Kids Who Tri is the latest book by UF sociologist William Marsiglio. Written for a general audience, the book has been endorsed by numerous national leaders in youth sports and triathlon including four Olympians and the CEO of USA Triathlon. As a social scientist, parent, and sports enthusiast, Marsiglio champions the virtues of an emerging sport, a slice of American sports culture—youth triathlon. Kids Who Tri systematically explores the links between youth triathlon, models of youth sports, and childrearing/coaching philosophies, while offering readers an insider’s view of the dynamic youth triathlon community. Drawing on interviews with parents, coaches, race directors, USA Triathlon staff, and young triathletes, as well as more than six years of intensive personal observations as “a tri-dad,” Marsiglio shows how embracing the multisport spirit teaches youth seven key life lessons while empowering them. He also reveals how youth triathlon has the potential to transform features of the American youth sports culture. This thought provoking book challenges leaders in youth sports and fitness, education, and community development to join forces to make youth triathlon a mainstream sport in our schools and communities. A sample of the book and the book endorsements can be accessed here.

David Cañarte and Thomas Smith, two PhD candidates in the UF Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, recently received funding from two interdisciplinary research institutes at UF to complete their PhD research.

A sociology PhD candidate, David Cañarte received a Leonardo Fellowship from the UF One Health Center of Excellence. The award will support David’s project to systematically review and meta-analyze scientific literature and existing data sources on international migration as a social determinant of health in cross-national perspective. David, who will work with the supervision of Dr. Raffaele Vacca, will be part of an interdisciplinary network of collaborators in migration studies and health sciences between the University of Florida and the CERGAS Institute at Bocconi University in Italy.

Thomas B. Smith, a PhD candidate in criminology, received a UF Informatics Institute Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship will support his dissertation research, under Dr. Chris Gibson’s supervision, to establish a foundation for a biosocial theory of social support, genetics, and crime. Thomas, in collaboration with Dr. Raffaele Vacca, was also awarded a research grant from the UF One Health Center of Excellence to map scientific networks around UF one health research and to develop computational methods for evaluating the alignment of UF research with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

Professor Jodi Lane has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award by the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division on Corrections and Sentencing.

The award “recognizes a lasting scholarly career, with particular emphasis on a ground-breaking contribution (e.g., book or series of articles) in the past 5 years” as well as service to the Division.  She received this honor at the annual ASC conference in San Francisco in November.

As diplomatic and military efforts to establish justice and peace in Palestine/Israel have reached a stalemate, we call for a closer look into the cultural sphere – not as a form of escapism but rather as a sphere that might generate potential transformative energies and affect other spheres. The conference brings together scholars of Israel/Palestine from diverse disciplines (including anthropology, architecture, history, literature, sociology, and political science) who share the view that the cultural sphere is a contested terrain, where actions and discourses promote various political goals. They will discuss how architecture, cartoons, cinema, collective calendars, cuisine, dress codes, nightclubs, poetry, popular music, and video art shape and are shaped by political processes.

This conference is organized by Dr. Tamir Sorek and will take place at the University of Florida on February 1-3, 2020:

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Palgrave MacMillan recently published Collaboration Across Boundaries for Social-Ecological Systems Science: Experiences Around the World, edited by Stephen G. Perz.

The book is an anthology of lessons learned about the challenges and strategies used by large federally-funded scientific teams to effectively span divides across academic disciplines, organizational types and countries. Crossing these and other boundaries is necessary to advance science to address complex problems, as in the case of social-ecological systems where sustainability is threatened.

Each chapter of the book reports the experience from a science team working in a different part of the world, spanning countries in several continents, encompassing numerous disciplines, and involving stakeholders in government, the private sector, indigenous tribes, and many other organizations and social groups. Perz draws out broader lessons from the experiences of these teams so that future collaborators in social-ecological systems science can overcome the challenges of crossing boundaries to work together effectively.

For the third year in a row, our department will offer a workshop series on R for the social sciences in collaboration with the UF Informatics Institute. The workshops are free and open to all UF students, faculty, and staff.

Eight weekly workshops from October to December 2019 will provide an introduction to the R programming language for data analysis in the social sciences, including data import and management, descriptive statistics and graphics, linear and generalized linear models, multilevel analysis, and social network analysis.

All sessions will be held at the UF Informatics Institute. Topics, schedule and registration links are available here. Each session is limited to 30 participants and registration is required. The workshops will be taught by Tom Smith (Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law), Till Krenz (UF Bureau of Economic and Business Research), and Raffaele Vacca (Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law).

