Sociology Colloquium Series

The overarching goal of the Sociology Colloquium Series is to build intellectual engagement and community in our department for faculty and graduate students alike. 

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the colloquium committee will be focusing on the following three types of events: those in which we share our own research; those in which we invite outside speakers whose work is related to the research interests of the department; and brown-bag professionalization workshops for graduate students.

Most colloquia will be held on Thursdays 12-1:45PM; College 8 room 301. Check individual listings.

    Fall Quarter

  • Tracy Perkins - Headshot

    October 02

    3:00-4:30PM College 8, Room 301

    Tracy Perkins

    “From Protest to Policy:  The Political Evolution of California Environmental Justice Activism, 1980s to 2010’s” (Flyer-PDF)

    This talk explores tensions between strategies of protest and policy-making in environmental justice activism over time. It traces the history of three decades of environmental justice activism in California, with a focus on the growing engagement with the state through policy advocacy. Perkins places this slow shift in the form of environmental justice activism within the context of the professionalization of the non-profit sector and the shifting racial politics that accompany the continued growth of California’s majority people of color population. She uses theories of social movement channeling, color-blind racism and neoliberalism to shed light on the dilemmas faced by contemporary environmental justice advocates in their efforts to build a just, sustainable society.

    Tracy Perkins is a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She specializes in environmental sociology and social movements and holds a M.S. in Community Development from the University of California, Davis. See more of her work at

  • Jerry Flores - Headshot

    October 10 (Friday)

    12:00-1:45PM College 8, Room 301

    Jerry Flores
    Ford Foundation Fellow
    UC President's Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Washington-Tacoma

    "Keys to the Fellowship and Academic Application Process" (Flyer-PDF)

    This professionalization workshop will address the keys to writing a successful fellowship application -- including the Pre-Doctoral, Doctoral, and Post-Doctoral fellowships -- and tenure track job application. Flores will address the differences between these application processes and provide an overview of these processes. This session will consists of two parts: a presentation of the different application processes and an question and answer portion. If you are currently working on a fellowship application or a job application please bring in your questions for the question and answer portion.

    Jerry Flores is a Ford Foundation Fellow, UC President's Post Doc and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Social Work program at the University of Washington-Tacoma. His research investigates how Latinas negotiate gender and violence in a California juvenile detention facility and in a continuation school that is connected to the facility. Along with understanding how violence is created in institutions of confinement, his study sheds light on the changing contours of the American educational system.  His research also shows how the context of both education and incarceration is changing during this very punitive era. Finally, his work provides a microanalysis of Chicanas passing through the school to prison pipeline. His other research areas include ethnographic research methods, studies of race/ethnicity and issues dealing with institutional and interpersonal pharmaceutical abuse

  • QE

    October 28 (Tuesday)

    12:00-1:45PM College 8, Room 301

    "Demystifying the NEW Field Statement Process"

    (a workshop by sociology graduate students for sociology graduate students)

    Do you have questions about the new Qualifying Exam (QE) process that was implemented last year? Join Ruben Espinoza, as he presents on his experience of the new process, and Christie McCullen will provide an overview of the new process.
    Sociology students at all stages are encouraged to attend.
    For more information, please contact Kati Barahona-Lopez (
    Ruben Espinoza is a 5th year graduate student in Sociology, with a designated emphasis in Latin American Latino Studies. His areas of research include labor studies, the sociology of work, migration and migrant workers, Latino sociology, and intersectionality. His dissertation focuses on workers in lettuce and salad processing factories across the Salinas Valley. He argues that their employment is made precarious through issues of race, gender, and class, even as they individually achieve socio-economic advancement. Ruben is the winner of the 2014 Lionel Cantú Memorial Award and is currently conducting field work. 
  • Thought bubble contempating the future

    November 13 (Thursday)

    6:00-7:30PM College 8, Red Room

    Sociology Undergraduate Student Workshop: The Graduate Student Experience (Flyer-PDF)
    Contemplating between attending graduate school, getting established in the job market, completing an internship, or backpacking through Europe? Hear what it’s like in a day in the life of a grad student, what it’s like being a TA and how big of an influence faculty play in your academic career?
    Join current and former sociology students Andrea Lloyd (Behavioral Health Clinician), Tracy Perkins (UCSC Sociology Ph.D. Candidate), Danny Rodriguez (UCSC Oakes College Academic Advisor), and Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours (UCSC Sociology Ph.D. Candidate) as they share their experiences related to graduate school. Hear how they decided and how they prepared.

    Have questions? Email Sociology Undergraduate Advisor Tina Nikfarjam at or join the conversation on Twitter, follow @sociologyatucsc and tag your tweets #SocyUG


    Andrea Lloyd BA Literature, Minor Sociology, UCSC; MSW University of Southern California. Behavioral Health Clinician

    Tracy Perkins BA Development Studies, UC Berkeley; MS Community Development, UC Davis; Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, UCSC

    Danny Rodriguez BA Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies, Minor in Education, UCSC; MA Organization & Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of San Francisco. Oakes College Academic Advisor

    Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours BA Ethnic Studies and Literature/Writing, Minor Psychology, UCSD; MA Sociology, UCSC; Ph.D. Candidate Sociology, D.E. American Studies, UCSC