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October 21, 2020

Persistent Unpredictability”: New study published by LERC & UO Sociology faculty

A new Labor Education & Research Center (LERC) and UO Sociology study on the impacts of the first statewide Fair Workweek law reveals “Persistent Unpredictability” in Oregon retail, food services, and hospitality workers’ schedules, as employers find ways to continue changing workers’ schedules at the last minute and avoid  predictability pay obligations.

UO Sociology graduate students Lola Loustaunau and Larissa Petrucci, Professor Ellen Scott, and LERC researcher Lina Stepick collaborated on this timely study of essential workers and their workplace experiences under COVID-19.

You can read the report brief on the LERC website, here.

October 2, 2020

Two UO Sociology faculty promoted & tenured

Congratulations are in order for Professors Kemi Balogun and Raoul Liévanos! We are delighted that these two outstanding professors now join the ranks of tenured faculty at the UO.

Professor Balogun recently published a major book, about the Nigerian beauty pageant industry, with Stanford University Press titled Beauty Diplomacy. Professor Liévanos recently co-edited a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society, titled “Riskscapes and the Socio-Spatial Challenges of Climate Change.”

September 28, 2020

UO Soc alum quoted in recent news about west coast wildfires

As the west coast continues to endure an extremely destructive fire season, UO Sociology alumnus Dr. Tim Ingalsbee, environmental sociologist, executive director of Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics & Ecology (FUSEE), and former wildfire-fighter has been quoted in multiple media sources, sharing his perspective on forestry & wildfire management and the coverage of these events. You can see more about his work on the Willamette Week, ProPublica, and OPB websites (Dr. Ingalsbee is featured in episodes 1 & 6 of the OPB podcast series).

In Winter 2021 Dr. Ingalsbee will return to UO Sociology to teach SOC 416 Climate Change.


September 16, 2020

UO Sociology Alumnus featured in Around the O newsletter

This week, Around the O’s email newsletter includes a UO Sociology alumnus!

Adam Markle (BA ’03) is an Emmy-winning cinematographer and documentary filmmaker whose latest film, 34 Seconds, is due to premiere this fall. He talked to Around the O about the importance of his background in sociology to his career today:

“My sociology courses taught me to look at the world from different perspectives and ask critical questions. What I learned at the university shaped the kind of stories I wanted to tell—and how I wanted to tell them.

“I produced a documentary about migrant farm workers in Southern Oregon, and I chose to make it 80 percent of my grade. I ended up spending 15 hours a day in the editing room—and realized I was enjoying it.”

Read the full story on Around the O’s website.

August 14, 2020

UO Sociology professor receives SSSP award nomination

Dr. Kari Marie Norgaard, professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, was recognized as a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) for her recent book Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature, and Social Action (2019, Rutgers University Press).

The C. Wright Mills Award, established in 1964, is awarded annually by SSSP. Consistent with Mills’ dedication to a search for a sophisticated understanding of the individual and society, books nominated and selected as finalists: 1) critically address an issue of contemporary public importance, 2) bring to the topic a fresh, imaginative perspective, 3) advance social scientific understanding of the topic, 4) display a theoretically informed view and empirical orientation, 5) evince quality in style of writing, 6) explicitly or implicitly contain implications for courses of action.

Congratulations to Dr. Norgaard for this recognition of her powerful and critical work!

August 11, 2020

Women Left Behind: New article by UO Sociology doctoral candidate

Citing specific examples from the field, UO Sociology doctoral candidate Sarah Ahmed explains why women left behind remain close to the very families that confine and monitor their movement, and why, in some cases, women left behind turn a blind eye toward their husband’s second or third marriage, in her recent article published in Gender & Society titled “Women Left Behind: Migration, Agency, and the Pakistani Woman.” The article can be found on their website, here.

April 15, 2020

UO Sociology featured in “Around the O” newsletter

In times like these, critical sociology is more valuable than ever, and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon is proud to be recognized for our durable legacy in the development and continued application of critical sociology. While we were unable to celebrate our 125th anniversary this past March as we had hoped, the department is honored to be featured in the “Around the O” newsletter this month. We invite you to read the whole story here on their website:

