Call for Papers: Culture and Conflict in Palestine/Israel, February 1-3, 2020, University of Florida.

The conference brings together scholars from the social sciences and the humanities who examine culture as a field of social and political conflicts in the Palestinian-Israeli context. Papers accepted to the conference should be based on original research, investigating cases in which specific arenas of cultural production or consumption became political battlegrounds. These arenas could include art, literature, cinema, theater, music, dance, sports, and other fields. Participants must commit to contribute a chapter to an edited volume.

The organizers will cover reasonable transportation expenses to Gainesville, Florida, as well as accommodation and meals during the conference. Please submit an abstract of approximately 400 words outlining clearly your argument, as well as your method, and/or sources to Tamir Sorek,

Important dates:

April 1, 2019: Deadline for submitting abstracts

May 1, 2019: Notification of acceptance

January 1, 2020: Deadline for submitting full papers to the conference (Min. 6000 words, Max. 10000 words).

April 1, 2020: Deadline for submitting papers for publication.

The event is sponsored by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies and the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida.

Race and Place

We invites applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-accruing position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2019, with research interests in Race & Place. We are particularly interested in scholars with additional expertise in environmental justice, population health, residential segregation, or the African diaspora in the United States and Caribbean.

Law, Society, and Justice

We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with teaching and research interests at one or more of the intersections of Law, Society, and Justice.This scholar would explore the social scientific theory about and research into law/legal processes (both formal and informal), social structures and/or social processes that help us understand human behavior, society, and justice. Such intersections may include, but are not limited to: law and culture, reproduction of inequalities through legal procedures and institutions, human rights, social movements, environmental justice, science-based practices in law and policy, law and social change, or law, politics, and governance.  We welcome candidates who have a national or global research focus.

Social Network Analysis

We invite applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-accruing position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2019, with research interests in Social Network Analysis. We are particularly interested in scholars with expertise in personal network analysis, collaboration networks and migrant networks.

Race, Ethnicity, Gender, or Social Class

We invite applications for a full-time, nine-month tenure-accruing position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2019, with research interests in race, ethnicity, gender or social class.  We welcome scholars who use a variety of methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.


Dr. Monika Ardelt


Monika Ardelt’s research focuses on successful human development across the life course with particular emphasis on the relations between wisdom, purpose and meaning in life, spirituality, aging well, and dying well. Her overall goal is to identify factors that lead to both aging and dying well and that might help families and institutions to facilitate well-being and psychological growth for the elderly until the very end of life under conditions that are more cost-effective and humane than customary practice.

What project are you working on now?

I study the predictors, correlates, and effects of personal wisdom across the life course and in various populations. I am particularly interested how wisdom helps people and especially older adults to cope with crises and hardships in their lives.

How did you get interested in research on Human Development?

For my dissertation research, I was interested to study significant predictors of life satisfaction in old age and aging well. Following the traditions of Erikson, Jung, and Maslow and their theories of life-long psychosocial development and growth and the principles of human agency and life-span development of the life course perspective, I hypothesized that older adults’ degree of wisdom is more important in predicting well-being than objective circumstances. Indeed, besides subjective health, wisdom is a consistent and significant predictor of greater subjective well-being, particularly in old age.

What do you do for fun?

I like to be with family or friends.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I have lived the first half of my life in Germany and the second part in the United States.

This series of 8 weekly workshops offers an introduction to the R programming language for data analysis in the social sciences. The sessions will cover a number of essential tools and facilities available in R for typical tasks in social data analysis, including data import and management; descriptive statistics and graphics; linear and generalized linear models; multilevel, spatial and network data. These are hands-on workshops in which participants will run R code on real-world data and will do coding exercises on their own laptops.

All sessions will be held at the UF Informatics Institute (Room E251). Participants are free to attend all or just some of the workshops. However, knowledge of the topics covered in Sessions #1-4 is necessary and assumed for participants in Sessions #5-8. The workshops are open to all UF students, faculty and staff, but they are limited to 30 attendees.

This workshop series is organized by the UF R Social Sciences Interest Group (RSSIG) in collaboration with the UF Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, the Informatics Institute, and the Florida Society of the Social Sciences (F3S).




