Past Sociology News and Events

Sociology Colloquium 2012-13

Post-Occupied: Lessons about Social Movements and Media
A Talk by Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin Book CoverDate: April 9, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Lone Mountain 100

In 2011, the Occupy movement brought to life, briefly, the radical concept of an active citizenry, as enshrined in the First Amendment's affirmation of "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances." Although its core activists did not want to "petition the government," they succeeded in changing the terms of American politics. But they were unable to sustain momentum. This talk explores the question of what its remnants and offshoots can contribute to an ongoing movement against plutocratic rule.

Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University is the author of fifteen books, including Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street. Learn more about Todd Gitlin by going to

Cosponsored by the Intercultural Center, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the Politics Department, the Masters Program in International Studies, the Media Studies Department, Peace and Justice Studies and the Office of the Provost. Refreshments will be served.

Career Panel 

Date: April 24, 2013
Time: 11:40 am to 12:45 pm
Location: McLaren 251

Vincent Carabeo graduated from USF in spring 2012 with a degree in Sociology. Vincent is already working for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office as a Victims Advocate. He had an internship with the DA’s Office during his time at USF, and was able to turn that into a job. Vincent was very active at USF, and founded the sociology club on campus: STEP. He also spent a semester abroad in Capetown, South Africa. Vincent is interested in criminology and the prison-industrial complex. He continues to advocate for the importance of having a sociological perspective. 

Alexandra Lutnick has over 10 years of experience as a community-based researcher. She has worked with various marginalized populations, including drug users, the homeless, and sex workers. Alexandra’s research interests include the sex industry, sex trafficking, substance use, and criminalization. Alexandra completed her undergraduate education at The University of San Francisco in 2000, with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Women’s Studies. She went on to obtain a Masters degree in Human Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University, and a PhD. in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. Alexandra currently works as a project director for the Urban Health Program in RTI’s Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Research Division. 

Emily O'brien has a background in social work, community outreach, and mental health. She has experience working with and advocating for young people. Emily received degrees in Sociology and Social Work from the University of New South Wales in Australia. She has since worked for the Australian federal government as a social worker and emergency disaster case manager. Emily has also volunteered with various non-profit and human rights organizations, and spent some time in India working with women’s self-help groups. Four years ago, Emily moved to San Francisco and has since been working as a youth programs coordinator for the mental health non-profit Inspire USA. She continues to engage and support young people through various mental health and wellness-based projects.

Lecture by Marcos Lopes

Date: February 13, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall
Marcos Lopes is a Brazilian cultural educator, a conflict mediator and a writer. He is the author of the book Zona de Guerra (War Zone, 2009) published by Matrix. The book is a novel based on his own experience in the world of crime. Having seen death on a near-daily basis, Lopes managed to break all barriers to become a writer. He was an educator at Casa do Zezinho (where he first received his education) and currently he is a conflict mediator at Rukha Institute, in São Paulo. He operates in the most forsaken areas of Southside São Paulo, helping highly vulnerable youths and teenagers to shake off drugs and crime and find a new path through education.
Co-Sponsored By
Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought; University Ministry; Center for the Study of Latinos in the Americas-CELASA; Latin American Studies Program; Master in International Studies (MAIS); Department of Sociology; and the Department of Multicultural and International Education, School of Education.
Refreshments will be served. 
Translation will be provided for this event, which is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Professor Cecília Santos at

Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption

A Talk with Author Nancy Mullane

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Time: 11:40 am to 12:45 pm
Location: McLaren 252

Life After Murder is an intimately reported, utterly compelling story of five convicted murderers sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. One had shot his wife’s lover; another killed a man in a botched burglary; a third killed a teenager in a car crash as he fled the police; the fourth stabbed a man in a gang fight; and the fifth shot an innocent man during an armed robbery. It follows each man’s struggle for redemption, their legal battles to make good on the state’s promise of parole, and the challenge of resuming, twenty-plus years down the road, the life he left behind.

Nancy Mullane develops, reports, and produces feature stories for Public Radio International’s This American Life, National Public Radio and the NPR affiliate KALW News-Crosscurrents in San Francisco. With the support of the Open Society Foundation, she is producing a two-hour radio documentary telling the audio stories of men and women convicted of murder. The two-hour, four-part documentary will air nationally in 2012. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Association of Independents in Radio, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. In 2011, Nancy was the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

Free and open to the public. Questions? Contact the Sociology Department at (415) 422-6671.

Download an 11x17" flyer here: Sociology Colloquium Event with Nancy Mullane

(Mis)Understanding Abortion Regret: Gendered Sources of Emotional Difficulty Following Pregnancy Termination

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Time: 11:40 am to 12:45 pm
Location: Harney 232

The experiences of women who have negative emotional outcomes, including regret, following an abortion have received little research attention. Using interview data from 21 women who experienced emotional difficulty following an abortion, Katrina Kimport identified two social aspects of the abortion experience that produced, exacerbated, or mitigated respondents’ negative emotional experience. Women reported negative outcomes when they did not feel that the abortion was primarily their decision (e.g., because their partner abdicated responsibility for the pregnancy, leaving them feeling as though they had no other choice) or did not feel that they had clear emotional support after the abortion. In contrast, experiencing decisional autonomy or social support reduced respondents’ emotional distress. Katrina Kimport argues that these are gendered experiences.  Findings evidence a division of labor between women and men regarding pregnancy prevention, abortion and childrearing that results in the majority of abortion-related emotional burdens falling on women.

