Recent News

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
UW-led study demonstrates how present-day migration statistics can be obtained by the same data that advertisers use to target their audience on Facebook.... Read more
Emilio Zagheni
Determining how many people live in Seattle, perhaps of a certain age, perhaps from a specific country, is the sort of question that finds its answer in the census, a massive data dump for places across the country. But just how fresh is that data? After all, the census is updated once a decade, and the U.S. Census Bureau’s smaller but more detailed American Community Survey, annually. There’s... Read more
Tolnay Retirement
Symposium 1-4pm Walker-Ames Room Kane Hall, University of Washington Reception 4:30:  Governors Room, Hotel Deca (4507 Brooklyn Ave NE) Please join us or a hosted reception, where our tributes to Stew will continue Limited van transportation available to the reception   Symposium Program 1:00 Welcome Pete Guest, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of Washington 1:20... Read more
Tolnay Retirement
In Grad School, many of us often dream of becoming “great scholars.” What, however, is, the mark of a “great scholar”? And how do we define or measure that greatness? Some people in the social sciences –university committees, award boards, and research councils– have well-established metrics and criteria for the accomplishments that characterize a distinguished academic career. Using any of these... Read more
UW Sociology alums David Pettinicchio (PhD 2012) and Michelle Maroto (PhD 2012) have received funding from the Social Science and Humanities Reseach Council of Canada to conduct an audit study of employment discrimination agains persons with disabilities.  Motivated by the observation that in spite of anti-dscirimination laws such as the Americans With Disabilities Act many disabled people do not... Read more