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April 26, 2017

Spring Colloquium 5/1/17

Monday, May 1
12:00 – 1:00 pm
714 PLC

Dan Jaffee
Department of Sociology
Portland State University

Talk Title: Who’s the Fairest of Them All?  Charting the Fractured Landscape of Fair Trade Certification in the U.S.

Abstract: A few years ago, U.S. consumers seeking fairly-traded food products could look for a single product label.  Today, shoppers are confronted by no fewer than four competing fair-trade seals, each backed by a separate third-party certification and based on differing standards.  This fracturing results from longstanding divisions within the U.S. fair trade movement over its relationship with large corporate food firms and the role of agribusiness plantations in fair trade.  This talk draws on content analyses of the standards behind the four main U.S. fair trade labels to explore three questions: (1) How specifically do these certifications differ, and what kinds of economic and labor relations are facilitated by each?; (2) How closely do the standards underlying these seals correspond to the foundational principles of the fair trade movement?; and (3) What does the fracturing of the U.S. fair-trade certification system signify about the dynamics of competition among nonstate standards?  It argues that the current fragmented certification landscape illuminates struggles among competing interest groups over which principles—and which labor and production forms—should be privileged under the banner of fair trade.

Bio: Dan Jaffee is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Portland State University. His research focuses on the effects of economic globalization and neoliberal policies on social and environmental conditions for rural communities, both in the global South (particularly Latin America) and the global North. This broad focus is reflected in his ongoing work on the international fair trade system and the commodification of public goods like drinking water. His research has appeared in his award-winning book, Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival (UC Press, updated edition in 2014) and other scholarly outlets, including Agriculture and Human Values; Organization & Environment; Rural Sociology; Sustainability; and Social Problems. Additional information about Dr. Jaffee’s work can be found here:

April 21, 2017

Soc Snippets 4/21/17

Hello Sociology Majors and Minors!

We’ve got some great opportunities for you this week – opportunities for honors study, publications and graduate work. As always if you have questions, comments, or concerns about the program feel free to contact me, Undergraduate Advisor Elizabeth Milner ( or the Peer Advisors ( To keep up with the Sociology Department follow us on Twitter (@OregonSociology) and Facebook.

Have a great week and Go Ducks!

Professor Pascoe
Undergraduate Program Director


Educational Opportunities

Sociology Honors Program
Interested in completing a research project based on your interests? The Sociology Honors Program is a yearlong course that allows students to conduct and complete research of their own liking and write a thesis on the findings. See here for more information

Application Form:
Application deadline: May 8th

Inside Out Prison Exchange Course
Interested in a nontraditional course offering that takes you outside the typical classroom? The Inside Out Prison Exchange Course takes students inside the Oregon State Penitentiary to discuss issues and values of restorative justice, the needs and roles of victims, offenders and communities and explores the labels given to those inside prison walls. The course will take place Fall term 2017 and is tentatively scheduled for Mondays from 6-8:50pm (4-10:30pm including travel time)

Application deadline: May 10th by 5pm. Please deliver application to Conflict & Dispute Resolution program, Suite 137 at the UO law School

To apply: Please print and fill out the attached pdf: IO Application

Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field Studies
The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School (I.F.S) is currently accepting enrollment to their summer 2017 Field School sessions. Located on a small Mexican Caribbean island, this 8 week long Advanced Methods course (June 3 and ending on July 30) allows students to create a professional research proposal, conduct the research and then present their data in an open-to-the-public conference on the island, as well as prepare academic journal style articles intended for publication.

Application deadline: May 3rd (open to both undergraduate and graduate students)
For more information and to apply to the program, visit:

Clinton Global Initiative
This fall at Northeastern University the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) will be hosting their tenth Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting. Each year CGIU brings together student leaders from around the globe to develop Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address challenges on campus and around the world. These commitments fall within five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.

When: October 13th-15th, 2017
Application deadline: May 10th
To apply and read more about the program, visit:

Campus Opportunities

Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal
Want to see your artwork or photography on the cover of a research journal? The Oregon Undergraduate Research (OUR) Journal is accepting undergraduate art submissions for the cover of our upcoming Spring 2017 issue! Send your original artwork and a brief statement about your piece to:

Application deadline: May 5th

Student Support Services (SSS)
Student Support Services still has a few spots open for students to apply to be in their program. The program offers academic advising, free tutoring for lower division math and foreign language classes, personal counseling, support with graduate school research and applications and more.

To see if you qualify or to apply please visit:

Sociology Peer Advising
Need help understanding graduation or major requirements? Have a question about adding a sociology minor or major? Just want to talk about sociology classes? Then stop by the Sociology Peer Advising Office during our drop in hours to talk to one of our peer advisors. No appointment necessary!

