Departmental Colloquium

Founded in 1990 as the Theory Workshop, Departmental Colloquium provides a forum for presentation, analysis, and discussion of cutting-edge research in the social sciences.  The colloquium features invited speakers from universities around the world as well as presentations by Iowa’s own faculty and graduate students.  It takes place on Fridays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). 

Spring 2022

  • April 29 - Susila Gurusami; Assistant Professor; Criminology Law, and Justice; University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Abolishing Carceral Distractions: Refusing the Discursive Punishment of Latinxs


  • April 22 - Celeste Campos-Castillo; Associate Professor; Sociology; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • Nobody Needs to Know That: The Limits of the Social Functions of Gossip and the Implications for Adolescent Wellbeing


  • April 15 - Robyn Espinosa; PhD Candidate, Occupational and Environmental Health; University of Iowa
    • Assessing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Outcomes in Justice-Involved Youth and Visualizing and Identifying Methods to Interrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline


  • March 25 - Bianca Manago; Assistant Professor; Sociology; Vanderbilt University
    • Translating Behavioral Experiments to the Online Setting: Studying Gender as a Status Characteristic


  • February 11 - Elisabeth Anderson; Assistant Professor; Sociology; NYU Abu Dhabi
    • Agents of Reform: Child Labor and the Origins of the Welfare State


  • January 28 - César F. Rosado Marzán; Professor and Claire Ferguson Carlson Fellow in Law; College of Law; University of Iowa
    • Alt Labor: Bridging, Swaying, and Framing Against Inequality


  • January 21 - Steve Hitlin, Yongren Shi, Kevin Kiley, and Regan Smock; Sociology and Criminology; University of Iowa
    • Two Wrongs Sometimes Make a Right: Morality, Interaction, and A#&holes


Fall 2021

  • November 19 - Chad Rhym; PhD Candidate; Sociology; University of Iowa
    • "If you don't have roots here, why stay around?": Exploring the Cultural Responsibility of Black Teachers


  • November 19 - Jay Sorensen; PhD Candidate; Sociology; University of Iowa
    • “I didn’t find anything that showed me drag was for me”: Cisgender Women in Drag Performance and Fandom


  • November 12 - Kevin Kiley; Postdoctoral Scholar; Sociology; University of Iowa
    • Ambivalence Is Everywhere: Quantifying Opinion Behavior across Topic Domains


  • September 17 - Elizabeth Felix; Ph.D. Candidate; Sociology; University of Iowa
    • Expanding the Criminalized Circle: Promoting Mental Health Stereotypes and Protecting Racial Stereotypes After White-Perpetrated Mass Violence


Spring 2021

  • April 9 - Ji Hye Kim; Ph.D. Candidate; Sociology; University of Iowa 
    • NA


  • March 26 - Jean Beaman; Associate Professor, Political Science; UC Santa Barbara;  
    • NA


  • March 19 - Forrest Stuart; Associate Professor; Sociology; Stanford University 
    • NA


  • February 19 - Anna Mueller; Associate Professor; Sociology; Indiana University Bloomington 
    • Life under Pressure: Examining the Cultural-Structural Roots of Adolescent Suicide Clusters


  • February 12 - Maria Abascal; Assistant Professor; Sociology; New York University 
    • People use both heterogeneity and minority representation to evaluate diversity

Fall 2020

  • December 11 - Freda Lynn; Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies; Sociology; University of Iowa

    • The National Production of Math Anxiety in an Era of STEM Valorization and Standardized Testing                                                                                                                                                                                        

  • November 20 - Michaela Curran; Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow; Community and Behavioral Health; University of Iowa 

    • Benefiting the Educated? Income Inequality and the Socioeconomic Status Health Gradient                                                                                                                            

  • November 13 - Brian Sargent; Assistant Professor; School of Public Policy; UMass Amherst

    • Walking Forward, Facing Backward: Racialoptimism, political time, and the challenges of implementing antiracist policy                                                             

  • October 30 - Hansini Munasinghe; Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology; University of Iowa
    •  Cross-Nativity Partnering and Political Participation: The Effect of Spouse’s Immigration Background on Voting across Immigrant Generations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Spring 2020

