Accomplishments: Department of Sociology

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 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.
June 5, 2019
Rei Serafica and Nirmala Lekhak (both Nursing) and Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) co-authored an article, "Acculturation, Acculturative Stress and Resilience among Older Immigrants," in International Nursing Review. The aim of this study was to explore the interplay between acculturation, acculturative stress, and resilience, and their collective impact on physical and mental health self‐evaluation among older Filipino Americans.  
June 4, 2019
Georgiann Davis (Sociology) was elected chair-elect of the American Sociological Association's Section on the Sociology of Body and Embodiment. Her three-year term begins in August.
May 13, 2019
Ranita Ray (Sociology) is the author of the book The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City, which recently was selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2019 C. Wright Mills Book Award from The Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her book is one of five finalists out of a pool of nearly 80 nominations.
May 13, 2019
Jennifer J. Reed (Sociology) appeared in a story for Earth Day, "Las Vegas Ecosexuals Married the Earth in a Nevada Wedding Ceremony." Reed's dissertation research examines the development of the ecosexual movement, including use of performance art weddings to non-human nature elements as a tactic to reframe human relationships to nature as an equal partnership. The article was published in Inverse, a media outlet that sparks curiosity about the future and aims to motivate the next...
May 10, 2019
Barb Brents (Sociology) was quoted in Marketplace from American Public Radio in an online article "Sex Workers Say Anti-Trafficking Law Fuels Inequality" by Rose Conlon. 
May 7, 2019
Jennifer J. Reed (Sociology) was featured in a story about her dissertation research in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "At UNLV, about 15 Take Vows in Marriage to the Earth." Reed was invited by the UNLV Student Sustainability Council to officiate a symbolic wedding to the earth ceremony, part of her study on the growing ecosexual movement, at this year's Earth Day Fair. The vows represent a form of "irreverent environmentalism" which encourages hopeful action to protect the Earth as...