Where? PLC 706
Monday 9:30-11:30am and 2:30-4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30-11:45am and 1:15-3pm
Wednesday 9:30-11:30am and 12-2pm
Thursday 12-2pm
Friday 9-11am

Jobs and Graduate Study

New MA program at University of Chicago: Computational Social Science
Computational Social Science is an emergent approach in which students apply the latest innovations in computer science and statistics to complex social questions. Working with very big data, on a scale that far exceeds earlier research, computational researchers are devising innovative formal, statistical, and computational models to make important contributions across the social sciences.

Nearly all students admitted will receive a half-tuition grant in the first year, and a two-thirds tuition grant in the second. In addition, this program offers support for professional placement, paid internships between the first and second year of study, on-campus recruitment from prominent firms, and three years of work eligibility for international students as a recognized STEM program.

Deadline for application: Sunday, April 30th
Learn more about the program and access the application at

Peer Advisor for the Office of Academic Advising
The Office of Academic Advising is now accepting applications for peer advisors. This paid position is seeking qualified applicants who have a sophomore, junior, or senior standing and are enrolled in at least 8 credit hours. Peer advisor appointments are for the Fall 2017-June 2018 school year, and accepted applicants can expect to work 6-12 hours per week.

For additional information about this opportunity and access to the application, visit:
Application deadline: Friday, April 28th

April 18, 2017

2017 Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award: Professor Richard York

Professor Richard York has been awarded the 2017 Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Environment and Technology. This award recognizes scholars for outstanding service, innovation, and publication in environmental sociology and/or the sociology of technology.

Congratulations Professor York!

April 12, 2017

Spring Colloquium 4/17/17

Monday, April 17 || 12-1pm in 714 PLC

Nathan McClintock
Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Portland State University 

Talk Title: Cultivating sustainability capital: Urban agriculture and eco-gentrification in Portland and Vancouver

Abstract: For many activists and scholars throughout the Global North, urban agriculture (UA) is central to food justice struggles. As new gardens crop up at a furious pace, however, critics from within and outside academia have begun to question who UA serves, raising the alarm about UA’s contribution to gentrification and displacement. Drawing on an ongoing mixed-methods study of UA in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia, I illustrate how capitalist valorization of UA occurs unevenly, mediated by land rent, municipal policy, race, class, and the growing predominance of an eco-habitus. Gardens ultimately become sustainability capital in a spatially and temporally variegated manner, undergirding a “sustainability fix” and related processes of eco-gentrification at city- and neighborhood-scales. At the same time, some UA activists are now linking their efforts to broader struggles for social justice; in some cases, their concerns over equity are actually filtering into municipal food and sustainability policies in new and potentially transformative ways.

Bio: Nathan McClintock is a geographer and an assistant professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. His research focuses on food justice and urban political ecology with a particular interest in the origins of contemporary urban agriculture movements, obstacles to food access, and the possibilities of scaling up food production in the city. His work has appeared in a wide variety of scholarly outlets, including Cultivating Food Justice (Alkon and Agyeman, eds., 2011 MIT Press); Geoforum; Urban Geography; Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development; and Landscape and Urban Planning. Additional information about Dr. McClintock’s work can be found here:

April 6, 2017

Spring Colloquium 4/10/17

Hello everyone! I hope your Spring term is off to a great start! Just a reminder that our first colloquium of the term is happening next week, Monday April 10th in 714 PLC from 12-1pm.

Professor Michael Dreiling
Department of Sociology
University of Oregon

Talk Title: Agents of Neoliberal Globalization: Corporate Networks, State Structures, and Trade Policy

Abstract: Come learn about Professor Dreiling’s new book! Depictions of globalization commonly recite a story of a market unleashed, bringing Big Macs and iPhones to all corners of the world. Human society appears as a passive observer to a busy revolution of an invisible global market, paradoxically unfolding by its own energy. Sometimes, this market is thought to be unleashed by politicians working on the surface of an autonomous state. This book rejects both perspectives and provides an analytically rich alternative to conventional approaches to globalization. By the 1980s, an enduring corporate coalition advanced in nearly synonymous terms free trade, tax cuts, and deregulation. Highly networked corporate leaders and state officials worked in concert to produce the trade policy framework for neoliberal globalization. Marshalling original network data and a historical narrative, this book shows that the globalizing corporate titans of the late 1960s aligned with economic conservatives to set into motion this vision of a global free market.


UO Today with Jill Ann Harrison

Watch here as Professor Jill Harrison discusses her research on globalization’s effects on Louisiana’s shrimp industry with UO Today: 

April 5, 2017

Soc Snippets 4/5/17

Hi Sociology Majors and Minors!

