Honors Introduction to Sociology Embodies a Living Wage!

Students in Honors Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 201-080) this semester studied globalization through the lens of dependency theory, examining “fast fashion” and the globalization of clothing.  One way to address the perils of globalization is to promote a living wage: hourly/monthly wages for international workers in manufacturing that provide for basic life necessities and some savings.  To put their studies into action, we bought clothes from Alta Gracia, a company in the Dominican Republic that pays three times the minimum wage to their textile workers.  Here’s a photo of us in our living wage shirts!

Alta Gracia and Living Wages!

Notes on Interdisciplinary Environmental Science

At this year’s Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) meeting in Seattle, I organized and presided over Critical Dialogue Session 26: Interdisciplinarity and Environmental Studies.  The panelists all provided very rich, engaging presentations on their experiences as social scientists working in collaborative, interdisciplinary environmental science teams.  Some of their experiences and insights have been collected for the Fall 2016 newsletter of the Environment and Technology Division of SSSP.  Check out the newsletter here!

The South Wilmington Planning Network Needs a New Intern!

Looking for a FANTASTIC opportunity to be involved with a great organization that works hard to address complex issues in South Wilmington?  If so, apply for an internship with the SWPN!  There has never been a better time to work on intersecting social, environmental, transportation, and policy issues in this vital community.  See internship ad attached here.

Facing the Surge Documentary

Come see the documentary “Facing the Surge” September 27th at 7:30 PM.  The film focuses on Norfolk, VA, and examines the myriad complexities of sea level rise and its potential impact on the community.  From adaptation to resilience to managed retreat, Norfolk stands as an example of what many other coastal communities will need to deal with in various ways in the coming years.  Co-Sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute and the Delaware Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.  Flier here.

Looking Forward to Another Year of Working with Talented Students!

I am very excited to help welcome a new cohort of students to UD this fall semester, and to another year of working with talented sociology undergraduate students!  Both in the classroom and doing research in the field, our undergraduates are some of the brightest and most dedicated, showing their commitment to the power of sociology and to matters of social justice.  Here’s the 2016 McLuckie Award winner Melisa Soysal!  Melisa’s hard work in the classroom and her dedication to the residents of Southbridge really show what our students are capable of!

AKD Honors Banquet-United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta-International Sociology Honor Society. Induction of new members and presentation of individual awards

AKD Honors Banquet-United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta-International Sociology Honor Society. Induction of new members and presentation of individual awards

The Importance of Data

As someone who teaches research methods and statistics in a department of sociology and criminal justice, I can’t overstate the value of good quantitative data in shedding light on some of our most pressing social issues.  Here’s a great visual display of data from a recent DOJ report on policing in Baltimore.