Publications, Awards, and Other Accomplishments

The quiet WSU campus and changing fall trees.

WSU Sociology faculty and graduate students are active in presenting, publishing, and acquiring grants and awards for their innovative work. Our research covers a wide range of topics and contributes to our understanding of social problems and human behavior. Since our last issue, department members have published on subjects ranging from the timing of youth concussion legislation to contextual congruence and food insecurity. We begin this listing by congratulating countless members of our WSU Sociology community on their special accomplishments since the publication of the Spring 2020 issue of Sociology News.

First, special recognition and congratulations to WSU alum and previous co-editor of Sociology News Pierce Greenberg (Creighton University, WSU PhD, 2018) who recently coauthored an article in American Sociological Review on vaccine refusal in California, “Opting Out: Individualism and Vaccine Refusal in Pockets of Socioeconomic Homogeneity,” with his colleague Kevin Estep (Creighton University). Congrats Pierce, we miss you around here!

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

Congratulations to:

Sarah Akers*, who successfully defended her dissertation, “Undoing Gender: Family Organization and Identities in Families with Breadwinner Wives,” in November 2020.

Steven Cassidy* received high pass evaluations of his portfolio, December 9, 2020.

Mari Amorim and Ka’imi Sinclair (College of Nursing) had a pilot grant, titled “Pathways to Improving Health of Alaskan Natives Through Cash-Transfers Programs: What is the Meaning and the Role of ‘Free Money’?” funded from the IREACH faculty pilot grant program.

Liz Aust* passed her area paper exam with her paper titled “Intracouple negotiation and perceived equity in the division of family labor: A review of the empirical and theoretical literature.”

Kristin Cutler and Joseph Kremer were awarded a Smith Teaching and Learning Innovation grant over the summer to implement and analyze mindfulness-based curriculum in Soc 103. The major objective is to assist students in developing successful life habits that will not only benefit their academic performance but also benefit students holistically by promoting qualities of mindfulness, curiosity, self-awareness, compassion, and empathy, among others.

Sarah Deming* received a grant from the Social Security Administration’s “Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work” program for her project, “A Qualitative Exploration of Mothers with Disabilities: How do Children Promote or Hinder Labor Force Participation.”

Sarah Deming * received high pass evaluations on her portfolio, December 9, 2020.

Solmaz Amiri, Justin Denney, and Dedra Buchwald were awarded a U54 pilot grant from the National Institute of Minority 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, Denver entitled “Disparities in Alzheimer’s Mortality among American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States.”

Sadie Ridgeway* was the second-place winner in the Alpha Kappa Delta Graduate Student Paper Competition for her paper titled “The Weight of Stigma: Weight Status, Bullying, and Well-Being in Adolescents.”

Jennifer Sherman’s new book, Dividing Paradise, is now available for pre-order.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor, Cassandra Nikolaus, and Ka’imi Sinclair were awarded funding from the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research at the University of Colorado-Denver for their project, “Food Insecurity as a Longitudinal Predictor of Diet Sensitive Cardiometabolic Risk Factors among American Indian and Alaska Native Adults.”


Dylan Bugden, with Chandler Sachs and Richard Stedman, coauthored “Grand theft hydrocarbon? Post-production clauses and inequity in the U.S. shale gas industry” published in The Extractive Industries and Society.

Sarah Deming* and Julie Kmec, and coauthors, published “Parenting Through Academic as a SICB member” in Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Justin Denney and Caleb Cooley*, with Zhe Zhang and Bridget Gorman of Rice University, coauthored “Substance Use, Mental Well-Being, and Suicide Ideation by Sexual Orientation among U.S. Adults” accepted for publication in the next volume of Advances in Medical Sociology. The theme of the new volume is “Sexual and Gender Minority Health.”

Justin Denney, with Mackenzie Brewer and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, coauthored “Food Insecurity in Households with Young Children: A Test of Contextual Congruence” published in Social Science & Medicine.

Justin Denney, with colleagues in the WSU School of Medicine, coauthored “Disparities in Access to Opioid Treatment Programs and Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment across the Rural-Urban and Area Deprivation Continua: A U.S. Nationwide Small Area Analysis” published in Value in Health.

