Department accomplishments: Fall-Winter 2015-16

Departmental accomplishments in 2015


The professional impact of faculty and graduate students occurs in multiple ways, many of which we highlight below. This year, we are especially pleased that 17 students completed advanced degrees in sociology.

Nine individuals—Annika Anderson, Joseph Astorino, Sarah Blake, Katie Clemons, Andrew Crookston, Ardavan Davaran, Elizabeth Harris, Feng Hao, and Joseph Kremer—completed their doctoral degrees and are now working in a variety of positions throughout the United States. Those positions illustrate the diverse application of sociological skills, ranging from employment in university teaching positions to research and administrative work in social and human service agencies. We look forward to following their careers with much interest.

Eight other students completed the master of arts degree: Yikang Bai, Elyse Bean, Pierce Greenberg, Darcy Hauslik, Nathan Lindstedt, Jordan Reinhart, Heather Reyes, and Jarred Williams. Most are continuing their work toward a PhD.

Other departmental accomplishments are diverse, ranging from new grants to the wide variety of publications from highly theoretical to applied. As described in the introduction to this issue, major works edited by Alair MacLean and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson just recently appeared in print. We also find of particular interest the translation into Arabic of Amy Wharton‘s book, The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research, 2nd edition.

Many of the publications in this issue include coauthors who completed their MA and/or PhD in an earlier year. These individuals are identified with an asterisk, while all current graduate students and faculty are listed in bold type.

Awards, Events, and Workshops

Erik Johnson and Jennifer Schwartz received an Edward R. Meyer Project Grant for “Protecting Water, Air, Land, & Health: The Nature of Serious Environmental Crimes and Socio-legal Responses.” We are building a database of all federal criminal prosecutions of cases forwarded by the EPA (1983-2013). Data will be used to analyze changes in the working definition of environmental crime and to assess gender roles in crime groups.

Brice Darras was awarded the Anne and Russ Fuller Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Research from the Graduate School. The scholarship is for $4,000.

Pierce Greenberg received the WSU College of Arts and Sciences’ Boeing Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Studies ($3,000).

Clay Mosher received a $30,000 grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Clark County Superior Court to evaluate Clark County’s Juvenile Recovery Court. He also received a $60,000 grant through the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice and the Clark County Juvenile Court to examine racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice processing. Jennifer Schwartz will collaborate on the project.

Emily Huddart Kennedy was an invited participant in a workshop on Consumption and Social Change, hosted by the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) at the Tellus Institute, Boston, MA, in October.

Don Dillman gave an invited seminar to the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University in September. He also was an invited discussant for newly released Plans of the U.S. Census Bureau for conducting the 2020 Census at a National Academies Public Seminar in Washington, D.C., in October.

Katie Bittinger worked with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center to conduct a needs assessment for Whitman County.

Recent Publications

Givens, Jennifer E. 2015. “Urbanization, Slums, and the Carbon Intensity of Well-being: Implications for Sustainable Development.”  Human Ecology Review 22(1):107-128.

Jorgenson, Andrew K. and Jennifer E. Givens. 2015. “The Changing Effect of Economic Development on the Consumption-Based Carbon Intensity of Well-Being, 1990–2008.” PLoS ONE 10(5): e0123920.

Greenberg, Pierce. 2015. “Strengthening Sociological Research through Public Records Requests.” Social Currents.

Hao, Feng. Forthcoming “A Panel Regression Study on Multiple Predictors of Environmental Concern for 82 Countries across 7 Years.” Social Science Quarterly.

Hao, Feng. 2015. “The Analysis of Social Capital Generation among Coalfield Residents at Harlan County, Kentucky.” The International Journal of Social Quality 5(1): 67-83.

Horne, Christine and Kyle Irwin. Forthcoming. “Metanorms and Antisocial Punishment.” Social Influence.

Erik Johnson, Jon Schreiner, and Jon Agnone. “Accessing Newspaper Event Data: A Comparison of Index and Full-story Retrieval” Forthcoming. Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change, Vol. 40.

