2019-2020 Sociology Colloquium Series.

October 16th

Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCR

“Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence and Empire in Subic Bay, Philippines”

The Center for Ideas and Society presents a book talk with Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology.

4-5:30pm in College Building South, 114

October 17th

Amy Kroska, Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma,

“Information vs. Inspiration: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mental Illness Stigma-Reduction Messages.”

Numerous countries and communities have conducted campaigns aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness.  Using an online experiment, we evaluate the relative effectiveness of three types of campaign messages (information about the biological origins of an illness, information about the psycho-social origins of an illness, and inspirational information about the competence of those with an illness) for reducing the perceived stigma (how I think others feel) and personal stigma (how I personally feel) tied to two illnesses (depression and schizophrenia). 

12:30-2pm in INTS 1109

October 24th

Two practice job talks

Jessica Moronez, PhD candidate in Sociology at UCR

“Carceral Care Work: Family Bond Maintenance Among Women of Color.”

Jessica Moronez’s work is based on an analysis of 35 in-depth interviews with women of color (primarily Latinas) who have been impacted by familial incarceration. Using an intersectional feminist perspective, her research examines the roles that women of color play in helping to maintain familial bonds and support their loved ones beyond the bars of correctional facilities.

Julisa McCoy, PhD candidate in Sociology at UCR

“Reproductive Rights on the Margins: Latinx Women’s Mobilization Around Reproductive Healthcare Politics in the Rio Grande Valley”

Julisa McCoy examines the socio-economic, political, cultural, and emotional processes that enable and constrain economically marginalized Latinx women’s mobilization around the politics of reproductive healthcare policy. Her research is based on 25 in-depth interviews with low-income Latinx women who have used publicly funded family planning programs in a south Texas border town of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) where family planning cutbacks have been extensive. 

12:30-2pm in INTS 1109

October 30th

Emir Estrada, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University

Dr. Estrada will present and discuss her new book, Kids at Work: Latinx Families Selling Food on the Streets of Los Angeles.  

*The Department of Sociology is co-sponsoring this event, which is being organized by the Ethnic Studies Department.

1pm in INTS 1111

October 31st

Two practice job talks — CANCELLED

November 14th

Stephanie Rickard, Professor of the Department of Government, London School of Economics

Incumbents Beware: The Impact of Offshoring on Elections

Sponsored by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society and organized by the Political Economy Seminar Series, which the Sociology Colloquium Committee is co-sponsoring.

3:10-5pm in HMNSS 1500

November 21st

Catherine Bozendahl, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC-Irvine

12:30-2pm HMNSS 1500

“Beyond the Binary: Demographic Variation in and Political Behavioral Implications for New Measures of Gender Identity”

As a social construction, gender creates and maintains distinctions between the categories of “men” and “women” and organizes relations of inequality on the basis of these distinctions. Thus, societies frame men and women as two unequal categories, and this social fact has led to some of the largest and most consistent sources of categorical inequalities in politics and power. Theoretically, efforts to understand gender in social science have long acknowledged that gender is not binary and that it reflects a complex nexus of biology, interactions, culture, psychology, and institutions. Empirically, especially quantitatively in survey research, capacities have lagged far behind. We have seen a recent upsurge in new approaches to measuring gender in ways that move “beyond the binary.” I will discuss preliminary findings from two papers using Swedish and Dutch survey data that examine demographic differences in self-assessed non-binary gender traits and the relationship between gendered personality traits and political participation. Findings from these papers, and the special issue they will join, highlight the social construction of gender and the importance of capturing variation within those who claim the social identity categories of “women” and “men.”

December 3rd

Alfredo M. Mirandé, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCR

Book Signing Celebration

Gringo Justice: Insider Perspectives on Police, Gangs and Law edited by Professor Mirandé

*The Department of Sociology is co-sponsoring this event, which is being hosted by Chicano Latino Alumni & Chicano Student Program at UCR

Location: Zacatecas Restaurant in Riverside (Iowa and University)

Time: 5:30 pm ~ 8 pm

February 13rd

Jessica Collett, Professor of Sociology at UCLA

“Meaning Making in Fatherhood: Role Models, Anti-Models, and Men’s Possible Selves”

Men continue to be under-involved in family life, particularly in light of growing expectations tied to “new fatherhood.” A dominant explanation for the gap between cultural ideals and fathers’ conduct, particularly for poor fathers, is a lack of role models. In this presentation, using data from in-depth qualitative interviews with low-income fathers, Dr. Collett shows that most of these men do draw on a role models to formulate their approach to parenting. However, many are using these models to demonstrate how not to be a father rather than as a positive model to emulate. Introducing the concept of anti-models, Dr. Collett explores the consequences of positive and negative orientations toward role models for men’s self-conceptions, meanings of fatherhood, and involvement in family life. 

12:30-2pm (place TBA)

February 27th

Andrew Jorgenson, Professor of Sociology at Boston College

“Emissions, Inequality, and Human Well-Being”

In this talk Dr. Jorgenson will provide an overview of his ongoing collaborative research streams that focus on interconnections between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and industrial pollution, forms of inequality, and human well-being.

12:30-2pm (place TBA)

April 2nd

Edward Flores, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC-Merced

12:30-2pm (place TBA)

*co-sponsored by the Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies

April 30th

Sarah Mustillo, Professor of Sociology at University of Notre Dame

12:30-2pm (place TBA)

*co-sponsored with School of Public Policy

May 7th 

Jean Beaman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC-Santa Barbara   

12:30-2pm (place TBA)

May 14th

Regin Firat, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCR  

12:30-2pm (place TBA)