News & Events

Denney to Lecture on Health Disparities

Justin Denney
The UM Sociology Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Institute of Health and Humanities are pleased to host Justin Denney, UM alum, professor at Rice University, and director of the Kinder Institute Urban Heath Program, for a discussion of his work using large disparate datasets to study social inequalities and their impact on health outcomes. "Families, Communities, and Health Disparities: Implications of Contextual Incongruence" will be held Thursday, March 16th at 5:00 PM in Gilkey Building room 105. This event is free and open to the public. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Michael Burawoy to Speak at UM

Michael Burawoy

The UM Department of Sociology is thrilled to host esteemed scholar and author Dr. Michael Burawoy (UC Berkeley), who will deliver the lecture "Whose University?: Reflections on the Future of the Public University" during his visit on Thursday, February 23rd. The talk will take place in LAW 101 at 7 PM, and will be followed by a Q & A session, and a brief reception.

Burawoy is a well-known theorist, specializing in sociological Marxism. He has served as both the president of the American Sociological Association, and the International Sociological Association. He is best known for his work Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process under Monopoly Capitalism, and for his advocacy of public sociology.

For more information about Burawoy and his career, visit Burawoy's personal website, the Wikipedia page regarding Burawoy, or read his recent article from the Journal of Contemporary Sociology, "Sociology as a Vocation".

Professor Kuipers Elected VP of the Pacific Sociological Association

Kathy Kuipers

Congratulations to UM Sociology's Professor Kathy Kuipers, who was recently elected Vice President of the Pacific Sociological Association. Her term of service will begin in April 2017.

Sociology Grad Student Shares Insights from 2016 Kakehashi Project Trip


Second year Sociology graduate student Skye McGinty was one of 23 UM students selected to participate in the 2016 Kakehashi Project trip to Japan. The group, along with other students from the U.S. and around the globe, took part in a ten day guided culture, education and exchange program put on by the Japan International Cooperation Center. Read the 2016 Kakehashi Japan Study Tour blog, organized by UM and the Mansfield Center, or learn more about the Kakehashi Project .

Emeritus Professor McQuiston Dies at 83

UM Sociology would like to acknowledge the passing of emeritus Professor John McQuiston.

John earned his bachelors,masters, and PhD degrees at the University of Southern California. His main areas of specialization were demography, human ecology, research methods, statistics, and social organizations. After earning his PhD, he served as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside. He joined the faculty of the University of Montana as an Associate Professor in 1974. Here he taught classes primarily in social problems, poverty, and graduate research methods.  He was a very active researcher who earned many grants and directed the University of Montana Center for
Population Research from 1974 until 1987.  He was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for his teaching and research. John officially retired from UM in 1994, but taught a few classes the following year on a post-retirement contract.

John was an important part of the UM Sociology Department's history, and left a legacy of excellent training in quantitative methods to graduate students who went on to great careers themselves. He will be greatly missed.

Read John's obituary from the L.A. Times here.   

UM Faculty Affiliate Scott McNall Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Scott McNall

McNall is an emeritus provost and professor at California State University, Chico. He has authored, co-authored and edited over 20 books, and has written extensively on issues relating to climate change, equality, social class, sustainability, and resilience, including his most recent work, The Problem of Social Inequality: Why it Destroys Democracy, Threatens the Planet, and What We Can Do About It, published by Routledge last December.