UC Sociology In the News


UC‘s College of Arts and Sciences taps innovative new leadership

December 20, 2023

The College of Arts and Sciences announced Ryan J. White and Rina Williams as the newest divisional deans of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. White and Kennedy’s inclusion will bring new focuses and structure around student success and the college of Arts and Sciences’ advancement. Both will officially begin their new terms on Jan. 1, 2024.


WCPO: Abortions dropped 15% across Ohio last year

October 5, 2023

UC abortion researcher Danielle Bessett weighs in on new data that shows abortion has declined by 15%. Bessett's current research projects examine patient experiences of abortion care and disparities in contraceptive access, prenatal care, and infant mortality.


UC presents lecture on liberal arts featuring Michael W. Twitty

Event: October 10, 2023 7:30 PM

The University of Cincinnati welcomes Michael W. Twitty, award-winning author of “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South,” for a presentation next month. Twitty will share his views on the value of liberal arts study at a time when headlines show the discipline may be in decline. Titled “What’s It Got to Do With Me? The Importance of the Humanities to Contemporary American Life,” the event will be held Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. at UC’s Probasco Auditorium, 2839 Clifton Ave. Presented by UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, and sponsored by Taft Research Center, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and a host of other supporters, the event is free and open to the public.


UC hosts expert symposium on COVID-19, now and then

Event: September 22, 2023 3:00 PM

The University of Cincinnati will host a symposium on the state’s response to the pandemic titled Ohio Under COVID: Lessons from America’s Heartland in Crisis. The event will feature Dr. Amy Acton, former director of the Ohio Department of Health, and authors and editors of the new book of the same title.


WVXU: How many fewer abortions were performed after the...

June 22, 2023

Abortion care has increased in some states and declined in others, due to the revision of laws stemming from the Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v Wade. Abortion access expert Danielle Bessett was a guest speaker on Cincinnati Edition to discuss trends in abortion care and specific cases that are testing the decision.


WVXU: Companies are losing ground on DEI efforts

June 2, 2023

Littisha Bates is a featured guest on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition to discuss the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Bates is UC's associate dean for inclusive excellence and community partnerships.


What is Sociology?

April 26, 2023

Sociology is a field of study that offers much more than just an understanding of the social world we live in. It provides a comprehensive insight into human behavior, social structures, and social change in a constantly evolving world. Katherine Castiello Jones, the undergraduate program director of the sociology department within UC’s College of Arts and Sciences, attests to its everyday significance. “Sociology is everywhere,” she says. “It can help us understand all different facets of our everyday lives. Sociology is very useful because it helps us make connections between our own individual experiences and the larger social forces that are having impacts on our lives.”


UC’s Miss Kuamka recognized for anti-discrimination platform

February 17, 2023

At a formal-dress celebration in early February, fourth-year UC sociology student Karrington Rainey passed the title of Miss Kuamka to her successor, Jaela Kennedy at the 24th Annual Kuamka Ball. Kennedy, a second-year law and society major in the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected from a field of candidates for her platform centered around The Crown Act. Since 1999, the African American Cultural and Resource Center (AACRC) has sponsored this staple event that marks the celebration of Black students at UC. Each year, the AACRC receives entries from candidates who participate in five rounds of competition: essay, interview, platform, question-and-answer and talent. This is the second consecutive year that A&S students have been recognized with the Miss Kuamka title. “Interested students fill out an application answering why they want to become a candidate. Through the process, you get to decide what the university needs to see more of and create a platform around it,” said Kennedy of her candidacy experience. Kennedy chose The Crown Act, created in 2019 in California to advance protections against discrimination based on natural hairstyles such as braids, locs, twists and knots in housing, the workplace and public schools. The initiative was co-founded by the Crown Coalition and Dove, a company that has been active in campaigns celebrating natural beauty and self-acceptance. “The Crown Act is a set of initiatives and laws that prevent race-based hair discrimination,” Kennedy says. Though Cincinnati City Council passed the legislation in 2019, the topic is important to Kennedy because the laws are not yet recognized state-wide.


WILX: ‘Big Reds’ no more - Sexton High School selects new...

November 16, 2022

PhD candidate in sociology Anthony Stone interviewed by Lansing, Michigan television station for his opinions on the mascot change at JW Sexton High School in Lansing. Stone, a student in the UC Department of Sociology, studies race and ethnicity.

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