Department News

  • April 2015 Your Call: Will gender discrimination lawsuits change Silicon Valley? Now that Silicon Valley is making national headlines for gender discrimination, will anything change? On the April 9th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about high-tech gender discrimination. Guest Speaker: Karen Hossfeld, SF State sociology professor who researches gender, race, and class in Silicon Valley.

  • February 2015 When cross-dressing was criminal: Book documents history of longtime San Francisco law (new window will open) Associate Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Clare Sears' new work explores an 1863 law that made cross-dressing a crime in San Francisco -- and remained in effect until 1974.

  • January 2015 Stress shared by same-sex couples can have unique health impacts (new window will open) An SF State sociologist has developed a new framework for understanding stress experienced by same-sex couples.

  • Spring 2015 A weekly lecture series featuring innovative sociological research and practice from around the Bay Area and beyond, sponsored by the Sociology Department at San Francisco State University. Mondays, 6:10‐7:50 pm in HSS 259. For more information, contact Alexis Martínez (alexisnm@sfsu.edu), 415‐338‐2269. For more detailed information click HERE or visit http://sociology.sfsu.edu/content/open-public

  • October  2014 “Redefining Oakland: Settler Colonialism, Identity and (Youth) Activism in the Bay Area,”   http://lca.sfsu.edu/events/2014-10-02-193000-2014-10-02-233000/16746

  • September 2014  "We Were Never Meant to Survive: Coalition Building in Queer Times"  San Diego State University,  part of the LGBTQ Research Consortium   This talk focuses on the necessity of coalition building between the LGBTQ community and communities of color. These communities, often viewed as separate, ignore both the intersections of racialized and queer identities for queer people of color as well as the shared experiences of surveillance, violence, and loss. Prof. Clay's goal is to identify and understand these links in order to bridge and build strategies for coalition and social change.http://lgbtqrc.sdsu.edu/news.html

  • Sociology Alum Jen Wang (2006) debut graphic novel Koko Be Good was published by First Second (September 14, 2010). 
  • May 2014 Andreana Clay, Associate Professor, will be the keynote speaker at UC Irvine as part of a Queer Media,Queer Approximations symposium. The group includes scholars from UC Irvine and southern California working on queer and media/film/pop culture/independent and experimental arts.
  • April 2014 Andreana Clay, Associate Professor, will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual La Academia Del Pueblo: Latino/a and Latin American Studies Research Conference, which is designed to promote undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary research on Latino/a and Latin American Studies.The confernce will be held at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI).  La Academia Del Pueblo
  • Feb 2014 Emerita Professor of Sociology Sherri Cavan recently published an essay, “When Erving Goffman Was a Boy: The Formative Years of a Sociological Giant” in Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 37, Issue 1. You can read her article on line at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/symb.2014.37.issue-1/issuetoc
  • 2012 Karen Hossfeld, Professor of Sociology, is the recipient of the 2012 Sarlow Award, SFSU’s award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year. 
  • April 2012 Edward McCaughan, chair of the sociology department, writes in a new book about visual art that helped propel Mexican and Latino American political movements of the 1960s, '70s and '80s – activist efforts that have strong parallels to immigrants’ rights movements today.
  • Sociology Alum Haruki Eda (2010) is currently completing his MA at the London School of Economics and in the fall of 2012 will begin his doctoral studies in sociology at Rutgers University.
  • Congratulations to Sociology senior Marilyn Bunag (2012), recipient of the Soroptimist International of San Francisco's 2012 Women’s Opportunity Award.
  • Sociology Seniors Hollis Fleischer and Diana Garrett have been awarded Generation-to-Generation Scholarships. The Generation to Generation is a Graduate Award Fund In Memory of Caroline Rosen for Sociology Majors and Recent Alums applying to graduate and professional schools. Thanks to a generous donation from retired faculty member, Dr. Rachel Kahn-Hut, the Sociology Department is pleased to help Sociology students defray the costs of applying to graduate and professional school.
  • Sociology/Raza Studies double major Jaclyn Gonzalez was honored as one of seven SF State Senior Scholars at the Alumuni Association Scholarship Awards Dinner on November 3, 2011. Jaclyn’s mother and sister, as well as Sociology Department Chair Ed McCaughan, were there to celebrate with her. Congratulations, Jaclyn!
  • Summer 2012, Dr. Jessica Fields will be Distinguished Fulbright Lecturing Chair in the York University Faculty of Education. In her Fulbright research project, she aims to explore the consequences of gay and lesbian rights for the sexuality education young people receive in Canada’s schools. Dr. Fields is also a collaborator on a recently funded Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant. The $127,800 grant will support an interdisciplinary and international (Australia, Canada, and United States) investigation that will use narrative and focus group data to consider affective atmosphere beginning teachers face as they think and talk about LGBT issues in and out of the classroom. Dr. Fields is currently writing her second book, For That Time: Risk, Intimacy, and Possibility in HIV Education and Research for Incarcerated Women, an ethnography of participatory action research conducted with incarcerated women in San Francisco County Jail.
  • Sociology major Rebecca Van Sickle and Health Education major Christa Collins, both Project Rebound students, have been awarded the John Irwin Memorial Scholarship. They were honored at the November 3, 2011, Alumni Association Scholarship Awards Dinner. John Irwin’s children, Anne and Johnny, and Project Rebound staff member Eric Durnell presented them with their award. Congratulations, Rebecca and Christa!
  • Dr. Clayton Dumont’s article, “Contesting Scientists’ Narrations of NAGPRA’s Legislative History Rule 10.11 and the Recovery of ‘Culturally Unidentifiable’ Ancestors,” was recently published in Wicazo Sa Review: A Journal of Native Studies (Spring 2011).
  • Dr. Ed McCaughan curated the exhibition ¡Rini Presente! at the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death, the July-August 2011 exhibition offered a retrospective of the work of artist and social movement activist Rini Templeton. McCaughan also presented a paper, “Artists and Social Movements in Oaxaca, Mexico City, and California,” at the Ninth International Symposium on Oaxacan Studies held in Oaxaca in July 2011.
  • Dr. Allen J. LeBlanc, Health Equity Institute Professor of Sociology at SF State, has been appointed to the editorial board of Society and Mental Health, a new journal of the American Sociological Association. Society and Mental Health publishes original articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of the social origins of mental health and illness, the social consequences for persons with mental illness, and the organization and financing of mental health services and care. He will begin his term as Associate Editor in January 2012. His most recent publications include, Allen J. LeBlanc, “Aging with HIV/AIDS.” Pp. 495-512 in Handbook of Sociology of Aging, Richard A. Settersten, Jr. and Jacqueline L. Angel, Eds., New York: Springer (2011); and Sue E. Kim, Allen J. LeBlanc, Charles Michalopoulos, Francisca Azocar, Evette J. Ludman, David M. Butler, and Greg E. Simon. “Does Telephone Care Management Help Medicaid Beneficiaries with Depression?" American Journal of Managed Care 17:e375-e382 (2011).