April 10 - Rees Lecturer Celeste Campos-Castillo; Associate Professor; Sociology; University of Wisconsin UW Milwaukee

March 27 - Brian Sargent: Assistant Professor; School of Public Policy & Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

February 14 - John Robinson; Assistant Professor of Sociology; Washington University in St. Louis
Filtering Out Cabrini: Affordable Housing and the Racial Politics of Place

Fall 2019

December 13 - Kevin Washburn; N. William Hines Dean and Professor of Law, University of Iowa 
Criminal Justice in Indian Country: Developments in Iowa and Beyond

December 6 - Ramiro Martinez; Professor, Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University 
Were Mexican American Communities Safer Than Others? Some Surprising Findings from San Antonio

November 8 - Brady G'Sell; Assistant Professor, Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies & Anthropology, University of Iowa
Navigating Nuptials: Migrant marriage and national belonging in South Africa

October 25 - Amy Adamczyk; Professor, Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Global perspectives on abortion: The roles of religion and economic development

Spring 2019 Schedule

April 22 - Michael Schudson, Professor, Journalism, Columbia University, McGranahan Lecture
Does Journalism Endanger the American Dream? **4/22/19, 7:00 p.m., Becker Auditorium (101 BCSB) 

April 19 - Bodi Vasi (Associate Professor) & Hyunsik Chun (PhD Candidate), Sociology, University of Iowa
The Power of the Candlelight. Discursive and Political Opportunities and Social Movement Outcomes in South Korea

April 5 - Edward Lawler, Martin P. Catherwood Professor, Industrial and Labor Relations & Sociology, Cornell University; Rees Lecture
Interdependent Structures and Group Performance: The Role of Behavioral Mechanisms” **4/5/19, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

March 29 - Brea Perry, Professor, Sociology, Indiana University Bloomington
Talk: Bridging Capital and Cognitive Reserve: Social Network Moderation of Neurodegeneration in the Aging Brain

March 11 - Peter Hart-Brinson, Associate Professor, Sociology & Communications, The University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair
The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture **3/11/19, 2:00 p.m.

March 8 - Jessica Welburn Paige, Assistant Professor, Sociology & African American Studies, University of Iowa, Graduate Visit Day
Almost Lost Detroit: Racialized Individualism, Social Mobility and Black Life in the Motor City **3/8/19, 11:00 a.m.

February 24 - Karen Heimer, Professor, Sociology; Collegiate Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa, 36th Annual Presidential Lecture
Violence Against Women: The Hidden Figures **2/24/2019, 3:30 pm, Fourth Floor Assembly Hall, Levitt Center for University Advancement

February 22 - Victor Ray, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
A Theory of Racialized Organizations

February 15 - Fred Boehmke, Professor, Political Science; Director, Iowa Social Science Research Center, University of Iowa
Using ISRC's Resources

Fall 2018 Schedule

November 16 - Stefanie Mollborn, Professor, Sociology & Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder
Social Norms and the Control of Teen Sexuality

September 28 - Jean Florman,  Director, Center for Teaching, University of Iowa; Erik Fuhrer, Teaching & Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching, University of Iowa
Creating Equitable Learning Environments

September 14 - Olga Novoselova, Ph.D. candidate; Sociology, University of Iowa
What Matters for Interorganizational Connectedness?: Locating the Drivers of Multiplex Corporate Networks

August 31 - Susan Johnson, M.D, M.S.; Owner of Thriving Amidst Chaos 
Time Management for Academics: How to Spend More Time Writing and Less on Email

Spring 2018 Schedule

April 27 - Spencer Headworth, PhD.; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Purdue University 
Getting to Know You: Welfare Fraud Investigation and the Appropriation of Social Ties

April 20 - Elisabeth Clemens, PhD.; William Rainey Harper Professor of Sociology & the College, University of Chicago
Civic Gifts: Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State

March 30 - Pamela Smock, PhD.; Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan 
Demography Turns 50: Reflections on Five Decades of Family Demography

March 23 - James Wo, PhD.; Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa 
Mixed Land Use and Neighborhood Crime

