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August 11, 2021

FREE Virtual Book Talk: “Just Get On The Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics” with Dr. Krystale Littlejohn, 8/31 @ 6 PM

Dr. Krystale Littlejohn‘s latest book, titled “Just Get on The Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics” (UC Press 2021), is due to be published this August, with its release to be celebrated on August 31st with a virtual book launch.

Dr. Littlejohn will be joined by Alicia Bonaparte (Department of Sociology, Pitzer College), Katrina Kimport (Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco), and our own CJ Pascoe for what promises to be an engaging and enlightening conversation. If you are interested in attending this FREE online event, please register online.

Dr. Littlejohn recently found time to speak with NPR’s 1A about the history of birth control in America. The full interview is available on their website, and Dr. Littlejohn’s interview features in their follow-up story about birth control’s status today, also available on their website.

May 14, 2021

Dr. Julius McGee, 5/20: “Racial Justice is Climate Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Fossil Economy”

On May 20th at 10:30am, the Department of Sociology is hosting Professor Julius McGee for a talk titled “Racial Justice is Climate Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Fossil Economy.” If you are interested in attending, please email for the Zoom meeting ID.

Julius Alexander McGee (PhD) is an assistant professor at Portland State University in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, and Black Studies. His scholarship focuses on the relationship between social inequality and climate change. He has also published on topics related to organic farming, renewable energy, global urban development, and transportation. His most recent work explores how mass incarceration contributes to climate change.

Julius has been an active critic of climate mitigation strategies that do not consider the complex reality of social inequality. Since earning his PhD in 2016 at the University of Oregon, Julius has outlined the ways in which organic agriculture contributes to climate change, illustrated how renewable energy consumption expands social inequality, and advocated for a more robust understanding of how energy systems perpetuate racism.

More recently, Julius has embarked on a book project that explores the connection between anti-Black racism and the climate crisis.

May 4, 2021

Colloquium with Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Friday May 7th

This Friday, May 7th, the renowned environmental justice scholar, Dr. Dorceta Taylor, will be (virtually) visiting the University of Oregon. There are three events planned featuring Dr. Taylor:

  • 10:45-11:45 – Anti-Racism Strategies Panel
  • 12:00-1:30 – Sociology Colloquium: “Untold Stories of the Conservation Movement: Race, Power, and Privilege.”
  • 1:45-2:45 – Meeting with graduate students (open to grad students from all departments)

Please email for the Zoom meeting information if you would like to participate in any or all of these events.

April 14, 2021

Panel discussion on International Jobs in Sociology

Friday, May 21, 2021
10:00 AM PDT via Zoom

Considering an international career in Sociology? Join Dr. Aliya Hamid Rao (London School of Economics), Dr. Jessica Tollette (IE University, Madrid), and Dr. Erynn Masi de Casanova (American Sociological Association) for a discussion about applying for Sociology jobs abroad. The panel will focus on jobs requiring a Ph.D., but earlier career students are welcome to attend. Please email to request the Zoom meeting info.


Our Guest Presenters:

Dr. Aliya Hamid Rao is a sociologist and qualitative researcher studying the institutions of paid work and family life through a gendered lens. Her most research project was a study of unemployment amongst American couples in the professional middle class, from which she published a book titled Crunch Time: How Married Couples Confront Unemployment (University of California Press, 2020). Aliya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics. Prior to this she worked at the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania (2016), after which she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.


Dr. Jessica Tollette is the academic director of the Bachelor in Behavior and Social Sciences at IE University in Madrid, Spain. In addition to her role as academic director, she also teaches courses on research methods, diversity and cross-cultural understanding, communication skills and behavioral science. She serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at IE’s Africa Center where she leads the Odysseys project, which aims to explore and promote the belonging of Africans and Afro-descendants in multi-national, multi-gender and multi-ethnic communities. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Hispanic Studies.


Dr. Erynn Masi de Casanova is Director of Research, Professional Development, and Academic Affairs at the American Sociological Association (ASA). She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2009. Before joining ASA, she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati, where she directed the Kunz Center for Social Research. Trained as an urban ethnographer, her research explores gender, work, and embodiment in the Americas. She is an award-winning author of several books, including Making Up the Difference: Women, Beauty, and Direct Selling in Ecuador; Buttoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity; and Dust and Dignity: Domestic Employment in Contemporary Ecuador (which will be published in a Spanish edition in 2022).

April 12, 2021

Conversations about Our World

Join University of Oregon faculty, Dr. Arafaat A. Valiani (Associate Professor, History | Sociology | Global Health), Dr. Sangita Gopal (Associate Professor, Cinema Studies), and Dr. Bish Sen (Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication) for a speakers series during spring term 2021. All events will be held virtually and feature conversations between faculty and speakers from the University of Oregon community and beyond. Topics include Indigenous arts, global communications after Covid, and identity in Asian and Asian Studies, and more.

Recordings are also available on the event website after sessions conclude.

