2013-14 Sociology News and Events Archive


The Sociology Colloquium Series is being held in the Bolton Hall 757 from noon to 1:30pm on the following dates:

September 27, 2013
Prof. Aki Roberts, Explaining Joy-Riding and Professional Auto Theft Rates in the United States:  A Crime-Specific Approach
October 18, 2013
Prof. John Roberts, Social Networks in the Late Pre-Hispanic Southwest
November 15, 2013
Prof A. Aneesh, Emergent Citizenship: New Formats and New Dilemmas
January 24, 2014
Prof. Marcus Britton, Topic TBA
February 21, 2014
Prof. Heeju Shin, Misconveived Equity? Healthcare Resources, Community Poverty, and Child Health
Disparities in Peru
March 28, 2014
Workshop, Writing: MA Paper/Thesis, PhD Dissertation, and Publications
April 17, 2014
Prof. Christopher Lyons, University of New Mexico, The Political Context of the Percent Black-Urban Neighborhood Violence Link: A
Multilevel Analysis
April 25, 2014
Kenneth Jackson, The Meaning of Hijab: Voices of Muslim Women in Egyptand Yemen
Emily Schulz, Accounting for Actions: Techniques of Neutralization, Identity Maintenance, and
Narrative Construction in the Rwandan Genocide


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GordonGauchat Gordon Gauchat joined the faculty as an assistant professor in Fall, 2013.  Prof. Gauchat received his PhD from the University of Connecticut (2010). Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His current research examines the influence of public understanding of science on democratic institutions and the politicization of science in economically advanced societies. A portion of this research is funded by the National Science Foundation in hopesof improving measurement of public trust in, understanding of, and everyday use of scientific knowledge. His research interests also include globalization, urban political economy, and sociological theory. "I am eager to enter a young and vibrant Department of Sociology here at UWM. And, I am excited to engage and learn from the local community."

Sociologists Noelle Chesley (UWM) and Sarah Halpern-Meekin (UW-Madison) are partnering with the Racine Family YMCA in their Focus on Fathers Initiative to strengthen families and communities by improving father involvement in African American families. The Focus on Fathers initiative, which is funded through a two-year grant provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program, will extend and augment programming intended to help support young African American fathers. The programs funded by the project will assist young African American fathers in the development of parenting and healthy relationship skills that are designed to build sustainable and healthy families and reduce infant mortality in Racine County, WI

Mark Caldwell, Sociology PhD student and lecturer, has been awarded a Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) grant by the American Sociological Association.  The grant encourages sociologists to undertake community action projects that bring social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to bear in addressing community-identified issues and concerns.

Caldwell is working with Sweet Water Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on the environment and education, to develop a survey for users who will be participating in their online certifications program called AQUAPONS. The survey will assess how peer-reviewed activities impact learning outcomes for an online certification program.

2012-13 Sociology News and Events Archive


September 2012: Prof. Cary Costello, Associate Professor of Sociology, UWM, Colloquium "Intersex Experience and the Sociology of Diagnosis"

October: David Nowacek, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology, UWM, Colloquium, "Joint Attention: Theoretical Advance and Empirical Significance"

November: Annual Teaching Colloquium, Online Instruction

January 2013: Prof. Noelle Chesley, Associate Professor of Sociology, UWM, Colloquium"I Don't Think of Myself as the Breadwinner": What Studying Atypical Family Forms Tells Us About Families and Social Change

February:   Graduate Student Colloquium–Panel presentations by  Elizabeth Klainot-Hess, MA Student, "A Comparision of the Wisconsin and Ohio Spring 2011 Uprisings" and  Jennifer Schopp, MA Student,  "Social Network Diversity and the Educational Experience of Biracial/Multiracial Students"

February:  Zakiya Luna, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley, Colloquium, "Domesticating Human Rights: The Unexpected Success of the Reproductive Justice Movement"

March: Prof. Oriol Mirosa, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, UWM, Colloquium, "The Global Governance of Water: A Sociological Approach"


Prof. A. Aneesh named as a fellow  Prof. A. Aneesh has received a resident fellowship from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India, for the 2012-13 academic year.

Dr. Nancy Mathiowetz

Prof. Nancy Mathiowetz named as a fellow of the American Statistical Association.The designation of Fellow has been a superlative honor in the American Statistical Association (ASA) for nearly 100 years.  According to the association by-laws, each year the Committee on Fellows can elect no more than one-third of one percent of the total ASA membership as Fellows.  Individuals are nominated for the honor by fellow members and, to be selected, must have an established reputation and made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical work.  N. Mathiowetz is noted in particular by the ASA "for outstanding research focusing on the effects of measurement error; and for dedicated service to the survey research community through her editorial work and mentoring of the next generation of survey methodologists."   Congratulations Prof. Mathiowetz!