March 16, 2020

PSA Conference and 125th Anniversary events cancelled

Dear alumni, colleagues and friends,

It is with heavy hearts that I must announce several cancellations that folks were undoubtedly looking forward to. Many of you already learned that the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA) decided to cancel their annual meeting in Eugene ( Acknowledging our collective role in stemming the rate of infection of a new and deadly virus was the responsible thing for PSA to do to protect our communities, especially those most vulnerable to the effects of COVID19. In the same spirit, we have decided to cancel our departmental events celebrating 125 years of UO Sociology. This includes our alumni reception at Ninkasi scheduled for Saturday, March 28th and our Alumni-Student Networking Dinner for March 29th (

So many of you responded to our call to join us here in Eugene for not only what was sure to be an amazing PSA meeting, but to also commemorate and celebrate 125 Years of UO Sociology ( You signed up for our reception at Ninkasi Brewing (a special thanks to Jamie Floyd, co-founder of Ninkasi and UO SOC alumni), but also to our Student and Alumni Dinner. Many of you sent updates on your life since graduating from UO Sociology. Some of you sent personal notes and updates that kindled memories or kindly corrected errors on our timeline. You responded with donations to our excellent program and to our new Graduate Student Research Award in Critical Sociology. You responded sincerely, generously and thoughtfully. For all of this, I thank you on behalf of everyone here at the UO Department of Sociology. I am truly sorry we do not get to celebrate in person, but I thank you for participating in the sentiment and the intention.

Please stay in touch. We hope to re-schedule an alumni and student event in June or the Fall. We will keep you posted on those details.


Michael Dreiling, Professor & Department Head

Department of Sociology

University of Oregon

November 20, 2019

Sociology Grad Award Winners Fall 2019

Congratulations to all our winners of Fall Graduate School awards!

“The Graduate School administers a range of fellowships and research awards annually. These awards, most of which are donor supported, range from $500 to $20,000 per year and, in some cases, include tuition support.”

In addition to cash, these awards confer recognition of the dedication and success of our graduate students, and we couldn’t be more proud to call them members of our department. Below are a list of award winners and descriptions of their awards.

First Year Fellowship – Bex MacFife

The purpose of a First Year Fellowship is to recruit talented top graduate students to doctoral programs. This award ensures a full year of graduate school funding to allow these students to use their first year at UO to make headway on their research and academic activities.

Betty Foster McCue Fellowship – Katie Warden & Diego Contreras Medrano

In honor of the lifetime of teaching and administrative service by Professor Emerita Betty Foster McCue, this award supports doctoral students with interests related to human development and performance. Winners of this award are students with dissertation interests that primarily revolve around topics related to human development and performance. Related fields include but are not limited to ​Counseling Psychology, Human Physiology, Special Education, Education, Sociology, Human Biology, and Psychology.

UO Doctoral Research Fellowship – Sarah Ahmed

For students in any UO PhD program, this fellowship is awarded to the most outstanding doctoral student as determined by a faculty selection committee. Dissertations to be considered can be on any topic and are judged on the quality of the written proposal and the potential impact of the research both within and beyond the student’s field.

Kimble First Year Teaching Award – Ashley Woody

The Kimble First-Year Teaching Award, named in honor of professor emeritus Dan Kimble, is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies, and administered by the Teaching Engagement Program. The award recognizes outstanding teaching by graduate student instructors who have demonstrated a commitment to professional development and reflective practice.

Diego Contreras-Medrano, Sarah Ahmed, Christine Capili, Ashley Woody, and Lola Loustaunau

Sandra Morgen Public Impact Graduate Fellowship – Lola Loustaunau

The purpose of this fellowship (formally known as the UO Public Impact Fellowship) award is to recognize and support the work of up to two graduate students whose research has the potential to have a significant impact on society. Examples of relevant research include that which makes a contribution to improving economic opportunity and well-being, social justice, political participation, cultural engagement, and scientific and technical solutions to pressing social issues.

Promising Scholar Award – Timothy Haverda and Christine Capili

The purpose of the Promising Scholar Award is to recruit highly qualified incoming graduate students from diverse backgrounds who add to the academic and scholarly excellence of the university. The award is administered by the Graduate School in partnership with departments, schools and colleges, the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of the Provost to leverage our collective resources in support of our shared goals to increase the number of outstanding UO graduate students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.


June 11, 2019

Professor Michael Dreiling delivers peace lecture in Tokyo

While in Tokyo, Japan working on his next documentary project on peace movements and the contested Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, Dr. Michael Dreiling was invited to Senshu University to give a lecture and screen his first feature-length documentary, A Bold Peace. This event was the first presentation at Senshu’s new Institute of Humanities and drew an eager crowd of 70 university patrons including faculty, students, and other interested Tokyo-ites.

Read more at: (Japanese only)

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