March 9 - Phyllis Rippey, PhD.; Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa 
Breastfeeding, Science, and how the University of Iowa trained me to be a Rigorous Sociologist

February 23 - Bryce Dietrich, PhD.; Assistant Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of Iowa 
Using Public Video Feeds to Understand Intergroup Exposure

February 16 - Gavin Slade, PhD.; Lecturer in Legacies of Communism, University of Glasgow
Good Governance? Prison Gangs and Informal Order in the Former Soviet Union

January 26 - Derek Kreager, PhD.; Liberal Arts Research Professor of Sociology & Criminology, and Director, Justice Center for Research, University of Pennsylvania
The Society of Female Captives: The Women's Prison Inmate Networks Study (WO-PINS)

Fall 2017 Schedule

December 8 - Onoso Imoagene, PhD.; Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
Beyond Expectations: Second-Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain

November 17 - Jennifer Reich, PhD.; Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado-Denver
Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines

November 3 - Peter Catron, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Population Studies Center
The Citizenship Advantage: Immigrant Socioeconomic Attainment across Generations in the Age of Mass Migration, **Located in E104 SSH

October 30 - Yongren Shi, Ph.D.; Postdoctoral Associate, Yale Institute for Network Science
The Structure and Function of Multiplex Social Networks, **Located in E104 SSH

October 23 - Carly Knight; Ph.D. candidate; Department of Sociology, Harvard University
A Good Trust: The Moral Legitimation of Big Business by the American Press, **Located in E104 SSH

September 29 - Minjae Kim; Ph.D. candidate; Economic Sociology, MIT Sloan School of Management
A Man is Known by His Cup: Signaling Commitment via Costly Conformity

September 22 - Elana Buch, PhD.; Assistant Professor; Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa
The Secret of Staying Alive: Aging and Inequality in American Home Care Work

September 15 - Allison Gorga; Ph.D. candidate; Department of Sociology, University of Iowa
An Unworkable Monster:  Reaching Gender Responsivity in Corrections

September 8 - Hye Won Kwon; Ph.D. candidate; Department of Sociology, University of Iowa
The Sociology of Grit:  Cross-Cultural Approaches to Social Stratification

Spring 2017 Schedule

April 21 - Darrell Steffensmeir.; Liberal Arts Research Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Penn State University
The Relation Between Age and Crime in Comparative-International Context: Implications for Sociological vs Psych-Neurobiological Paradigms of Human Development

April 14 - Derrick R. Brooms, PhD.; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Louisville
"Everyday we wake up with something to prove": Black Men's Resistance and Resilience in College
Location: E104 Seashore Hall (SSH), 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

March 24 - Mark Suchman, PhD.; Professor of Sociology, Brown University  
Challenges of Information Technology Governance in Health Care Organizations

March 10 - Brian Powell, PhD.; James H. Rudy Professor of Sociology, Indiana University  
American's Views on Refusal of Services to Same-Sex Couples: Evidence from a National Survey Experiment
Location: W401 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

February 24 - Bodi Vasi, PhD.; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa 
Beyond Petroleum? Civic Engagement, Corporate Strategy, and the Emergence of Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States, 1993-2015

February 17 - Michael Haedicke, PhD.; Associate Professor of Sociology, Drake University
Institutional Logics, Contradiction, and Symbolic Power: Theorizing Ambivalence and Confidence in the Organic Foods Sector

January 27 - Andrei Boutyline, Ph.D. candidate; Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
What Explains the Systematic Character of Political Attitudes? Evidence from Two Novel Methods for Structural Analysis of Culture

January 20 - Chad McPherson, Ph.D. candidate; Department of Sociology, University of Iowa
Governing the Boundaries: The Work of U.S. Higher Education Governing Boards

Fall 2016 Schedule

September 9 - Omar Lizardo, Ph.D.; Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Schematic Logics and Patterns of Culture Choice: Linking Cognition and Action in the Sociology of Taste

September 16 - Jae-On Kim, Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Iowa
Meritocracy and the Winner-Take-All Award Structure: Explorations in the Theory of Social Inequality

