Sociology

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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Blackstone in Lifehacker story about the childfree choice

Amy Blackstone, a University of Maine professor of sociology, was quoted in a Lifehacker story offering tips for reframing and answering questions about childlessness. Blackstone is the author of “Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence.”

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Pitman interviewed by Michigan Chronicle about the price of black life

Brian Pitman, University of Maine assistant professor of sociology, was interviewed by the Michigan Chronicle in a story highlighting the racial dichotomy in the American criminal justice system where “legal” and “just” are often mutually exclusive. According to Pitman, the U.S. legal system is enabling violence by white supremacists empowered to act on behalf of […]

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Barkan’s ACA op-ed appears in BDN, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Sociology professor Steven Barkan penned a guest column about the Affordable Care Act that ran in the Bangor Daily News and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. “The repeal of Obamacare will not make America great again,” wrote Barkan. “Instead it will once more put us at the mercy of insurance companies, and it will worsen many […]

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Barkan receives two honors from Textbook and Academic Authors Association

Steven Barkan, professor and interim chair, Department of Sociology, has received two honors from Textbook and Academic Authors Association. He received the Pynn-Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award and was named to the TAA Council of Fellows. The Pynn-Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award was established to honor individuals whose achievements over a career of devoted effort and service, […]

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Bloomberg Businessweek interviews Barkan about police reform 

Bloomberg Businessweek interviewed Steven Barkan, professor of sociology and interim chair of the department at the University of Maine, for the article “Police Reform Means Better Cops to Some, Fewer Cops to Others.” Federal and state officials have proposed various reforms to tackle widespread police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of the death […]

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Barkan publishes new edition of textbook

Steven Barkan, professor and chair, Department of Sociology, has published a new edition of his textbook,”Social Problems: Continuity and Change,” with extensive material on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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