Participants

Ruby Bafu | email

Ruby Bafu is a Mellon Mays Fellow and first-year Doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. She recently graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minors in Inequality Studies and Spanish. Her previous work examines the racial nature of Black natural hair in the Dominican Republic and the United States as well as its impact on the everyday social experiences of Black women. Drawing on 20 IRB-approved interviews in both English and Spanish, her study looked at the political, gendered and racial aspects of Black natural hair in the context of the Dominican Republic and the United States. Broadly, her research interests include race and ethnicity, social inequality, education, and mass incarceration. She hopes to couple her work experience as a middle school teacher this past summer with her interest in race and gender to do work on disproportionate disciplining in schools and its impact on the educational outcomes and life experiences of young, Black girls.

Jordan Conwell | email

Jordan Conwell is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences, and the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. His research agenda considers numerous issues related to inequalities in processes of human capital acquisition and their implications for intergenerational mobility trends. Currently, a main line of research focuses on historical and contemporary racial differences in children’s educational achievement returns to parental income. Some of this work also investigates how patterns of interest further vary by child’s gender. His research has been funded by the National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation and has appeared in journals such as The Journal of Negro Education and Sociology of Education.

Myra Marx Ferree | email | website

Myra Marx Ferree is a professor. Her work deals with intersectionality, especially in the ways that gender, race and class intersect differently in Europe than in the US, including looking at new processes of racialization in Europe. Her main project at present is a comparison of gender equality policies for faculty in higher education between Germany and the US.  She also has projects on the current state of feminist organizing in different parts of the world.

Chad Alan Goldberg | email | website

Chad Alan Goldberg is a professor of sociology and affiliated with the Center for German and European Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the George L. Mosse Program in History. His first book, Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare (University of Chicago Press, 2008), showed how social spending policies have been an important site for political struggles over the boundaries and rights of American citizenship. Through a series of historical comparisons, it investigated how the outcomes of those struggles were shaped by the institutional structure of each policy and the manner and extent to which the policy became entangled in racial politics. He is currently working to complete a new book on modernity and the Jews in classical social theory. Intended in part as a comparative study in the sociology of ideas, it situates theorists’ portrayals of the Jews in their historical contexts, an important aspect of which was protracted conflict over the civil incorporation of a minority group variously conceived in ethnic, religious, and racial terms.

Alfonso Morales | email | website

Alfonso Morales is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. Morales studies food systems, public marketplaces, and street vendors, and the role and function that they serve in economic development. Using an innovative blend of the disciplines of sociology and urban planning, Morales has created a body of books, articles, book chapters, and other writing that provides practical insight into the ways that urban agriculture, food distribution, street-level economies and social interactions contribute to and influence community and economic development. He is among a small number of researchers who employ ethnographic field research methods to help inform contemporary theoretical debates about community food systems, public markets, space use, and street vending businesses. His primary dissertation research on Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market established the foundation for what has become a wider range of studies of the social, cultural, and economic factors that involved in the interactions between public marketplaces and the areas where they are established. His new research on community and regional food systems expands his intellectual and policy agenda through the $5 million dollar USDA-AFRI grant of which he is Project Co-Principle Investigator.

Pamela Oliver | email | website | blog

Pamela Oliver is a professor. She developed “critical mass” theories of collective action and social movements that stressed the role of organizers, and has written other pieces on social movements theory. She has studied news coverage of protests and other public events. Her current research focuses on Black and other racial minority protest movements, racial disparities in criminal justice, linking theories of repression with theories of crime control, and on developing theory that puts ethnicity and minority/majority dynamics at the center of social movement theory. She has had extensive involvement doing public sociology in Wisconsin around racial disparity issues, including more than a hundred public presentations and involvement in a number of public organizations, boards and commissions over the past decade. She is part of the Du Boisian Scholar Network https://www.duboisiannetwork.com/

Ankit Rastogi | email

Ankit Rastogi is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology. They study the spatial structure of race and ethnicity in the suburban United States. Their dissertation project analyzes multiracial/ethnic residential integration and how the presence of Asians and Latinxs mediate Black-white integration.

Dee Wilkinson | email

Dee Wilkinson is a graduate student in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies working on her second Masters degree. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Education and came to UW-Madison in July of 2017 after finishing a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Dee’s Ph.D. research presented the first ‘home international’ comparative analysis examining England’s and Northern Ireland’s policy processes with regard to making sex and relationships education a statutory component of their national curricula for schools. Her central research interest is in studying the sexual attitudes and behaviours of young people and sex and relationships education policy-making in European countries of post-religious and national identity conflict. A research goal of Dee’s is to secure funding so that she can (working with local scholars and third-sector sexual health organisations) conduct a similar study as the British Nastal – which since 1990 has purposefully excluded the Northern Irish population from its research – to look at the sexual attitudes and lifestyles of those within Northern Ireland. Additional areas of research interest include: evaluating and comparing public health and education policy-making and management at the national and local level; comparing the (often times missing) discourse of sexual pleasure and rights within sex and relationships education policies and the ways in which dominant gendered discourses vary across countries, variously effecting young people’s sexual meaning-making practices within schools and their own intimate relationships; and the similar and dissimilar ways women express their gender, sexuality and reproductive rights in post conflict European countries.

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