Author: Brereton, Ajalon

Ruth Braunstein: UConn Today

Check out UConn Today's recent article highlighting the work of Associate Professor of Sociology Ruth Braunstein and her Meanings of Democracy Lab. Please also join us in congratulation Graduate Student Rianka Roy and Undergraduate Student Nicholas Xenophontos, who each received one of the five $100 prizes in the Democracy Lab's "Meanings of 'America' Project." 

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“The public is always thinking about it whether they know it or not,” she says. “Our assumptions about what it means to be American are embedded in so many of our conversations about public policy. Who deserves access to public institutions and resources, whether we should allow certain religious groups to display their religious symbols in public, do you need to be a taxpayer to be a good American? There are so many ways this plays out in the background of our policy debates.”

Rianka Roy: Immigrant workers’ movements in the U.S.

Congratulations to Graduate Student Rianka Roy on her upcoming publication in the Sociology Compass, “Immigrant workers’ movements in the U.S.: Where are high-skilled ‘nonimmigrants?” The Sociology Compass is an international journal publishing peer-reviewed research articles and surveys of current research from across the entire discipline, with the aim of providing topical and significant research on a monthly basis. 

Laura Bunyan: Pop-Up Food Pantry at UConn Stamford

Check out UConn Today’s recent article “Pop-Up Food Pantry at UConn Stamford Aims to Curb Food Insecurity” featuring Assistant Professor in Residence, Laura Bunyan’s, work with Katharine Vartuli ’23 (CLAS)  to provide food to those in need. The pop-up pantry  is a hands-on project that came about at the suggestion of colleagues and after talking with organizers of a pantry at Norwalk Community College.

UConn Junior Named a Truman Scholar

Congratulations to Irene Soteriou ’23 (CLAS) who has been recently named a Truman Scholar with the help of mentoring from Professor of Sociology, Bradley Wright. Check out the article here. 

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“Working with Dr. Wright was illuminating in that it opened my eyes to the possibility of leading a life of intentionality and purpose without compromising on sustainability,” says Soteriou. “His mentorship motivated me to consider ways in which I could more creatively utilize resources uniquely accessible to me at UConn so as to leave a tangible impact in spaces that hold great meaning to my community, and he showed me that it was feasible to carve out a path towards a long-lasting career that I find deeply fulfilling.”

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.

 

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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.