News from the Department of Sociology

Some of UHM SOC faculty and graduate students have published an opinion piece "A Demand To End Anti-Black Racism" on Honolulu @CivilBeat. Read the full article here:

A Demand To End Anti-Black Racism

There must be real systemic change to policing and criminal justice policies and practices.

UHM SOC PhD Candidate Noreen Kohl (@noreen_kohl) has contributed an opinion piece “Antiracism Demands More Than A Hashtag” on Honolulu @CivilBeat Read her full article here:

Antiracism Demands More Than A Hashtag

People breaking their silence on racism and policing need to make real commitments to action moving forward.

"Focusing on the diffusion, not just creation or adoption, of new policies or practices helps us better understand the non-linear, heterogeneous nature of penal change." - @ashleytrubin of @UHM_Sociology @Punishment_CRN

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An Open Letter by the Graduate Student Sociological Association (GSSA) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM): A Response to the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Others, Police Brutality, and the Anti-Racist Movement.

UHM Sociology PhD student @david_riedman has published an editorial in the Honolulu @StarAdvertiser, calling for a stronger engagement b/w higher ed and police departments to end racism and to change the flawed criminal justice system

Column: University of Hawaii, colleges should aid police understanding of racism | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, college campuses and public schools across the country are ending partnerships with local police depa...

UHM SOC Dr. Nicholas Chagnon (@nickchagnon) has published a co-authored article “Where’s the panic, where’s the fire? Why claims of moral panic and witch hunts miss the mark when it comes to campus rape and MeToo” on @FemMediaStudies

Where‘s the panic, where‘s the fire? Why claims of moral panic and witch hunts miss the mark when it comes to campus rape and MeToo

(2020). Where’s the panic, where’s the fire? Why claims of moral panic and witch hunts miss the mark when it comes to campus rape and MeTo...

UHM SOC PhD student Nathalie Rita has received a Merit Based award from the UHM Graduate Student Organization recognizing her contributions to "Service and Outreach" to the University and community. Congratulations Nathalie!

UHM SOC professor Dr. Ashley Rubin (@ashleytrubin) has made a @YouTube video summarizing the news and commentary about the coronavirus in U.S. prisons and jails.
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UHM SOC Emeritus Dr. Patricia Steinhoff has been interviewed on the North American Coordinating Council Multimedia History Project by @UHMLibrary Tokiko Bazzell (@tbazzell). Watch the full interview clip here:

UHM SOC Prof. Ashley Rubin (@ashleytrubin) spoke as part of the "Mesa debate: Pandemia Mundial” series organized by Argentina’s Comisión Provincial por la Memoria (Memory Commission) on "What to do with the prisons?" Watch the video (in spanish) here:

From all of us here in the Department of Sociology — Congratulations to the Class of 2020!!🎊👏🏻🎉🎇 Also, our utmost appreciation to all sociology class students for your patience and dedication in finishing this challenging semester! We wish you all a relaxing & safe summer!🌺😊

UHM Sociology PhD student Omar Bird (@OmarTBird), one of @socbreakdown hosts, has been selected as the winnter of the Gary Kazuo Sakihara Memorial Scholarship Fund for this school year. Congratulations Omar!!

UHM Sociology Professor Dr. Yean-Ju Lee’s new book, Divorce in South Korea: Doing Gender and the Dynamics of Relationship Breakdown, has been published by @UHPRESSNEWS. Get your copy from the UH Press website today:

Divorce in South Korea: Doing Gender and the Dynamics of Relationship Breakdown

It may sound logical that individualistic attitudes boost divorce. This book argues otherwise. Conservative norms of specialized gender roles serve as...

UHM SOC professor Dr. Cullen Hayashida presents an online workshop "Acquiring the Active Aging Perspective: Laying the Roadmap & Committing to First Steps" sponsored by @ChangeAGEnts365 Hawai`i and @OlliUhm on 5/14 @ 1pm. RSVP to to access this event's Zoom room

UHM Sociology Professor Dr. Aya Kimura has published the online article about citizen science and disasters for @somatosphere.
Her full article is available here:

UHM Sociology professor Dr. Ashley Rubin @ashleytrubin is offering SOC 495 Crime and Punishment class in Fall 2020. This is NOT the class offered every semester, so don't miss out this opportunity! Check out her course introduction video for more info:

UHM Sociology PhD candidate Ellen Meiser, one of @socbreakdown hosts, has won the 2020 Graduate Student Paper Award with her qualitative study based on in-depth interviews, entitled "Normalization of Abuse in Commercial Kitchens Through Food Media." Congratulations, Ellen!

UHM professor Dr. Ashley Rubin (@ashleytrubin ) has published a review essay "True believers, rational actors, and bad actors: Placing the Prison and the Factory in penal-histriographic context." in Punishment & Society @Pun_Soc.

Don't forget checking out the list of Sociology class available this Fall 2020 before completing your registration! Some classes are filling up so fast! See what classes are available here:

"Exploring the Relationship between COVID-19 Spread and Social Vulnerability at the Neighborhood Level," a project proposed by Dr. Wei Zhang and a graduate student Margaret Walkover was awarded $10,000 for the 2020 CSS Research Support Award on Implications of COVID-19 for Hawaii

Happy #EarthDay2020🌍UHM Sociology professor Dr. Aya Kimura's co-edited book, Find Food and Power in Hawai'i: Visions of Food Democracy is 50% off today from @UHPRESSNEWS!!

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