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Congratulations to Professor Alexes Harris, selected a winner of the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award.  During her career at UW, Alexes has taught and inspired thousands of students in her Sociology classes, and we are extraordinarily lucky to have her in our midst.  The Distinguished Teaching Award is the University’s highest award for instruction, and... Read more
  In 2017, women in Seattle’s transportation and utilities departments earned just 8 percent of all overtime pay, despite comprising 35 percent of the workforce, according to data from the city.  In real terms, where men across three of the city's largest departments — Transportation, Public Utilities and City Light — brought home about $39 million in extra pay last year, women earned just $4... Read more
Christine Leibbrand and Stew Tolnay have publisehd a paper in Demography that examines long-term economic and social effects of the Great Migration on the migrants’ children. Their results reveal modest but statistically significant advantages in education, income, and poverty status for the African American... Read more
Bob Crutchfield
Emeritus Professor Bob Crutchfield was named the 2017 winner of the Herbert Bloch Award at the American Society of Criminology's 2017 Annual Meeting.  Bob joins an extremely distinguished group of criminologists who have won this award, which recognizes outstanding service contributions to the American Society of Criminology and to the professional interests of criminology.  Though retired, Bob... Read more
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