September 23 - Freda Lynn, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa
Mapping Comparability:  Referents and Pricing in the Field of Higher Education

October 21 - Steve Hitlin, Ph.D.; Professor of Sociology, University of Iowa
Moral Boundaries across Cultures

October 28 - Katherine Lin, Ph.D.; Post-doc, Center for Demography of Health and Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College
How Medical Trainees Make Career Decisions: Preferences, Structural Constraints, and the Role of Perceived Risk 

November 11 - Rebecca Durkee; Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa
Exploring Heterogeneity Among First-Generation College Students: The roles of high school and familial climates in shaping student experiences

November 18 - Erik Westlund, Ph.D.; Visiting Professor in Sociology, University of Iowa
Overmatch Penalties, Selectivity Premiums, and College Degree Completion

December 9 - Charis Kubrin, Ph.D.; Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine
Rap on Trial

Spring 2016 Schedule

January 22 - Marina Zaloznaya, Ph.D; Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Sociology Department 
Street-Collar Crime: How Culture, Opportunity, and Utility Shape Citizen Participation in Bureaucratic Bribery

January 29 - Kate Kellogg, Ph.D; Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Organization Studies Department, MIT Sloan School of Management 
Subordinate Staging to Implement Affordable Care Act Reforms in Primary Care

February 12 - Jessica Welburn, Ph.D; Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Sociology & African American Studies
Navigating Urban Decline in Detroit, MI: The Experiences of Working Class and Middle Class African Americans

February 19 - Yongren ShiPh.D Candidate; Cornell University, Department of Sociology
Can We Agree on Science? Measuring the Ideological Alignment of Science with Book Co-purchase Data

February 26 - Victor Tan Chen, Ph.D; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University
The Rise of Meritocratic Morality & the Failure of Institutions: A Study of Unemployed Autoworkers in the US & Canada

March 4 - Alford Young, Ph.D; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor & Department Chair, University of Michigan
Race, Place, & Perceptions of Opportunity: How Black Men Move from Poverty to Possibility  
Location: W207 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)

March 25 - Shon Hiatt, Ph.D; Assistant Professor of Management and Organization, USC Marshall School of Business
From Farms to Fuel Tanks: Differential Effects of Collective Action on Firm Entry in the Emergent U.S. Biodiesel Sector Location: W401 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)

April 8 - Olga Novoselova, Ph.D candidate; University of Iowa, Department of Sociology
Tie Multiplexity and the Evolution of the US Corporate Network

April 15 - Wes Longhofer, Ph.D; Assistant Prof of Organization & Mgmt, Emory University, Goizueta Business School
When Do International Organizations Matter? Policy Adoption and Implementation across Four Domains

April 29 - Lisa Slattery Walker, Ph.D; Professor of Sociology and Organizational Science, UNC-Charlotte
Controlling and Transferring Status Effects of Gender

May 6 - Tina Wildhagen, Ph.D; Assistant Professor of Sociology, Smith College
The Construction of the First-Generation College Student and Struggles over Symbolic Boundaries

Fall 2015 Schedule

September 18 - Ronald Simons, Ph.D.; Distinguished Research Profesor in the Department of Sociology and Research Fellow in the Institute for Behavioral Research and the Center for Gene-Environment Transaction at the University of Georgia.
Avenues Whereby Social Experiences Influence Speed of Biological Aging, Health, and Longevity

October 2 - Stephen Wieting, Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa, Sociology Department
Cultural and Organizational Contributions to Lying: Hypocrisy in Sport and Religion

October 9 - Jennifer Haylett, Ph.D.; Lecturer, University of Iowa, Sociology Department
U.S. Commercial Surrogacy as a Case of Relational Work

October 16 - Brendan D. Dooley, Ph.D.; Lecturer, University of Iowa, Department of Sociology
Conjectures, Refutations, and (Elusive) Resolution: An Exercise in the Sociology of Knowledge Within Criminology

November 6 - Erin Leahey, Ph.D.; Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona
Prominent but Less Productive: The Impact of Interdisciplinarity on Scientists' Research

November 20 - Justin Grimmer, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
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