Recent News

American Bonds book cover
Professor Sarah Quinn's book, American Bonds How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation, has been recognized with the Viviana Zelizer Award for Best Book in Economic Sociology and the Alice Amsden Best Book Award from the Society of Socio-Economics. American Bonds also received... Read more
Michele Cadigan
Michele Cadigan, a PhD candidate of Sociology, has received a Horowitz Foundation Grant for her dissertation, Cannabis-Infused Dreams: A Market at the Crossroads between Criminal and Conventional, which draws on worker surveys, ethnographic field work, administrative data, and interviews to understand how racial... Read more
Faculty picture of Daniel Karell from NYU Abu Dhabi
Daniel Karell has left his post as Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy at New York University Abu Dhabi to join Yale University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Previously, he was a Fung Global Fellow at Princeton University’s Institute for International and Regional Studies and a postdoctoral research associate at New York University Abu Dhabi. He received his PhD in... Read more
Protesters outside the Seattle West Precinct with their fists raised in the air
"Organizations are issuing public statements as anti-racism protests continue...But the words are empty without real change,” writes Alexes Harris, professor of sociology. Featured on Newsweek 
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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
Portrait of Chuck Lanfear standing in front of Savery Hall
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