News

Prof Barkan quoted in 10-4-17 Bangor Daily News Editorial

From the Bangor Daily News: Steve Barkan, professor of sociology with an emphasis on criminology, University of Maine: America has always been a violent country. We began by enslaving and brutalizing African-Americans and killing and torturing Native Americans. The new nation began with revolutionary violence against England. … Lynchings of African-Americans more or less began during […]

Read more

Prof Sporer’s Work Featured in UMaine News

Professor Sporer’s work on the barriers to helping mothers and their violent children with mental illness is featured in the Sept 11, 2017 UMaine News and the Fall 2017 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Alumni Newletter: Research examines barriers to helping mothers and their violent children with mental illness

Read more

Prof Barkan’s New York Times Letter to the Editor

On 9.27.17 Professor Steven Barkan had a letter to the editor printed in the New York Times. To the Editor: In her otherwise insightful column on minority rule and the Electoral College, Michelle Goldberg contrasts an America that is “urban, diverse and outward-looking” with one that is “white, provincial and culturally revanchist.” This latter description […]

Read more

ASA Annual Meeting – Alumni Reunion

The Alumni Dinner at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was held at the LeWestin Restaurant in Montreal August 11-15, 2017.  In attendance were (from front left around table): Yuka (Kawahito ’05) Doherty who is now an instructor and PhD Candidate at the University of New Mexico; Jason Houle ’05, Assistant Professor […]

Read more

Ellen Stevens Accepts Position at Yale University

Ellen (Sherwood ’10) Stevens has accepted a position as Senior Administrative Assistant in the Sociology Department at Yale University. She tells us “I graduated in 2010 from UMaine with a bachelors in Sociology. I then received my masters in counseling from USM. I now work as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Department of Sociology […]

Read more

Environmental Sociologist Coming to UMaine

The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainable Solutions is bringing an environmental sociologist, Thomas Dietz from Michigan State University, to by the keynote speaker on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 1 pm in Hauck Auditorium. “The 21st century will see unprecedented transformations in human life and vast changes on planet Earth. Key among these are the problems of […]

Read more

ASA Annual Meeting

The ASA Annual Meeting was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada this year. Three sociology students were able to attend through the ASA Honors Program: Allison DellaMattera, Julianna Ferguson, and Sam Saucier. Professors Steve Barkan and Kyriacos Markides were also in attendance. This year’s annual dinner with sociology alumni at the conference was well attended.

Read more

Professor Blackstone in Ms Blog: Magnifying Heather Heyer

Filmmaker Maxine Trump and Professor Amy Blackstone gathered reflections from childless and childfree women on Heather Heyer’s legacy. “In a heart-wrenching eulogy in memory of her daughter Heather Heyer, who was mowed down by white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. while counter-protesting a so-called “alt right” rally populated by neo-Nazis, KKK members and other white […]

Read more

Professor Sporer’s latest article in Journal of Family Violence

In the Journal of Family Violence August 16, 2017 Mothers of Violent Children with Mental Illness: How They Perceive Barriers to Effective Help by Karyn Sporer and Dana L. Radatz Abstract: The goal of the present study was to understand how mothers perceive and experience barriers to effective help for their violent child with mental illness. Data […]

Read more