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sociology faculty featured IN The NEWS at USF & beyond

August 2020

Earlier this year, Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair Maggie Kusenbach received a Fulbright Scholar Award to the University of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Kusenbach will teach two courses in sociology and conduct new research on urban culture and community issues in Vienna during Spring and Summer Semesters 2021. The title of her study is: "Does Contemporary Street Art Foster Citizen and Community Engagement? An Explorative Case Study in Vienna, Austria." This is Dr. Kusenbach's second Fulbright Scholar Award.

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman has been appointed the Senior Advisor to the President and Provost on Diversity and Inclusion at USF.  In her new role she will advise and support university leadership in efforts to foster anti-racism, access, equity, cultural inclusivity and cultural intelligence.

July 2020

In a July 9 Tampa Bay Times news article on USF's reaction against new U.S. rules targeting international students, Dr. Beatriz Padilla , the new interim director of USF's Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, points out the various ways the new policy, which requires international students to leave the U.S. if they take all of their classes online, is unfair to international students.  

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman launched a new YouTube series on racism, called “Sweeter the Juice”. The channel was highlighted on the UCM Instagram during the first week of July.

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman co-authored with Michel Chagas an op-ed COVID-19 in Black Communities in the U.S. and Brazil (in Portuguese).

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman was featured in a news story, “When Students make racially insensitive comments, should schools be held accountable,” in the St. Pete Catalyst.

June 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman was interviewed by the Tampa Bay Times and ABC Action News for spearheading the Call to Action letter that was sent to President Currall and Provost Wilcox on behalf of Black faculty and staff in response to systemic racism.

Dr. Beatriz Padilla's research on "The Venezuelan Humanitarian Crisis: Migration, Trauma and Resilience" was featured on The HUB, a media outlet of USF's College of Arts and Sciences. This research project, which was awarded one of USF's Nexus Initiative Grants, has documented the experiences of Venezuelan refugees of the humanitarian crisis in their country, which has, in turn, provided policy-makers with critical data to make informed policy decisions.  

Dr. Rob Benford, an expert on social movements, was interviewed for a news story on "The Power of Protest" by Tina Meketa, Director, News Content & Production, University Communications and Marketing (UCM).  In the article, Dr. Benford discusses the Black Lives Matter movement in the context of a broader description of the factors that make social movements effective. 

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman was quoted by University Communications and Marketing in a news story on the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

December 2019

Sociology faculty were featured in news stories on The HUB, a media outlet of USF's College of Arts and Sciences.  


August 2020

  • Kristopher (Kris) Oliveira, doctoral candidate, has accepted a position as Director of Sexuality and Gender Diversity at the University of Kansas.  He begins his new job August 10, 2020.


past newsletters

Volume 5, Issue 1, Fall 2019

Volume 4, Issue 1, Fall 2017

Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2016

Volume 2, Issue 1, Fall 2014

Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2013