About Us

The Race and Ethnicity Workshop at the University of Wisconsin at Madison provides a forum for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty to engage with one another at the cutting edge of social science research on race and ethnicity. Although the workshop is housed in the Department of Sociology, it is interdisciplinary in nature and is open to students and colleagues not affiliated with the Department of Sociology. The workshop has two principal goals: remain well informed on the current state-of-the-art in social science theory and research on race and ethnicity and improve the overall quality of social science theory and research on race and ethnicity. We meet weekly to discuss a recent article published in a leading social science journal, to provide feedback on work-in-progress, or to discuss related matters in pedagogy and professional development. Sessions that are organized around work-in-progress are focused on meeting the needs of the presenter and may also include a discussant. Sessions that are organized around published articles have a discussant charged with laying out key issues and organizing the discussion. In either case, after the initial presentations, the floor is open for discussion and debate, with the first three questions or comments coming from graduate students, before opening to fellows and/or faculty.

Meeting Schedule

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the workshop will meet on Wednesdays from 10:30a to 12:00p CST. Meetings will be hybrid (Zoom). You can find more detailed information for each upcoming meeting by visiting our meeting schedule page. You can receive automatic meeting updates by subscribing to our calendar (in either Google or Outlook).

Registration and Requirements

Students that are formally enrolled are required to attend all meetings. Students, fellows and faculty that are not enrolled are encouraged to attend regularly, but are also welcome to only attend meetings that center on their specific interests. Students that are enrolled are encouraged to register for the one credit hour version of the workshop. Students enrolled for one credit are expected to present at least one work-in-progress and/or lead at least one discussion on a published article. With permission from the instructor, students may also enroll for two or three credit versions of the workshop. These versions of the workshop require additional work (including a specific work plan). Students interested in these options must begin their discussion and planning with the instructor at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. While workshop registration and regular attendance are encouraged, neither are required for the presentation of ongoing work by students, fellows or faculty. If you are interested in presenting ongoing work (e.g., outline, manuscript, research design, grant proposal, fellowship application, etcetera), please contact the instructor. The current instructor for the workshop is Mosi Adesina Ifatunji, ifatunji@wisc.edu. More detailed information about the workshop is available in the course syllabus.

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