Past Colloquia


 Ellen Reese, Professor of Sociology – University of California, Riverside

 “Organizing Temporary and Immigrant Workers: Lessons from Change to Win’s Warehouse Workers United Campaign

HSH 201, Friday, April 24th – 1:30-3:00pm 

Refreshments to be provided. 


Shari Dworkin, Associate Dean and Professor, Social and Behavioral Science -- University of California, San Francisco 

 "What are gender transformative global health interventions with men transforming? A Sociological Analysis

 Monday, March 30th -- HSH 201, 2:00-3:30pm 

 Refreshments will be provided. 


 Jonathan Metzl,Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society; Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society;Professor of Psychiatry -- Vanderbilt University

 "Does Political Protest Incite Mental Illness? Stigma, Race and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia"

 Friday, February 27th -- HSH 201, 1:30-3:00pm

 Refreshments to be provided. 


Andreas WimmerHughes-Rogers Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate in Politics, Princeton University

 "Is diversity detrimental? Ethnic fractionalization, public goods provision, and the historical legacies of stateness

 Friday, January 30th -- HSH 201, 1:30-3:00pm

 Refreshments will be provided. 


FALL 2014

 David Frank, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of California, Irvine 

 "The Social Foundations of Law: Cross-National Variations in the Criminal Regualation of Sex, 1965 to 2005

 Friday, November 21st -- HSH 201, 1:30-3:00pm 

 Refreshments will be provided. 



Fabio Rojas, Professor of Sociology, University of Indiana, Bloomington 

 "The Four Histories of Black Power: A Sociological Challenge to Black Power History" 

 Friday, October 24th 

 HSH 201, 1:30-3:00pm 

 Refreshments provided. 



Camille Gear Rich, USC Professor of Law and Sociology 

“Elective Race: Recognizing Race Discrimination in the Era of Racial Self-Identification”

Friday, September 26th, 2014 

HSH 201, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Reception: Moreton Fig, 3:00-4:30pm 


Julia Adams, Yale University
Routes/Roots of Modernity: Doing and Teaching the Historical Sociology of the Present
Friday, January 31st, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:00pm, Location: HSH 201
Refreshments will be provided.


Erin Kelly, University of Minnesota
Changing Work and Work-Family Conflict: Experimental Evidence from the Work, Family and Health Network
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:00pm, Location: HSH 201
Refreshments will be provided.


Dan Ryan, Mills College
Learning to be a Node
Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:30pm, Location: HSH 201
Refreshments will be provided.


Ann Shola Orloff, Northwestern University
Gendered Labor Policies and the Political Prospects for Feminist Redesigns of Care in the US and Sweden
Friday, March 28th, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:00pm, Location: HSH 201
Refreshments will be provided.


Maria Charles, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sex Segregation as Freedom of Expression? Occupational Aspirations in Cultures of Affluence
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:00pm, Location: HSH 201
Refreshments will be provided.
Co-sponsored by the USC Dornsife Population Research Center


George Steinmetz, University of Michigan
Postcolonial insight and disciplinary amnesia: Sociologists in the late British and French colonial empires (1940s-1960s)
Friday, April 25th, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:00pm, Location: HSH 201
Refreshments will be provided.


Isaac Martin, University of California, San Diego
"Rich People's Movements"
Friday, August 30th, 2013
2:00-3:30pm, Location: KAP 445
Refreshments will be provided.

Jon Fox, University of Bristol
Denying Discrimination: Britain's new Europeans
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Time: 12:00-1:30pm, Location: HSH 201
Refreshments will be provided.

Christine Williams, The University of Texas at Austin
Corporate Diversity and Gender Inequality in the Oil and Gas Industry
Friday, October 25th, 2013
Time: 12:30-2:00pm, Location: HSH 201
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Feminist Research & the Gender Studies Program
Refreshments will be provided.

Judith Treas, University of California, Irvine
The Parity Penalty in Life Course Perspective: Motherhood and Occupational Status in 13 European Countries
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Time: 12:00-1:30pm, Location: HSH 201
Co-Sponsored by the USC Population Research Center
Refreshments will be provided.

