Department Achievements and Publications

Department Achievements and Publications


Below are recent achievements by graduate students and faculty in the Sociology Department, including awards, appointments, and publications (* denotes a current or former graduate student).

Accomplishments and Appointments

Hong Zhang* received her Sociology PhD in December 2016 and is now employed as an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of National Governance, Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangdon Sheng, China.

Jarred Williams* accepted a position as a full-time Research Associate at the University of Michigan Law School, and is living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while finishing his PhD dissertation.

Jon Schreiner* began work in January 2017 on the American Community Survey (ACS) Methods Panel Coordination Branch of the U.S. Bureau of the Census in Suitland, Maryland, while finishing his PhD dissertation.

Masters of Arts in Sociology degrees were awarded in 2016 to Lindsey Beltz*, Liz Dzialo*, Jon Dahlem*, Alana Inlow*, James McCall* and Adam Roth*.

Julie Kmec was appointed Editor in Chief, Sociology Compass, 2017.

Julie Kmec received a grant from the National Science Foundation: NSF HRD Award #1561430. “COLLABORATIVE: Women’s Engineering Participation in the US: What can the US Learn from Women’s Decisions to Pursue Engineering in Diverse Cultural Contexts?” ($589,200) Principal investigators Dr. Julie Kmec and Dr. Jennifer DeBoer (Purdue University), co-PIs: Dr. Ashley Ater-Kranov, Dr. Nehal Abu-Lail (WSU-Engineering), Dr. Karen Bradley (Western Washington University-Sociology) (09/2016-2018)

Julie Kmec was also awarded the prestigious Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction.

Lisa J. McIntyre received the 2016 Graduate School Mentor Academy Award for Excellence In recognition of outstanding leadership and contributions to Graduate Education.

Clay Mosher is on a sabbatical during the current academic year, working on a marijuana policy book, “The Changing Landscape of Marijuana – Normalization, Demonization, and Legalization,” to be published by Temple University Press.

Clay Mosher has received a $30,000 grant for “Evaluation of Clark County Juvenile Recovery Court” – from Clark County, Wash., and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In addition Mosher and Jennifer Schwartz have received a $110,000 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice Racial and Ethnic Disparities Initiative.

James F. Short, Jr. has been invited to write the introductory chapter for the newly established Annual Review of Criminology. The editors for the inaugural issue are Robert Sampson, who received our department’s William Julius Wilson Award in 2013, and Joan Petersilla.

Amy S. Wharton completed the 2016 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, July 11-23, 2016. Wharton joined 63 women leaders across the United States as part of the HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College.

Bekah Torcasso* is now serving on the Board of Directors of Witness for Peace Southeast a non-profit organization.

Gina Castillo*  received a Graduate Fellowship from the Ford Family Foundation that provides support for her sociology graduate work at WSU.

Michael Lengefeld* and Pierce Greenberg* each received Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship Awards from the WSU Graduate School.

Sarah Morton received the Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award from the WSU Graduate School.

Don A. Dillman received lifetime designation as a National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in recognition of his service to the National Research Council and institute of Medicine programs. He also received the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for a career of scholarship in sociological methodology from the Methodology Section of the American Sociological Association.


Scott, Lauren* and Erik W. Johnson. 2016. “From Fringe to Core? The Integration of Environmental Sociology.” Environmental Sociology 1(3): 17-29.

Greenberg, Pierce.* 2017. “Disproportionality and Resource-Based Environmental Inequality: An Analysis of Neighborhood Proximity to Coal Impoundments in Appalachia.” Rural Sociology.

Greenberg, Pierce.* 2016. Mapping Mine Waste Impoundments in the Western U.S.: Understanding Community Context and Risk.Rural Connections.

Horne, Christine, Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom, Kyle Irwin, Dan Miodownik, and Michael Hechter. 2016. “The Legitimacy of Alien Rulers.” Swiss Political Science Review 22(4):454-469. DOI:10.1111/spsr.12221

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick, Jeremy Staff, Megan E. Patrick and John E. Schulenberg. 2016. “Adolescent Adaptation Before, During, and in the Aftermath of the Great Recession in the United States.”  International Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12389

Johnson, Monica Kirkpatrick, and Steven Hitlin. Forthcoming. “Family (Dis)advantage and Life Course Expectations.” Social Forces. DOI: 10.1093/sf/sow094

Kmec, Julie A., C. Elizabeth Hirsh, and Sheryl Skaggs. 2016. “Workplace Regulation of Sexual Harassment and Federal and State-Level Legal Environments.” Research in the Sociology of Work 29.

Kennedy, E.H. 2016. “Environmental evaporation: The invisibility of environmental concern in food system change.” Environmental Sociology, 2(1):18-28.

Kennedy, E.H. 2016. “Environmental politics and women’s activism.” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Naples, N. [Ed]. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Kessler, A.J., J.R. Parkins, and E.H. Kennedy. 2016. “Environmental harm and the ‘good farmer’: Understanding narratives of environmental stewardship in the face of climate change.” Rural Sociology 81(2):172-193.

