Fall 2017

**All talks are open to the public, begin promptly at 3:30pm and are held in MLC 213

August 25

Kevin Swartout, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University

Title:  “Creating a Hostile Environment: Studying Aggression in a Laboratory Setting”
**Dr. Swartout’s talk is sponsored by the Laboratory for the Study of Social Interaction (LaSSI)

September 1

Bryan Cannon, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia
Title:  “Doing Gender Interrupted: Conversational Overlaps, Behavioral Role Taking and Gender”

September 8

Elizabeth Culatta, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia
Title:  “Transitions to Adulthood: Identity and Health”

September 15

Tara Sutton, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia
Title:  “Intimate Partner Violence as a Consequence of Childhood. Economic Hardship: The Mediating Role of Family Processes in a Longitudinal Study”

September 22

Micah Gell-Redman, SPIA, University of Georgia
Title:  “It’s All About Race: How State Legislators Respond to Immigrant Constituents”

October 6

Ashley Mears, Department of Sociology, Boston University
Title:  “The Value of Girls: Ownership Over Embodied Cultural Capital”

**Dr. Mears’ talk is part of the Department of Sociology’s Distinguished
Alumni Series

October 13

Trina Vithayathil, Department of Sociology and Global Studies, Providence College
Title:  “Counting Caste in an Era of Castelessness in India”
**Dr. Vithayathil’s talk is sponsored by the Georgia Workshop on Culture, Power and History and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

October 20

Kristen Clayton, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia
Talk Title TBD

November 3

Jamie Palmer, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia
Talk Title TBD

November 10

José Itzigsohn, Department of Sociology, Brown University
Title:  “Du Boisian Sociology: A road not taken, a road for the future of Sociology”


Spring 2017

All talks will take place at 3:30 pm in 213 MLC (except Talarico Lecture on 3/15; location & time TBD).

January 13

Ashleigh McKenzie, UGA Sociology (Colloquium – practice job talk)

Title: '"Come Together?' Variations in Perceptions of Recovery from Disaster"

January 20 

G. Christina Mora, UC-Berkeley (Race & Diversity Series)

Title: "Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American"

January 27

Paul Roman, UGA (Colloquium).

Title:  “Metamorphosis of the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders:  A 30-Year Sociological Perspective”

February 10

Bruce Western, Harvard (Colloquium)

Title:   "Transitions from Prison to Community"

February 17

Nancy Postero, Anthropology, University of California at San Diego (CPH)

Title:  “The Indigenous State: Race and Politics in Plurinational Bolivia”

February 24

Dr. Charles Tolbert, Baylor (Distinguished Alumni Lecture; Colloquium)

Title: “Rural Financial Sector Restructuring and Small Business Lending:  Lessons from Restricted Federal Data”

March 15 (Wednesday – Talarico Lecture)

Chris Uggen, University of Minnesota.

Title:  “Criminal Records, Spillovers, and the Growing Stickiness of Public Labels”

March 17

Barbara Sutton, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, University at Albany (CPH)

Title:  “Stories of Survival: Women's Testimonies of State Terrorism in Argentina”

March 24

Abigail Sewell, Emory (Race & Diversity Series; LaSSI)

Title:  TBA

April 7

Quincy Thomas Stewart, Northwestern (Race & Diversity Series; Comp. Soc Sci)

Title: TBA

April 14

Dawn Robinson, UGA (Colloquium)

Title: TBA

April 21

Robert Sampson, Harvard (SGSS Speaker)

Title: TBA


Fall 2016

Note:  All talks will take place at MLC 213 at 3:30pm.

