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Mulaticity: Brazilian Girls Take on Their World. At the Fall 2013 SOA Symposium, Dr. Jennifer Manthei shared the results of her sabbatical— the explanation of her fieldwork regarding race, gender, class, and sexuality among teenagers in Brazil.

Sociology and Anthropology major student Sam Zielke, Professor Karl McDermott and Jennifer Manthei

SOA student Sam Zielke, Professor Karl McDermott and Professor Jennifer Manthei Cake for the reception after Doctor Manthei's sabbatical talk.

Cake for the reception after Doctor Manthei’s sabbatical talk.

SOA/WGS Professor Hinda Seif and her students talk about their research on Latina/o Immigrant Youth Groups

A team of UIS undergraduate students is working with Professor Hinda in anthropological research exploring immigrant youth civic engagement in Illinois. Sociology/Anthropology majors Ashundria Oliver and Justin Johnson, Criminal Justice major Jasmine Torres-Gonzalez, and several other students are working with Dr. Seif on the project, which includes interviews, observations, and analysis of web sites. The project received grant funding from the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership. The short video was produced by the UIS CSPL.

SOA welcomes new faculty member Tiffani Saunders

The Sociology/Anthropology department is delighted to welcome new faculty member Tiffani Saunders, who joins us as a full-time, continuing Instructor of Sociology. Ms. Saunders is completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University. Ms. Saunders earned her M.A. in Sociology at Indiana University in 2006, and a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Bowie State University in Maryland, 2002. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of family, mental health, law and social policy, and teaching and learning. Her dissertation research draws on data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to examine the impact of family structure and biological relatedness impact interactions and sibling experiences. Other research interests include studies of stress, parenting, race/ethnicity, and incarceration. Ms. Saunders has taught in the classroom and online in sociology, statistics, and in Indiana University’s Ronald E. McNair program for development of future scholars. In the fall 2011 semester, Ms. Saunders is teaching a new course on the Sociology of the Family (SOA 480) as well as Introduction to Sociology.

SOA Professor Sharon Graf returns from her South Pacific Voyage

This August SOA welcomes Professor Sharon Graf, just back from a year-long sabbatical (2010/2011). As part of her sabbatical research, she studied Polynesian music and cultural performance, with visits to French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, New Zealand, and Fiji. Her previous ethnomusicological research has been on American music and old-time fiddling. Prof. Graf’s new scholarly exploration of the Pacific involved an exciting physical voyage — she and her husband Michael Graf sailed to Polynesia in their 42 foot yacht the Larabeck! See to read about the voyage.


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