Workshops & Speaker Series

Sociology Workshop Series

The Sociology Workshop Series provides a forum for faculty and students to present work and work in progress across a wide range of substantive areas, theoretical perspectives, and research methodologies.

Workshops are open to the public and held on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. in rooms 1114/1183 of the Social Sciences Building (unless otherwise noted).

If you have questions about our workshop series, please contact Elizabeth Cronin at

Interdisciplinary research centers also offer additional opportunities to hear notable social scientists present their latest work.

Spring 2019 schedule (PDF version) COMING SOON

Spring 2019 Schedule

1/31   CANCELLED due to inclement weather. Stay tuned for a new date and time.
            Bernadette Atuahene 
(Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology )
Predatory Cities

2/4   FACULTY DYNAMIC DUO ***NEW LOCATION: 50 Willey Hall. TIME: 2:30PM***
          Christopher Uggen (Professor, Department of Sociology) and Joe Soss (Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs)
            Money, Crime, and Punishment

2/18   Peter Hart-Brinson (Associate Professor of Sociology & Communication, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) 
            The Gay Marriage Generation: How the LGBTQ Movement Transformed American Culture

3/4    Christina Ewig (Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs & Faculty Director, Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy) 
            Political Parties and Intersectionality: Women’s and Indigenous Political Representation in Ecuador

3/12   Riché Barnes (Professor of Anthropology & Dean of Pierson College, Yale University)***TUESDAY at 4:00PM***
            The Struggle for Progress: Black Communities, School Choice, and the Neoliberal Education Market

3/25   Tanya Golash-Boza (Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced)
             Punishment Beyond the Deportee: The Collateral Consequences of Deportation and Incarceration

           Yanjie Bian (Professor, Department of Sociology) and Ann Meier (Professor, Department of Sociology)
            Guanxi: How China Works

4/29  Margaret Hagerman (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Mississippi State University) 
            White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America

Minnesota Population Center (MPC) Events

The Minnesota Population Center hosts specialized forums, workshops, and symposia on topics related to population research. It is also has a weekly seminar series bringing nationally and internationally recognized population researchers from a variety of disciplines to Minnesota to share their research.

MPC Seminar Series 
Seminars are held Mondays at 12:15 pm during the academic year.

MPC Workshop Series
Formerly known as the Inequality and Methods Workshop, the newly revamped MPC Workshop is held Fridays from 12:15-1:15pm during the academic year.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) promotes academic research, education and public awareness on the Shoah, other genocides and current forms of mass violence. They host a number of events throughout the year.