August 12                          

No talk – first week of class

August 19                          

No talk – ASA Meetings

August 26                          


September 2                     

No talk – Labor Day weekend

September 9                     

Deirdre Oakley, GSU Sociology (Colloquium, co-sponsored by Community Mapping Lab) http://sociology.gsu.edu/profile/deirdre-oakley/

Title:   "U.S. Public-Housing Transformations and the Housing Publics Lost in Transition"

September 16                   

Jun Zhao, UGA Sociology (Colloquium – Practice Job Talk)

Title:  "Isolation, Rejection, or Contagion? Gendered Pathways to Depression Homophily"

September 23                   


September 30                   

Rebecca Hanson, UGA Sociology (Colloquium – Practice Job Talk)

Title:  "Is Police Violence Synonymous with State Violence? Dissecting Police Use of Force in a Violent Democracy"

October 7                         

Ashleigh McKinzie, UGA Sociology (Coloquium)

Title:  "‘Come Together?’ Only for Some: Variations in Perceptions of Recovery from Disaster"


October 14                        

Paul Roman, UGA Sociology (Colloquium)

Title:  "Metamorphosis of the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders:  A 30-Year Sociological Perspective." 


October 21                        

Rengin Firat, GSU Sociology  (LaSSI) http://sociology.gsu.edu/profile/rengin-firat/

Title:  "From brain to mind: A novel approach to investigating moral boundaries of race"

October 28                        

No talk - Fall Break

November 4                      

Corey Fields, Stanford Sociology (co-sponsored by Colloquium, LaSSI, & CPH) https://sociology.stanford.edu/people/corey-d-fields

Title:  "Black Elephants in the Room: How African American Republicans Manage White Skepticism"

November 11                    

Mehrsa Baradaran, UGA Law School (Colloquium) http://www.law.uga.edu/profile/mehrsa-baradaran

Title:  "The Color of Money: Black Banking and the Racial Wealth Gap"

November 18                    

No talk - ASC meetings

November 25                    

No talk - Thanksgiving

December 2                     

Sanyu Mojola, University of Colorado-Boulder Sociology (CPH Workshop) http://www.colorado.edu/sociology/sanyu-mojola

Title:  "Race, Health and Inequality: Producing an HIV epidemic in the Shadow of the Capitol"


Spring 2016

Note:  All presentations will take place on Friday afternoons (Feb 5, Feb 19, Mar 18, April 1 and April 29) at 2:30 p.m. in MLC 213.

February 5

Presenter: Ron Simons, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia

Title: “How the social environment becomes biologically embedded and influences aging: Sociology and the fountain of youth”


Unprecedented growth in the proportion of older adults in the U.S. has placed inequalities in healthy aging at the forefront of the public health agenda. Individuals often differ dramatically in their speed of aging. Some demonstrate accelerated aging and suffer early onset of chronic illness whereas others manifest decelerated aging and stave off serious illness well into their 90s. Recent research has identified inflammatory and epigenetic biomarkers that can be used beginning in early adulthood to assess speed of aging. These measures serve as “biological clocks” that are strongly predictive of age-related physiological decline, disease, and mortality. Data is presented indicating that an individual’s biological clock (speed of biological aging) is rather strongly influenced, for better or worse, by social events and circumstances, as well as level and type of happiness (controlling for diet, exercise, smoking, and BMI). Such findings support a biosocial model where the events and circumstances of everyday life influence gene expression, speed of biological aging, longevity, and quality of life. 

February 19

Presenter: Katherine Hankins, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Georgia State University

Title: “The spatial solidarity of intentional neighboring”


“Intentional neighbors” are middle class Christians who seek to achieve spatial solidarity with people living in impoverished and marginalized inner city neighborhoods.  This large and growing movement in U.S. cities follows a model for achieving social justice that was laid out and practiced by an African-American veteran of the Civil Rights struggle named John Perkins. For Perkins, the relocation of privileged bodies into marginalized places is a necessary first step in subverting structures of racial domination and economic injustice. It is only through shared everyday life that relations of mutual respect and understanding can emerge, forming the social basis necessary to challenge these entrenched systems and realize in actual places what Martin Luther King, Jr. called “beloved community.”  In varying contexts across the United States, thousands of “intentional neighbors”, typically white and middle-class, move into poor, excluded neighborhoods in order to build community among the poor by learning concretely what poor and marginalized people face, by understanding their needs and hopes, and by sharing their material circumstances.  In interviews and writings (e.g., books, blogs, newsletters), intentional neighbors explain this relocation as a purposeful attempt to establish a basis for reconciling racial/ethnic, class, and other social differences and to demonstrate solidarity with fellow human beings.  In this talk I explore how intentional neighbors’ encounters with their neighbors in Atlanta, Georgia, form the basis for their place-based solidarity.