  • Raffaele Vacca, PhD, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
  • Till Krenz, MA, Bureau of Economic and Business Research
  • Thomas Smith, MS, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law


Dates and location

From 10/18/2018 to 12/13/2018, 4-6pm, UF Informatics Institute (room E251).


Instructions for participants

  • Bring your own laptop
  • Install RStudio in your laptop (click here to download RStudio)
  • Register to the RSSIG Canvas group here to access the workshop materials
  • Download the workshop materials to your laptop (from the Modules section of the RSSIG Canvas group) and bring them to the workshop

Please note that there is a cap of 30 participants for each session. The cap is typically reached in a few days, and there will be a waiting list of people who are waiting for workshop seats to free up. Your registration for a given session is a commitment to participate in that session. If you realize you can’t make it, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting Thomas Smith, so we can free seats up for people in the waiting list.



  1. Introduction to R
    Thursday 10/18, 4-6pm, Informatics Institute (Room E251)
    Instructor: Raffaele Vacca
    Topics: R objects; vectors and matrices; arithmetic and logical operations; indexing; data frames and lists; R functions.
  2. Data management
    Thursday 10/25, 4-6pm, Informatics Institute (Room E251)
    Instructor: Till Krenz
    Topics: Importing data; subsetting; ordering cases and variables; transforming and recoding; merging and appending data frames; tidyverse and the dplyr package.
  3. Descriptive statistics and graphics
    Thursday 11/1, 4-6pm, Informatics Institute (Room E251)
    Instructor: Thomas Smith
    Topics: Frequency tables; crosstabs; the mean, sd, and other descriptive functions; packages for descriptive statistics (Hmisc, pastecs, psych, summarytools); descriptive statistics for data subsets; basic graph functions; the ggplot2 package.
  4. Linear models
    Thursday 11/8, 4-6pm, Informatics Institute (Room E251)
    Instructor: Thomas Smith
    Topics: Bivariate and multivariate linear models; visualizing regression lines; regression diagnostics; post-estimation functions.
  5. Generalized Linear Models
    Thursday 11/15, 4-6pm, Informatics Institute (Room E251)
    Instructor: Till Krenz
    Topics: Specifying the link function; goodness of fit; updating models; model selection; computing and plotting predicted probabilities.
  6. Multilevel analysis
    Thursday 11/29, 4-6pm, Informatics Institute (Room E251)
    Instructor: Raffaele Vacca
    Topics: Multilevel data structures; Hierarchical Linear Models; random intercepts and random slopes; contextual effects and interactions; result visualization.
  7. Social network analysis
    Thursday 12/6, 4-6pm, Informatics Institute (Room E251)
    Instructor: Raffaele Vacca
    Topics: Introduction to igraph and statnet; importing and visualizing network data; vertex and edge attributes; indexing vertices and edges; centrality, cohesion, and subgroups.
  8. Spatial analysis
    Thursday 12/13, 4-6pm, Informatics Institute (Room E251)
    Instructor: Till Krenz
    Topics: Importing shapefiles; manipulating spatial objects; global and local tests for spatial autocorrelation; spatial regression analysis.

The Journal Club on Social Networks and Relational Sociology is based at the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law and gathers an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and faculty who are interested in social network theories and methods. 

The Journal Club provides a space for presentation of working papers, PhD dissertation research, or published work by UF and visiting graduate students and faculty in sociology, criminology, anthropology, public health, epidemiology, and other social and health sciences.

We meet by-weekly on Tuesday, from 3pm to 5pm, in the conference room of the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law (Turlington 3302). 

See the schedule here or contact David Canarte ( or Raffaele Vacca ( for more information. Email David Canarte ( to be added to the Journal Club mailing list or present your work at one of our meetings.


