Accomplishments: Department of Sociology

June 3, 2021
Simon Gottschalk (Sociology) recently published a chapter, “Click, Validate, Reply: Three Paradoxes of the Terminal Self" in the International Handbook of Symbolic Interactionism. He explains that our interactions require us to adjust our sensorimotor skills and perceptual aptitudes, our need for social recognition, and our emotional orientations, among others, to the digital logic. These adjustments, in turn, present us with paradoxes that we resolve by developing our terminal selves.  
May 24, 2021
Andrew Thomas Reyes, Huaxin Song (both Nursing), Tirth R. Bhatta (Sociology), and Christopher A. Kearney (Psychology) published an article, “Exploring the Relationships Between Resilience, Mindfulness, and Experiential Avoidance After the Use of a Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Mobile App for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” This article is published as an advance online publication in the journal Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. 
May 11, 2021
Josiah Kidwell and Michael Ian Borer (both Sociology) recently published an article, "The Sanctuary of the Spectacle: Megachurches and the Production of Christian Celebrities and Consumers," in the Journal of Media and Religion. The article analyzes the entanglement of religion, media, and celebrity culture in the context of a Las Vegas-based megachurch. Kidwell is a graduate student.
April 16, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) and Josiah Kidwell (Sociology) published two chapters in the academic eBook COVID-19: Sociological Scenarios. Soligo’s chapter (in Italian), “The Sociology of Tourism and COVID-19: The Case of Las Vegas,” is a sociological analysis of the effects of the pandemic on tourism, especially in Las Vegas. Kidwell’s chapter, titled “Religion During COVID-19: Technology, Risk, and Spirituality,” investigates the influence of the pandemic on the...
April 14, 2021
Marta Soligo (Sociology and International Gaming Institute) was interviewed for the sociology podcast "The Social Breakdown." Soligo explored the sociology of tourism, especially the relationship between COVID-19 and the travel industry. She discussed the role of tourism in Las Vegas as well as the creation of culture and dark tourism. She also explained the importance of reflecting on the role of tourism when it comes to important social issues, such as community exploitation and racism.  
April 13, 2021
Jonathan Jiménez (Sociology) has just published the chapter "When the Gayborhood Isn't Enough: How Trans Youth Utilize the Internet to Make a Digital Trans Neighborhood" in The Gayborhood: From Sexual Liberation to Cosmopolitan Spectacle, by Lexington Books. The paper details the estrangement and exclusion of trans youth from supposedly LGBT+ spaces, and how these people negotiate the transition of both gender and age, utilizing digital tools to create new forms of community. Jiménez is a...
April 13, 2021
Daniel Okamura (Sociology) has just published as co-editor, The Gayborhood: From Sexual Liberation to Cosmopolitan Spectacle. This volume was assembled out of concern that the body of research had begun to essentialize and reify gay urban enclaves as frozen in time and location when such places have witnessed and experienced rapid changes in meaning and membership. Okamura is a doctoral student.  
February 25, 2021
Benjamin Burroughs, Ben Morse, Michael Carmona (all Journalism and Media Studies), and Travis Snow (Sociology) presented a panel, "Watching Watchmen: Race and Anonymity" at the Far West Popular Culture Conference hosted by UNLV earlier this month. 
February 24, 2021
Simon Gottschalk's (Sociology) interview on The Internet and the Infantilization of Western Society has just been published in the Portugese magazine SHIFTER. Gottschalk reflects on his writings in The Terminal Self: Everyday Life in Hypermodern Times (Routledge) and his Salon article The Infantilization of Western Culture, to explain how computer mediated interactions induce infantile tendencies, authoritarianism, and a general societal regression, He also...
January 11, 2021
Tirth Bhatta (Sociology), Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing), and their colleagues developed a brief, reliable, and valid altruism scale that is useful for assessing this important prosocial orientation and resource among older adults and other age groups. Despite growing interest in the health significance of altruistic orientations, surprisingly little attention has been given to developing valid and reliable measures of this construct that are suitable for use among older adults and other age groups....
December 7, 2020
Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) and Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing) collaborated with Eva Kahana of the sociology department at Case Western Reserve University and Boaz Kahana to publish a research article, "Loving Others: The Impact of Compassionate Love on Later Life Psychological Well-being," in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. The article concerns the positive impact of compassionate love on later-life psychological well-being. Some of the following information could be included in the news report...
December 1, 2020
Cassaundra Rodriguez (Sociology) and colleagues published an article, "Controlling Images of Immigrants in the Mainstream and Black Press: The Discursive Power of the 'Illegal Latino,'" in Latino Studies.