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Publications, Awards, and Other Accomplishments

The left half of the image is Sarah's first presentation slide picturing a weary mother feeding her child. The right half of the image shows Sarah mid-speak.
A screen capture of graduate student Sarah Deming presenting her research funded by the Social Security Administration, “A Qualitative Exploration of Mothers with Disabilities: How do Children Promote or Hinder Labor Force Participation,” at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March 2021.

Faculty names are bolded, current graduate student names are bolded and followed by an asterisk (*).

Congratulations to:

Eric Allen (WSU PhD 2020) was selected for an epidemiologist position with the Washington State Department of Health, and will be working with a special projects team to address inequities related to COVID-19.

Mari Amorim and collaborators Natasha Pilkauskas and Rachel Dunifon won the IPUMS USA Research Award for their paper, “Historical Trends in Children Living in Multigenerational Households in the United States: 1870-2018,” published in Demography.

Liz Aust* was accepted into this year’s WSU LIFT Faculty Fellowship program.

Marisa Cervantes* was selected for the 2021 Alpha Kappa Delta Teaching and Learning Fellowship.

Steven Cassidy* passed his area paper exam, “Power and the Meaning of Military Service,” in April 2021.

Azdren Coma* successfully defended his master’s thesis, “Testing the Relationship Between Political Cueing and Environmental Opinion,” in March 2021.

Azdren Coma* successfully passed his portfolio in April 2021.

Sarah Deming* earned a high pass on her area paper exam, “Beyond the What of the Motherhood Penalty: How Social Locations Shape Decisions and Stratify Outcomes,” in April 2021.

Justin Denny and co-author Jason Boardman (University of Colorado) were awarded the 2020 IPUMS Health Survey Research Award for Published Research from the University of Minnesota Population Center for their paper, “Hearing Impairment, Household Composition, Marital Status, and Mortality Among U.S. Adults,” published in the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Thomas Familia* successfully defended his master’s thesis, “Perceptions of an Emerging Technology- Residential Battery Storage,” in March 2021.

Shekinah Hoffman* was awarded the Ryan Lipparelli Educational Trust Scholarship.

Alana Inlow* accepted a teaching assistant professor position in the Department of Sociology & Criminology at the University of Denver, starting in fall 2021.

Jair Johnson* had his application accepted to participate in the 2021 Fragile Families Data Workshop to be held in June.

Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson received the 2021 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Career Achievement Award for Tenure-Track Faculty.

Jennifer Sherman was elected Vice President of the Rural Sociological Society, for a one-year term to begin in August 2021.

Jennifer Sherman was promoted to the rank of full professor.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor received funding from WSU ADVANCE Transitions program.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor’s grant application, “Body mass index trajectories and cognitive performance in American Indians: Evidence from the Cerebrovascular Disease and its Consequences in American Indians study,” was funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities – Center of Excellence in American Indian and Alaska Native Health Disparities Alzheimer’s Disease/Related Dementias and Precision Medicine at the University of Colorado. Amount: $37,000.

Publications:

Yikang Bai (WSU PhD 2020) and Jennifer Givens (former WSU faculty member) coauthored “Ecologically Unequal Exchange of Plastic Waste? A Longitudinal Analysis of International Trade in Plastic Waste,” published in Journal of World-Systems Research.

Dylan Bugden authored “Unfulfilled promise: Social acceptance of the smart grid,” published in Environmental Research Letters.

Justin Denney, with colleagues from the WSU Elson Floyd College of Medicine, coauthored “Access to Medication-assisted Treatment in the United States: Comparison of Travel Time to Opioid Treatment Programs and Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment,” published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Don Dillman and collaborators David Bretschi and Ines Schauer from GESIS the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim, Germany, coauthored “An Experimental Comparison of Three Strategies for Converting Mail Respondents in a Probability-Based Mixed-Mode Panel to Internet Respondents,” accepted for publication in Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology.”

Pierce Greenberg (WSU PhD 2018) and Don Dillman coauthored “Mail Communications and Survey Response: A Test of Social Exchange vs. Pre-suasion Theory for Improving Response Rates and Data Quality,” conditionally accepted for publication in Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology.

