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Department of Sociology
Welcome to Sociology. Sociology is a fascinating and widely applicable field which teaches how to think about the way people create, maintain and are affected by social forces.

Critical thinking, problem-solving, written communication, oral communication and interpersonal skills are all cultivated by studying sociology.  We are a department that is excited about the opportunities that sociology has for students and welcome you to explore the world through a sociological perspective.

We are pleased to introduce you to our department. Please take the time to browse our website and learn about us!

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Undergraduate Academic Advising

 

Spring Term Drop-In Advising Hours

Monday-Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kris Lucht Adams - socadvising@pdx.edu

 

April 2017 Faculty Achievements 

PSU's Sociology Graduate program is now ranked among the top 100 in the nation

Publications

Amy Lubitow (Sociology faculty), JaDee Carathers (Sociology graduate student), Maura Kelly (Sociology faculty), and Miriam Abelson co-authored a paper "Transmobilities: Mobility, Harassment, and Violence Experienced by Transgender and Gender Nonconformating Transit Riders in Portland, OR" forthcoming in Gender, Place & Culture.

Julius McGee (Sociology faculty) authored a paper, "The Treadmill of Alternatively Fueled Vehicle Production," forthcoming in Human Ecology Review

Hui Liu and Lindsey Wilkinson (Sociology faculty). Forthcoming. "Marital Status and Perceived Discrimination among Transgender People." Journal of Marriage and Family

Awards or Recognition

Sasha Bassett (Sociology graduate student) received the Marie Brown Student Travel Award from the Office of Graduate Studies. 

Sasha Bassett (Sociology graduate student) received a $100 award from the Sociology Department to support attending the 2017 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. 

Tina Burdsall (Sociology faculty) received faculty development/faculty enhancement funding for next year. 

Dan Jaffee (Sociology faculty) received faculty development/faculty enhancement funding for the next year. 

Julius McGee (Sociology faculty) received faculty development/faculty enhancement funding for the next year.

Andreea Nica (Sociology graduate student) received a $500 travel award to present a section of her dissertation, "Exiters of Religious Fundamentalism: Reconstruction of Identity, Meaning, and Social Support Related to Well-Being" at the Religious Research Association Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Washington, D.C.  

Aaron Roussell (Sociology faculty) received a faculty development/faculty enhancement funding for the next year. 

Emily Shafer (Sociology faculty) received a faculty development/faculty enhancement fuding for the next year. 

Career Progression

Doc Billings, Sociology graduate student, received a GRA position with Community Environmental Services (CES). He will be the lead GRA for a four-part food waste study. In conjunction with this position, he will be receiving funding through their research grant from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the duration of the program and has been accepted as a student fellow through the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. 

Andreea Nica, Sociology graduate student, successfully defended her dissertation research proposal, "Religious Exiters of Fundamentalism: Reconstruction of Identity, Meaning, and Social Support Related to Well-Being."

Alex Stepick (Sociology faculty) gave lectures to graduate students and consulted with faculty at three Moroccan universities under the auspices of a Fulbright Specialist grant. In collaboration with Carol Dutton Stepick, Alex conducted two graduate level research methodology seminars for 150 doctoral level students. 

Community/Policy Engagement and Media Attention

Maura Kelly and Lindsey Wilkinson (both Sociology faculty) and Sasha Bassett (Sociology graduate student) nominated one of their community partners, Oregon Tradeswomen Inc (OTI), for the Pacific Sociological Association Social Conscience Award, which they received at the Pacific Sociological Association award ceremony. 

Presentations

Sasha Bassett (Sociology graduate student) presented "Framing Inequality: Perceptions of Workplace Harassment and Normative Change in Oregon's Construction Trades" at the 2017 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon. 

Sasha Bassett (Sociology graduate student) presented "More Than Economics: The Exchange of Capital Between Comic Book Creators and their Fans" at the 2017 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon. 

Tina Burdsall (Sociology faculty) presented a paper co-authored with Matthew Carlson (former Sociology faculty, now Associate Dean), Hyeyoung Woo (Sociology faculty), and Nathan Rochester (Sociology graduate student), "Logging On: Why Students Choose Online Sociology Courses,"at the 2017 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon. 

Shelby Bennett (undergraduate) gave a presentation at the PSU WGSS Colloquium on the ethnographic research projects she completed in Maura Kelly's (Sociology faculty) Fall 2016 Sociology of Gender course.

Doc Billings (Sociology graduate student) presented "Whose Garden? Exploring Experiences of Black Community Gardeners in Portland, OR" at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, OR. 

Ginny Garcia-Alexander (Sociology faculty) gave a talk entitled, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Desire for Reversal of Sterilization among U.S. Women" at a conference on sterilization and social justice (Mar 30, 2017), hosted by The University of Michigan Sterilization and Social Justice Lab. The conference organizers are also putting together a special issue featuring the papers from the conference. 

