News from the Department of Sociology

Sociology students present their research

Students present research

Sociology students continue to proudly represent the University of Akron.  Their scholarship ranges from the study of social problems that challenge us today to the promise of teaching initiatives to improve the learning process.  Below are the titles and locations of each presentation:

Nick Gotsiridze (Williams Honors College Scholar) and Jimmy Carter (UA Sociology Graduate Student). “The Collateral Cost of Mass Incarceration: A Qualitative Study of Health among Returned Citizens.” at the University of Akron Interdisciplinary Symposium and at the North East Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS) at Oberlin College in April.   

Molly Hartsough (UA Sociology Graduate Student). November 15, 2018.  “Childhood Abuse, Community Resources, and Sex Trafficking Victimization:  A Test of General Strain Theory” American Society of Criminology (ASC) Annual Meeting.  Poster.  Atlanta, GA.

Molly Hartsough (UA Sociology Graduate Student), Erin Andro, Kaitlyn Root (UA Sociology Graduate Student), and Eric Victory (UA Sociology Graduate Student).  March 1, 2019.  “An Active Participation Session on Teaching Sensitive Topics and Dealing with Challenging Student Situations”  New Explorations in Teaching (NEXT) Conference.  Panel Discussion.  Akron, OH.    

Molly Hartsough (UA Sociology Graduate Student) and Matthew T. Lee (Harvard University).  March 15, 2019.  “Creating Open Space in Higher Education as a Path to Flourishing for Students, Faculty, and the Broader Community” Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Annual Meeting.  Paper Presentation.  Boston, MA.

Molly Hartsough (UA Sociology Graduate Student.)  March 16, 2019.  “"Do Justice’ or ‘Seek Justice’? Conflicting or Complementary Prosecutor Obligations.”  Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Annual Meeting.  Paper Presentation.  Boston, MA.

Molly Hartsough (UA Sociology Graduate Student.)  April 9, 2019.  “Victim-Blaming Attitudes and Gender: The Cumulative Effect on Bystander Intervention for an Intimate Partner Violence Victim”  UA Interdisciplinary Symposium Symposium.  Poster.  Akron, OH.

Kaitlyn Root (UA Sociology Graduate Student) and Jacob S. Church, Kent State University  “Appalachian Welfare-to-work Clients in Ohio,” Society for the Study of Social Problems,  Summer 2018, Philadelphia. 

Brianna Turgeon, Tiffany Taylor and Christi Gross, Kaitlyn Root (UA Sociology Graduate Student) and Kasey Ray. “Stigma, Pride, and Shame: An Exploration of Program Managers’ Talk and Expectations for Cash Assistance Recipients,” Society for the Study of Social Problems,  Summer 2018, Philadelphia. 

Brianna Turgeon, Kaitlyn Root (UA Sociology Graduate Student), and Tiffany Taylor "Emotion Work and Identity Work: A Qualitative Analysis of Ohio Welfare–to–Work Managers’ Professional Identities and Use of Feeling Rules" –.  Society for Women in Sociology, Winter 2019, Denver .

Ebenezer Duah (UA Sociology Graduate Student).  Bullying Victimization and Juvenile Delinquency in Ghana. University of Akron’s Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2019.

Matthew Williamson (UA Sociology Graduate Student) and Abigail Williamson (UA Student). “Behind the Mask: An Examination of Gender and Comic Book Fans” Poster presented at the first University of Akron’s Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2019. Akron. 

Jodi C. Noland, Scott Swiatek (UA Sociology Graduate Students) “A Theoretical Model of Group Positioning and Community Policing.”  Poster presented at the first University of Akron’s Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2019. Akron.

Nusrat Islam (UA Sociology Graduate Student). “Teams in a Multigenerational Workforce: Perceptions on Job Satisfaction, Engagement, and Team Performance.” Poster presented at the first University of Akron’s Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2019. Akron.

Katie Bullock (UA Sociology Graduate Student).  “Unintended Punishments: Examining the Mental Health Impacts of Barriers to Communicating with Loved Ones in Prison.” Poster presented at the first University of Akron’s Interdisciplinary Symposium, April 2019. Akron.