School of Social Sciences News & Announcements - Week of February 5
Faculty Papers & Presentations
James “Jimmy” Disch, Associate Professor of Sport Management, received the David K. Brace Award from the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The David K. Brace Award is the highest honor bestowed by the association and recognizes individuals who are clearly outstanding in their profession, who exemplifyy the best in service, teaching and/or administration, who are recognized by members as noteworthy leaders and whose lives and contributions inspire others.
Jim Elliott, Professor of Sociology, and co-author Scott Frickel (Brown University) had their book manuscript accepted for publication by the Russell Sage Foundation as part of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Rose Series in Sociology. The title of their book is Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities. It includes a foreword by Harvey Molotch and should be on book stands by the 2018 ASA meeting in Philadelphia, PA, where some of the book's research took place.
Robert Werth, Lecturer in Sociology, was the guest editor of the most recent issue of Social Justice: "Ethnographic explorations of punishment and the governance of security." 2017. Vol 44(1). Abstract of special issue: This special issue highlights the growth of ethnographic examinations of penal governance across multiple disciplines, emphasizing the possibilities and the potential blind spots of ethnography as a methodology for studying penality. By analyzing phenomena as varied as pre-trial incarceration, parole and reentry, female incarceration, immigrant detention, and mental health courts, these articles help us explore commonalities and differences across penal practices, the diffusion of penality throughout society, and its entanglements with other sociocultural, political, and economic forces.
Robert Werth, Lecturer in Sociology, and Andrea Ballestero, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, published "Ethnography and the governance of il/legality: Some methodological and analytical reflections." Social Justice 44(1): 10-35.
George Zodrow, Allen R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Economics, John Diamond, Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance - BIPP, and Joyce Beebe, Fellow, BIPP presented “The Dynamic Effects of Eliminating or Curtailing the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction” at the 110 Annual Conference on Taxation of the National Tax Association, Philadelphia PA, November 11, 2017.
Robert Englebretson, department chair and associate professor of linguistics, and Simon Fischer-Baum, assistant professor of psychology, are hosting the upcoming Scientia Small Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives on Braille Reading and Writing, a series of lectures and workshops to be held March 8-10 in Rice Memorial Center’s Farnsworth Pavilion. http://news.rice.edu/2018/02/06/rice-to-host-scientia-small-conference-o...
Rick Wilson (Political Science) – "Preferences and Decisions to Evacuate in the Face of Hurricane Harvey": Research project explores the determiniants of the decision to evacuate when faced with a hurricane. Project sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF).
Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) Grants Awarded:
Seed Money Grants
Anna Rhodes & Max Besbris (Sociology) – “Post-Disaster Residential Instability Among Middle-Class Households: How Renters and Homeowners Negotiate Residential Choice and Financial Hardship after Displacement”: Research project explores post-disaster residential mobility for less vulnerable populations.
Christopher Fagundes (Psychology) – “Houston Strong: Adolescent Stress after Hurricane Harvey”: Research project explores the resilience and risk to stress in the face of Hurricane Harvey, and examine how these factors impact both physical and mental health.