Sociology

Sporer discusses impacts of extremist rhetoric with Maine Public

Karyn Sporer, a University of Maine assistant professor of sociology, spoke with Maine Public for a story about how extremist communications radicalize populations. “Trying to find somebody who can send the message to counter this radicalization process should be our number one priority right now,” Sporer said.

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Blackstone speaks with CNN about women deciding not to have children

Amy Blackstone, a professor of sociology at the University of Maine, spoke with CNN about the many reasons women decide not to have children. “The pandemic has really revealed to us how poorly we support parents in the U.S.,” said Blackstone, also the author of “Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a […]

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Sporer discusses growing extremism in Maine with BDN

University of Maine sociologist Karyn Sporer discussed the growth in outspoken extremist sentiments in Maine with the Bangor Daily News. “Extremists have always had a foothold in Maine, period,” said Sporer, also principal investigator for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology and Education Center. “The difference is people’s willingness to state their […]

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Pitman speaks with BDN about impact of police staffing on crime rates

Brian Pitman, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maine, talked with the Bangor Daily News for a story about the impact of retirements on police staffing in Maine. According to Pitman, the number of police on the beat does not impact crime rates, but retirements and shortages may influence the staffing of […]

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NPR talks with Blackstone about declining birth rate in the U.S.

Amy Blackstone, a University of Maine professor of sociology, appeared on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition to discuss the declining birth rate in the U.S., suggesting that a number of factors impact birth rates including a lack of support for working mothers and a trend toward having children later in life.

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Academics Sanchez, Bracey to discuss impact of Black studies

In honor of Black History Month, the University of Maine Black Student Union and the University of Maine Alumni Association will welcome Sonia Sanchez and John Bracey to discuss the relevance and impact of Black Studies in 21st century higher education at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 over Zoom. Register for the free, public event […]

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Glover, Sporer opinion in BDN

The Bangor Daily News featured a guest column by Rob Glover, a University of Maine associate professor of political science and honors, and Karyn Sporer, an assistant professor of sociology, highlighting the need for drug policy reform and flexibility in treating addiction in Maine. The pair, who are part of the Scholars Strategy Network, highlighted […]

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