Department of Sociology News

Washington Post Features UT’s Ray about ‘Scientific’ Racism

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The Washington Post featured Victor Ray in this story about “scientific” racism, a concept that uses scientific techniques or hypotheses to support a belief in racism, racial inferiority, or racial superiority. The article highlights Ray’s study that shows how racial assumptions lead to problematic policy decisions. The study, through a series of statistical models using

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Why are so many Americans in prison?

A paper by Maria Bordt, a graduate student in sociology, has been mentioned on the website, www.bookforum.com. The site, which is “a showcase for rigorous and elegant writing,” investigated why so many Americans are in prison and collected academic papers and other resources on the topic. Bordt’s paper, “Selt-Sustaining Capitalism: The Prison Industrial Complex, Alienation,

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Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching at Honors Banquet

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At last week’s Honor’s Banquet, several faculty members were recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. The recipents were Mark Dekay, an associate professor of architecture; Lois Presser, an associate professor of sociology; Andrew Sherfy, a lecturer in biosystems engineering and soil science; and Brian Stevens, a lecturer in statistics, operations, and management science.