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Op-eds from Brenden Beck on Defunding Police Departments

June 18, 2020

"What can Denver’s recent history of police spending and crime reveal about our current moment and where to go next? I looked at budget information , crime data and recent academic research to find out," writes Brenden Beck, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Op-Ed: Why Now Is the Time to Reduce...

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Anti-vaxxers May Reject COVID-19 Vaccination According to Jennifer Reich

April 30, 2020

Protests against social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines in states across the country have become fertile ground for anti-vaccine activists, foreshadowing future showdowns over government-led efforts to help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Much of the rhetoric at the reopening rallies mirrors the language of anti-vaccine activists, according to...

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Adam Lippert’s Timely Commentary on Millennial Health

April 15, 2020

“Millennials are uniquely exposed to precarious conditions,” says Adam Lippert, Assistant Professor & Graduate Program Director of Sociology. “Their stress response systems are constantly in overdrive in ways previous generations may not have been.” The Millennial Guide to Maintaining Your Health 5280 , April

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Maren Scull Believes Sugar Dating is More Complicated than Money

March 5, 2020

Despite the lure of money, fancy dinners, trips or gifts, Maren Scull, Assistant Professor of Sociology Clinical Teaching Track, believes sugar dating is more complicated than money. Scull has been studying the sugar dating phenomenon since 2015 and recently published a study about it. Some students, others turn to 'sugar...

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More on the Mentality behind the Choice Not to Vaccinate, from Jennifer Reich

March 5, 2020

The pressure modern parents feel to make the right child-rearing decisions is just one reason some decide not to have their kids vaccinated, or to forgo certain vaccines, according to Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich. “Each decision parents make, whether it's school choice, whether it's traveling soccer teams and tutoring, whether...

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Expert Commentary from Esther Sullivan on Florida’s Mobile Home Laws

Feb. 18, 2020

Decades-old protections for mobile-home owners could be upended under a series of industry-backed proposals introduced this legislative session — and housing advocates warn they could result in more evictions for some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens. Currently, manufactured housing is the country’s largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing, with about...

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Esther Sullivan illuminates the slow recovery from last year’s California fires

Nov. 20, 2019

For victims of the Woolsey fire, recovery has been agonizingly slow. The blaze charred 151 square miles and 1,600 structures when it ripped through Malibu, California, the Santa Monica Mountains and eastern Ventura County a year ago, consuming mobile homes and movie star mansions in what would become one of...

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New research from Maren Scull sheds light on sugaring

Oct. 23, 2019

Sugaring or “mutually beneficial” relationships are not new, but they “have gained increasing attention in the United States over the past decade,” says Assistant Professor Clinical Teaching Track, and Undergraduate Advisor to the Department of Sociology, Maren Scull. Scull attributes the rise to the increase in sugar daddy matching websites,...

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Esther Sullivan active in recent politics and journalism surrounding mobile homes

Sept. 25, 2019

“This move on Aurora’s part is incredible. I haven’t seen this happen anywhere. So this is a huge move,” Esther Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, said after Aurora City Council members recently approved a 10-month moratorium on redeveloping mobile home parks in the city, along with a task force to...

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Award winning author Esther Sullivan continues enlightening America on mobile home parks

June 18, 2019

Esther Sullivan book Manufactured Insecurity Mobile Home Parks and Americans’ Tenuous Right to Place recently won the 2019 Robert Park Book Award from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of American Sociological Association. In a recent conversation with Huffpost , Sullivan talked about how mobile home parks are often seen...