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Sociology Snippets: Spring 2022, Week 10

The end of the term is near — good luck wrapping up your final assignments and projects.  I wish you a wonderful summer.  See below for some great opportunities.


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If you’re interested in summer courses, the UO Sociology department is offering these courses across three sessions (Links to an external site.).



Would you like to see your term paper, research project, thesis, or creative work published in a peer-reviewed journal this summer? The Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OURJ) is now accepting submissions for our Summer 2022 issue! 

OURJ is a student-run, interdisciplinary, and open-access academic journal for University of Oregon students. Our Editorial Board peer-reviews undergraduate work from the sciences, humanities, and arts, and our biannual issues aim to showcase some of the best student research at the UO. The OURJ Editorial Board is also accepting applications for Peer Editors, which are paid positions that carry over between publication cycles.


Submissions – Research and creative works


    • Final submission deadline: June 20, 2022

Applications for OURJ Peer Editors – This is a rolling application; this deadline is specifically for participation in the summer 2022 issue

    • Application deadline: June 6, 2022 

Please send all research papers, creative works, and peer editor applications to

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Best regards,

Taylor Ginieczki

OURJ Editor-in-Chief

Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OURJ)



As part of a housing conference sponsored by UO Carroll Funds, the Dept. of Political Science, in partnership with the Wayne Morse Center is hosting a public lecture on housing and houselessness. The lecture will take place in person (and live-streamed on zoom) on Thursday June 2nd at 4pm in Knight Law Center Room 175.  This would also be a great opportunity for students in your classes to earn some extra credit points and to learn about housing efforts happening in communities across the country. Can you please announce this event in your classes and post it to your Canvas pages?


Homelessness and Housing Demand: What are the needs and how do we meet them?

Come listen to an amazing line up of scholars and practitioners who will be sharing their knowledge about the current housing crisis both in Oregon and across the nation. Panelists will each talk about their expertise as researchers and housing advocates in this roundtable event as we attempt to identify opportunities to address homelessness, displacement and enduring affordability gaps.

The event will be in person as well as live-streamed on zoom. Please pre-register to receive the zoom link.

Panelists & Moderator information:

Alexis Biddle is the Great Communities Program Director and Staff Attorney for 1000 Friends of Oregon.  Alexis works on issues like housing, transportation, infrastructure, in towns and cities outside of the Portland Metro region. While based Eugene, Alexis travels the state to work with residents, city planners, and local decision-makers to ensure that Oregon’s urban and rural communities are not just livable, but thriving. Alexis holds a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning as well as a law degree from University of Oregon.

Christopher Herring is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles, and current Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Inequality in America Initiative. His research focuses on poverty, housing, and homelessness in US cities. Chris has collaborated on three major studies and publications with the National Coalition on Homelessness and San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness. He has also collaborated on research with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, the Western Regional Advocacy Project, and ACORN. Chris regularly consults with think-tanks, county governments, and legal aid groups.


Deyanira Nevarez Martinez is faculty in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the role of the state in homelessness and housing precarity. A major theme in her work is the criminalization of poverty in the United States. Additionally, her work has looked at issues of gentrification, racial equity in land-use and transportation, and racial segregation.


Paavo Monkkonen Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, director of the Latin American Cities Initiative and Faculty Cluster Leader for the Global Public Affairs Initiative. Paavo researches and writes on the ways policies and markets shape urbanization and social segregation in cities around the world. His scholarship ranges from studies of large-scale national housing finance programs to analysis of local land use regulations and property rights institutions

Claire Herbert (Moderator) is an assistant professor of sociology at UO and a 2021-22 Wayne Morse Center Resident Scholar. Her research focuses on law, housing, incarceration, and urban sociology. Her first book is about the informal use of property in Detroit, Michigan, including squatting, scrapping, and gardening. Her current research is on informal housing in Lane County.



Read on for an amazing scholarship opportunity for rising juniors interested in public service.

The Voyager Scholarship was created by the Obamas and Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO, for rising juniors who plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation. Apply by June 14

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Plan to enroll full-time in their junior year of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States in Fall 2022. Eligible students are:
    • Finishing sophomore year in Spring 2022
    • Or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their 2022-2023 junior academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to public service
  • Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
  • Be a United States (US) citizen, US permanent resident (holder of a Permanent Resident Card), or an individual granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)