March 18

Presenter: Patti Giuffre*, Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas State University

Title: "Where are the Great Women Chefs? Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen"


The world of elite chefs is almost exclusively male. How is it that being a chef—a job based on the feminized skill of cooking—is considered a masculine occupation? This book combines content analysis of food media with interviews with 33 women chefs in Texas to address how the chef occupation became and remains male-dominated. We found that food writers and critics describe men’s work as chefs as “revolutionary” and “daring” while women earn praise when they stick to traditional foods much like how grandmothers would cook. Within professional kitchens, women chefs have to constantly prove they can fit in with their male colleagues and face discrimination in hiring and promotion. For women chefs managing to navigate these professional obstacles, other challenges, such as how to balance work and family, ultimately push some of the women out of the career. Our book concludes with a discussion of how women chefs can take advantage of feminine strengths to earn greater representation in professional cooking.

*Dr. Giuffre’s talk is sponsored by the Wilson Center and the Institute of Women’s Studies

April 1

Presenter: Kimberly A. Tyler, Professor, Department of Sociology,University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Title: “New Data Collection Strategies and Intervention Possibilities with Homeless Youth and Young Adults”


Homeless youth in the United States face numerous health disparities over the life course. They are at increased risk for negative outcomes including victimization, substance abuse, criminal activity, and poor mental health. Childhood abuse and family conflict are common occurrences in the homes of many young people prior to their leaving home. Young people who spend more time out on the street are at greater risk of being re-victimized. Additionally, the longer youth are out on their own, the more likely they are to become embedded in street networks which increase their participation in risky behaviors. Though a lot has been written on risk factors, very little is known about the day to day experiences of homeless young people and the protective influences they have, which are vital determinants for helping young people transition off of the streets. This study uses real-time data collection techniques with homeless youth to gather information on risk and protective factors as well as drinking and drug use. The use of short message service (SMS) surveying is used to uncover the temporal ordering of victimization, substance use, and mental health. This study also assesses how amenable homeless youth are to real-time data collection techniques and how this particular data collection strategy can be used as a tool to intervene with this vulnerable and underserved population.  

April 29

Presenter: William Alex Pridemore, Dean and Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany – State University of New York

Title: “Rain on the scarecrow, blood on the plow”: The impact of the 1980s farm crisis on suicide in rural America


This study examines the impact of the 1980s farm crisis on rural suicide rates. Research consistently identifies a link between economic crises and negative psychological sequelae at the individual level, and several studies show that economic and other crises are sometimes accompanied by population-level increases in suicide rates. We used monthly suicide data from 1973 to 1996 from the National Center for Health Statistics, calculating male- and female-specific suicide rates for six geographic groups: Midwest rural farming-dependent counties, all counties, all non-rural counties, all rural counties, non-farming-dependent rural counties, and all farming-dependent rural counties. We employed autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) interrupted time series techniques to model the direction, size, and functional form of any impact of the farm crisis on monthly suicide rates. The results showed that beginning in January 1980 there was an immediate and permanent increase of about 2.6 suicides per month for the treatment group of males in Midwest rural farming-dependent counties (ω0 = -2.59, p = .01). This represents a 10% increase over pre-crisis levels. There were no positive effects of the farm crisis on any of the 11 control groups. The results of this study have important implications for the study of economic crises and other types of catastrophic events on population-level suicide mortality and for the unique structural organization of rural America, its economic basis, and the potentially unique qualities of the culture of rural environments.  


Fall 2015

September 4: Kait Boyle. “Self-Sentiments, Identity, and the Psychological Well-Being of ‘Victims’ and ‘Survivors’.”