Don Dillman wrote the foreword to a forthcoming book, Respondent Centered Surveys (Sage Publishing), authored by Laura Wilson and Emma Dickinson from the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics.

Shekinah Hoffman* authored “COVID-19 and its Implications for Women in Gaming: Move Towards Regulation, Policies, and Culture Changes in the United States,” published in the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal.

Christine Horne and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson coauthored “Testing an integrated theory: Distancing norms in the early months of Covid-19,” published in Sociological Perspectives.

Alana Inlow* authored “A Comprehensive Review of Quantitative Research on Crime, the Built Environment, Land Use, and Physical Geography,” published in Sociology Compass.

Christian Maynard* authored “Vaping in the Context of Delinquency among Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Comparison amongst Alcohol and Cigarette-use,” published in Journal of Drug Issues.

Jennifer Sherman and Jennifer Schwartz coauthored “The Fine Line: Rural Justice, Public Health and Safety, and the Coronavirus Pandemic,” published in the American Behavioral Scientist.

Jennifer Sherman authored Diving Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream, out for publication (Oakland: University of California Press).

Jennifer Sherman authored “‘Please Don’t Take This’: Rural Gentrification, Symbolic Capital, and Housing Insecurity,” accepted for publication in Social Problems.

Jennifer Sherman authored “Paradise for Whom? Rural Inequality and the Elusive American Dream,” forthcoming in June 2021 in Routledge Handbook on the American Dream, edited by Robert C. Hauhart and Mitja Sardoc for Routledge Press.

Presentations:

Mari Amorim presented an invited talk “Implications of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend for Family Wellbeing,” at the Penn State Sociology & Criminology Colloquium.

Mari Amorim presented an invited talk “Universal Cash Transfers and Parental Spending on Children: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives” at the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Mari Amorim presented an invited lecture “Grant-Writing During Graduate School” at the Institute for Research on Poverty Graduate Research Fellow Program.

Azdren Coma* presented “Testing the Relationship Between Political Cueing and Environmental Opinion” at the 2021 WSU Academic Showcase.

Azdren Coma* presented “Testing the Relationship Between Political Cueing and Environmental Opinion” at the 2021 GPSA Research Exposition Poster Session.

Steven Cassidy* with coauthor Heather Albanesi (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) presented “You Haven’t Gone out and Done Anything”: Disabled Veterans’ Perspectives in Post-secondary Educational Settings” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Marisa Cervantes* and Alana Inlow* presented “Struggling in the Present, Strategizing for the Future: Balancing Teaching and Research while ABD” for the session Balancing Teaching and Graduate Study: Lessons by and for Graduate Students, sponsored by Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Marisa Cervantes* was an invited panelist for “Emerging First-Gen Trailblazers: First-Gen Womxn Paving Futures and Legacies” at Loyola Marymount University.

Jose Collazo (California State Polytechnic University Pomona, WSU PhD 2017) with coauthors Denise Hernandez and Julie Kmec presented “‘Ah! But He Is Such a Good Worker!’: How Manager’s Workplace Performance Affects Third-Party Response to Sexual Harassment” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Caleb Cooley* presented “The Social “Sexual Minority Health & The Potential Impacts of Marriage” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Caleb Cooley* with coauthors Justin Denney and Meredith (Zhe) Zhang (Rice University) presented “Sexual Orientation and Suicidal Ideation: A Demographic Portrait” at the Population Association of American meetings in May.

Sarah Deming* presented “A Qualitative Exploration of Mothers with Disabilities: How do Children Promote or Hinder a Return to Work?” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Justin Denney presented “Community Social Organization, Co-ethnic Density, and Cigarette Smoking” at the virtual Advancing Health Lifestyles Research Mini-Conference put on by the University of Colorado, Boulder Population Research Center.

Don Dillman presented results from his recent article published in November 2020, “Three Decades of Advancing Survey Methodology” in Smith, Tom (ed.) The Meeting Place, 2nd Edition, at the American Association for Public Opinion Research Webinar.

Don Dillman presented “Adapting to Push-to-Web Survey Designs for Use in Different Countries and Situations” at the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) Webinar in March 2021.

