Recent News

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The Simpson Center for the Humanities recently granted funding to the department’s Gender and Sexuality Graduate Research Cluster. Working groups play a critical role in cultivating community among graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. The working group, originally established in 2014, includes students... Read more
Department Chair Katherine Stovel shares her letter to the department in the wake of protests against police killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost all aspects of our lives, including the daily rhythm of the University of Washington's staff, faculty, and students. However, students in many of our remotely-taught Sociology classes have been using a sociological lens to better understand how COVID-19 is impacting our lives and our communities.    PhD student Erin Carll's original plan for Spring... Read more
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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
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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
Katherine Beckett, professor of sociology, discusses how special circumstances can lead to increased transmission of the coronavirus in Washington's jails and prisons. Featured on The Seattle Times 
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