Recent News

   Dr. Kravitz-Wirtz's dissertation, Effects of Prolonged and Timing-Specific Exposure to Neighborhood Disadvantage during Childhood and Adolescence on Health and Health Inequalities in Early Adulthood”,was chosen to receive the 2015 Distinguished Dissertation Award (Social Sciences category).  Nicole will be taking a post-doctoral position at the University of Michigan this fall. Congratulations... Read more
Alexes and Bob were named to the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board.  Professor Crutchfield will be the chair of the board's justice system transparency and accounability subcommittee.  Professor Harris was named to the 25-member board which advises the Office of Justice Programs on research, statistics and grant programs.   For a full story see the UW... Read more
Ross Matsueda
Ross Matsueda was recently elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. This is the highest academic honor awarded in our state.  Hearty congratulations to Ross!
honors students
All 11 of this year's undergraduate honors cohort prepared posters and participated in the annual Mary Gates Research Symposium in May.  It was a great representation of social science research for the symposium.  Below is a list of the participants, their poster title, and the faculty/graduate student mentors who helped with their research.   Zoë Bill: Yes All Women: The... Read more
2015 Population Association of America: UW Graduate Student Participants Liz Ackert: Staying Close: Proximity to Kin and Patterns of Residential Mobility in Poor Neighborhoods, in Poster Session on Marriage, Unions, Families, and Households. Liz Ackert: Harmful or Helpful? School Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Composition and the Educational Outcomes of Mexican Origin Youth, in Poster Session on... Read more
John Leverso
Congratulations are in order to John!  He received a three year stipend from NSF to continue his evolving research on gang membership, specifically desistance from gangs.  The fellowship begins Autumn Quarter 2015.
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