Timeka Walker

Timeka Walker '07, BA, Sociology,  Inducted Into Bud K. Haidet Hall Of Fame.  Walker was a standout in the sprints at UWM from 2003-2007. She capped her career by being named the Horizon League Outstanding Performer of the Meet in 2007. She won seven individual league titles, including a pair in the 60 and 100 meters and three in the 200. She was also the first female sprinter in school history to run below 24 seconds in the 200.

Walker was also part of team titles in 2003, 2006 and 2007, while she set records in the 60 meter, 200 meter and sprint medley relay.

During her time at UWM, Walker was on the Dean's List and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In fact, she represented UWM at the national SAAC conference in 2006. She also won the UWM Athletic Board Special Recognition Award in 2006.

Walker graduated in 2007 with degrees in psychology and sociology and has continued to help the program, serving as a volunteer coach working with the sprinters.

Amy Turin

Amy Turim '06, BA, Sociology, was awarded UWM’s prestigious GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award for 2012. This award recognizes graduates who have achieved a measure of success in their field bringing credit to themselves and the University.  As a professional in Community Housing Management, Amy works with families living below the poverty line on housing and other issues. She is the president of the Garden Homes Land Compact, which is an organization dedicated to urban revitalization and is also actively involved in Milwaukee in a number of other volunteer and leadership activities.  In her professional and volunteer roles, Amy represents the best and the brightest of the UWM alumni community. Of her sociology education, she says she uses many of the things she learned in the sociology department on a daily basis. We are proud to count Amy among our graduates!

Faculty in the Media

Prof. Cary Costello was interviewed for The Huffington Post about how intersex children are labelled on birth certificates and the implications for bodily integrity. The interview may be viewed here

Prof. Cary Costello
was interviewed for The Huffington Post about how intersex children are labelled on birth certificates and the implications for bodily integrity. The interview may be viewed here

Prof. Cary Costello
was interviewed by WISN 12 News about questions that have arose as a result of the rise in sexting amongst teens. The video may be viewed here.

Prof. Noelle Chesley presented the 2013 Schmidt Lecture on technology use and the consequences of work intensification at the College of William and Mary this spring.


Prof. Marcus Britton did an interview with The Atlantic Cities about how residential mobility during young adulthood changes segregation. The article can be found here

Prof. Marcus Britton was also interviewed on the Brian Lehrer Show. The interview may be viewed here.

Prof. Noelle Chesley did an interview with WTMJ about Marissa Mayer's decision to end telecommuting at Yahoo! It may be found here.

Prof. Noelle Chesely did an interview on WTMJ about texting and parenting. It may be found here.

Prof. Noelle Chesley's
work with former graduate student Britta Johnson was highlighted in a HuffPost Blog on June 21, 2012. It may be found here. 

Prof. Sarah Halpern-Meekin was a guest on Milwaukee Public Television's program 4th Street Forum hosted by Raul Vazquez.  The forum's topic wass Class and Destiny:  Are You Your Income? and the program can be viewed here.

2011-12 Sociology Events

September 2011: Noelle Chesley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UWM, Colloquium, Technology Use and 21st Century Employment Implications for Job Conditions and Worker Strain and Distress

October: Pat Rubio Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Sociology, UWM, Colloquium, Coleman Revisited: School Segregation, Peers and Frog Ponds

December: Heeju Shin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UWM, Colloquium, Single motherhood in Mexico and South Korea: Welfare policy, Labor market, and family practice

February 2012: Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UW–M, Relationship Churning, Physical Violence, and Verbal Abuse in Young Adult Relationship

March:  Sociology Graduate Student Lunch & Learn, Hosted by Noelle Chesley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UW–M, Featuring Britta Johnson, recent UW–M MA Graduate
"From the Academy to the Job Market:  Translating Your MA Skills for Potential Employers"

March:  Selina Gallo-Cruz, PhD Candidate in Sociology, Emory University and 2012 UW–M Diversity Fellow, 'A Method for all Human Conflict':  International Organizations and Nonviolence

March:  Kuang-chi Chang, Assistant Professor, UW–M,  "A Path to Understanding Guanxi in China's Transitional Economy:  Variations on Network Behavior"

March:  Sociology Honor Society Alpha Kappa Delta Induction & Department Awards Ceremony

April:  Graduate Student Colloquium–Panel presentations by Caitlin Hawley, Matt McCarthy, Katherine Quinn, and DJ Wolover

April:  What Can I do with a Sociology Major?  hosted by Sociology Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Stacey Oliker