Alumni News

Dawn Norris ’05: Job Loss, Identity, and Mental Health

Job Loss, Identity, and Mental Health  by Dawn R. Norris  Our jobs are often a big part of our identities, and when we are fired, we can feel confused, hurt, and powerless—at sea in terms of who we are. Drawing on extensive, real-life interviews, Job Loss, Identity, and Mental Health shines a light on the experiences of […]

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Professor Blackstone & Mahala Stewart ’09 Article Mentioned in Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard has picked up a story about Professor Amy Blackstone and Mahala Stewart’s (’09) latest paper on the childfree. “Media have tended to depict childfree people negatively,likening the decision not to have children to “whether to have pizza or Indian for dinner.” Misperceptions about those who do not have children have serious weight, given that, […]

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Alumni News: Elaine Shute ’83

We are pleased to report that Elaine Shute ’83 has been in touch and gives us this update: “I’ve been working for the U.S. Census Bureau since 2001, gathering data for various surveys in Downeast Maine, where I live with my husband and son. Also, have been a programmer at Community Radio Station WERU https://weru.org/ in Blue […]

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Sarah Mullis ’16 Op Ed in Bangor Daily News!

Recent graduate, Sarah Mullis ’16, has written an Op Ed for the Bangor Daily News. She worked with Chair Amy Blackstone to write this article which draws from her honors thesis research on community gardens and food security for the elderly. She also presented this research as a poster for the Center for Undergraduate Research Student Research Symposium […]

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Blackstone & Stewart ’09 Article Published

Amy Blackstone is pleased to share that “UMaine alum Mahala Stewart ’09 and I have an article, entitled “‘There’s More Thinking to Decide’: How the Childfree Decide Not to Parent,” in the forthcoming volume of The Family Journal. In it, we analyze data from interviews with childfree women and men and find that the processes by […]

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Alumni News: Autumn Murtagh ’15

Former faculty member, Kim Huisman, contacted us recently to let us know that Autumn Murtagh ’15 was applying to grad schools. We contacted Autumn to find out where she decided to go.  She tells us, “I am attending a graduate program in Fall 2016. It is a graduate degree in criminal justice at Seattle University […]

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Alumni News: Ellen Sherwood ’10

After graduating from UMaine in 2010, Ellen “El” Sherwood went on to receive a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from USM in 2013 and then attended the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies specializing in Photojournalism.   El sent us a sampling of photos from travels that have taken her on some wonderful adventures. Here are […]

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Sociology Alumni News

As we have shifted to the new format for the sociology department website, we were not able to regularly update the alumni page with information we heard from our alumni. Here are some highlights from the past year: Steve Shaffer ’93: Professor Steve Barkan is a chocolate lover and in that capacity ordered some chocolate […]

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