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Political Polarization in the Pandemic Impacted Former Anti-Vacc Advocates According to Jennifer Reich

Oct. 19, 2022

The anti-vaccine movement used to be a place where the left met the right, but increased polarization during the pandemic has made such a combination difficult to sustain, says Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich. “When we start to see such vastly different sources of information about what the risks of infection...

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Esther Sullivan on the Challenges of Mobile Home Ownership

Aug. 24, 2022

Esther Sullivan, Associate Sociology Professor, said homeowners will often tolerate "egregious" rent hikes — 50-60% increases in some cases — because moving their homes to a more affordable park is not simple; it's a process that can cost between five and 15 thousand dollars, and then there is the added...

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Complex Circumstances Behind Car Thefts According to Brenden Beck

Aug. 24, 2022

Rises and ebbs in crimes have more complex contributors than just one or two factors, said Sociology Assistant Professor, Brenden Beck. He pointed to drops in crime in the mid-1990s after a few years of increases, the causes of which criminologists still don’t agree on. Beck said, “And so if...

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How Abortion and Vaccine Rhetoric Collide in ‘My Body, My Choice,’ from Jennifer Reich

July 14, 2022

Republican leaders started arguing against vaccine mandates when COVID vaccines were still only theoretical, said Sociology Professor Jennifer Reich. They gained traction despite an obvious inconsistency: Often, the same people who oppose vaccine requirements — arguing that it's a matter of choice — are against abortion rights. Vaccination didn’t used...

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Esther Sullivan on the Impact of Rent Hikes on Mobile Home Owners

June 16, 2022

“Almost across the board, park residents are renting the land under their homes,” said Sociology Associate Professor Esther Sullivan , whose work focuses on mobile homes. “So a missed lot payment puts not only their housing at risk, but can also wipe out their accrued wealth." ‘We’re all afraid’: Massive...

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Abortion Ban Impacts Will Extend to Men Says Jennifer Reich

June 16, 2022

One of the few social scientists who has conducted research on adult men involved in abortions is Professor of Sociology Jennifer Reich. “Everybody benefits when individuals can control their own reproduction, but the benefit can be invisible for cis men since they don’t absorb the risks of pregnancy and it’s...

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Adam Lippert’s New Research on Health Impacts of Student Loan Debt

May 11, 2022

Student loan debt is correlated with poor physical and mental health, according to new research published by Assistant Professor of Sociology Adam Lippert and his colleagues in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine , “ Student Debt and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among U.S. Adults in Early Mid-Life .” It is...

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Esther Sullivan on Housing Market Impacts for Mobile Home Residents

April 14, 2022

During the pandemic, amid sickness and job losses, mobile home park residents also have grappled with rent hikes or revisions of their leases, often with little help from state laws. “There’s basically 50 different policies for how to protect residents in these parks,” said Assistant Professor of Sociology Esther Sullivan...

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Keith Guzik OpEd Cautions against Wholesale Cancelation of Russian Culture

March 31, 2022

Associate Professor of Sociology Keith Guzik provides insight into the dangers of current reactions to Russian culture: “Whether the canceling of Russian culture is a purposeful anti-war strategy or a cathartic response against those deemed guilty by association, it is difficult to imagine a more flawed stance at this pivotal...

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Bill Could Help Keep Mobile Housing More Affordable to Coloradoans According to Esther Sullivan

March 17, 2022

Colorado House Bill 22-1287 includes a slew of protections for mobile home owners and amounts to a new bill of rights for those residents. “Bills like this could strengthen, could support and grow affordable housing stock for decades,” said Esther Sullivan , Assistant Professor of Sociology, who has conducted extensive...