Katrina Kimport, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Research Sociologist in the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program at UCSF.  Her research focuses on the (re)production of inequality, with a particular emphasis on gendered and sexuality-based inequality.  Dr. Kimport’s work has been published in academic journals including the American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Symbolic Interaction.  She is the author, with Jennifer Earl, PhD, of Digitally Enabled Social Change: Activism in the Internet Age, published by MIT Press, and has a forthcoming book on same-sex marriage with Rutgers University Press.
Free and open to the public. Questions? Contact the Sociology Department at (415) 422-6671.

Sociology Colloquium 2012

Sociology Student Honors Thesis Presentations

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 11:45 am to 1:15 pm
Location: Malloy Hall 122

Sociology students in the Honors Thesis program will present their research. Come support their efforts and learn more about the great research our students are doing!

Leila Block
Clashing Waves of Change: An Investigation into the Socio-Political Development of the GLBTI Movement in Quito, Ecuador

Caroline Calderon
“Kuwentuhan Mo Ako” Tell Me a Story: Participatory Action Research and Filipino Caregivers

Vincent Carabeo
Punishment vs. Rehabilitation: The Ineffectiveness of California’s Prison System

Jolene Goldsmith

USF’s Influence on Students’ Recycling and Composting Habits

Holly Hursley
Redefining 99: The Interfusion of Social Movement Organizations and the Occupy Movement

Kate Malin
If You Build It, Will They Come? Prison Expansion and Incarcertation Rates in California

Lily Post
Yoga and Meditation for Women with PTSD

Sociology Colloquium Events for Spring 2012

Theater of the Oppressed: Augusto Boal, Political Theater, and Education
Speaker: Teresa Henriques, Researcher, New University of Lisbon (Portugal), currently Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology and CELASA, USF
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Time: 1:45 pm to 3:25 pm
Location: KA 263

Whose Public Space? Graffiti and Infrapolitical Protest: A Research in Progress in San Francisco
Speaker: Visiting Scholar to the USF Sociology Department, Guillaume Marche, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Université Paris-Est Créteil (France)
Date: Monday, February 27, 2012
Time: 11:40 am to 12:45 pm
Location: Cowell 314

Gender and Race-based Violence & Criminal Justice
Speakers: Nikki Jones, Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ayelet Waldman, Voices of Witness; and Roberta Villalón, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, St. John’s University
Date: March 6, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Berman Room, Fromm Hall
In Partnership With: This event is part of the Global Women’s Rights Forum

Skype Mothers and Facebook Daughters: How Technology is Transforming Care Work in Transnational Families
Speaker: USF Sociology Department Professor and Ethnic Minority Dissertation Writing Fellow Valerie Francisco
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 11:40 am to 12:45 pm
Location: McLaren 251
In Partnership With: This event is co-sponsored by the Yuchengco Philippine Studies and Asian American Studies programs, and the International Studies Department.

Career Panel for Sociology Students
Speakers: A diverse panel of speakers will share their experiences and answer your questions. Exact panelists to be announced in the near future.
Date: April 3, 2012
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: McLaren 250
In Partnership With: This event is co-sponsored by Sociologists Together Empowering People (STEP), our very own sociology club!

Sociology Honors Student Research Presentations
Speakers: Sociology students currently enrolled in the Sociology Department’s Honors Thesis directed study program.
Date: April 26, 2012
Time: 11:40 am to 1:15 pm
Location: Malloy Hall 122

Occupy Movement Forum a Huge Success!

On November 30, 2011, over 300 students, staff, and faculty attended the student-led Occupy Movement Forum: Are You the 99%? at the University of San Francisco. A collaboration between student organizations STEP (Sociologists Together Empowering People) and the Culturally Focused Clubs Council, with the support of the Sociology Department, the forum was an event put on for students by students. The purpose of the event was to facilitate a space for critical analysis around the Occupy Wall Street Movement as a local, national and global phenomenon. The forum provided a chance for members of the USF community to better understand the Occupy movement through such activities such as a Q&A with an expert panel, small break-out discussion groups, analysis of graphic art and media to explore the socio-economic origins of the movement, and a video presentation of what USF students, faculty and administrators think about the movement. The event encouraged the continuance of conversations started by the Occupy movement and helped empower the community to seek information for themselves and think deeply to affect change in the world.

Professor Josh Gamson, the faculty coordinator for the event, and other Sociology faculty incorporated activities about the Occupy movement into their classes. Students from Professor Gamson’s Introduction to Sociology course also created art for the forum. To learn more about the event and how it was integrated into the Sociology Department’s curriculum, as well as various perspectives on the Occupy movement and details about the 11/30 forum, please go to Occupy Wall Street: A Teachable Moment.