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Nathalie Williams
Nathalie Williams is an associate professor of Sociology and International Studies, and director of the Ph.D. program in the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. Steven Pfaff is a professor and former graduate program chair in the UW’s Department of Sociology.  Together they penned an op-ed for the Seattle Times that describes the devastating impact the U.S. House-... Read more
Department of Sociology professor, Alexes Harris, the debt that grows even after prison ends for ex-offenders and its impact.... Read more
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Understanding unequal participation in STEM fields, by race, gender, or other underrepresented groups, is often explained by a deficit model—this model views individuals from marginalized populations as lacking in some way and needing to be fixed. But just how useful is this model? There is a growing body of research that flips the script and investigates the unique forms of social capital that... Read more
  At the 2017 International Population Conference (IPC), held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 10/29 to 11/4, the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data and Population Processes hosted three preconference workshops on demography and the Data Revolution. Of these, two were led by UW sociology faculty, Adrian Raftery and Emilio... Read more
Liminal in Nepal When I first arrived in Nepal, the adjustments were sensory and it was exhausting. After I had been there for a while, I listened to the Home of the Brave podcast coverage of Nepal post-Earthquake where Scott Carrier and his daughter Jess Carrier described their experiences and talked... Read more
On November 3, 2017, the Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2017 Fall Imperial Decorations. Dr. Tetsuden Kashima, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in recognition of his contributions to furthering the understanding of Japanese American sociology and history and to the advancement of... Read more
air pollution
A team of researchers from the Sociology department has just published a study that uses a nationally representative survey, cross-referenced with pollution data at the census block level, to evaluate the connection between toxic air and mental health.   They find that the higher the level of particulates in the air, the UW-led study showed, the greater the impact on mental health. ... Read more
A recent study led by UW Department of Sociology's Victoria Sass found that, on top of impacts on physical health, air pollution also affects mental health. Featured on UW News 
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses on the door of the church at Wittenberg Castle.   Luther's critique of Catholic theology and practice set off a religious upheaval and lead to the Protestant Reformation.  On the 500th anniversary of this defiant act, Professor Steve Pfaff and his co-author Marion Goldman describe how Luther’s personal life... Read more
Twitter immigration collage
Before a border wall became a budget bargaining chip, before the presidential pardon of a controversial sheriff and before federal policies were announced on social media, there was Arizona Senate Bill 1070, the “show me your papers” law. And of course, there was Twitter. To René D. Flores, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Washington,... Read more