Workshops on Sociological Research

The Department of Sociology invites you to its annual Workshop on Sociological Research (WSR) series. These workshops are designed to provide a space for faculty, graduate students, and invited guests to present, discuss and improve in-progress manuscripts that advance sociological knowledge, to facilitate communication and collaboration among faculty, students, and invited guests, and to strengthen the intellectual culture of the community at FAU.  The WSR meets several times each semester in the Sociology Department's Conference Room (CU 249) on the Boca Raton campus. Unless otherwise noted, workshop sessions meet from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. For more information on the WSRs, or for access to WSR paper manuscripts, contact Philip Lewin (


Past WSR Events

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Stephanie Ortiz, FAU Sociology, "Manipulation, Repression, and Everyday Sexism Online" (11/13/2020)

Philip Lewin, FAU Sociology, “Legitimating Rural Corruption: The Cultural Politics of Graft in Central Appalachia” (2/26/2021)

Will McConnell, FAU Sociology, “Social Networks and Disability” (3/5/2021)

Laura Backstrom, FAU Sociology, “Parenting in Place: How Family Social Capital Shapes Childcare Decisions among Rural and Suburban Parents” (4/2/2021)

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Philip Lewin, FAU Sociology. "The Visual Injuries of Class: Structural Violence and the Stigmata of Social Suffering" (11/9/2018)

William McConnell, FAU Sociology, "Learning to Cope: Caregiver Education Moderates the Effect of Cognitive Impairment on Depression among Older Adults" (2/1/2019)

Stacy Salerno, FAU Sociology, "College and Familia: Gender Differences in Latinx Students Experiences of Familism" (2/22/2019)

Nik Summers, FAU Sociology, "Are Tiny Homes Evidence of a Changing Geography of Gentrification?" (3/15/2019)

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Rebecca Hanson, University of Florida, Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Center for Latin American Studies - "Masculinities, Marginality, and Reducing Police Use of Force" (11/3/2017)

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Lotus Seeley, FAU Sociology - "'They Want What They Want When They Want It': Help-Seeking, Face-Saving, and Status at a University IT Help Desk" (3/24/2017) [click on title for access to paper]

Vrushali Patil, Florida International University Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies - "Transnationalizing the Heterosexual Matrix" (4/21/2017)

Ann Branaman and Ashley Ostroot, FAU Sociology - "Precarious Lives: Identity, Agency, and Uncertainty in the Transition to Adulthood" (11/18/2016) 

Philip Lewin, FAU Sociology - "Living at the Bottom, Voting for the Top: The Politics of the Rural Poor in Appalachia" (10/14/2016)

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

WSR Spring Series - "Ethnographic Portraits of Social Suffering in the New Millennium: The Intimate Dimensions of Neoliberalism" 

Waverly Duck, University of Pittsburgh Sociology - "An Ethnographic Portrait of Drug Dealing and Policing in a Small Black Town" (3/18/2016)

Veronica Zubillaga, Visiting Scholar, Harvard University's Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies - "Political Survival Strategies of Women: Mothers in Contexts of Armed Conflictivity" (4/8/2016)

Randol Contreras, University of Toronto Sociology - "There's No Sunshine: The Intersectionality of Spatial Anguish and Deflections in South Centeral and Compton" (4/22/2016)

WSR Fall Series - "Revisiting Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly Silver's Chaos and Governance in the Modern World-System"

Daniel Pasciuti, Johns Hopkins University's Arrighi Center for Global Studies - "Geopolitics and High Finance, revisited" (9/25/2015)

Sahan Savas Karatasli, Princeton University's Institute for International and Regional Studies - "The Social Origins of World Hegemonies, revisited" (10/16/2015)

Ho-fung Hung, Johns Hopkins University Sociology and Arrighi Center for Global Studies - "Western Hegemonies in World-Historical Perspective, revisted" (11/6/2015)

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

Phillip A. Hough, FAU Sociology - "Denaturalizing the Market: Primitive Accumulation, Class Reformation, and the Rise of Colombia's Anti-Neoliberal Countermovement" (1/9/2015)

Cristina A. Lucier, Lynn University Sociology, and Brian J. Gareau, Boston College Sociology - "From Waste to Resources?: Interrogating 'Race to the Bottom' in the Global Environmental Governance of the Hazardous Waste Trade" (2/20/2015)

Philip Lewin, FAU Sociology - "'Coal is Not Just a Job, It's a Way of Life': The Cultural Politics of Coal Production in Central Appalachia" (3/10/2015)

Patricia Widener, FAU Sociology - "Undergraduate Research and Inquiry: Climate Change and GMOs as Regional and Social Problems" (4/10/2015)

Emily Cleary and Lacey Langois, FAU Sociology - "Curators of Cool: Creative Tourism and the Gentrification of Wynwood, Miami" (4/29/15)

Feb 25, 2022

Phillip A. Hough (P.I.), Charles Burggraff, Vanessa DeBecze, Sergio Gandia-Vargas, Lucas Lopez-Arrastia, Karthik Ramanujam, Blake Rubin, Frank Schioppa, FAU Sociology, "Beyond the Fields: The Politics of Solidarity of the Student Farmworker Alliance"   [1:00-3:00 PM, online event, for invitation click here]