Kitchens in Crises

Sociology Club will be screening Honor Diaries on March 31st at 6 pm in ARTS 150, with Q&A to follow with Raheel Raza (President, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow). Refreshments will be served.

Anita Mannur LectureDr. Mannur (Miami University) gave a lecture on food in the context of globalization and conflict on March 19th, 2015 at 5:30 at LIB 307. Listen to her interview with Lori Townsend of Alaska Public Media here 

Dr. Z. Kilic  gave a talk at the UAA bokstore on April 23rd, 2014 at 5 pm. "Restaurant Reviews: Ethnic Food in the American Culinary Imaginary." Podcast can be accessed here.

Dr. Edwards led a Conversation Salon Series on "How Does Media Shape Our Perception of Inequality?" on April 15th, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Loussac Library (Ann Stevens Room).  

Dr. B. Kilic Bookstore presentation March 5, 2014

Affiliated faculty Dr. Sackmann gave a talk on "Post-growth societies, education systems, and differentiation" at CAEPR/ISER Lunchtime talks on April 11, Fri, at 12 pm (Conference Room, Fifth Floor, Diplomacy Building).

Affiliated faculty Dr. Bulent Kilic gave a talk on April 9th, 2014, at 1 pm at ESH 104, titled "Social Determinants of Health: Examples from Turkey." This event was part of the National Public Health Month, co-sponsored by ICHS & Health Sciences.

sociology club movie night

ProfSackmanTalkBoosktoreAffiliated faculty Dr. Sackmann gave a talk titled "Employers, Migrants and Labor Markets in Germany: Case Studies" at the bookstore on April 2nd, 2014 at 5 pm. Reinhold Sackman is a professor at the Institute of Sociology, Martin-Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. His research interests include analyzing the social structure of modern societies, demographic changes in Germany, migrant workers and public sector employment. At this event he discussed economic and social attitudes tDrBulentKilicBookstore Talkoward non German migrant workers in Germany. 

Affiliated faculty Dr. Bulent Kilic, associate professor from Dokuz Eylul University (Turkey), gave a bookstore talk on March 5th, 2014, titled "A comparative look at healthcare systems in Turkey and the U.S.: Social determinants of health." Podcast of the event can be found here


The department has organized a week of activities around the documentary "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," witBooker's Placeh guest speaker Yvette Johnson (co-producer of the movie, grand daughter of Booker Wright, and author of the book, Searching for Booker Wright) under the leadership of Dr. Kilic. UAA Sociology Club was instrumental in having this event come to our campus, with special thanks to Sarah McHenry (club co-president) and Elly Gregory (Administrative Assistant, Sociology Dept.). See this event's page here including local and national media coverage about the movie as well as publicity information from the UAA events.

 CAS Dean Dr. StalveyDean Stalvey - welcoming remarks before the screening (Feb 22, 2013 @ Wendy Williamson Auditorium) 

Yvette at the Bookstore event (listen to the event podcast here.)        


    Sociology Club Co-president Jason Harper and sociology alumni Erica Mitchell are attending the student gathering with Yvette Johnson @ the Multicultural Center (Feb 22, 2013)

IMMIGRATION PANEL (March 29, 2012)

immigration panel flyer

Crossing Borders, Connecting Communities: Immigration in Europe and the U.S.

This panel included three speakers: Jamie Goodwin-White, UCLA, Department of Geography; Asiye Kaya, Georgetown University's BMW Center for German and European Studies, and from UAA's Dept. of Geography, Dorn Von Dommelen.

This panel was organized by Zeynep Kilic of the Sociology Department, and sponsored by UAA's College of Arts and Sciences, International Studies Program, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Department of Sociology. Listen to the podcast of the event here.


In collaboration with the UAA's Active Minds, Sociology Club will be screening the film "Frontline: The New Asylums," followed by a discussion. The 2005 film discusses the issue of mentally ill population in America's prisons.  October 23, 2014, LIB 307, 6-8 pm. Free admission...

IneqforAllFB picStudent Involvement Fair, Sept 2013, co-presidents Laura Orenga DeGaffory & Jason HarperCo-presidents Jason Harper and Laura Orenga DeGaffory attending the Sociology Club booth at the Student Involvement Fair. 









Laura Orenga DeGaffory, Jason Harper and Jessica Pannini of the Sociology Club are recognized as student leaders at the annual MLK Student Appreciation luncheon, with Dr. Kilic in tow (January 2014). 

SociologyClub booth at the 2013 Freshmen convocationLaura and Jason at the Sociology and Gerontology booth at the Freshmen Convocation (August 24, 2013)








Socializin' Sociologists

UAA Sociology Club recently hosted a meet and greet with Sociology Faculty and Students on October 22, 2013 and on Feb 13, 2013, (7-9 pm) at the Consortium Library 307.

Sociology Faculty at Meet and Greet Drs. John Riley, Chad Farrell & Zeynep Kilic at the Meet & Greet.



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Faculty News


Dr. Edwards & Dr. Lowe (ISER/Anthropology) were awarded a contract with the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities in the summer of 2014 to develop a literature review and potential methodologies to study the social consequences of inadequate housing in Alaska. 

Dr. Kilic received a $15,000 grant (for 2014-2015) from the Turkish Cultural Foundation to film her doc2015 Innovate Award Winnersumentary, Tables of Istanbul.  See the latest Green & Gold article on her progress here (Nov 19th, 2014).  She also received the $10,000 UAA Innovate award for the project for 2015. She is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant.

