The Social Network, Fall 2015

Sociology Updates, Fall 2015

It has been a very busy season for the Department of Sociology!

As many of you no doubt know, the university was shaken this summer by the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a UC police officer.  Department faculty members have been instrumental in providing background information about racial inequality, working with administration to address related campus issues, and leading teach-ins that were held on McMicken Commons.  

Our Colloquium Series hosted several, diverse speakers during the 2015 Fall Semester.

  • Doug Harper of Duquesne University presented a workshop on Visual Sociology;
  • Amy Stone of Trinity University presented Something Queer at the Archives;
  • Jessica Vasquez of University of Oregon spoke on Saying 'I Do' with Eyes Wide Open to Race: Latinos, Marriage Choices, and Color Lines
  • Sylvie Tissot of the University of Paris discussed her newest work, Good Neighbors: A Case Study of Gentrification in Boston.
  • Katherine Castiello Jones, a PhD candidate in Sociology at UMass-Amherst, and current adjunct instructor in our department, discussed I Don't Give a Phunk: Promoting Abstinence through "Coolness."


Dr. Bates Teach-In

Newly Published:                                                                                                                                                      

  • Margarita Alario, Leda Nath, and Steve Carlton-Ford. Forthcoming. “Climatic Disruptions, Natural Resources, and Conflict: the Challenges to Governance.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (available online May 11, 2015 at DOI 10.1007/s13412-015-0252-x).
  • Sarah Mayorga-Gallo’s book, Behind the White Picket Fence won the 2015 American Sociological Society’s Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award in the Latino/a Sociology section!


In the Media:

  • Danielle Bessett and Stef Murawsky* discussed how “TV Changes Our Expectations of Pregnancy” in Fit Pregnancy, August 2015. 

* A current or recent graduate student.


Casanova Buttoned Up

Upcoming Events

There are many things happening with The Cincinnati Project! We have expanded the faculty involved to include representatives from Africana Studies, Psychology, Communication, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies who are interested in research that provides direct community benefit. We are also partnering with community agencies, such as Planned Parenthood, Churches Active in Northside (a food pantry), and Cradle Cincinnati, to have students conduct research in their classes that directly will help these agencies. All of this is in addition to the exciting research being done by Sociology faculty on Cincinnati Public Schools magnet schools, Cincinnati neighborhoods, and how stress affects Cincinnati moms.   

We hope you will join us to hear more about our progress at The Cincinnati Project Annual Symposium on February 26, 2016.  More information will follow regarding this special event!

Spring 2016 will also bring two other distinguished speakers—Dorothy Roberts and Lisa Leitz. Dorothy Roberts (George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights; Director, Program on Race, Science and Society at The University of Pennsylvania)  will join us as the 2016 Taft Lecturer on April 8, 2016.  She is an award-winning, internationally recognized scholar who has authored multiple ground-breaking studies, including Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (The New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books/Civitas, 2001; paperback, 2002); and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and The Meaning of Liberty (Random House/Pantheon, 1997; Vintage paperback, 1999).

Lisa Leitz (Assistant Professor of Peace Studies at Chapman University), the 2016 Virginia Hawn Jergens Lecturer, will talk about Fighting for Peace, her nationally award-winning research about “veterans and military families in the Anti-Iraq war movement.”

Please join us on Facebook, where we will be posting our full spring schedule very soon.  And then please join us on campus! You can "like" us by clicking here: UC Sociology on Facebook.


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Aaron Howell (PhD 2014):  Aaron just completed his first semester in a tenure track job at SUNY-Farmingdale. In addition, he is getting his research out to several peer reviewed journals as well as continuing some research with Dr. Timberlake on the spatial distribution of population.  Aaron was awarded a W.E.B. DuBois Research Experience grant (through SUNY), allowing  Aaron and  an undergraduate research assistant to examine the rise of service sector labor on Long Island, with particular attention to how many middle class households rely on it to make ends meet.

Amy (Auer) Snodgrass (BA 2002):  After completing her BA in Sociology at UC, Amy went on to complete a Masters in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Limerick, concentrating work in a call towards peace and justice. Amy worked for Ralph Nader and then eventually segued her skills into the legal field. Amy now works as a paralegal in Columbia, South Carolina. She is married and has two adorable children. 

Robin Selzer (BA 1996):  Robin earned her bachelor's in Sociology and then a Master's in School and Community Counseling, both at UC. Her career began at UC in Student Affairs at the UC Women's Center. She went on to earn a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago where social justice values were at the forefront.  She is now a faculty member at UC in the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL) where she integrates her passion for social justice into teaching pre-health students prepare to become professional health care providers.

Karl Koch (MA 1974): Karl has enjoyed an extensive career since graduating UC with his master's degree. In addition to being a co-founder and principal officer of the MENTOR Group in Columbus, OH, Karl has worked for the State of Ohio developing training regarding crime investigative techniques and for Ohio's Community Action Agencies, and for the College of Business at Franklin University as adjunct instructor. He holds both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Seminary, and continues his work within the Lutheran ministry.


Sociology Faculty Teach In