Erik Johnson, Ali O. Ilhan (Özyegin University, WSU PhD, 2013), and Scott Frickel (Brown University, former WSU faculty) coauthored “Riding a long green wave: Interdisciplinary environmental sciences and studies in higher education” published in Environmental Sociology

Alair MacLean and Meredith Kleykamp coauthored “Generations of Veterans: Socioeconomic Attainment from World War II to the Contemporary Era” accepted at Social Science History.

Alair MacLean, Steven Shepherd, David K. Sherman, and Aaron C. Kay coauthored “The Challenges of Military Veterans in their Transition to the Workplace: A Call for Integrating Basic and Applied Psychological Science” accepted at Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Clay Mosher and Scott Akins (Oregon State University, WSU PhD, 2002) published Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration, 3rd Edition, with Sage in November.

Thomas Rotolo and Michael Lengefeld (Goucher University, WSU PhD, 2018) coauthored “Clearing the cobwebs: An analysis of the timing of youth concussion legislation in U.S. states,” published in Social Science and Medicine.

Jennifer Schwartz, Lindsey Beltz (WSU PhD, 2019), Darrell Steffensmeier, and Bill Moser coauthored “Firm Prominence and Financial Performance: Risk Factors for 21st Century Corporate Financial Securities Fraud in the United States,” in Justice Quarterly.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor authored “Implementation outcomes of a culturally adapted diabetes self-management education intervention for Native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders” published in BMC Public Health.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor, Morgan Montanez*, Luciana Hebert, Ka’imi Sinclair, and Dedra Buchwald, coauthored “Risk factors in adolescence for the development of elevated blood pressure and hypertension in American Indian and Alaskan Native adults,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Other noteworthy accomplishments:

Don Dillman provided the (virtual) keynote address for the 30th Anniversary International Non-response Workshop, originally scheduled for Orobro, Sweden, on: “How Out-of-date theories are Constraining Efforts to Improve Survey Response Rates,” August 25, 2020. His talk was based upon the written work: Dillman, Don A. In Press. Chapter 2. Towards Survey Response Rate Theories that no longer pass each other like strangers in the night. In Brenner, Philip (ed.)  Understanding Survey Methodology: Sociological theory and applications. Springer. 978-3-030-47255-9.

Don Dillman provided the (virtual) keynote address for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Survey Research Centers, “To Change or Not To Change: The Question Now Being Faced by Academic Survey Research Centers,” on June 19, 2020.

Christine Horne has been appointed to the WSU System Strategic Planners Council.

Julie Kmec was co-chair of the University Provost Search committee past spring 2020.

Julie Kmec presented an invited lecture entitled Women’s Engineering Participation: What can we Learn from Jordan, Malaysia, and Tunisia? at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine:  Promising Practices for Improving the Inclusion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Lessons from Kuwait and the United States Workshop.

Alair MacLean was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Clayton Mosher’s book with Scott Akins (Oregon State University, WSU PhD, 2002), “In the Weeds,” was reviewed in Political Science Quarterly.

Clay Mosher and Scott Akins (Oregon State University, WSU PhD, 2002) published a short essay, “Oregon just decriminalized all drugs – here’s why voters passed this groundbreaking reform” in The Conversation.

Sadie Ridgeway presented her paper “The Weight of Stigma: Weight Status, Bullying, and Well-Being in Adolescents” at the 2020 ASA virtual conference.

Thomas Rotolo has been appointed to serve on the WSU Faculty Senate Library Committee and the Provost’s Advisory Committee for Tenure and Promotion.

Sandte Stanley* was selected to serve as Diversity & Membership Outreach Co-Chair for the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science (IAPHS) Student Committee.

Anna Zamora-Kapoor, with collaborator Paul Whitney, coauthored the op-ed “Could COVID-19 be the death of Washington’s community health resources?”, published in the Wenatchee World, April 28, 2020 and the Spokesman-Review, May 13, 2020.

Anna Zamora-Kappor and Julie Kmec participated in a podcast episode titled “Women’s Invisible Labor” for WSU Advancements’ podcast Cougarosities.

The Sociology department’s online BA degree is now a top 25-ranked program in US News & World Report.

The Sociology department’s online Sociology BA degree rose to #13 among the best online bachelor’s degrees in sociology ranked by

The Sociology Department welcomes our newest member, Dominic Kenneth Kremer, born to Kristin Cutler and Joseph Kremer on October 22, 2020.