Shekinah Hoffman* presented “‘We Are in a Very Gray World’: #MeToo in the Casino Gaming Industry” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Shekinah Hoffman* presented “‘We Are in a Very Gray World’: #MeToo in the Casino Gaming Industry” at the 2021 Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting.

Cassandra Leonard* presented “The Role of Country Development in Generalized Trust: A Cross-National Perspective” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Kyle Rakowski* presented “Structural Properties of a Fringe Online Social Network” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Sadie Ridgeway* presented “The Social ‘Gets Under the Skin’: A Logistic Regression Analysis of BMI, Everyday Discrimination, and Self-Rated Health” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Jennifer Sherman presented “”Please Don’t Take This”: Rural Gentrification, Symbolic Capital, and Housing Insecurity” to the Rural Poverty and Housing Panel at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Jennifer Sherman was a panelist on “Town Hall Meeting: The 202 Election & Beyond” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Jennifer Sherman with coauthor Kai Schafft presented “‘Turning Their Back on Kids’: Inclusions, Exclusions, and the Contradictions of School in Gentrifying Communities” to Growing Up in Rural American: How Place Shapes Education, Health, Family, and Economic Outcomes, Russel Sage Foundation, October, Virtual Conference.

Sandte Stanley* with coauthors Justine Denny, Dedra Buchwald (WSU), and Solmaz Amiri (WSU) presented “Disparities in Deaths from the Most Highly Preventable Causes: A Discourse on Indigenous Mortality” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Sandte Stanley* with coauthors Justine Denny, Dedra Buchwald (WSU), and Solmaz Amiri (WSU) presented “Disparities in Deaths from the Most Highly Preventable Causes: A Discourse on Indigenous Mortality” at the Population Association of American meetings in May.

Sarah Whitley presented “Using Brief Behavioral Interventions to Improve Student Engagement, Connection, and Learning” at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociology Association Virtual Conference in March.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor presented “Risk Factors in Adolescence or the Development of Elevated Blood Pressure and Hypertension in American Indian and Alaskan Native Adults” at the 2021 Winter Epidemiology Seminar series, University of Washington School of Public Health, in February 2021.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor presented “Body mass index, white matter hyperintensities, and cognitive performance in American Indians: Evidence from the Strong Heart Stroke Study” at the Annual Meeting of the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research in March 2021.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor was a featured speaker in a virtual discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine and church guidelines for gatherings, hosted by La Patrona 1680 AM and the Washington State Department of Health, on March 18, 2021.

Other noteworthy accomplishments:

Marisa Cervantes* was the keynote alumni speaker for Loyola Marymount University’s Career Development VOCARÉ Program “Beyond the Bluff: Planning for Life After College.”

Research by Christine Horne and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson on social norms during the Covid-19 pandemic was covered in Washington State Magazine, “A pandemic’s new norms.

Christine Horn was elected to WSU’s Faculty Senate leadership team, a three-year appointment beginning with the role as Chair-Elect this year.

Research by Thomas Rotolo and Michael Lengefeld (WSU PhD 2018) on youth concussion laws was featured in the WSU Insider and the College of Arts and Sciences Story HubFootball Loving States Low to Enact Youth Concussion Laws.

Jennifer Schwartz’s research on financial securities fraud was featured in the WSU Insider, “Big name corporations more likely to commit fraud.

Jennifer Sherman’s research was featured in the CAS Communications Bulletin with links to some recent interviews.

Jennifer Sherman was appointed a Fellow in the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

Jennifer Sherman was featured in “’Work is the Single Most Important Way of Proving Your Worth’ ins the U.S., Says Professor—Why It’s Making Us Miserable” in grow, CNBC.

Jennifer Sherman was a radio panel participant on Re: Building Democracy, “Finale Discussion,” KUWO.org, NWPB.org, Spokane Public Radio, and NPR on March 10, 2021.

Jennifer Sherman was interviewed on Re: Building Democracy, “Re: Building Democracy Explores Ways to Mend our Political, Social, and Cultural Divides” KUWO.org, NWPB.org, Spokane Public Radio, and NPR on February 19, 2021.

Sandte Stanley* was a panelist on the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Sciences podcast Sick Individuals / Sick Populations, “Grads of Color and the COVID Crisis.”