This workshop series is organized by the UF R Social Sciences Interest Group (RSSIG) in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, and the Informatics Institute. It is supported in part by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research and by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

We’re happy to welcome our new faculty members hired as part of UF’s Faculty 500 initiative. The Faculty 500 initiative was launched in late 2017 to enhance teaching and research at the University of Florida by hiring 500 additional faculty members and improving the student-faculty ratio across a variety of fields. The effort led to twelve recent faculty hires in our department.

Britni Adams, Brenden Beck, Bonnie Ernst, Jessica Kahler, Yao Li, and Harvey Nicholson join our department as assistant professors of sociology and criminology.

Dr. Adams earned her PhD in sociology at the University of California-Irvine in 2018. Her research interests include incarceration, families, juvenile delinquency, child development, and intimate violence. She teaches classes on violence across the life course and romantic relationships and the family.

A 2018 PhD graduate of the City University of New York Graduate Center, Dr. Beck teaches urban sociology, policing and race, and sociology of crime and punishment. His research interests include urban sociology, policing, and gentrification.

Dr. Ernst graduated with a PhD in American history from Northwestern University in 2018. Her research and teaching interests include United States history, African American history, history of women and gender, criminal justice, and history of science and technology.

A 2018 graduate of Michigan State University with a PhD in fisheries and wildlife, Dr. Kahler teaches courses and conducts research on environmental criminology, wildlife crime and conservation, and environmental justice.

Dr. Li earned her PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. Her research is broadly concerned with social movements, environmental studies, political sociology, and Chinese society and politics.

Dr. Nicholson earned his PhD in sociology in 2019 from the University of Central Florida and researches race and ethnicity, social determinants of health, racial and ethnic disparities in health, and substance use.

Nicole Jones and Raffaele Vacca joined the department as assistant professors of sociology. Dr. Jones’s work focuses on race and ethnicity, quantitative methods, and social stratification and inequality. She earned her PhD in sociology from Texas A&M University with a dissertation on Black residential outcomes in 75 metropolitan areas between 1960 and 2000.

Dr. Vacca graduated with a PhD in sociology and European studies at the University of Milan-Bicocca, where he conducted research on social networks and immigrant incorporation of Asian, African and Latin American immigrants in Europe. His teaching and research interests include international migration, health disparities, social networks and studies of science and scientific collaboration.

Dr. Adam Dunbar earned his PhD from the University of California-Irvine with a dissertation on rap lyrics as evidence and juror decision making. He joins the department as a visiting assistant professor to continue his research on race, ethnicity, and the criminal justice system, stereotyping and prejudice, and psychology and law. He teaches courses in psychology and law and principles of criminal justice.

Autumn McClellan, Corey McZeal, and Joseph Rivera join our faculty as lecturers in sociology and criminology. Dr. McClellan earned her PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will be teaching methods of social research. Dr. McZeal is a PhD graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, and his scholarly interests include family dynamics, gerontology, informal caregiving, race and ethnicity, and the life course. Joseph Rivera is a PhD candidate in criminology at the University of Florida. His teaching and research interests include economic crime, transnational organized crime, and environmental crime.

Congratulations to Dr. Tiff Jenson (Criminology & Law) for her Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)! She was nominated by the CLAS Student Council over several semesters of strong online teaching performance. This award comes after she joined the department in 2017, teaching both required and elective courses in Research Methods and Media & Crime. Jenson also recently received a course development grant from the Center for European Studies to travel to England to interview over 50 law enforcement officers, metro/transit staff, and first responders assigned to counter-terrorism response and prevention in an effort to further enhance her elective course on Terrorism.

Dr. Rebecca Hanson and Dr. Patricia Richards (University of Georgia) were interviewed by Kelly Underman for the ASA Body & Embodiment Section blog about their new book, Harassed: Gender, Bodies, and Ethnographic Research (University of California Press, 2019).

In the interview, Hanson and Richards discuss how the androcentric, racialized, and colonialist history of qualitative methods developed within the academy has made discussions of the body taboo in ethnographic narratives, and how these hegemonic narratives influence the ways in which researchers talk about their bodies during fieldwork. They argue that this taboo obscures the differential vulnerabilities that researchers face, so that certain risks faced by researchers are made invisible and unexamined as constitutive of our fields of study.

Hanson and Richards also discuss how the concept of embodied ethnography that they develop in their book challenges the rise of “carnal” and “sensory” ethnographic methods, which perpetuate the notion that the best research comes from ethnographers who withstand all challenges and dangers, putting data collection above all else.