Accomplishments: Department of Sociology

October 15, 2019
Colleen Hall-Patton (Sociology) made a poster presentation called "Wait! What? Modern Quilting in the 1950s?" at the American Quilt Study Group conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.
October 1, 2019
Anabel Chavva (Service Learning and Leadership), Kevin Wright (Student Diversity and Social Justice), Cecil Yeckes (Sociology) Theresa Butler (Urban Studies), and Zarria Benniefield (Engineering) were part of a panel hosted by the HOPE Scholars Program and Faculty Center last month. Panel members discussed ways to support students who are experiencing food and/or housing insecurity. Benniefield, Butler, and Yeckes are students.  
September 24, 2019
Michael Ian Borer (Sociology) was interviewed by a number of news outlets about the "Storming Area 51" event and the continued mass interest in aliens. He appeared on television with ABC, CBS, FOX, and Australia's Today Show and in print in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, and Huffington Post, among others spanning every continent but Antarctica. 
September 5, 2019
Nick MacMurray and Robert Futrell (both Sociology) recently published "Ecological Death Reform and Death System Change" in Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. They explain how ecologically-minded spiritualists, designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs link past traditions with new technologies to develop more environmentally-sensitive and humanistic alternatives to standard death and dying practices. MacMurray is a Ph.D. candidate.
September 3, 2019
Cassaundra Rodriguez (Sociology)  was quoted in an article in USA Today  titled "Endless Fear: Undocumented Immigrants Grapple with Anxiety, Depression Under Trump."
August 29, 2019
Barb Brents (Sociology) co-authored the article "EXPOsing Men’s Gender Role Attitudes as Porn Superfans," which recently was published in Sociological Forum. The authors found that pornography fans were no less supportive of gender equality than the population as a whole and actually more supportive on a couple of questions. The results are explained in The Conversation, "How Male Superfans Really View Women."  Co-authors are Crystal A. Jackson, '03 BA Psychology, '07 MA Sociology, '13 PhD...
July 30, 2019
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) had her research featured in a Las Vegas Review -Journal article, "UNLV Researchers Tighten Link between Lack of Education, Child Deaths."
July 10, 2019
Jennifer J. Reed (Sociology) was featured in an article by an international environmental journalist, "Ecosexualidad: la Tierra Entendida como una Amante" ("Ecosexuality: The Earth Understood as a Lover"). The story about her dissertation research appeared in El Tiempo, the largest newspaper in Colombia, South America. Reed is an instructor at UNLV and will graduate with her Ph.D. in sociology in August.
July 9, 2019
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology) and colleagues published an article "Family Socioeconomic Status and Early Life Mortality Risk in the United States" in Maternal and Child Health Journal.
July 1, 2019
Jennifer J. Reed (Sociology) was quoted in a story on Health.com entitled "Here's What It Means to Identify as Ecosexual." Her doctoral dissertation research examines the development of the ecosexual movement, a social movement linking environmental and sexual struggles through a dominant collective action frame of queer, erotic, "irreverent environmentalism." She is a graduate student.
June 12, 2019
Ranita Ray (Sociology) won the Top Article Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Race, Gender, and Class for her Social Problems article, "Identity of Distance: How Economically Marginalized Black and Latina Women Navigate Risk Discourse and Employ Feminist Ideals."
June 5, 2019
David R. Dickens and Nicholas M. Baxter (both Sociology), along with Christopher T. Conner, '15 PhD Sociology,  recently published a book,  Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists (Lexington Books). The edited volume "opens windows into the work of figures whose scholarship, overlooked or long neglected, offers surprisingly fresh insight into society today as well as in the past." Baxter is a doctoral student.