Dr. Kihara Successfully Defends

Congratulations to Tate Kihara for successfully defending his dissertation, “International Migration and Social Mobility Across the Pacific: A Historical Analysis of the Japanese Population in the Continental United States.”

Professor Sandra L. Barnes releases two new documentaries in the series: Four Voices

Four Voices captures the experiences of young Black members of the LGBTQIA community.  Hear what they have to say about religion, spirituality and sexuality.

Dr. Hernández Jabalera Successfully Defends

Congratulations to Anairis Hernández Jabalera for successfully defending her dissertation entitled, “A Life-Course Approach to Gender Differences in Work Outcomes and Occupational Mobility in Mexico: The Role of Migration.”

Clearing the Air: Environmental Studies of Pollution

Students in the "Clearing the Air: Environmental Studies of Pollution" class, co-taught by Dr. Scott Frickel and Dr. Meredith Hastings, contribute to Hastings’ community-based project, Breathe Providence, which was inspired by the City of Providence’s Climate Justice Plan and developed in partnership with local government and community organizations including the City of Providence, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, American Lung Association and the Conservation Law Foundation. 

Hidden Dangers

In the past, the chances of human exposure would have been minimal, but climate change is dialing up the possibility of contamination. As extreme rain storms become more common, these low-lying streets around the Woonasquatucket are more vulnerable to flooding, which could release chemicals, volatile organic compounds or heavy metals like lead or cadmium from the ground or the river bottom.

Dr. Meghan Kallman's Proposed Free RIPTA R-Line Transit Begins

Complementary Paratransit Service Will Also Be Fare Free

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced the launch of a free fare pilot program on the R-Line, RIPTA’s most frequent and highest-ridership route, connecting Providence and Pawtucket.

Flood maps show US vastly underestimates contamination risk at old industrial sites

Thousands of factories once lined the waterfronts of U.S. cities, churning out textiles, chemicals and many other products. Most of the buildings are long gone, often replaced by parks or surrounded by neighborhoods, but the pollution they dumped into the water and soil can remain. In many cases, that pollution was never documented, write sociologists Thomas Marlow, James Elliott and Scott Frickel.

Dr. Shen Successfully Defends

Congratulations to Yifan Shen for successfully defending his dissertation, “Bringing Oppenheimer Back: The Continuing Importance of Oppenheimer’s Family Sociology for Understanding the Shifting Economic Organization of American Families.”

Dr. Falzon Successfully Defends

Congratulations to Danielle Falzon for successfully defending her dissertation entitled, “The Business of Adaptation: Reproducing Inequality in the Face of Climate Crisis.”

Professor Michael Kennedy’s IAPA course shines a light on Ukraine

Michael D. Kennedy, professor of sociology and international and public affairs at Brown University, is an expert on East European social movements and system change. A candidate to be vice president of the American Sociological Association, Kennedy teaches a provocative sociology course, Power, Knowledge and Justice in Global Social Change.