UT’s Department of Sociology will host a conference April 27–29 addressing some of the most pressing current issues surrounding racial inequality in the United States. The three-day conference, New Directions in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, will bring nationally and internationally recognized scholars to the UT campus.
Department of Sociology News
The “Hyrdolunteers” were formed in 2015 as a way for students from varying backgrounds to come together to better understand, protect, and preserve water resources in East Tennessee.
The well-substantiated racial differences in research support are yet another hurdle that scholars of color face—one that sets many of us behind. Victor Ray, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, argues this notion in a recent Inside Higher Ed piece.
A panel of scholars and community leaders will discuss “Mass Incarceration in America: Time for Reform?” from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library.
Michelle Brown, an associate professor of sociology, has worked with community organizers and activist scholars and artists who seek to push back against mass incarceration and point to socially-just alternatives. Because of her work in the growing field of critical criminology, Brown was named the 2016 Critical Criminologist of the Year by the American Society of Criminology. The award honors distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service in the field.
Victor Ray, an assistant professor of sociology, penned an essay for Inside Higher Ed addressing “mesearch,” patronizing slander directed against scholars of color.
Prison museums are proliferating and more popular than ever. Michelle Brown, associate professor of sociology, weighs in on the reasoning behind re-purposing former prisons into museum
The Conversation interviewed Asafa Jalata of sociology about country-wide protests in Ethiopia.
The Knoxville News Sentinel interviewed Robert Durán, assistant professor of sociology, for a story about the reasons that drive Knoxville gang membership.
The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism website, interviewed Michelle Brown for a story examining how old penitentiaries are repurposed and given new life.