Karin Knorr-Cetina, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
"Global Financial Markets: Architecture and Sociology"
Friday, January 18th, 2013
12:00-2:00pm, Location: HSH 201
Co-sponsored by Science, Technology, Society (STS) Research Cluster
Refreshments will be provided

Mary Patillo, Harold Washington Professor, Northwestern University
"High Stakes Choosing: Race, Place, and School Choice in Chicago"
Friday, January 25th, 2013
12:00-2:00pm, Location: KAP 319
Refreshments will be provided

Grace Kao, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
"Social Exclusion of immigrant youth: Are Asian American males especially vulnerable?"
12:00-2:00pm, Location: HSH 201
Co-Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Immigration Integration (CSII)
Refreshments will be provided

Aida Harvey-Wingfield, Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
"No More Invisible Man: Professional Black Men's Gendered Interactions in Predominantly White Male Workplaces"
Friday, March 29th, 2013
12:00-2:00pm, Location KAP 445
Co-sponsored by Gender Studies
Refreshments will be provided

John H. Evans, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego
"Will There Be a Good Debate About Reproductive Genetic Technologies?"
Friday, April 19th, 2013
12:00-1:30pm, Location HSH 201
Co-Sponsored by STS
Refreshments will be provided

Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY
"The Looming Transition to Diversity in Western Societies: Challenge and Opportunity."
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
4:00-6:00pm, Doheny Memorial Library 240
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, and the Population Dynamics Research Group

Abigail Saguy, Associate Professor, UCLA
"Coming Out as Fat: Rethinking Stigma"
Friday, September 28th, 2012
12:00-2:00pm, SOC Center (KAP 345)
Co-sponsored by Science, Technology, Society (STS) Research Cluster and Gender Studies
Refreshments will be provided

Ann Swidler, Professor, UC Berkeley
Title: "The Religion of Modernity and the Modernity of Religion: Insights from Contemporary Malawi"
Friday, October 26th, 2012
12:00-2:00pm, SOC Center (KAP 345)
Refreshments will be provided

Alondra Nelson, Columbia University
Friday, September 30th, 2011, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Title: "The Social Life of DNA
Refreshments will be provided

Walter Mignolo, Duke University
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011, Time: TBA
Title: "Theodore De Bry and Guaman Poma de Ayala: Crossing Gazes and the "Silence" of the Indians"
Refreshments will be provided.

Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh
Monday, March 7th, 2011, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Title: "Democracy in the Making: The Possibilities and Limitations of Grassroots Activism"
Refreshments will be provided.

Jennifer Lee, University of California - Irvine
Friday, April 15th, 2011, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Title: "The Diversity Paradox: Interracial Marriage and Multiracial Identities in 21st Century America"
Refreshments will be provided.

Francesca Polletta, University of California - Irvine
Friday, November 5th, 2010, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Title: "The Problem with Victim Stories"
Refreshments will be provided.

Victor Rios, University of California - Santa Barbara
Friday, December 3rd, 2010, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Title: "Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys in The Era of Mass Incarceration"
Location: KAP 460

Michael Omi, University of California - Berkeley
Friday, February 5, 2010, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Title: "Colorblind?: The Contradictions of Racial Classification "
Refreshments will be provided

Giovanna Merli, Duke University
Friday, March 26, 2010, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Title: "Sampling Urban Residents and Female Sex Workers in Shanghai: Sexual Behavior, Sexual Networks, and Implications of the Spread of HIV/STDs in China"
Refreshments will be provided

Andrew Lakoff, University of Southern California
Friday, April 2, 2010 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: "Expertise in Emergency: The Rise of 'Preparedness' in Public Health"
Refreshments will be provided

Cal Morrill, University of California - Berkeley
Friday, April 16, 2010, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: "Compartmentalized Fluidity: Youth Conflict and Control in a Multiethnic High School "
Refreshments will be provided

Alejandro Portes, Princeton University
Monday, September 21, 2009, 4:00 p.m.
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL), Room 101
Title: "Dividing or Converging? Political Loyalties, Transnational Organizations, and the Incorporation of Latin American Immigrants in the United States "
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

Michael Kimmel, SUNY- Stony Brook
Title: "Globalization and its Mal(e)contents: Masculinity on the Extreme Right in the U.S. and Sweden "
Refreshments will be provided