 Chancellor's Awards

  UAA Faculty Convocation_DiversityAwardDr. Kilic received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in University Diversity in 2013. Award is given to individuals who are making significant and positive differences in enhancing diversity on campus by increasing visibility, representing diverse voices, advocating, showing program initiative, and creating a sense of community as a public square. Additionally she was recognized as part of the NCBI team which received the Chancellor's excellence award for large team collaboration

Visiting Faculty 

Dr. Kilic will be a fellow at the Istanbul Studies Center at Kadir Has University (Istanbul, Turkey) in Fall 2015, working on her documentary, and will be a visiting professor at Ege University's Sociology Department (Izmir, Turkey) during Spring 2016, working on her book. 

Two international affiliate faculty were in residence at the Sociology Dept. from Germany and Turkey during Spring 2014: Dr. Bulent Kilic is a Professor of Public Health at Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir, Turkey) (Feb 3-April 16 2014). Dr. Reinhold Sackmann is a Professor at the Institute for Sociology at the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany (March 24th-April 23, 2014). 

Presentations by Sociology Faculty (2012-present)

Urban In Alaska poster

Dr. Kilic will present her paper "Chef de Culture? How Class and Ethnic Diversity Interacts with Food in Chef Talk" at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association in Long Beach, CA (April 2015)

Watch Dr. Pfeiffer discussing accessibility in distance courses here (recorded by UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning, March 2013, approximately 5 minutes).

Dr. Kilic presented her paper "Organizational Interpretations of Belonging and Identity - Politics of Incorporation among Turkish American Associations in New York" at the Introduction to Turkish American Studies, Bogazici University, in Istanbul, Turkey (June 6-7, 2014). See abstract here.

Dr. Kilic presented her paper "Politics of Integration, Citizenship, the Second Generation, and Cultural Identity: Interpretation and Representation Among Turkish Immigrants and Migrant Associations in Berlin and New York." Turkish Migration Conference. Regent's University, London, UK (May 30-June 1, 2014).

Dr. Kilic presented her paper "Restaurant Reviews and Cultural Constructions – Ethnic food in commercial food landscapes." Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, OR (March 27-30, 2014).

Dr. Jache led a Conversation Salon Series on "How Does Media Shape Our Reality of Older Adults"(Jan 21, 2014) at Ann Stevens Room, Loussac Public Library.

Dr. Kilic was a panelist at the Alaska Public Media's Addressing Alaskans program, discussing the documentary Girls Rising and girls' education around the world, sponsored by the Alaska World Affairs Council on Dec. 5th, 2013.

Dr. Farrell presented his research "A Microcosm of America? Ethnoracial Diversity and Segregation in Anchorage, 1980-2010" at the Urban in Alaska Conference (Friday, March 29, 2013). See the April 10th, 2013 article in Green and Gold as well as the Anchorage Daily News on April 6th about his work. See his 2011 article with Dr. Lee on racial diversity at the neighborhood level here. His book review (2013) of Homeless in Las Vegas can be found here. His latest publication appeared in 2014 in an edited book Diversity and Disparities. (The book can be downloaded as an ebook for free.)

Dr. Zeynep Kilic presented "Eating My Way Through World Without Hopping on a Plane: Understanding Cultural Constructions and Hierarchies in Ethnic Restaurant Reviews" at the the 14th Ege University Cultural Studies Symposium in Izmir, Turkey, May 8-10, 2013. This paper is now under review.

Dr. Kilic (with Dr. Rebeca Maseda of Spanish Program, Languages Dept.) presented "18 Meals in Spanish Cinema" at the Third Food Studies:An Interdisciplinary Conference in October 2013 (Austin, Texas). This paper is now under review.

On October 10th, 2012 Dr. Edwards gave a presentation about Bahrain to the Opportunities for Lifelong Education (OLE) group.

On November 9th, 2012 Dr. Edwards gave a presentation about "Measuring Inequality" to Opportunities for Lifelong Education (OLE) group.

On March 20, 2012 as part of the 2011-2013 UAA/APU Books of the Year events on the theme "Money and Morality" Dr. Jache lead a public discussion at the Loussac Library on "The Working Poor: Older Adults and Their Families."

Publications by and about Sociology Faculty (2011-present)

Dr. Farrell has co-authored a book chapter with Barret Lee and John Iceland of ChadPenn State, titled "Is Ethnoracial Residential Integration on the Rise? Evidence from Metropolitan and Micropolitan America Since 1980." The book, Diversity and Disparities: American Enters a New Century, is published as a free ebook by Russell Sage Foundation in November 2014 (edited by John Logan). London School of Economics and Political Science blog highlighted his research on rapid immigrant suburbanization (2015).

Dr. Farrell has a forthcoming article, titled "Immigrant Suburbanization and the Shifting Geographic Structure of Metropolitan Segregation in the United States" which will appear in the international journal Urban Studies

dr edwardsDr. Edwards published an op-ed piece on the topic of political conflict of interest in Alaska (March 19, 2014) in the Juneau Empire, titled "Alaska must strengthen its conflict of interest policies." Additionally she published in the The Environmental Justice (June 2011, "Nuclear Colonialism and the Social Construction of Landscape in Alaska"), and her film review article appeared in the Teaching Sociology journal in July 2013 ("This Land Is Our Land: The Fight to Reclaim the Commons").


Dr. Kilic published a co-authored piece with Dr. Maseda (UAA Languages) in the Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (vol 3, issue 3), titled "Shifts in Spanish Flavors: Tracking Social Change in 18 Meals"

See a teaser for Dr. Kilic's documentary Tables of Istanbul, to be released in Dec 2015. See a Green and Gold piece on Dr. Kilic's latest research project here (Feb 2014).