Kait Boyle is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, University of Georgia. Kait’s interests include social psychology (particularly identity and emotion), deviance and criminology, gender, and mental health. Her research involves social psychological, subcultural, and feminist approaches to understanding the prevalence, processing, and reporting of rape by women and universities. She is currently writing her dissertation on the relationship between self, identity, psychological well-being, and behavioral response to unwanted sexual experiences among college women.

September 18: Robb Nielsen, “Estimating the dynamics of material hardship and social assistance with the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).”

Robb Nielsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. Dr. Neilsen  investigates the economic well-being of families; the circumstances of families who experience poverty,food insecurity, and housing cost burden; and the survey research methods researchers use to estimate these constructs. He is particularly interested in how government support, public policy, and informal support affect the depth and duration of financial and material hardships.

September 25: Tara Sutton, “Mechanisms that Link Childhood Economic Disadvantage to Intimate Partner Aggression: An Extension of the Family Stress Model.”

Tara Sutton is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia. Her areas of interest are family and deviance and  her research addresses the influence of individual, family and community factors on adjustment problems during adolescence and emerging adulthood.  She is currently working on projects that that link social contexts and family of origin experiences to outcomes such as delinquency, risky sexual behavior, and family violence. Tara’s dissertation examines the influence of childhood economic disadvantage on intimate partner violence and identifying the mediating mechanisms that explain that link.

October 9: Tim Gill, "The Venezuelan Government and the Global Field: The Legislative Battle over Foreign Funding for NGOs."

Tim Gill is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia. His areas of interest include political sociology, global/transnational sociology, and sociological theory. He is currently completing his dissertation on US democracy assistance programs in Venezuela under the Chávez Administration, and how the Venezuelan government has challenged them.

October 23: Mark Berg, “The Cultural Context of Adolescent Sexual Behavior: Anderson’s  Player Hypothesis Revisited."

Mark Berg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Berg’s research interests primarily include criminology, interpersonal violence, the mobilization of law, and the social context of adolescent development. He is currently investigating the situational characteristics of disputes as part of a project funded by the National Institute of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC).

November 6: Jerry Shannon, "Stimulus or Stigma? Examining the expansion of Georgia's SNAP retailers during the Great Recession."

Jerry Shannon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is a geographer studying how to make urban neighborhoods and food systems healthier and more equitable. Dr. Shannon’s broad interests are in urban development and inequality, geographic information systems, political geography, and place effects on health. More specifically, his research focuses on the role of maps in shaping our understanding of hunger, poverty, and neighborhood development.

*December 4: David Schaefer, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

* This talk is co-sponsored by LaSSI and OIBR and will take place in MLC 350.


Spring 2015

January 30. Mark Suchman, Brown University. Suchman’s areas of interest include sociology of organizations, sociology of law, economic sociology, innovation and entrepreneurship, professions, and healthcare. He is currently working on a book about the role of law firms in Silicon Valley, and he is conducting research on new information technologies in health care.

February 13. Thad Domina, Associate Professor in the School of Education with an appointment in Sociology at UC-Irvine. He is currently on sabbatical here at the Institute of Higher Education. His research pairs demographic and econometric empirical methods with sociological theory to better understand the relationship between education and social inequality in the contemporary U.S. Much of this work focuses on student transitions from middle and high school into higher education. During the course of this transition, students move from the largely undifferentiated instruction of elementary education to the highly stratified U.S. college and university system.

March 20.  Dana Berkowitz, Louisiana State University. Berkowitz’s research interests include gender, sexuality, and families. She is currently conducting research on gender and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.   

April 10. Claudio Benzecry, University of Connecticut. Benzecry’s areas of interest include sociology of culture, sociology of the arts, social theory, music and society, ethnography, and Latin American studies. He is currently working on several projects, many of which focus on various aspects of culture and social life in Argentina.  