Julia Elyachar, University of California - Irvine
Friday, November 6, 2009, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: "Empowering Debt: The State, Community, and Culture in Egypt."
Refreshments will be provided

Lynne Haney, New York University
Friday, November 20, 2009, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Title: "Working through Mass Incarceration: Gender and the Politics of Prison Labor from West to East "
Refreshments will be provided

Donald Light, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: "Categorical Inequalities in a Permanently Failing System: Immigrants and Barriers to Health Care."
Refreshments will be provided

Edward Telles , Princeton University
Professor of Sociology
Friday, January 23rd, 2009, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: "Mexican American Challenges to Assimilation "
Refreshments will be provided
Co-Sponsored By the Department of Sociology and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development 

Mario Diani, University of Trento (Italy)
Professor of Sociology
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Title: "(Local) "Movement Societies"? A Network Perspective "
Doheny Library, Room 240

Rogers Brubaker, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor of Sociology
Friday, February 6, 2009, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Title: "Transborder Nationhood and the Politics of Belonging in Germany and Korea "
Refreshments will be provided

Eeva Luhtakallio , University of Helsinki
Post-Graduate, Department of Sociology
Friday, February 27, 2009, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Title: "Visual Orders of Democracy: Representations of the Local Society in City Magazines and Activist Websites"
Refreshments will be provided

Liana Sayer, Ohio State University
Associate Professor of Sociology
Thursday, April 2, 2009, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: "Revisiting the Leisure Class: How Do Resources Affect U.S. Women's Leisure Time? "
Refreshments will be provided

Rod Ferguson, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor of American Studies
Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Title: "The Affirmative Actions of Power"
Refreshments will be provided

Mike Messner, University of Southern California
Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Friday, November 14, 2008, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: "Youth Sports, Families, and the Creation of Soft Essentialism"
Refreshments will be provided

Mary Blair-Loy, University of California, San Diego
Associate Professor of Sociology
Friday, December 5, 2008, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: "The Meanings of Work for Male Managers and Executives in an Era of Investor Capitalism"
Refreshments will be provided

Dick Madsen, University of California, San Diego
Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Title: "The Archipelago of Faith Religious Individualism and Faith Community in America Today"
Refreshments will be provided

Joao Costa Vargus, University of Texas, Austin
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 3:30-5 p.m.
Title: "Never Meant to Survive: Genocide and Egalitarian Utopias in the African Diaspora"
Refreshments will be provided

Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney
Monday, March 31, 2008 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Title: "Decolonizing theory: Readings of Gender, Culture and Power from the Global South, and how they Might Change the Social Sciences"
Place: THH 102
Refreshments will be provided
Co-sponsor: Gender Studies

Pamela Stone, CUNY
Friday, April 4, 2008, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Title: The Rhetoric and Reality of "Opting Out"
Refreshments will be provided

Ann Mische, Rutgers University
Friday, April 25th, 2008 1-3pm.
Title: Partisan Publics: Communication and Contention across Brazilian Youth Activist Networks
Place: RGL 219
Refreshments will be provided
Co-sponsor: Civic Engagement Initiative

Karen Lincoln, USC School of Social Work
Wednesday, October 10, 2007, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Title: Profiles of Depressive Symptoms among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks
Refreshments will be provided

Michael Rosenfeld , Stanford University
Friday, October 19, 2007, 11:30-2:00 p.m.
Title: “Young Adulthood as a Factor in Social Change"
Refreshments will be provided

Gilda L. Ochoa, Pomona College
Friday, November 2, 2007, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Title: (De)Constructing 'the Gap': Asian American and Latina/o Educational Experiences at a Southern California High School
Refreshments will be provided

Christine Williams, Editor, Gender & Society
Professor of Sociology
University of Texas-Austin
Thursday, August 24, 2006, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Inside Toyland:  Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality

Laurent Thevenot
Thursday, October 12, 2006, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
How can possibly sociology be political and moral, in theory and in empirical evidence?

James Jasper, Editor, Contexts
Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
"Are Sociologists Allergic to Strategy?"