Shanahan, Michael J., Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson (Eds). 2016. Handbook of the Life Course, Volume 2. Springer.

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick, Jeremy Staff, John E. Schulenberg, and Megan E. Patrick. 2016.  “Living Healthier and Longer: A Life Course Perspective on Education and Health.” Pp. 369-388 in Handbook of the Life Course, edited by Shanahan, Mortimer, and Johnson. Springer.

Mont’Alvao, Arnaldo, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson.  Forthcoming.  “The Great Recession and Young Adults’ Labor Market Outcomes around the World.”  Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, edited by Robert A. Scott, Stephen M. Kosslyn, and Marlis Buchmann.

Kennedy, Emily H., Maurie J. Cohen and Naomi T. Krogman (editors). 2016. Putting Sustainability into Practice: Applications and Advances in the Study of Sustainable Consumption. Edward Elgar Publishing.)

Kennedy, Emily H. and Liz Dzialo. 2015. Locating gender in environmental sociology. Sociology Compass  9(10): 920-929.

Dzialo, Liz and Emily H. Kennedy. 2015. Teaching & Learning Guide for Locating Gender in Environmental Sociology. Sociology Compass 9(11): 1000-1004.

Zurlaquova, Zarrina, Tori Byington*, and Julie A. Kmec. 2015. “The Impacts of Marriage on Perceived Academic Career Success: Differences by Gender and Discipline.International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology 7, 3.

Liévanos, Raoul S. 2015. “Race, Deprivation, and Immigrant Isolation: The Spatial Demography of Air-Toxic Clusters in the Continental United States.” Social Science Research 54:50-67. Dr. Liévanos’s work was highlighted by The Atlantic’s CityLab, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and other media outlets.

MacLean, Alair and David B. Grusky, special editors. 2016.  The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science: Living in a High Inequality Regime 663.

MacLean, Alair and Meredith Kleykamp. 2016. “Income Inequality and the Military.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science: Living in a High-Inequality Regime 663:99-116.

David B. Grusky and Alair MacLean. 2016. “The Social Fallout of a High-Inequality Regime.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science: Living in a High-Inequality Regime 663:33-52

Mosher, Clay, & Akins, S.* 2015. Drugs and drug control in Canada. Pp. 329-348 in, A. Kalunta-Crumpton (ed.). Pan-African Issues in Drugs and Drug Control – An International Perspective. Surrey, England: Ashgate.

Mosher, C., & Miethe, T.* 2015. Data bases and statistical systems: Crime. Pp. 712-716 in, J.D. Wright (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2d). Oxford: Elsevier.

Akins, S.,* & Mosher, C. 2015. Drug use as deviance. Pp. 349-368 in, E. Goode (ed.). Handbook on Deviance. Wiley-Blackwell.

Mosher, C., & Martin, J. 2015.  Adverse childhood experiences and impact on behavior outcomes. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C., November.

Torcasso, Rebekah. 2015. “Pesticides.” in Food Issues, edited by Ken Albala. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Trimble O’Connor, Lindsey*, Julie A. Kmec and Elizabeth C. Harris.* 2015. Pp. 249-276 in “Giving Care and Perceiving Discrimination: The Social and Organizational Context of Family Responsibilities Discrimination,” edited by S.K. Ammons, E.L. Kelly Work. United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Amy Wharton’s book The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research, 2nd. Ed. (2011) has been translated into Arabic.

Dillman, Don A. 2015. Future Surveys. Bureau of Labor Statistics Monthly Labor Review. November.

Dillman, Don A. and Michelle L. Edwards*. In Press. Chapter 17. Designing a Mixed-Mode Survey. Sage Handbook of Survey Methodology. Sage Publications Wolf, Joye, Smith and Fu. Thousand Oaks, CA.

Dillman, Don A., Feng Hao*, Morgan M. Millar*. In Press. Chapter 15.  Improving the Effectiveness of Online Data Collection by Mixing Survey Modes. In Fielding, Nigel, Raymond M. Lee and Grant Blank (eds.). The Sage handbook of Online Research Methods, 2nd edition. Sage Publications, London.