Rina James (Sociology graduate student) and Bob Liebman (Sociology faculty) presented "Teaching Sociological Thinking: A coursewise look at what works" at the 2017 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon. 

Maura Kelly (Sociology faculty) was the keynote speaker at the Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) Diversity Summit in Seattle on April 6.

Dara Shifrer (Sociology faculty) presented a paper co-authored with Heili Pals and Seth Abrutyn, "Reproduction of Social Class through Differences in Mental Health and Parenting" at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon. 

Dara Shifrer (Sociology faculty) presented a paper co-authored with Rachel Fish, "Inconsistency and Subjectivity: Differences across Schools in Otherwise Similar Students' Likeihood of Diagnosis with a Disability" at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, Austin, Texas. 

In March, Alex Stepick (Sociology faculty) was a featured speaker ("Pride Against Prejudice: The Struggle of Haitian Refugees") at the bi-national conference, Socio-political Context of the US-Mexico border, in Tijuana, BC, Mexico organized by San Diego State University and La Escuela de Trabajo Social De Tijuana. 

Shayna Taylor (undergraduate), Melissa Palmer (undergraduate), Julianna Guenther (undergraduate), Alex Stirling (undergraduate), and Danny Mackin (undergraduate, incoming Sociology Master student) gave presentations at Pacific Sociological Association on the ethnographic research project they completed in Maura Kelly's (Sociology faculty) Fall 2016 Sociology of Gender course. 

Lindsey Wilkinson (Sociology faculty) presented a paper co-authored with Jennifer Pearson and Tristen Kade (Sociology graduate student) titled "Coming Out at School and School-Based Harassment of Transgender Students: Is it Getting Better?" at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon.

Lindsey Wilkinson (Sociology faculty) presented a paper co-authored with Maura Kelly (Sociology faculty)
"(Still) Building A More Diverse Workforce in the Highway Trades: 2016 Evaluation of the ODOT/BOLI Highway Construction Workforce Development Program" at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. Portland, Oregon.  

Prestigious Service

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Funding

Ginny Garcia-Alexander (Sociology faculty) was invited (and funded) to present at a conference on sterilization and social justice (Mar 30, 2017), hosted by The University of Michigan Sterilization and Social Justice Lab.

Tristen Kade (Sociology graduate student) received the WGS Graduate Paper Award from the Southwestern Social Science Association for the paper "For Men Only: How Men Present Comportment and Attire for Other Men."

Sasha Bassett, Doc Billings, JaDee Carathers, MacKenzie Christensen, Tristen Kade, Andreea Nica, and Gisela Rodriguez (all Sociology graduate students) received funding from the Sociology department for grad travel and/or research support. 

Service to the Discipline

Sasha Bassett (Sociology graduate student) presided at the "Rebel Ink: Cultural and Moral Identities in Flux" session at the 2017 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon. 

Sasha Bassett (Sociology graduate student) presided at the "Work and Organizations: Inequalities at Work" session at the 2017 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon.

Tina Burdsall (Sociology faculty) served as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2017 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland OR and officially became Secretary ( rather than the Interim Secretary she had been for just over a year). In addition to a lot of great students from PSU who volunteered, special thanks goes out to Sasha Bassett and Quinton Alexander (Sociology graduate students).  

Eloise Forrest, and undergraduate mentored by Tina Burdsall (Sociology faculty), successfully completed her Honors Thesis and presentation. 

Maura Kelly (Sociology faculty) was a critic for the book Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis by Georgiann Davis on a Pacific Sociology Association author meets credits panel. 

Emily Shafer (Sociology faculty) served as a member on the "From Lost-Doc to Post-Doc, Contingent Faculty in Focus" panel at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon (2017).

Dara Shifrer (Sociology faculty) served as a member on the "From Lost-Doc to Post-Doc, Contingent Faculty in Focus" panel at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, Oregon (20117).

Grant Submissions

Bob Liebman (Sociology faculty) joined CS faculty (Feng, PI, Harrison, Co-PI) in submitting an application to the NSF S-STEM initiative for PSU's Rebooting Careers for Underemployed College Graduates program. (Project Period: 9/16/17-9/15/22 $1,000,000) Targeted at liberal arts grads who work (unhappily) in jobs that don't require college skills, the program creates cohorts who enter a pathway to grad study and jobs in CS through steamlined courses, social support, site visits, and (possibly) internships. 

Sociology Graduate Student Organization (SGSO)

Mission: To provide opportunities for graduate sociology students to create a support network that reflects their unique needs and provide them with a voice within the sociology department. The SGSO strives to develop a support network by fostering relationships with department faculty members, and providing mentorship to incoming sociology graduate cohorts and undergraduate students, while also providing a voice through organization and participation in sociology department activities and projects. Working to build professional skills and encouraging advanced participation in department activities for its members, the SGSO is dedicated to sustaining an open and inclusive environment for all sociology graduate students.