations.  Their reporting features work by/interview with Alexes.   You can find more information on this series, including comment from Alexes, in a Web story at Also see LA Times OP-ED piece by Alexes Read more
Heather Evans was one of six UW graduate students selected as a Hanuaer Graduate Fellow for 2014-15.  The Hanuaer fellows are provided a supplemental stipend and participate in an interdisciplinary seminar program to foster creative and critical work in the Western cultural tradition.  The fellows also help plan a speakers program as part of the seminar.  Monies for the program are provided by... Read more
Blaine Robbins
Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Blaine Robbins, who just accepted a 2-year post-doc at UC Berkeley.  He will be working as a Data Science Postdoctoral Scholar in the Berkeley School of Information. 
In reaction to the Meridian school board voting to remove Sherman Alexie’s young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the Centennial High curriculum, Sara Baker joined forces with friend Jennifer Lott in Spokane, WA and Idaho teacher Stacy Lacy to create an online campaign to collect books and funds to provide 350 copies of the book to the Meridian students... Read more
In a recent Seattle Times column, Jerry Large discusses emeritus Professor Joseph Scott’s recent book on the experiences of Ethiopian refugees transplanted to Seattle, Little Ethiopia of the Pacific Northwest: Jerry Large's column.  Alumna Dr. Lori Pfingst (Ph.D.2010) appeared on the on the ... Read more