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March, 2014

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dylan Waite for being awarded a 2014-1015 Fulbright US Student Award to United Kingdom. He will be studying criminology at University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Way to go, Dylan!

August, 2013


Congratulations to Alex Stepick on his new book titled: Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith: Haitian Religion on Miami, NYU Press, 2013. For more information please, click here.

June, 2013

Congratulations to Daniel Sullivan, winner for the 2013 J.E. Allen Teacher of the Year Award.

March, 2013

Congratulations to Matthew Town who was awarded the highly competitive American Sociology Association Minority Fellowships for Doctoral Students.




Matthew Town is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He graduated from Black Hills State University with a Bachelor's in Sociology and Oregon State University with a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in Global Health. Matthew is pursuing his Ph.D. here at Portland State University in Sociology and Social Inequality. Prior to returning to school full time, Matthew worked as a Program Director for the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. His work focused on sexual and reproductive health as well as cancer health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. His areas of interest include indigenous health, health disparities, social determinants of health, LGBT health, global health, medical sociology and his research interests focus primarily on community based participatory research. Matthew is a member of the Native Research Network, American Public Health Association, Pacific Sociological Association, International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development, and the Portland Area Indian Helath Service Institutional Review Board. You can contact him at

Matthew has been awarded a fellowship through the American Sociological Association's Minority Fellowship Program. The Minority Fellowship Program is in its 40th year and Matthew has been selected alongside 6 other Ph.D. students from throughtout the United States. As part of his fellowship, Matthew will work toward completing his dissertation, which investigates the impacts of everyday discrimination on HIV risk behaviour among American Indian/Alaska Native(AI/AN) men who have sex with men (MSM). Using data from the HONOR Project, which is the largest investigation of AI/AN sexual minorities residing in urban areas of the United States, his project will assess the association between everyday discrimination (assessed using microaggression scales on both race and sexuality) and HIV risk behavior (related to both substance use and sexual behavior). The aim of his project is to inform policy makers and intervention specialists on the importance of discrimination on HIV risk behavior and to consider aspects of discrimination in the development of policies and interventions pertaining to AI/AN MSMs.