Department News

WSU grad wins national student paper award

Kallie Kimble was recently named this year's recipient of the Frank Lindenfeld Outstanding Student Paper Award, given by the Association for Humanist Sociology for the best student paper of the year. Kallie received the award for her paper "Age Discrimination in the Workplace: Policy Alternatives to Bolster Protections for the Aging Workforce." Her paper examines and assesses the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act and proposes policy reforms to address the evolving needs of the aging U.S. population. This paper was originally written as a final project in a seminar on Aging and Public Policy, taught by WSU professor Twyla Hill. Kallie received a BA in sociology from WSU in 2017, and she completed her MA in sociology at WSU in 2019.

WSU Sociology student wins research competition

Jamie Wooley, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology, received the top honor in this year's Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) Symposium, an annual event organized by the Wichita State University Graduate School. This annual symposium is designed to highlight the excellent research being conducted by graduate students across the university. Jamie's presentation, based on research that she conducted under the advising of Sociology Department Chair Jodie Hertzog, was titled "Sexual Minority Youth and Teen Dating Violence: Predicting Emotional Distress."

Monique Morris will keynote annual conference

The keynote speaker for the annual Gender & Sexuality in Kansas conference, organized and sponsored by the WSU Department of Sociology, will be Dr. Monique Morris, the founder and president of the National Black Women's Justice Institute. Dr. Morris is the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016). Dr. Morris's keynote address, titled "Education Is Freedom Work (and Other Critical Reflections about Responses to School Pushout for Black Girls)" will take place on Friday, March 29, at 1:00 pm in Room 233 of the Rhatigan Student Center. The address is free and open to the public. More information about the annual Gender & Sexuality in Kansas conference can be found here.

Research by WSU sociologist profiled in The Atlantic

Recent research published in the journal City & Community by WSU sociologist Chase Billingham was profiled in an article in The Atlantic magazine. The article draws on findings from Billingham's article (coauthored with the University at Buffalo sociologist Shelley Kimelberg) to examine the stigma attached to urban public schools and how people's perceptions of school quality can affect their views of the communities they inhabit, with implications for residential segregation.

“We know that these terms ["urban" and "suburban"], which might seem like they are neutral descriptions of physical spaces, are not neutral,” says Shelley Kimelberg, a sociologist at the University at Buffalo who co-authored the study with the Wichita State University sociology professor Chase Billingham. “They reflect people’s lived experiences and the social environment.” According to Kimelberg, the influence an individual’s personal experiences have in shaping how she defines the term urban contributes to a feedback loop, cementing “the idea that urban equals bad school and suburban equals good school.”

Research by Billingham and the Northeastern University sociologist Matthew Hunt is also cited in the Atlantic article.

WSU alumnus publishes article in philosophy journal

Daniel Saunders, a 2018 WSU graduate, published an article in the latest issue of Stance, a peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate philosophical research. Daniel's article, "Durkheim's Relational Account of Social Ontology," examines the ontological underpinnings of the work of the great French social theorist Emile Durkheim. Daniel wrote the original draft of this article as his final essay in Chase Billingham's Sociological Theory class at WSU. Daniel is currently a graduate student studying philosophy at York University in Toronto. You can access Daniel's article here.