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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.