Session One: The Power of Indigenous Stories and Art

Friday, April 9 | 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (PST)


  • Michelle M. Jacob (Yakama), Professor of Indigenous Studies, College of Education, University of Oregon
  • Crystal L. Buck (Yakama), Artist

Session Two: Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication in a Post-Covid World

Wednesday, April 28 | 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. (PST)


  • Bish Sen, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
  • Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University

Session Three: Identity, Ambivalence, Homecoming: Travels Between Asian and Asian American Studies

Thursday, May 13 | 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (PST)


  • Roy Chan, Associate Professor, Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Andrew Way Leong, Assistant Professor, Department of English, UC Berkeley

Session Four: TBA

This event series is co-sponsored by UO Sociology in cooperation with many others. Please see the event website for a full list of sponsors. For questions or more information, please contact Program Coordinator, Kylie Yihua Post at

April 9, 2021

UO Sociology | Spring 2021 Colloquium Series Schedule

We invite you to join us for our Spring 2021 Colloquium Series, taking place virtually over Zoom. Please see below for our lineup of presentations; unless otherwise indicated, all colloquia begin at 12:00 noon on Friday afternoons.

If you would like to attend any of our presentations, please email to request the Zoom meeting ID and passcode.

April 9    Myra Haverda:

“Father’s Rights Activists in the Digital Age: Essentializing Fatherhood, Anti-Feminism, and Joint Custody as Collective Social Action Frames”

April 16  Kenneth Hanson:

“The Silicone Self: An Ethnography of the Love and Sex Doll Community”

April 23  Ken Liberman:

“Rules as Instructed Actions: The Case of the Surfer’s Lineup”

April 30 Ellen Scott, Lola Loustaunau, and Larissa Petrucci:


May 7  Dorceta Taylor:


May 21 David Purucker:

“The Analog Party: Divergent Paths of Mass Membership-SMO Revival in Europe and America, 2009-18”

May 28 John Bellamy Foster:

“The Return of Nature”

April 7, 2021

Join LERC for an Online Discussion: Essential Work, Disposable Workers

Tuesday, April 20th at 6:00 pm

In the past several months, food processing plants, where the majority of workers are immigrants and workers of color and where production entails long shifts in crowded closed environments, became sites of some of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks. At the same time, workers started organizing for the implementation of safety measures and to access direct assistance.  However, there has been little research that systematically captures their experiences and gives space for workers and organizers to speak up about their ongoing struggles.

Join us for the presentation of a new report that provides a close picture of immigrant and refugee food processing workers’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and their collective organizing experiences to improve their safety and access relief. Based on in-depth interviews with immigrant and refugee workers in rural Washington employed in the industry, the report highlights the main challenges faced by these workers both at their workplace and as they navigated the emergency regulatory frameworks.

Spanish Interpretation will be available.

Lola Loustaunau, doctoral candidate in Sociology by the University of Oregon, will be joined by a panel of organizers from Friends of Tyson, United Food and Commercial Workers 1439, and Trabajadores Unidos por la Justicia as well as workers from meatpacking, vegetable, and fruit processing plants who will share their stories and experiences in their own words and discuss present and future policy.

Please sign-up for this free online conversation!


See the LERC Website for more about the report

March 8, 2021

UO Food Talk: “Fire Is Food”, March 12, 2021 @ 12 PM

The next UO Food Talk is coming up in two weeks on Friday, March 12 at noon. UO Sociology Professor Kari Marie Norgaard and her longtime collaborator Ron Reed (Karuk) will discuss the relationship between fire and food. You can read more about the event and their work at

This Food Talk is co-sponsored by the UO Native American Studies program and Many Nations Longhouse.

We’ll gather on Zoom at 11:45 for informal conversation. At noon, the presentation will begin, followed by a Q&A. Register in advance at
March 2, 2021

March 3, 6:00 PM: MNCH Virtual Ideas on Tap featuring Dr. Claire Herbert

UO Sociology Professor Claire Herbert will be presenting as part of the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Virtual Ideas on Tap series tomorrow, Wednesday March 3rd at 6:00 PM. Her talk, titled “Housing Instability and Eugene’s Vulnerable Populations,” will offer a look at Eugene’s affordable housing crisis and what it means for the city’s students, former prisoners, and others at risk for experiencing houselessness.

MNCH is offering three ways to watch: you can register to participate on Zoom, watch it live on the MNCH Facebook page, or catch it later on their YouTube channel. More details about the Virtual Ideas on Tap series can be found on the MNCH website.

February 23, 2021

Dr. Christy Erving, 3/8: “Black Women’s Health Matters: Theoretical, Conceptual, and Empirical Considerations”

On March 8th at 10:30am, the Department of Sociology is hosting Professor Christy L. Erving for a talk titled “Black Women’s Health Matters: Theoretical, Conceptual, and Empirical Considerations.” If you are interested in attending, please email for the Zoom meeting ID.

Professor Erving is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University whose research helps us understand health inequalities and resiliencies by race, ethnicity and immigration status in the U.S. Professor Erving’s research offers an impressive array of social scientific investigations into the drivers of unequal health outcomes and provides new tools for understanding some critical public health puzzles. Professor Erving’s research has been funded by the American Sociological Association, Ford Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

You can learn more about Professor Erving’s important research by searching for one of these three recent publications at the UO Library:

Erving, Christy L., Lacee A. Satcher, and Yvonne Chen. Forthcoming. “Psychologically Resilient, but Physically Vulnerable?: Exploring the Psychosocial Determinants of African American Women’s Mental and Physical Health.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Erving, Christy L., and Ornella Hills. 2019. “Neighborhood Social Integration and Psychological Well-Being Among African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans.” Race and Social Problems 11(2): 133-148.

Erving, Christy L., Courtney S. Thomas, and Cleothia Frazier. 2019. “Is the Black-White Mental Health Paradox Consistent Across Gender and Psychiatric Disorders?” American Journal of Epidemiology 188(2): 314-322.

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