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Identifying risk factors for corporate financial fraud
April 3, 2014

By J. Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

Schwartz-80PULLMAN, Wash. – In the wake of the global financial crisis, Jennifer Schwartz, a Washington State University associate professor of sociology and expert in crime trends, has secured a grant for more than a half-million dollars to study the risk factors for corporate financial fraud.

Looking through crime’s glass ceiling
April 3, 2014

By J. Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Judging by today’s popular media, American women are committing more crime than ever, says Jennifer Schwartz, a Washington State University associate professor of sociology and expert in crime trends.

Sociology professor awarded national grant
October 6, 2008

PULLMAN – A WSU researcher will receive a $190,560 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand scholarly and policy research and deepen understanding about volunteering, national and community service, and civic engagement in America.


Associate Professor of Sociology Thomas Rotolo, in conjunction with Duke University Sociology Professor John Wilson, will examine how social contexts influence individual decisions to volunteer. Rotolo and his colleague will build on existing research to explain the variation in volunteering rates and intensity based on geographical differences.


Rotolo said he and Wilson “were among the … » More …

Fair trade coffee book takes prestigious prize
August 27, 2008

VANCOUVER – An assistant professor of Sociology at WSU Vancouver, has been awarded the 2007 C. Wright Mills Book Award, for his book, “Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival.”


Daniel Jaffee is the first Sociology faculty member at WSU to win this award.  He was recently honored at the SSSP Annual Meetings in Boston.


“My work looks at the effects of ‘free’ trade and neoliberal economic policies on the options for rural people to determine their own models for sustainable livelihoods,” said Jaffee. “I’m also a dedicated … » More …

Collecting books for prisoners
February 28, 2008

Elementary education major Kyla Thompson contributes a book to the drive.


WSU sociology students are holding a book drive to establish a library for minimum security prisoners.


Jennifer Schwartz, assistant professor of sociology, said the idea hatched when she realized federal law allows students to make copies of scholarly publications, but distant education students in prison don’t have access to the Internet.  Schwartz said prisoners often don’t have access to educational materials unless they have family members or friends who can provide them.


She suggested to students enrolled in her Sociology 491, Gender, Race, … » More …

Understanding environment with art and science
March 16, 2007

Photo by WSU Photo Services.He is a professor in the Department of Sociology, distinguished professor of natural resource and environmental policy in the Thomas F. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, affiliated professor of fine arts, affiliated professor of environmental science, and faculty associate in the Center for Integrated Biology — and he is a world-renown environmental scholar whose work assesses the risks of societal environmental impacts.To say that Eugene Rosa, presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address, is an accomplished man might be an understatement; yet, somehow, he remains modest.“The deepest value my parents instilled in me is the importance of modesty,” he … » More …

Sociologist Short Jr. receives WSU Lifetime Service Award
March 27, 2006

Sociologist James F. Short Jr., a nationally respected researcher and university leader, received the WSU President’s Award for Lifetime Service March 24.One of the nation’s leading authorities in juvenile gang behavior, delinquency and criminology, Short joined the WSU sociology faculty in 1951 and retired in 1997, when he became an emeritus professor. Although retired, he continues to be active in sociology research and publishing, including works on violence and violence avoidance.”I have been associated with WSU for over 35 years. During that period, and for nearly two decades before, Jim Short has been a leader and a central force for excellence. He is the perfect … » More …

Challenging first-year students to value learning
March 25, 2005

On a typical Wednesday afternoon you might find her in the CUB coffee shop — and you are welcome to have a latte with her. Lisa McIntyre, associate professor of sociology, welcomes the opportunity to interact with students and informally continue discussions initiated in the classroom.Actions such as the “Lattes with Lisa” endear McIntyre to her students, and throughout her 18 years at WSU she has been honored with numerous awards that demonstrate an appreciation of her efforts. The entire WSU community now has taken notice, as she is the 2005 recipient of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction.“She not only does a great … » More …