Department News and Publications, September 2022

Departmental News

Posted: Oct 28, 2022 - 12:00am


Graduate student Yuka Doherty co-authored a paper published in The Journal of Human Trafficking entitled, "The Demographic Characteristics of Federal Trafficking Defendants: Who are the Offenders?" Read here.


Christopher J Lyons, Noah Painter-Davis, and graduate student Drew Medaris published an article entitled “The Lynching Era and Contemporary Lethal Police Shootings in the South” in the journal Race and Justice. Readhere.


Grants, Fellowships, and other Supports 

Graduate student Jenna Dole received a Professional Development Grant from GPSA. 


Nancy Lopez received a grant from the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) to fund a conference project entitled Conference: HSI Intersectionality Community of Practice for Student Success. The virtual conference series will bring together 25 HSIs for a year-long community of practice focused on equity, inclusion, and undergraduate success in STEM.  



The Song Cypher, an ethnographic novel manuscript by Visiting Scholar Raquel Z. Rivera received the first runner-up prize of the James Jones First Novel Fellowship awarded by Wilkes University and the James Jones Literary Society. The novel is the fictional counterpart to the article "New York Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Dominican Roots Music: Liberation Mythologies and Overlapping Diasporas" first published in the Black Music Research Journal and anthologized in Antología del pensamiento crítico puertorriqueño contemporáneo published by CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences). 


Presentations and Workshops, Public Engagement, Public-facing Scholarship, and News Coverage

Kristin Barker presented a keynote address entitled The Long Tail of COVID-19 & the Tale of Long COVID: It Ain't Over Till It's Over at the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology Conference.  


Rich Wood presented a keynote address at a conference on “Racism, the Church, and the Challenge of Regional Solidarity” at the University of Dayton. Link to talk and post-talk dialogue here


Employment News 

Graduate student Jenna Dole has accepted a position with RTI as a Public Health Analyst for their Applied Justice Research Center for Courts and Corrections. 


Recent PhD graduate Carmela Roybal was appointed executive director of the UNM Native American Budget & Policy Institute. Read more here.


Graduate Student Samuel Torres has accepted a position as a Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist for Santa Clara County in San Jose, California.  


Other News 

Sharon Erickson Nepstad was appointed Associate Dean for Student Success in the College of Arts and Sciences.  


Ranita Ray was elected chair of ASA's Race, Gender, and Class section.