Schedule Participants Topic Department
09-04-2018 3:00pm David Cañarte Determinants of health-related social support among personal networks of Roma migrants in France Ph.D. Candidate Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
4:00pm Jared Adams Article review: Burris, V. (2004). The Academic Caste System: Prestige Hierarchies in PhD Exchange Networks. American Sociological Review, 69(2), 239–264. Ph.D. Candidate Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
09-18-2018 3:00pm Tolga Tezcan Return migration; mixed methods; Turks in Germany Ph.D. Candidate Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
4:00pm David Dillon Is our food packaging making us fat? A comparative social network analysis of exposure to Phthalates and weight gain in model organisms Ph.D. Candidate Anthropology
10-2-2018 3:00pm Gail Castañeda Assessing Knowledge Sharing in a Healthcare Network Postdoc. College of Public Health
4:00pm Aaron Fleischer Intersections: Uncovering research fields and collaborations within the Humanities at UF Graduate Research Assistant Bureau of Economic & Business Research
10-16-2018 3:00pm Till Krenz Analysis of multiple ego-centered networks; egor package; R. Postdoc. Bureau of Economic & Business Research
4:00pm Till Krenz Workshop
10-30-2018 3:00pm Ryan Thomson Explaining Network Ties Among Environmental Movement Organizations Ph.D. Candidate Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
4:00pm Tom Smith “Who you know or how you know them”: Using a decade of web scraped arrest and victimization data to examine the influence of co-offending network position on victimization Ph.D. Candidate Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
11-13-2018 3:00pm Lindsey King Longitudinal social network analysis examining organizational partnerships in a trauma-informed community. PhD. Candidate College of Public Health and Health Professions
4:00pm Kelsey Andersen Modeling epidemics in farmer seed networks: the case of sweet potato in Uganda. Ph.D. Candidate Department of Plant Pathology
11-27-2018 3:00pm Jennifer Ferguson Social support networks; aging people living in care homes in Scotland University of Stirling / Scotland
4:00pm Anne Mook Social Network Analysis of Collaborative Efforts in Third-Party Certification Ph.D. Candidate Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law
12-11-2018 3:00pm Kelly Muzyczka Collaboration network within the American Anthropology Association conference over time Ph.D. Candidate Anthropology
4:00pm Dalila D’Ingeo “At the bottom of the food chain”. Experiences of food insecurity among African American adolescents in Tallahassee, FL Ph.D. Candidate Anthropology

Dr. Jodi Lane has been selected as a leading criminologist examining Juvenile Justice and will speak at the “Congressional Briefing on Criminal Justice in the US: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for a New Crime Commission” in Washington D.C. this upcoming Tuesday April 24 10am -12pm in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room 106).

The grand event is being hosted by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy’s Congressional Briefing, funded by the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation. This important briefing featured the nation’s top criminologists discussing key lessons and developments in criminal justice practice and research since the 1967 Lyndon B. Johnson landmark Crime Commission, as well as the prospects and subjects needed to be included for the next Crime Commission, introduced in this session of Congress.

For a additional details regarding this event, please visit the CEBCP’s event page.


Dr. Nicholas Vargas


Areas of Specialization

  • Race and Ethnicity

  • Latina/o Studies

  • Racial Stratification

  • Educational Inequalities

  • Religion and Non-Religion

  • Network Diversity and Social Support

What project are you working on now?

I am currently working on a handful of research projects related to racial stratification, racial classification, and U.S. Latina/os. The newest is a study of the racialization of higher education, specifically the growth of colleges and universities designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). There are nearly 500 Hispanic Serving Institutions of higher education in the U.S. educating roughly 2 of every 3 Latinx college students in the nation. There are 27 HSIs in the state of Florida alone. Yet, we know little about their varied efforts and capacities to address racialized educational disparities. My goal is to better understand HSIs’ varied strengths and limitations as minority serving institutions, such that they can be better situated to serve Latinx students. In addition, I am conducting research on the Latina/o Whitening hypothesis, racial identity contestation, and DACA student experiences in Florida.

How did you get interested in research on Race and Ethnicity?

I’ve been interested in better understanding U.S. racialization and racial stratification for as long as I can remember. But the thought that my research could contribute to race and ethnicity scholarship began as a M.A. student here (the sociology department at UF) with support from the late Hernán Vera. Shortly after taking his Race and Film seminar at UF, I enrolled as a PhD student at Purdue University and began studying the intersections of race and religious identity.

What do you do for fun?

I love spending time with my family, being silly with my 4 year old daughter, and researching and teaching about racial stratification.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

At the age of 17, I enrolled in the military to pay for college. Also, my family provided an incredible amount of support for me to become a first generation college student.

Dr. Sobreiro’s dissertation, entitled “Indigenous mobilization and multi-local livelihood strategies in the Middle Rio Negro, northwestern Brazilian Amazon” studied how spatial mobility and increased rural-urban relations affect indigenous community political mobilization and sustainable livelihood strategies at different scales in the Brazilian Amazon.