Sociology

Pandemic pushed half-million kids into grandparents’ homes

Grandparents appeared to serve as an important private safety net when COVID‑19 first hit the U.S., according to a study led by a Washington State University researcher. The pandemic’s arrival in 2020 coincided with a surge of nearly 510,000 children living in “doubled‑up” households, co‑residing with other adults in addition to their parents or parents’ partners. […]

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WSU sociologist Don Dillman honored by European Survey Research Association

Regents professor Don Dillman, an internationally renowned survey methodologist, recently received the 2023 European Survey Research Association (ESRA) Outstanding Service Award in recognition of his sustained, high-level contributions to European survey research. ESRA is the leading professional organization of survey researchers in Europe with members from academia, government, non-profit, and commercial sectors. The organization advances […]

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Taking action against hate

In this alumni apotlight, we catch up with Pui-Yan Yam (’01 PhD sociology) who currently is working as a public sociologist. She is a recipient of the Eva Lassman ‘Take Action Against Hate’ Award, presented by Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies to honor an individual or organization for doing impactful work to counter hatred in any of […]

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An unconventional path

In this alumni spotlight, we catch up with Marica Gossard (’04 PhD. sociology) who is using her sociological training in a university setting, but not as an academic. Gossard focused on environmental sociology and communities during her doctoral studies. Today, she is the director of communications and marketing for the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU, as […]

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Global Campus: 30 years of opportunity

In 1992, Washington State University extended its land-grant mission by launching one of the nation’s first opportunities for students to pursue a degree from anywhere on the globe through distance delivery. Today, our Global Campus is the second largest campus by enrollment in the WSU system with more than 4,000 students enrolled in one of […]

National Gilman Scholarships support study abroad

Eight undergraduates pursing seven different degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences recently received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships toward the study abroad program of their choice. They will use the funding to study in Italy, Japan, Portugal and Spain this summer and fall. The Gilman scholarship, an initiative funded by the U.S. […]

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Closing a gap in Alzheimer’s disease research

Over the age of 50, one in three men and one in six women suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and recent research suggests that OSA increases the risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. As part of her research on health disparities and race and ethnicity, sociologist Anna Zamora-Kapoor will conduct a study on […]

Opioids kill minorities at younger ages

Although opioid use cuts across socio-economic boundaries, WSU researchers have found racial and ethnic minorities in Washington state are more likely to die from an overdose earlier in their lives than non-Hispanic white residents. “This work confirms the epidemic is far reaching and having dramatic impacts on quality and length of life for Americans of […]

Food insecurity related to later diabetes

An interdisciplinary study of adolescence-to-adult health found young adults who were at risk of food insecurity had an increased incidence of diabetes 10 years later. WSU researchers in sociology, medicine, and nursing analyzed data on nearly 4,000 people from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. They found that adults ages 24–32 who […]