Sociology Colloquia Series

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

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the colloquia 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.

Suggestions for hosted events can be submitted using this online form.


    Winter Quarter

  • Cycling the New Urban Frontier: Bicycle Infrastructure, Gentrification, and the Urbanization of Environmental Politics

    Thursday, February 08, 2018

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301


    Few things capture the contemporary American enthusiasm for urban life quite like the bicycle. In the years since the Great Recession, cities across the United States have adopted bicycle infrastructure as a key element of sustainable development policy. The result is seemingly a paradox: while bicycling is inexpensive, and bicyclists are on the whole racially and economically diverse, the places that have invested in and become known for accommodating bicycling are gentrifying rapidly. This presentation draws on research conducted in San Francisco, Oakland, Detroit, and Philadelphia to examine two main forms of bicycle infrastructure: bike lanes and bicycle sharing systems. Through the institutional alignment of bicycle advocacy with key actors in the urban growth machine, these infrastructures have become core features of inter-urban competitive strategy. This leads to a demand-led form of infrastructure provision that reflects and reinforces sociospatial inequality at the neighborhood and regional scales. Ultimately, Stehlin argues, these contradictions pose real limits on the potential for bicycling as a meaningful response to climate change.

    John Stehlin is a lecturer and 2018 National Science Foundation Scholar in the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on mobility infrastructure, uneven regional development, and race, class, and urban space in North American cities, and has appeared in Antipode, Environment & Planning A, Mobilities, and Urban Geography. He will speak on his current book project with the University of Minnesota Press, also entitled Cycling the New Urban Frontier, as well as new work on bicycle sharing systems, big data, and platform capitalism.

  • Can We Build a Trustworthy and Trusted Press: News from The Trust Project


    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301

    We all think we can tell the difference between opinion, advertising and accurate news. But how do we really know? Join Sally Lehrman in a discussion of this critical question of our times. Lehrman, an award-winning journalist and Visiting Science & Justice Professor, directs  the The Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies that are developing publically-accessible standards for assessing the quality and credibility of journalism. In her presentation, Lehrman will present the Project, and ask for our feedback on how to maximize the impact of the project.

    Read all about The Trust Protocol and The Trust Project and its partners (the The Economist, The Globe and Mail, the Independent Journal Review, Mic, Italy’s La Repubblica and La Stampa, and The Washington Post) at the following links:

    The Verge: Facebook adds trust indicators to news articles in an effort to identify real journalism

    CNN Tech: Facebook, Google, Twitter to fight fake news with 'trust indicators' 

    Sally Lehrman is an award-winning reporter and writer specializing in medicine and science policy with an emphasis on genetics, race, and sexuality. Lehrman is director of the journalism ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, leads its signature Trust Project, a complex international collaboration that she began building in 2015 to strengthen public confidence in the news through accountability and transparency. Lehrman has written for some of the most respected names in national print and broadcast media including Scientific American, Nature, Health,, and The DNA Files, distributed by NPR.

    Co-Sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Science and Justice Research Center

  • The Importance of Publishing and How To Do It

    Thursday, February 22, 2018 (flyer-PDF)

    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301


    This panel will discuss the importance of publishing peer reviewed journal articles during graduate school. Speakers will share strategies for publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals. All graduate students are encouraged to participate.

    Panelists will include:

    Andy Murray, Sociology Graduate Student

    Rebecca London, Assistant Professor 

    Veronica Terriquez, Associate Professor

  • Fall Quarter

  • Graduate Student Seminar

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Time: 11:40 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301
    Following the campus discussion Is the World Urban?, Neil Brenner (Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design) will discuss with graduate students the following readings: Debating Planetary Urbanization: for an Engaged Pluralism; The Hinterland, Urbanised? and Elements for a New Epistemology of the Urban co-authored with Christian Schmid. Please note: registration is limited to 20. Once registered, participants will be emailed the readings.


    Aerial view of landscape with water.

    Is the World Urban?

    Monday, October 23, 2017 (flyer-PDF)

    Time: 2:30 - 4:00pm
    Location: Humanities 210

    In what sense is the 21st century world "urban"? In this lecture, Neil Brenner critiques contemporary ideologies of the "urban age," which confront this question with reference to the purported fact that more than 50% of the world's population resides within cities. Against such demographic, city-centric understandings, Brenner excavates Henri Lefebvre's notion of generalized urbanization for conceptual and methodological insights into the 21st century planetary urban condition. He argues that the geographies of urbanization can no longer be conceptualized exclusively with reference to cities and metropolitan regions, but today encompass diverse patterns and pathways across the planetary sociospatial landscape, from Manhattan to the Matterhorn, from the Pearl River Delta to Mount Everest, from the Nile River valley to the Pacific Ocean. This variegated urban fabric must become the focal point for new approaches to urban theory, strategies of collective intervention and imaginaries of built and unbuilt environments.

    Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His most recent books include New Urban Spaces: Urban Theory and the Scale Question (Oxford University Press, 2018); Critique of Urbanization (Bauwelt Fundamente Series/Birkhäuser Verlag, 2016) and Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis, 2014). Brenner formerly served as Professor of Sociology and Director of the Metropolitan Studies Program at New York University. Further information on Brenner’s current research and collaborative work can be found at:


    Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Environmental Studies, Politics, the Center for Creative Ecologies, the History of Consciousness Program and the Critical Sustainabilities Project 


  • Participating in ASA and Professional Associations

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 (flyer-PDF)

    Time: 11:45 - 1:15pm
    Location: Rachel Carson College 301


    Join us as we hear from some of the most active and engaged conference participants from the Sociology Department.


    Kati Barahona Lopez, Sociology Graduate Student 

    Ben Crow, Professor of Sociology

    James Doucet-Battle, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Science & Justice Research Center

    Meenoo Kohli, Sociology Graduate Student

    Steve McKay, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Labor Studies

    Aida MukhareshSociology Graduate Student

    Uriel Serrano, Sociology Graduate Student