Academic Conferences

Sociology graduate students are encouraged to present their research at academic conferences, including the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting, the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual meeting, as well as regional conferences like the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) annual meeting.  Conference participation is an important part of your professional development.  Most professional organizations offer discounted membership rates for students and the department is generally able to supplement the costs of conference travel.

Recent conference presentations: 

Shay Galto:  “Hidden Truth: Forced Marriage and Sexuality Under the Khmer Rouge regime.”  Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2011.

Sarah Hanson:  “These Boobs Were Made for Workin’: Sexual Objectification of Women in the Workplace.” Paper presented at Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting, San Antonio, TX. 2011.

Sarah Hanson (with Valerie Burns, and Kathryn Klement):  "Bleeding Love: Female Masochists and Feminism in the BDSM Community." Paper presented at the 4th Annual Joint Women's and Gender Studies Conference, River Forest, IL.  2012. 

Erica Hurley:  "El Norte: Crossing the Border from the Eyes of Mexican Migrant Women." Paper presented at the Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting, San Antonio, TX.  2011.

Kimberly Leifker:  “Mexican Migrant Women Negotiating Gender Performance: A Transnational Context.” Paper presented at the Gender Matters Conference, University Park, IL, 2011.

Jessica Petersen (with Dr. Diane Rogers and fellow graduate student Jill Sanderson): "Red, White and Forgotten: Collective Memory, Social Movements and the Finns of DeKalb, IL."  Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 2012. 

Jill Sanderson:  "Motherhood in the Early 21st Century United States: Managing Risk, Identity and Stigma." Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 2012.

Jill Sanderson:  "Mothering in a Risk Society: Consuming the Proper Identity." Paper presented at the Chicago Ethnography Conference, Chicago, IL, 2012.

You can find out more about ASA here.

You can find out more about ASC here.

You can find out more about MSS here.