Paula England, Stanford University
Thursday, February 8, 2007, 12:30-2:00
"The College Hook Up: Describing and Interpreting A New Social Form"

Kathryn Edin, University of Pennsylvania
Friday, February 23, 2007, 12:30-2:00
"Moving Poor Urban Youth to Better Neighborhoods: Why Girls fare better than Boys in the MTO Experiment"

Dana Britton, Kansas State University; Editor, Gender & Society
Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 12:30-2:00
"Gendering in organizations: From the Prison to the Iron Cage"

Avery Gordon
Professor of Sociology
University of California, Santa Barbara
Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
An 'Indelible Defect': Captivity and Social Death

Akiko Naono, Associate Professor of Sociology
Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, University of Kyushu, Japan
Thursday, April 13, 2006, 12:30-2:00 p.m., KAP 355
Refreshments will be provided
"Sacrifice Your Life for the Nation": Japanese State's War-Related Redress Policy for Japanese Citizens” 

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Professor of Sociology
University of Massachusetts
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Refreshments will be provided
“The Paradoxes of Inclusion: Civic Engagement and Governmental Participation in Brazil”

Lyn Spillman, Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Notre Dame
Thursday, March 23, 2006, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Doheny Intellectual Commons
Refreshments will be provided
"Business Associations, Public Discourse and Civic Engagement"

Elisabeth Clemens, Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Chicago
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Refreshments will be provided
“The Market Model and the Politics of Privatization:  Community Responses to Federal Policy in Post-war America”

Jack Katz, Professor of Sociology
Thursday, January 26, 2006, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Doheny Intellectual Commons
“6 Hollywoods: Crime and Community in the Emergence of New Urban Neighborhoods, 1970-2010”

Douglas Massey, Professor of Sociology
Princeton University
Thursday, February 2, 2006
"Social Capital and International Migration from Latin America"

Grace Davie, Professor Sociology of Sociology
University of Exeter, UK
Wednesday, January 18, 2006, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Doheny Intellectual Commons
"Pluralism, Tolerance, and Democracy:  Theory and Practice in Europe"

Victor Marshall, Professor of Sociology
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Thursday, December 1, 2005, 12:00-1:00 p.m., GERO 224
"Older Workers, Older Workforce:  Social Structure and Social Inequalities by Age"

Joe Feagin, Professor of Sociology
Texas A & M University
Thursday, November 3, 2005, 12:30-2:00 p.m., KAP 355
"Backstage Racism:  What Whites Do In Private with Friends and Relatives" 

Andreas Glaeser, Associate Professor of Sociology, The University of Chicago
Thursday, October 27, 2005, 12:30-2:00 p.m., KAP 355
"Political Epistemologies: The Secret Police, the Opposition and the End of GDR Socialism" 

Kathleen Gerson, Professor of Sociology, New York University
Thursday, October 6, 2005, 12:30-2:00 p.m., KAP 355
"Children of the Gender Revolution:  Work and Family Change in the Lives of a Generation"

Frank Bean, Professor of Sociology & Co-Director
Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy
The University of California--Irvine
Thursday, September 8, 2005, 12:30-2:00 p.m., KAP 355
"Changing Contexts of Reception:  Welfare Reform and Immigrant Naturalization"

Joe Palacios, Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology
Georgetown University
University Research Fellow, Center for Religion & Civic Culture
University of Southern California
"Why Liberal Religion Matters for Sociology:  Moral and Cultural Sources for the Sociological Imagination"

Angie O'Rand, Professor of Sociology & Graduate Director
Duke University
"Stratification of the Life Course:  Studying Variability and Inequality"
Co-Sponsored with Gerontology

Herman Gray, Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
Thursday, April 28, 2005, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Doheney Intellectual Commons 
"More of What?  Recognition, Visibility and Black Cultural Politics"
Co-Sponsored with American Studies and Ethnicity and Center for Feminist Research

Javier Auyero, Associate Professor of Sociology
State University of New York--Stony Brook
"Lootings, Looted, and Looters:  On the Dynamics of Collective Violence"

Michael Moody, Department of Policy, Planning and Development
University of Southern California
"The Public Good Properly Understood:  A Cultural Analysis of California Water Policy Debate"

Annette Lareau, Professor of Sociology
Temple University
"Unequal Childhoods Grown Up:  Class, Race, and Family Life"

