Month: March 2022

Darrell Irwin: Russian Disinformation Campaign Targeted Ukraine

UConn Today featured Assistant Professor of Sociology, Darrell Irwin, in "Report: Russian Disinformation Campaign Targeted Ukraine, Other Countries During Pandemic." The article discusses Professor Irwin's involvement with research to counter Russian sourced disinformation efforts directed at the state health sector and its COVID-19 response and vaccine hesitation in Kazakhstan, Georgia and the Ukraine.


*Excerpt from Article*

Irwin was a consultant on a December report put out by The Critical Mass, “Contaminated Trust: Public Health Disinformation and its Societal Impacts in Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine,” that looked at the dissemination of Russian disinformation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia during the pandemic.

The study, which was conducted from February to August last year, relied on in-country civilian volunteers, journalists, and medical professionals who logged their media consumption and submitted to in-depth interviews during a time when the pandemic raged and vaccines were shunned in the three countries.

Mary Bernstein: President-Elect of SSSP

Please join us in congratulating Professor Mary Bernstein, who has been named the President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for the 2022-2023 term and President for the 2023-2024 term!

The SSSP's stated purpose is to promote and protect sociological research and teaching on significant problems of social life and, particularly, to encourage the work of young sociologists; to stimulate the application of scientific method and theory to the study of vital social problems; to encourage problem-centered social research; to foster cooperative relations among persons and organizations engaged in the application of scientific sociological findings to the formulation of social policies; to foster higher quality of life, social welfare, and positive social relations in society and the global community and to undertake any activity related thereto or necessary or desirable for the accomplishment of the foregoing purposes.  Fulfilling this purpose requires both a strict adherence to the highest principles of academic freedom, freedom of speech, and due process, as stated in the AAUP’s 1940 statement on academic freedom and tenure and 2014 statement on academic freedom and electronic communications; and the protection of the right to engage in intellectual debates of all types without fear of censorship or retaliation.

April 5, 2022 | Misinformation: Creating a Misfire for American Gun Policy

Join us as we explore how gun misinformation impacts public discourse around gun policy. Panelists will also offer potential solutions to combat misinformation in gun policy conversations.

Tuesday April 5, 5:00 – 6:15 PM
UConn Hartford, Hartford Times Building 145

Attorney General William Tong (CT)
Prof. Lisa Singh, Georgetown University
Prof. Amanda J. Crawford, UConn
David Pucino, Deputy Chief Counsel at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Moderated by Prof. Kerri Raissian, UConn

Register Here
Sponsors include: InCHIP, ARMS, DPP, Sociology, UConn Hartford, UConn Humanities Institute, Center on Community Safety, Policing, and Inequality, and CT SSN.

David Embrick: What is Critical Race Theory–And Why is it Important to Understand?

Lorna Grisby's article in Reader's Digest, "What is Critical Race Theory--and Why is it Important to Understand?," asks experts to define the concept of Critical Race Theory and explain its real-world implications. Among those experts is David Embrick, Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies. Check out an excerpt from the article below.


Racism is built into our systems and exists regardless of how well or how poorly individual people within those systems act. “There is a centrality of racism,” says David G. Embrick, PhD, an associate professor of sociology and African studies at the University of Connecticut. “It’s not based on the actions of individuals. Take those few bad apples out and the racist policies and practices will continue, because of how they’re embedded within our legal structure, our educational structure, and the workplace.”

Kim Price-Glynn: An Ideology of Collective-Intensive Mothering

Check out Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban and Community Studies Kim Price-Glynn's recent article in Gender, Work & Organization titled "An Ideology of Collective-Intensive Mothering: The Gendered Organization of Care in a Babysitting Cooperative."


Babysitting cooperatives offer reciprocity-based short-term childcare for members. In practice, the babysitting cooperative (co-op) under study has contradictory outcomes that both relieve and burden its participants. This study is based on ethnographic methods: 4 years of participant observation, 28 in-depth interviews with 18 members and 10 spouses and an analysis of babysitting co-op texts. This research extends the ideology of intensive mothering to include collective-intensive mothering, a group form of intensified caregiving reproduced by the babysitting co-op's gendered organization of care. To accomplish collective-intensive mothering, babysitting co-op members employ intensive mothering beliefs and practices in conjunction with other group members. What is more, co-op members collectively intensify their mothering practices with other members' children in addition to their own. Given need for more (and better) caregiving alternatives, the lack of scholarly attention to unpaid cooperative caregiving groups, like babysitting co-ops, is surprising. This research seeks to address this gap.