April 17. Kjersten Bunker-Whittington, Reed College. Bunker-Whittington’s areas of interest include gender and work, scientific careers and organizations, networks and social structure, and the knowledge economy. She is currently engaged in ongoing research related to these topics.  


Fall 2014

September 19. Wesley Longhofer, Emory University. Longhofer will be giving a talk on the global diffusion of public policies related to abortion and environmental protection.

September 26. Matt May, University of Georgia Department of Sociology. Matthew May will be giving a job talk titled "Selling Salvation: Organizational Competition and the Southern Baptist Church."

October 10. Katie James, University of Georgia Department of Sociology. Katie James will be giving a job talk titled "The New Face of Caregiving: The Social Psychological Outcomes of Providing Adult Care." 

October 17. Anthony Peguero, Virginia Tech. Peguero's research interests include youth violence and juvenile justice; race, ethnicity, and immigration; youth and adolescence; and schools and education. Peguero is currently working on multiple projects related to adolescents' educational experiences and school dropout.


Spring 2014

January 24th. Josh Barkan, from UGA’s Department of Geography. Josh just published with Minnesota a book on globalization, titled Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government under Capitalism.

February 14th. Michael Lovaglia, University of Iowa. This presentation is cosponsored with LaSSI. Michael’s current research projects involve power in exchange networks, group process effects on IQ scores, the effects of emotions on status processes, and explaining
why more women than men now attend colleges and universities. A new project, Best Schools for Athletes, investigates how schools can promote athletic and academic excellence without compromising either goal.

March 21st. Kerstin Gerst Emerson, from UGA’s Department of Health Policy & Management and the Institute of Gerontology. Kerstin’s work focuses on the health of older Latino immigrants to the U.S.

April 11th. Matthew Desmond, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies, Harvard University.  He is the SGSS-sponsored spring colloquium speaker. Desmond's primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography.  He is the author of three books: On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (2007), Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America (with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2009), and The Racial Order (with Mustafa Emirbayer, forthcoming).  He has written essays on educational inequality, dangerous work, political ideology, race and social theory, and the inner-city housing market.  Most recently, he has published on eviction and the low-income rental market, network-based survival strategies among the urban poor, and the consequences of new crime control policies on inner-city women in the American Journal of Sociology and American Sociological Review. (http://scholar.harvard.edu/mdesmond)

April 25th. Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin Madison. Erik Wright is a recent past President of the American Sociological Association and the author of Envisioning Real Utopias.  Wright's work focuses on class analysis, historical change, economic sociology, gender, and political sociology.  (http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~wright/)


Fall 2013

August 30: Taylor Houston to discuss his dissertation research with a presentation titled, “They're Victims, Not Prostitutes: How Intersecting Inequalities Shape the Anti-CSEC Movement's Discursive Repertoires.”

September 20th: William Haller from Clemson University to discuss his recent research (published in Social Forces) on segmented assimilation among second-generation immigrants.

October 4th: Sondra Barringer, from UGA’s Institute of Higher Education, to discuss her work on the role of interlocking directorates in the scientific relationships between universities and the corporate Sector.

October 25th: Manual Gonzalez Canche, also from UGA’s Institute of Higher Education, to present his recent work on externalities of a holistic admissions policy in a school of medicine.

November 15th: Stephanie Mollborn, University of Colorado. Stephanie’s ongoing quantitative research examines the consequences of material resources for the early development of teenage parents' children, depression among teenage mothers, and the health consequences of parents' knowledge about their adolescent children's sexual activity. She also does qualitative work, focusing on the experiences of teenage mothers and fathers in Colorado, their perceptions of social norms about being a young parent, and the social and material support they receive.


Fall 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012  Maria Paino, Sociology Dept., University of Georgia. “Organizing Schools: Coupling Trends within Public Schools and the Effects on Teachers’ Identities and Student Deviance from 1987-2007.”

Friday, September 21, 2012.  Jackson Bunch, Sociology Dept., University of Georgia.  "The Cycle of Crime: Examining the Processes Linking Offending and Victimization.”