Peter and Patti Adler
Peter Adler, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Denver
Patricia Adler, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder
Tuesday, January 18, 2004, 12:00-1:30 p.m., KAP 355
Refreshments will be provided
"Self-Injurers as Loners: The Social Organization of Solitary Deviance"

Dalton Conley, Professor
Department of Sociology
New York University
Friday, November 5, 2004, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided
"Can You Ever Be Too Rich or Too Thin?  Physical Appearance and Social Stratification"

Michael Burawoy, Professor Department of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley
Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided
Public Ethnography

Manuel Castells, Professor
School of Communication & Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society
University of Southern California
Friday, October 22, 2004, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided
"Institutional and Cultural Diversity of the Network Society:  Silicon Valley, Finland and Beyond"

Toby Miller, Professor
English, Sociology and Women's Studies & Director of the Program in Film and Visual Culture
University of California, Riverside
Friday, October 8, 2004, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be provided
"The Formation of Cultural Citizenship:  The People of United States Cannot be Trusted"    

Lynne Casper, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator and Demographer
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided
The Stalled Revolution:  Gender, Work and Family in the U.S.

Sharon Hays, Professor
Department of Sociology and Women's Studies
University of Virginia
Thursday, September 23, 2004, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be provided
The "Cultures" of Poverty:  Preliminary Thoughts and Stories from Welfare Reform

Devah Pager
Northwestern University
Thursday, April 15, 2004, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Brown Bag
"Two Strikes and You're Out: An Experimental Study of Race, Crime, and Getting a Job"

Leslie Sklair, Professor of Sociology
London School of Economics and Political Science
Tuesday, February 10, 2004, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Lunch Provided
"The Transnational Class and the Present Crisis"

Paula England, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Fellow
Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
Tuesday, December 2, 2003, 3:30-5:00 p.m. 
"Unmarried Cohabiting Parents:  A Qualitative Portrait of Their Relationships"  

Nina Eliasoph, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Monday, November 3, 2003, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
"The Changing Contexts of Political and Moral Dialogue: The Case of U.S. Youth Programs"

Yen Le Espiritu, UCSD
Thursday Oct. 9, 4 PM
"Race, Immigration, and Asian America: A Critical Transnational Perspective"

Verta Taylor
and Leila Rupp
Monday, Sept 29, Noon
"Performing Protest: Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret"

Steve Epstein, UCSD
Wednesday April 23, 12-1:30pm
"'One Size Does Not Fit All': Standardization, Resistance, and the Politics of Difference in U.S. Biomedical Research"

R.W. Connell, University of Sydney, in Australia
Tuesday April 15, 4pm in the Andrus Gerontology Center Auditorium
"Intellectuals in Global Society"

Rick Fantasia, Smith
Monday April 7, Noon
"The 'Magic' of Americanism: The Symbolic Economy of Fast Food in the Domain of Haute Cuisine"

Ann Swidler, UCB
Friday April 4, 2003
"What Makes Culture Collective?"

Pepper Schwartz, University of Washington
Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
"Sexually Adventurous Women of the Baby Boom"

Omar McRoberts, University of Chicago
Friday, March 7 12-1:30pm
"Walking the Streets of Glory."

Johanna Brenner, Portland State University
Monday, March 10 4-5:30pm
"What's Happened to Patriarchy? Global Capitalism, Feminism, and the New Gender Order"

Eduardo Bonilla Silva, Texas A & M and Stanford U
Thursday February 20, 4pm
"Racism Without Racists: Color Blindness and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the USA"

Roger Waldinger, UCLA
Monday, Feb 24, 2003, 12-1:30pm
"Transnationalism in Question"

John Logan, SUNY Albany
Friday, February 7, 10:30-12
"Less Separate but More Unequal: The Last Decade of Change in Black-White Segregation in the U.S."

Christopher Chase-Dunn, UCR
Friday January 24, 2003, 2-:3:30pm
"Globalization and Its Discontents"

Barbara Laslett
Monday November 18, 2002 at noon
Author of many articles and books, will speak about her current research interests in life histories including FEMINIST SOCIOLOGY: LIFE HISTORIES OF A MOVEMENT.

Cecilia Menjivar
Thursday October 16, 2002 at 4 p.m.
Author of Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America (and an alumna of USC) will speak.


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