Fall is here—and WSU sociology has seen some exciting changes. We begin this issue with a letter from new department chair Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson. She shares her goals for the department, including implementation of a new strategic plan.
We also highlight the appointment of Justin Denney as William Julius Wilson Distinguished Professor, a new rural poverty book co-edited by Jennifer Sherman, and the team of WSU Sociology PhDs who received an Innovation Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research in May.
This issue also includes a new feature “In Brief,” where we highlight several noteworthy happenings: including pictures from last year’s banquet and the graduate student-organized EARThS conference. We close the issue with summer achievements and alumni updates from Chris Oakely and Larry Clinton.