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January 30, 2018

“Farmworkers Deserve Better Pesticide Rules”

Professor Raoul Liévanos co-authored an op-ed with with Lisa Arkin, executive director of Beyond Toxics, and David Vásquez, Associate Professor and Head of the UO English Department published in The Register Guard in December 2017. It is titled, “Farmworkers Deserve Better Pesticide Rules” and critiques the logic and process put forward by Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in its proposed “compliance alternative” to the 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 100-foot pesticide application exclusion zone standard.

January 26, 2018

Oregon Quarterly profiles Sociology professor Jessica Vasquez-Tokos

The Winter 2018 edition of Oregon Quarterly profiled Professor Jessica Vasquez-Tokos’ work on Mexican Americans, race, ethnicity, gender, and family. You can read more about her interests and intellectual trajectory here:

November 3, 2017

New faculty interviews on Boy Scouts; sexual harassment and masculinity

Professor CJ Pascoe provided her insights into the recent decision to allow girls to join the Boy Scouts in an interview with NPR affiliate KJZZ. The interview can be listened to here:

Professor Pascoe also gave an interview to Mel Magazine about sexual harassment and masculinity for their website, which can be read here:

November 1, 2017

Upcoming articles on gender from Sociology graduate student

Graduate student Andrea Herrera has two forthcoming articles, both Spring 2018, in Social Thought and Research and in the Journal of Lesbian Studies, respectively. She also has a co-authored book chapter, with Professor C.J. Pascoe, in The Handbook of the Sociology of Gender (Springer, 2018).

October 26, 2017

Faculty Publication: Trump in the White House

“In Trump in the White House, John Bellamy Foster [UO Professor of Sociology] does what no other Trump analyst has done before: he places the president and his administration in full historical context. Foster reveals that Trump is merely the endpoint of a stagnating economic system whose liberal democratic sheen has begun to wear thin. Beneath a veneer of democracy, we see the authoritarian rule that oversees decreasing wages, anti-science and climate-change denialism, a dying public education system, and expanding prisons and military—all powered by a phony populism seething with centuries of racism that never went away.

But Foster refuses to end his book in despair. Inside his analysis is a clarion call to fight back. Protests, popular demands, coalitions:everyone is needed. Change can’t happen without radical, anti-capitalist politics, and Foster demonstrates that—even now—it may yet be possible to stop the desecration of the Earth; to end endless war; to create global solidarity with all oppressed people.”

To read more about Professor Foster’s latest book, and to order a copy for yourself, visit the Monthly Review Press website.

October 23, 2017

Understanding Women’s Agency in Rural Punjab, Pakistan

Graduate student Sarah Ahmed recently wrote about her research in rural Punjab, Pakistan for the Center for the Study of Women in Society’s Annual Review. Her article can be found here, beginning on page 25.

October 16, 2017

Rust Belt Boomerang

Professor Jill Harrison recently wrote an article titled “Rust Belt Boomerang:  The Pull of Place in Moving Back to a Legacy City,” which was published in the American Sociological Association’s journal City and Community. This research was recently featured on Richard Florida’s website, CityLab.

October 3, 2017

Fund for Faculty Excellence Award 2018 Recipients

The Fund for Faculty Excellence supports the university’s strategic commitment to improving its academic quality and reputation by supporting, recognizing, and retaining world-class tenure-related faculty. These awards are made to professors who demonstrate quality of scholarship, contribution to their field and contribution to the university. Two Sociology professors, Kari Norgaard and Jessica Vasquez-Tokos were selected as 2017-18 FFE Award recipients. Congratulations!

Read more about the FFE Awards.


September 27, 2017

2018 Knight Library Digital Scholarship Center Faculty Fellow: Professor Ryan Light

Professor Ryan Light was selected to be the inaugural Knight Library Digital Scholarship Center Faculty Fellow in the Social Sciences beginning Spring 2018. He joins Professor Heidi Kaufman (English) who serves as the inaugural DSC Faculty Fellow in the Humanities. Both will serve a two-year fellowship term. Congratulations, Ryan!

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!

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