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April 3, 2017

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.

March 7, 2017

Crime and Punishment: Examining the Intersection of Race and Prosecutions

Check out this article from UO’s Cascade Magazine on recent Sociology grad, Daniel Silberman and his research on whether the prosecutorial process can result in different outcomes, depending on a defendant’s race.

Crime and Punishment: Examining the Intersection of Race and Prosecutions

March 6, 2017

PeaceJam 2017: Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias

PeaceJam 2017:  Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias
March 10, 6:30-8:00pm in 156 Straub   

Nobel Peace Laureate and former Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias. Arias will deliver a public lecture at the UO on March 10th 6:30-8:00pm in 156 Straub. PeaceJam workshops March 11-12. More at the UO Global Justice Program.

Elected President of Costa Rica in 1986, Óscar Arias Sánchez sought peace in Central America. With a mandate from the people of Costa Rica he sought to disentangle the region from the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. As armed conflicts were underway in four of five neighboring countries, Arias coordinated a series of meetings with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. Each president eventually agreed to the plan (Esquipulas II Accords), which called for each country to limit the size of their armies, assure freedom of the press, and hold free and open elections. The plan was successful and, with the signing of the accords, fighting in the region came to an end. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for these efforts. He served as President of Costa Rica again in 2006-2010. President Arias studied law and political science at the University of Costa Rica and in 1974 obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Essex. Dr. Arias has received dozens of honorary degrees, including doctorates from Princeton, Harvard, and Washington University.


Sponsored by: Division of Student Life, Office of the President, Holden Center, Center for Latino/a/Latin American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Justice Program, History, Oregon Humanities Center, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Romance Languages, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Office of the Provost.


March 2, 2017

Hollow Ecology: Ecological Modernization Theory and the Death of Nature

Check out this new article in the Journal of World-Systems Research, “Hollow Ecology: Ecological Modernization Theory and the Death of Nature,” by UO graduate student Jeff Ewing. 

February 27, 2017

“Out of the Mouths of Babes” Exploring what works in pediatric care by going to the source—kids and teens

Check out this story in the Winter 2017 edition of Cascade highlighting Dr. Liberty Barnes’ work exploring what works in pediatric care and whether its successes can be applied to the adult system.

February 24, 2017

“The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling”

LERC’s Equity in the Economy Initiative is excited to announce the release of our new report: “The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling.” The report was coauthored by University Oregon Sociologist Ellen Scott, PSU Economist Mary C. King, LERC Faculty, Raahi Reddy.  The groundbreaking study reveals the prevalence and experience of irregular scheduling practices in employment for nearly 750 Oregonians. People working in the jobs most impacted by unpredictable scheduling are more likely than the general workforce to have children at home and significant family responsibility for their care.

Key findings include:

  • 1 in 6 survey respondents had less than 24 hour notice of their shifts.
  • 44% of survey respondents have worked back to back shifts, such as closing one day and opening the next day.
  • 73% (499) are expected to have open availability to work to obtain more hours or a better schedule.
  • 73% percent of our survey respondents were notified of their work schedule fourteen or fewer days in advance.
  • Nearly three-quarters of respondents’ work schedules were subject to change after they were posted.

“Based on our interviews, Oregon workers, especially low-wage workers, lack the predictability and control over work schedules needed to effectively juggle the demands of caregiving, make ends meet each month and explore opportunities to further their education and skills,” said Ellen Scott, of the University of Oregon Sociology Department.

Raahi Reddy said: “Over the past three years, twenty-three state and city jurisdictions have taken up the issue of fair scheduling in some form.   As public awareness of the impact of these practices increases so too will the demand for fair scheduling policies that help workers and their families find the stability they need to thrive.”

The link to the report can be found here: The Impact on Oregonians of the Rise of Irregular Scheduling 



February 14, 2017

PeaceJam 2017: Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias and A Bold Peace

On February 16, 6-8:00 pm in the Mills International Center, (M102 Erb Memorial Union at the UO), Sociology Professor Michael Dreiling will screen his award winning documentary, A Bold Peace, on the impact of Costa Rica’s radical choice of national disarmament. President Oscar Arias is featured in the film and will visit the campus on March 10. Comments and a Q&A will follow the film.

Mark your calendar for PeaceJam’s program featuring Nobel Peace Laureate and former Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias. Arias will deliver a public lecture at the UO on March 10th 6-8pm in Ford Alumni Ctr. Ballroom. PeaceJam workshops March 11-12. More at the UO Global Justice Program.

Synopsis of the film:

More than 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on the ecological footprint, happiness and health of their citizens.

A Bold Peace brings attention to Costa Rica’s inspirational national project, answering why happiness, health, and human rights occupy a relatively prominent place in this Central American country. – trailer, poster & press kit

English, Spanish with English Subtitles


Sponsored by: PeaceJam, Office of the President, Latin American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Global Justice Program, History, and the Office of the Provost.


February 7, 2017

New article in Social Problems by Professor Michael Dreiling

New article in Social Problems by Professor Michael Dreiling, UO alum Nicholas Lougee & Tomoyasu Nakamura: “After the Meltdown: Explaining the Silence of Japanese Environmental Organizations on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis”

January 31, 2017

Sociology Job & Internship Digest (Week 4 Edition)

Greetings, Sociology Students!

Welcome to Week 4.  The term seems to be flying by and I know you’ve got a lot on your plate.  Just a gentle reminder that putting aside time for career advising, a visit to the weekly Career Crash Course! workshop, and time for your internship search will position you well to make a smooth transition from college to career.


Towards that end, this week I’m presenting a workshop called “How To Find An Internship” (part of the ongoing Career Crash Course!) at 4 pm on Wednesday (2/1) in PLC 412.  What is an internship?  Do I really need one?  How do I find one?  What’s the best place to look?  What if no internship is posted?  All are questions I plan on addressing, so take a break and come join us.


Attached to this message is the latest Sociology Job & Internship Digest, which includes new and continuing opportunities to gain experience in a variety of career fields now and beyond graduation.  Take a few moments to browse through and let me know if you have questions about anything!


My drop-in office hours this term are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 3 pm in PLC 405.  I also have limited availability for appointments on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  If you want to explore the range of career options available to you, create/revise your resume or cover letter, prepare for an interview, or discuss graduate school, stop by and see me.  I look forward to meeting you!


Bill Sherman, Career Advisor

PLC 405 |

January 17, 2017

Ski Slopes to Start-Ups: How an Athlete Turned Pro in Sports Marketing

Check out this article on the recent successes of our very own alumni, Ryan Barnes, BS ’98. You can read more about what he’s been up to since graduating and his journey to where he is today.

Ski Slopes to Start-Ups: How an Athlete Turned Pro in Sports Marketing

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