Friday, September 28, 2012.  CJ Pascoe, Sociology Dept., Colorado College.  Title to be announced.  

Friday, October 12, 2012.  Cecilia Ridgeway, Sociology Dept., Stanford University.  "Intersecting Cultural Beliefs and Social Relations: Gender, Race, and Class Binds and Freedoms."

Friday, November 9, 2012.  Lori Holyfield, Sociology Dept., University of Arkansas.  "Military Edgework and Masculinity: The Perfect Storm for PTSD."


Spring 2012

January 13:  Barry Schwartz, University of Georgia  “Where There's Smoke, There's Fire:  Collective Memory and the Problem of Historical Realism”

February 10:  Jim Dowd, University of Georgia  “Patriotic gore: Why Americans love their military” 

February 17:  Alice Goffman, University of Wisconsin—Madison  “On the Run: An American Ghetto in the Era of Surveillance and Imprisonment”

March 9:  John Levi Martin, University of Chicago  “From Causation to Explanation”

 March 23:  Neethi Menon, Trivandrum Jawaharlal Nehru University & Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Georgia  “Globalization Lived Locally: Inquiries into Kerala's Local Labor Control Regimes”

April 13:  Rob Willer, University of California, Berkeley  “Dual Motivations Sustaining Social Order:  Status and Altruism Offer Complementary Solutions to the Collective Action Problem”  *Guest of the Graduate Student Association

 April 27:  Jonathan Imber, Wellesley College  “Religious Accommodations to Medical Science: The Challenges of Separation”


Fall 2011

Friday, September 9:  Daniel Shank (Department of Sociology, University of Georgia)  “How Do Computer Representatives Alter Emotions Directed Toward Their Organizations?”

Friday, September 23:  Christen Bradley (Department of Sociology, University of GeorgiaTitle TBA

Friday, October 14:  Monica Gaughan (Health Policy & Management, University of Georgia“University Determinants of Women’s Academic Career Success”

Friday, October 21: David Johnson (Department of Sociology, University of Georgia“The New Reward System in Academic Science”

Friday, November 11:  Yu Xie, (Department of Sociology, University of Michigan)  “Has Social Mobility in America Declined?”

Friday, December 9:  Kandauda Wickrama (Child & Family Development, University of Georgia“Do Unhealthy Lifestyle factors Play a Stress-Buffering Role For African Americans?”


Spring 2011

Friday, January 14: Dr. Ron Simons (University of Georgia)  "Unfair treatment, plasticity genes, and aggression: A sociologically friendly approach to genetically informed research"

Friday, January 28: Sara Morris (University of Georgia)  Trajectories of Offending Among African American Adolescents: The Role of Turning Points

Friday, February 11: Dr. David Maume ( University of Cincinnati)  Minorities in Management: Effects on Wage Inequality, Working Conditions, and Subordinate Career Prospects

Friday, February 25: Dr. Dawn Robinson (University of Georgia)   "Modeling Arabic and American Linguistic Cultures"

Friday, March 25, MLC 207: Dr. Penny Edgell (University of Minnesota)  Are We Secular Yet? Cultural Sociology and New Approaches to the Study of Religion

Friday, April 15: Dr. Tom McNulty (University of Georgia)  The Conditional Effect of Cognitive Skill on Delinquency by Race and Neighborhood Disadvantage

Friday, April 29: Dr. William Finlay (University of Georgia)  Markets or Networks? How South African Wines Reach U.S. Shelves

Fall 2010

Dr. Robin Simon, Wake Forest University  "Non-Marital Romantic Relationships and Mental Health in Early Adulthood: Does the Association Differ for Women and Men?"

