December 2021 Department News and Publications

Departmental News

Posted: Dec 10, 2021 - 12:00am

Awards and Honors 

Eli Wilson’s Book, Front of the House, Back of the House: Race and Inequality in the Lives of Restaurant Workers has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title 2021 by Choice Magazine, which is the publication of the American Library Association


Graduate students Neil Greene and Jenna Dole, along with their co-authors, published a paper entitled “Association between Psychological Integration and Permanent Supportive Housing: An Exploratory Study with a Focus on Ethnicity” in a special issue of Social Sciences focused on “The Crisis of Homelessness.” 

Christopher J. Lyons, with co-authors María B. Vélez, and Lauren J. Krivo have a forthcoming Social Problems article, entitled “The Dynamic Racial Structure and Disparities in Neighborhood Crime Change." 

Sharon Erickson Nepstad published an article entitled "Religious Support for Civil Resistance Movements: When and How Does it Contribute to Regime Change?" in Socius.  

Ranita Ray published an article entitled “School as a Hostile Institution: How Black and Immigrant Girls of Color Experience the Classroom” in Gender & Society. 

Graduate student Korey Tillman recently had a paper entitled “Carceral Liberalism: The Coloniality and Antiblackness of Coercive Benevolence” accepted in the journal Social Problems.  

Presentations and Workshops 

Sharon Erickson Nepstad gave the 2021 annual Freilich Lecture on Bigotry and Tolerance at Australian National University. Her lecture also served as the keynote address for the Australian Association for the Study of Religion conference. 

Graduate student Vittoria Totaro and co-author Vanessa Svihla recently had a paper accepted for presentation at the American Educational Research Association's annual conference in April 2022. The paper is titled, "Characterizing STEM Funds of Knowledge and Identity in Minoritized Youth as a Foundation for Development."  

Owen Whooley gave an invited talk to the Dutch Foundation for Psychiatry and Philosophy for the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Netherlands Psychiatric Association.  The talk was titled “Psychiatry, the DSM, and the Problem of Ignorance.”  

Rich Wood co-led a national post-doctoral Summer Institute for Early-Career Scholars on religion and social justice/environmental movements, sponsored by the Social Science Research Council in New York. The workshop occurred July 26-Aug 1, 2021 in Santa Fe and involved sixteen early career scholars from around the U.S. and internationally, from highly diverse social backgrounds. Wood and and Jonathan Tran (Associate Professor of Religion, Baylor University) led the religion and social justice movements theme; Mayanthi Fernando (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz) and Evan Berry (Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities, University of Arizona) led the religion, spirituality, and environmental crises theme. 

Public Engagement, Public-facing Scholarship, and News Coverage  

Lisa Broidy was an invited speaker at the meeting of the National Press Foundation’s Fellowship for Crime Reporting in Chicago, Illinois. She spoke and took questions on “Understanding and Responding to the Needs of Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System.” 

Graduate student Jenna Dole assisted with the development of UNM’s Homeless Research Taskforce’s recommendations to the Homelessness Coordinating Council and their plans for the construction of the Gateway Center shelter. 

Roberto Ibarra and co-author Gary Weissmann published a peer-reviewed blog post in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s blog series The Disruptor entitled “Building Inclusion in STEM Through Activation of Multicontext Theory.”  The blog is part of the Building Engagement through Student-Centered Learning Series edited by C. Briggs. 

In Other News 

Maricarmen Hernandez won the faculty vaccination incentive lottery.