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Sociology Colloquium Series

1:10-2:30, PACCAR Enviro. Tech Building (PETB), Rm. 202, 2001 Grimes Way


January 18, 2019

Dr. Seth Holmes

Talk Title: Immigration, Farmwork, and Health: Responding to Structural and Symbolic Inequities


Dr. Seth M. Holmes (Ph.D., MD) is on faculty in the Division of Society and Environment and the Joint Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley.  A cultural and medical anthropologist and physician, he has worked on social hierarchies, health inequities, and the ways in which such asymmetries are naturalized, normalized, and resisted in the context of transnational im/migration, agro-food systems, and health care.  He has received national and international awards from the fields of anthropology, sociology, and geography, including the Margaret Mead Award. In addition to scholarly publications, he has written for popular media such as The Huffington Post  and  and spoken on multiple NPR, PRI, Pacifica Radio, and Radio Bilingüe radio programs.

February 1, 2019

Dr. Katrina Leupp

Talk Title: Falling Behind and Treading Water: Education, Employment and the Gender Gap in Depression


Dr. Katrina Leupp is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington State University, Vancouver. Her research centers on the gendered organization of employment and family care, and its consequences for health, social inequality and family functioning. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington, where she was a NICHD pre-doctoral trainee at the Center for Demography and Ecology and completed a minor in Social Statistics from the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences. Her research is published in the American Sociological Review, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Society and Mental Health. Other current projects consider the links between egalitarianism in marriage with mental health and marital well-being, and the determinants of mothers’ employment over their childrearing years. At WSU, she teaches courses on gender and employment, the family, and research methods.


Dr. Stacey Hust

Talk Title: Scripting Adolescent Romance

Stacey Hust

Dr. Stacey Hust is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Strategic Communication in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She is nationally ranked by the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship for her health communication research focused on media and children, gender, conflict (sexual assault reduction), and substance abuse prevention. Her research identifies effective health communication messaging that can be used to reduce sexual assault and promote healthy sexual relationships among young people. Hust’s research has been published in the Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Health Communication, Health Communication, Mass Communication & Society, and others. Her research has been sponsored by the United States Department of Education, the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and the Washington State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program.

February 25, 2019  (LOCATION: Wilson-Short 201)

Dr. Stephen Bischoff

Talk Title: TBA

Stephen Bischoff, Ph.D

Dr. Bischoff is the Special Projects to Associate Vice President and Associate Director, Multicultural Student Services at Washington State University.  He received his PhD focused in American Studies from Washington State University. He has over 15 years of experience as a higher education professional in the area of Student Affairs and a history of working with student leadership development and educating around areas of social justice and equity. His work has a strong emphasis on education access and retention.

March 1, 2019

Graduate Student Practice Conference Talks

Adam Roth (1:10-1:25)  “Characteristics of Place and the Rural-Urban Gap in Deaths from Highly Preventable Causes” (with Justin Denney, Solmaz Amiri, and Ofer Amram)

Sadie Ridgeway (1:30-1:45) “Weight Status, Stigma, and Well-being in Adolescents: Exploring Gender and Race”

Megan Aust (1:50-2:05) Talk title TBA

Seon Yup Lee (2:10-2:25) Talk title TBA

April 5, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Travis Paveglio

Talk Title: Incorporating social diversity into wildfire management: Proposing ‘pathways’ for fire adaptation


Dr. Paveglio is an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Sociology at the university of Idaho.  He received his PhD from Washington State University in 2010 from the Department of Natural Resource Sciences where his dissertation explored wildfire risk and management. His research covers topics like wildfires, conflict and collaboration surrounding natural resource management, environmental hazards and climate change, natural resource policy, and environmental communication.  He has served as co-PI on a number of grants funded by the NSF, BLM, and USDA and published in outlets like Public Understanding of Science, The Journal of Rural and Community Development, Journal of Rural Studies, The International Journal of Wildland Fire, and The Journal of Environmental Management.