Xiaoli Su, University of Georgia  "Beyond Age of 10: The Stability of Low Self-Control"

Dr. Chris Gibson, University of Florida

Dr. David Bills, University of Iowa  "Varieties of Credentialism: Qualifications, Hiring, and Trust across Societies"

Dr. Robert Stebbins, University of Calgary  "Leisure, Positiveness, and Health: A 21st Century Imperative"

Dr. Michael Shanahan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  "Genetic Variation of the Serotonin Transporter Moderates the Socioeconomic Health Gradient and Hypertension"


Spring 2009

Friday, January 16: Brian Powell (Indiana University)  Family Counts: Contemporary Struggles Over the Meaning of 'Family'

Friday, February 6: Paul Amato (Penn State)  Alone Together: How Marriage in America is Changing

Friday, February 20: Ron Simons (University of Georgia)  TBA

Friday, March 6: Jim Hearn (University of Georgia)  What Drives State-Level Action in Academic Recruitment? An Event-History Analysis

Friday, March 20: Brian Uzzi (Northwestern University) TBA


Spring 2008

Friday, January 16: Lisa S. Rashotte and Murray Webster, Jr. (University of North Carolina - Charlotte)  How Behavior Creates Expectations for Quality of Performance

Friday, February 1: Rita K. Noonan (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  CDC’s ‘Choose Respect’ Initiative to Prevent Teen Dating Violence: Formative Research, Implementation, and Evaluation

Friday, February 15: Jennifer Glass (University of Iowa)  Workplace Flexibility and Wage Growth: Are the Penalties Equal for All Workers?

Friday, March 21: Patricia Richards (University of Georgia) From Indian to Terrorist: Racism, Nationalism, and Conflicts over Indigenous Rights in Southern Chile

Friday, April 4: Ronald L. Breiger (University of Arizona) The Spinozan Problem of Order

Friday, April 16: Barbara J. Risman (University of Illinois - Chicago) Kids Equality Talk: Rhetoric in a Colorblind, Post-feminist but Gender Essentialist Era. (Location TBA)


Fall 2007

Friday, September 7: Joyce Bell (University of Georgia)  Diversity in Everyday Discourse: The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of Happy Talk

Friday, September 21: Tim Brezina (Georgia State)  What Went Wrong in New Orleans: Notes on Hurricane Katrina and the Incomplete Evacuation of a Flood-Prone City

Friday, October 5: David Smilde (University of Georgia)  Religion and Political Conflict in Venezuela under Chavez

Friday, October 19: Meredith Huey (University of Georgia) Prison Suicide: A Test of the Deprivation and Importation Hypotheses

Friday, November 2: Abigail Richardson (University of Georgia) Who I Am/Who I Will Be: Identity, Aging, and Bodywork

Friday, November 16: Michael Ramierz (University of Georgia) Transitions and Trajectories: Musical Performance, Gender, and Identity Development among Musicians


Spring 2007

Wednesday, February 7: Joe Hermanowicz (University of Georgia) Following Scientists in Their Careers

Wednesday, February 21: Rebecca Callahan (University of Georgia) Language Use and College Going: Post-Secondary Choice among Latino Linguistic Minority Males

Friday, March 2: Kirsten Dellinger (University of Mississippi)*  Gender and Catfish in the Global South: Transnational Tendencies in a Regional Industry
*Co-sponsored by the Feminisms, Nationalisms, Transnationalisms Workshop (Institute for Women's Studies), with funding from the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts

Friday, March 23: Vincent Roscigno Graduate Seminar on Publishing in the American Sociological Review

Friday, March 23: Vincent Roscigno (Ohio State University) Capturing Social Closure: The Case of Race/Sex Discrimination in Employment

Wednesday, April 18: Erwan Dianteill (Maître de conférence, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)  French Sociology and Ethnology today: Between scientific tradition and innovation (This lecture will be based on a selected bibliography of 100 books that Dianteill wrote for the French ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Spring 2006


Wednesday, February 1: Elizabeth Cherry (University of Georgia)  Veganism as a Cultural Movement: A Relational Approach  [Presentation 3 of 6 in a special series on "Social Networks"]

Wednesday, February 15 Linda Renzulli (University of Georgia) and Howard Aldrich (University of North Carolina)  Who Can You Turn To? Tie Activation within Core Business Discussion Networks  [Presentation 4 of 6 in a special series on "Social Networks"]