Krogman, N.T. and E.H. Kennedy. 2016. “The potential of emotional energy and mindfulness to expand sustainable consumption practices.” Tvergastein: Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment. Issue 17: pp. 74-89. Available at:

Schwadel, Phillip and Erik W. Johnson. Forthcoming. “The Social Origins of Evangelical Protestants’ Opposition to Environmental Spending.” Journal for Scientific Study of Religion.

Johnson, Erik W., Jon Schreiner* and Jon Agnone. 2016. “Methodological Inquiry: The Effect of New York Times Event Coding Techniques on Social Movement Analyses.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 40: 263-291.

Jennifer Schwartz and Anthony Vega*. 2017. “Sources of Crime Data.” Pp. 155-168 in Violence and Crime Prevention, edited by Brent Teasdale and Mindy Bradley. Advances in Prevention Science Series. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Hsieh, Ming Li and Jennifer Schwartz. 2016. “Female violence and gender gap trends in Taiwan: Offender-behavioral changes or net-widening enforcement explanations?” Feminist Criminology. Prepublished January 25, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1557085115626798.

Schwartz, Jennifer and Darrell J. Steffensmeier. 2016. “Gendered Opportunities and Risk Preferences for Offending across the Life-Course.” Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology. Prepublished November 22, 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s40865-016-0050-5.

Schwartz, Jennifer and Anthony Vega*. 2016. “Sources of Crime Data” Pp. 155-167 in Preventing Crime and Violence, edited by Brent Teasdale and Mindy Bradley. Advances in Prevention Science Series. NY: Springer Press.

Meredith Kleykamp, Crosby Hipes, and Alair MacLean. Forthcoming. “Who Supports Veterans and Who Exaggerates their Support.” Armed Forces & Society.

Alair MacLean. Forthcoming. “Skills mismatch? Military Service, Combat Occupations, and Civilian Earnings.” Sociological Perspectives.

Kuwabara, Ko, Denise Anthony, and Christine Horne. 2016. “In the Shade of a Forest: Status, Reputation, and Ambiguity in an Online Microcredit Market.” Social Science Review. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.09.027

Mortimer, Jeylan T., Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, and Arnaldo Mont’Alvao. Forthcoming. “Economic Recession and Youth Achievement Orientations and Behavior.” Young People’s Development and the Great Recession. Cambridge University Press.

Mont’Alvao, Arnaldo, Jeylan T. Mortimer, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson. Forthcoming. “Economic recession and youth labor market outcomes in international perspective.” Young People’s Development and the Great Recession. Cambridge University Press.

Mortimer, Jeylan T., Lei Zhang, Chen-Yu Wu, Jeanette Hussemann, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson.  Forthcoming. “Familial Transmission of Educational Plans and the Academic Self Concept: A Three-Generation Longitudinal Study.” Social Psychology Quarterly.

Sprague, C.S. and E.H. Kennedy. 2016. “The cultural politics of alternative food movements: The limitations of cultivating awareness.” Book chapter in Anderson C.R., Levkoe, C., Brady, J. (eds.). Conversations in Food Studies: Transgressing Boundaries Through Critical Inquiry. University of Manitoba Press: Winnipeg. Anderson, C., J. Brady, and C. Levkoe [Eds]. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press.

Dillman, Don A. and Michelle L. Edwards. 2016. Chapter 17. “Designing a Mixed-Mode Survey.” In Wolfe, Christof, Joye, Dominique, Smith, Tom W. and Fu, Yang-chih (eds.) Sage Handbook of Survey Methodology. Sage Publications Wolf, Joye, Smith and Fu. Thousand Oaks. CA pp.255-268

Harter, Rachel, Battaglia, Michael P., Buskirk, Trent D., Dillman, Don A., English, Ned, Mansour Fahimi,   Frankel, Martin R., Kennel, Timothy, McMichael, Joseph, McPhee, Cameron Brook, Montaquila, Jill, Yancey, Tracie, and Zukerberg, Andrew L. 2016. Address-base Sampling. American Association for Public Opinion Research Task Force Report 140 pages.

Battaglia, Michael, Dillman, Don A., Frankel, Martin R., Harter, Rachel, Buskirk, Trent D., McPhee Cameron Brook, Dematteis, and Jill Montaquila. 2016. “Sampling data collection and weighting procedures for address-based sample surveys.” Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology 4 (4): 476-500.

Dillman, Don A., Feng Hao*, Morgan M. Millar*. In Press. Chapter 18. “Improving the Effectiveness of Online Data Collection by Mixing Survey Modes.” In Fielding, Nigel, Raymond M. Lee and Grant Blank (eds.). Sage handbook of Online Research Methods, 2nd edition. Sage Publications, London.

Dillman, Don A. Forthcoming. “Promises and perils of pushing respondents to the web in mixed-mode surveys.” Survey Methodology.

Dillman, Don A. 2016. “Moving Survey Methodology Forward in our Rapidly Changing World: A Commentary,” Journal of Rural Social Sciences 31(3): 160-174