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The murders of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd along with countless other murders have once again made evident the long history of violence against Black people in our nation. Mizzou’s Sociology Department stands in solidarity with those who are protesting these murders and fighting for justice. We join our voices with theirs in clearly saying Black Lives Matter. We extend our sympathy and condolences to those mourning loved ones at this time, as both police violence and COVID-19 disproportionately affect Black and Indigenous communities.

   Understanding and transforming social inequalities is the heart of our mission in sociology, and is a significant reason most of us have become sociologists. However, sociology has long been a white-dominated discipline, and our department is part of a predominantly white institution. Our department members are taking steps to increase the inclusivity of our department and to renew our commitment to anti-racism work. We renew our commitment to teaching about structural and institutional racism and other forms of structural violence in our courses. As individuals we are pursuing professional development opportunities to continue to learn how to combat racism in its many forms. We are continuing to educate ourselves about anti-racism and to provide support to local, regional, and national organizations working to end racism and police brutality. For example, our students in the Sociology Graduate Student Group (SGSG) are raising funds for Action STL, Reclaim the Block, and BLACKout Collective. We will never stop working to build an inclusive and welcoming community of scholars that moves toward creating a more just and equal society.

Dr. Clarence Y.H. Lo's article “Business Collaboration Within the Nazi War Machine: Corporations and the State in the Austrian Semi-periphery” has been accepted by the Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue Canadienne de Sociologie to be published November 2019.

Scholarship

Avery, Eileen. E., Baumer, Michele D., Hermsen, Joan. M., Leap, Braden, Lucht, Jill R., Rikoon, James S., & Wilhelm Stanis, Sonja. A. In press. "Measuring Place of Residence Across Urban and Rural Spaces: An Application to Fears Associated with Outdoor Recreation.” The Social Science Journal

Presentations

Teah Hairston. “Us for Us: Black Women's Narratives of Resilience as Family Members of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Humans.” Society for the Study
of Social Problems.

Teah Hairston. “Us for Us: Safe Black Spaces as Sites of Resistance.” Association of Black Sociologists.

Kristen Kalz & Kandice Grossman. “Facebook Activism: Comparing Standing Rock and West Lake Landfill.” Society for the Study of Social Problems. 

"Resisting 'Politics as Usual': Examining the Rise of Anti‐Establishment Politics..." by Mizzou Sociology Department alumna Dr. Lindy S. Hern was published 30 August 2019  in the Journal of Historical Sociology.

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