Fall 2005

Wednesday, October 5: Dean Rojek (University of Georgia) Homicide: A Sociological Inquiry

Wednesday, October 12: David Smilde (University of Georgia) A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Conversion to Venezuelan Evangelicalism: How Networks Matter [Presentation 1 of 6 in a special series on "Social Networks"]

Wednesday, October 19: Elizabeth Jelin (Universidad de Buenos Aires)  The Place of Memories in Historical Process: Contemporary Experiences in South America  [Sociologist Elizabeth Jelin is Senior Researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Técnicas of the University of Buenos Aires. She has published extensively on the sociology of the family, social movements, and human rights. She was the Academic Director of the Program on "Collective Memories of Repression: Comparative Perspectives on Democratization Processes in Latin America's Southern Cone" sponsored by the Social Science Research Council 1998-2002. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities and Arts, Department of Romance Languages, and the Department of Sociology]

Wednesday, November 9: Dawn Robinson (University of Georgia)  Social Networks and Social Identities  [Presentation 2 of 6 in a special series on "Social Networks"]

Wednesday, November 16: E.M. Beck (University of Georgia)  Grade Inflation at the University of Georgia

Wednesday, November: Tanja Link (University of Georgia) It's 4:20 Somewhere: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Adolescent Substance Use


Spring 2005

Wednesday, January 26: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Texas A&M)  Racism without Racists: “Killing Me Softly” with Colorblindness [Presentation 1 of 5 in a special series on "Race and Social Processes"]

Wednesday, February 16: James Coverdill and William Finlay (University of Georgia) Challenges to Professional Socialization: The Case of Surgical Residents and Duty-Hour Restrictions

Wednesday, March 3: Lorraine Evans (University of Georgia)  Teacher Stratification: Traditional and Alternative Certification and the Path to the Classroom

Wednesday, March 23: Reuben May (University of Georgia)  “Oh Yes They Can”: Young African American Male Athletes' Localized Perceptions of Athletic Ability  [Presentation 2 of 5 in a special series on "Race and Social Processes"]

Wednesday, March 30: Stephanie McClure (University of Georgia)  Voluntary Associations and the African American College Student Experience  [Presentation 3 of 5 in a special series on "Race and Social Processes"]

Friday, April 15: Alford Young (University of Michigan)  A Sociology of Knowledge Lens on Young Black Men and Upward Mobility  [Presentation 4 of 5 in a special series on "Race and Social Processes"]

Wednesday, April 20: Leigh Willis (University of Georgia)  Race, Health Culture, and Health Disparities  [Presentation 5 of 5 in a special series on "Race and Social Processes"]


Fall 2004

Wednesday. November 3: Ronald Simons (University of Georgia)  Testing Models that Combine Community and Family Factors to Explain Delinquency Among African American Youth.

Wednesday November 17: Romney Norwood (Georgia State University)  What Does the Typical American Know About Black Popular Culture?


Spring 2004

Wednesday, February 4: Cassandra Johnson (U.S. Forest Service, Athens Regional Office)  Afro-German Personal and Social Identity

Wednesday, February 25: Stephanie Bohon and Jorge Atiles (University of Georgia)  You Can't Get There from Here: Transportation Barriers and Immigrant Adjustment in Georgia  [Presentation 1 of 3 in a special series on "Latinos in the South"]

Wednesday, March 3: Heather Macpherson (University of Georgia)  Educating Latino Immigrant Children in Georgia  [Presentation 2 of 3 in a special series on "Latinos in the South"]

Wednesday, March 24: Emilio Parrado (Duke University)  Use of Commercial Sex Workers among Latino Immigrants to the Southeastern United States: Implications for the Diffusion of HIV  [Presentation 3 of 3 in a special series on "Latinos in the South"]

Wednesday, April 7: Jeff Wenger (University of Georgia)  Older Workers and Transitional Employment: The Role of Non-Standard Work Arrangements