Author: Malley, Mary

David Embrick: Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award

Please join us in congratulating David Embrick, winner of the 2022 Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems!

Established in 2016, the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award is awarded annually to an outstanding faculty member or community activist. The award was established to recognize the value of quality mentoring relationships between mentor and mentee and/or mentoring programs especially those for undergraduate or graduate students and/or for social activists, particularly for younger scholars and activists. 


Mary Bernstein: “Are the Courts the Way to Queer Rights?”

Check out Professor Mary Bernstein's recent article in the Boston Review, "Are the Courts the Way to Queer Rights?".

***Excerpt from Article***

Today, as LGBTQ and other legal protections hang in the balance, we ought to move beyond the narrow question of the generic benefit or harm of legal strategies. We need a broader focus, in particular, on the interplay among law, social movements, and institutions. Rather than view the law in isolation from the rest of society, we must recognize that law has a complex relationship with other social and cultural institutions and that legal strategies do not represent the totality of social movement activism.

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.

Sociology Minor or Double Major Now Offered at Stamford and Hartford

We are excited to announce that, beginning in the 2022-23 academic year, Hartford and Stamford campus students will be able to complete a minor in sociology or a double major in sociology and psychology.


UConn's sociology major and minor are indispensable for professional success across a wide range of careers in social services, digital media and design, public relations, education and teaching, human resource management, health care, government, law, public policy, community work, the non-profit sector, publishing, journalism, city and regional planning, and more.


We look forward to growing the sociology program through new course offerings and greater student awareness of opportunities to complete their degrees on the regional campuses.


Students on the Hartford campus who are interested in the major or minor should contact


Students on the Stamford campus who are interested in the major or minor should contact

Rhys Hall: 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Convocation

Tune in to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Alumni Relations' 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Convocation on January 20th to see graduate student Rhys Hall participate in the Ted Talk style format. The speakers represent faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across all UConn locations.


  • Michael Bradford – Vice Provost for Faculty, Staff, and Student Development
  • Amayia Cordova – Undergraduate Student in Mathematics & Healthcare Analysis
  • Wiley Dawson – Assistant Director, Center for Career Development, Hartford
  • Dr. Sandy Grande – Professor of Political Science and Native American & Indigenous Studies
  • Dr. Oscar Guerra – Assistant Professor of Film & Video, Stamford
  • Rhys Hall '18 (CLAS)– Graduate Student in Sociology
  • Khamani Harrison '17 (ENGR) – owner of The Key Bookstore, Hartford
  • Dr. Khalilah Hunter-Anderson '08 (MED) - Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Tony Omega '10 (CLAS) – Academic Advisor, Waterbury

Join link:

Webinar number: 2623 471 5399

Webinar password: TxiNDuAF775 (89463823 from phones)

Join by phone: +1-415-655-0002 US Toll

Access code: 262 347 15399

Meanings of “America” Contest Winners

The Meanings of Democracy Lab directed by Ruth Braunstein, Associate Professor of Sociology, is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Meanings of “America” Multimedia Contest. They received a large number of high-quality submissions, but these finalists distinguished themselves with their originality, creativity, and the overall quality of their work. Congratulations in particular to undergraduate Sociology majors Nicholas Xenophontos (winner) and Emma Parente (honorable mention), and Sociology PhD candidate Rianka Roy (honorable mention)!

We invite all members of the UConn community to join us in congratulating them, and to stay in touch with the Meanings of Democracy Lab on Twitter and Instagram for updates on future events where they will be sharing their wonderful submissions. 

First Place Prize Nicholas Xenophontos, “Meanings of America” Honorable Mentions Srivani Agnihotram, “America” Emma Kathryn Parente, “A Student in America” Lisbeth Peguero, “Everything but Apple Pie” Rianka Roy, “Coming to America” Jenna Trott, “Because of the Brave” Exhibition Finalists Kyra Arena, “Fly Away” Cassandra Barrow, “Envy” Matthew S. Dentice, “American Hope”

First Place Prize

Nicholas Xenophontos, “Meanings of America”

Honorable Mentions

Srivani Agnihotram, “America”

Emma Kathryn Parente, “A Student in America”

Lisbeth Peguero, “Everything but Apple Pie”

Rianka Roy, “Coming to America”

Jenna Trott, “Because of the Brave”

Exhibition Finalists

Kyra Arena, “Fly Away”

Cassandra Barrow, “Envy”

Matthew S. Dentice, “American Hope”