Welcome back – I hope you all enjoyed the break from classes. Maybe some of you were even lucky enough to see some sunshine!  This week in Sociology Snippets we have information about applying to the Sociology Honors Program, information about careers, scholarships and opportunities of interest.

Remember you can always keep up on department news through Facebook and Twitter (@OregonSociology).

Have a great day and Go Ducks!

Professor Pascoe

Sociology Honors Program – Applications Due: May 8, 2017

Have you ever found yourself in a sociology class thinking “Gosh, this study is great! I’d love to do a study like this!” If so, the Sociology Honors Program is for you. This small, selective year-long class for highly motivated sociology majors walks you through all aspects of the research process from coming up with a research question, to putting together a research proposal, to conducting your research, to actually writing an honors thesis. Participants in this program have had their research covered by Cascade Magazine (such as Daniel Silberman’s research on racism and punishment in Oregon: and this weekend, Sociology major Cheyenne Pico will be presenting findings from her thesis research on college diversity programs at the Annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference in Portland.

You can find more information about the program here: and the application can be downloaded here:

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at with any questions.

University of Oregon Mock Trial Team

Interested in going to law school or just want to learn more about the law? Join the University of Oregon’s Mock Trial (UOMT) team! Mock trial is a great way to get a glimpse into the courtroom procedure and how a real trial works – an absolute must for aspiring lawyers. Each year, the American Mock Trial Association releases a case for over 600 mock trial teams in the nation to prepare and present. Last year, UOMT placed 19th in the nation out of 658 teams! UOMT is a program housed in and funded by the Forensics Department which means participants are covered for all traveling and competition fees. Tournament destinations include Boise, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. To learn more about our program come to one of the information sessions week one of spring term! They will be held Tuesday (4/4) and Thursday (4/6) in Deady 106 at 7 p.m. Visit or email for more information.

Round Table Discussion: “Post-Obama America: Legacies, Challenges, and Crisis”

DetailsStraub 145 at 4:00 pm, 4/11
Alison GashAssociate Professor of Political Science
Daniel HosangAssociate Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies
Joseph LowndesAssociate Professor of Political Science
Craig ParsonsProfessor of Political Science
Daniel TichenorKnight Chair of Social Science
Priscilla YaminAssociate Professor of Political Science

This roundtable session brings together six UO political scientists to discuss the challenges, possibilities and crises marking the political landscape in the aftermath of the Obama presidency. The event comes eight years after Cascade Magazine (published by the College of Arts and Sciences) organized this feature, titled, “Obama’s Promise Meets Reality“, that brought together five UO political scientists to assess the promises and challenges of the new Obama administration. For more information contact:

Global Oregon Awards: Deadline April 15th

Global Oregon Undergraduate Award
The Global Oregon Initiative invites UO undergraduate students to apply for one of ten $500 research awards offered to support global education experiences (intensive study abroad, international internships, international research opportunities, participation in international events).

Global Oregon Graduate Research Award
The Global Oregon Initiative invites UO undergraduate students to apply for one of five $2,000 research awards offered to support international research. Global Oregon is an initiative of the Office of International Affairs-Global Studies Institute. It promotes internationalization in the student experience, in research and in our outreach to the state and the world. Global Oregon is deliberately cross-regional and interdisciplinary, drawing together UO expertise on every world region and from many academic domains.

Global Oregon Summer Translation Studies Award
Under the auspices of Global Oregon, the Translation Studies Working Group invites application from UO graduate students for two $1000 awards. Each award will support an internationally oriented project in Translation Studies. UO undergraduate students can apply for two $500 awards. Each award will support an internationally oriented project in literary translation.

Want to do something unique and different? Consider a career in Journalism. 

The School of Journalism and Communication’s Professional Journalism Master’s Program is looking for inquisitive, highly motivated, and forward thinking individuals who are interested in making a difference in their communities and society at large. If this is you, we are here to provide you with the skills you need to achieve your professional goals. We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 admission. More information about the program is available at Please contact Stacy Bazzana ( or 503.412.3706) – if you have any questions.

Attend an on-campus information session on Wednesday, April 12th from 9am-10am in Allen Hall, Room 307.  Donuts and coffee will be served!  Please reserve your spot (Links to an external site.)


April 3, 2017

Can We Slow Global Warming and Still Grow?

Check out this article in the New Yorker, which features Professor Richard York talking about economic growth and global warming.


Men pay a steep price when it comes to masculinity

This article features Professor C.J. Pascoe’s research on masculinity featured in USA Today.