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Here also is the Schedule for the 2017 Meeting

The 2017 annual meeting of the North Carolina Sociological Association is just around the corner. This year’s conference will be held on the campus of High Point University on Friday, February 17. There is still room on the program for individuals wanting to present. Students are especially encouraged to submit poster presentations. The deadline for final submissions is January 31, 2017 and should be directed to President-Elect Terrell Hayes at

Sessions are still coming together, and times and locations are still being finalized. The preliminary program is listed below. HB2 (aka – the “bathroom bill”) has had, and unfortunately continues to have, a negative impact on the state’s economy and on the lives of the LGBTQ community, family and friends. We are especially excited about the HB2 panel discussion being organized by Dr. Stef Shuster, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University.  Given the interest surrounding this issue, a decision was made not to schedule other sessions to run concurrently with the HB2 panel discussion.

Registration: 8:00 – 8:45      

Location: Phillips School of Business, 1st Floor


Welcome & Opening Remarks: 8:45 – 9:00           

Location: Phillips #120


Steve Gunkel, NCSA President, Wake Forest University

Terrell A. Hayes, NCSA President-Elect, High Point University


9:15 – 10:30    Location: Phillips #120

Session 1 -  The Social Consequences of HB2

Panel Organizer: Stef Shuster, Appalachian State University

Panelists: TBA


10:45 – 12:00  Location: TBD

Session 2 - Racialization and Gendering in Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

Organizer/Presider, Cindy Brooks Dollar, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


“Teenage Motherhood and Intimate Partner Victimization Risk: A Counter-Factual Analysis”
            Rena Zito, Elon University

“Gender, Neighborhood Context, and Recidivism: The Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Youth from Secure Detention”
            Margaret A. Zahn, North Carolina State University
            Jacob C. Day, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
            Roderick W. Jones, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington

“CHIRAQ: Oppression, Homicide, Concentrated Misery, and Gangsterism in Chicago”
            Steven Cureton, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Masculinity of Young Black Men: Inward and Outward Aggression”

            Kimya Dennis, Salem College




10:45 – 12:00  Location: TBD

Session 3: U.S. Immigration and Inequality

Organizer/Presider: Emily Estrada, High Point University


“The Carceral State, System Avoidance and Bare Life: The Effect of Immigration Policy and Policing on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children”

            Natalie Delia Deckard, Davidson College


"Migration in Context: The Effects of Immigrant Receiving Contexts on Mexican Americans"

            Kim Ebert, North Carolina State University

            Brandi Leach, North Carolina State University

            Emily P. Estrada, High Point University


10:45 – 12:00  Location: TBD

Session 4: Education and Race

Organizer/Presider: Abby Reiter, Wake Tech Community College


Teacher-Student Matching, School Discipline, and the Role of Teacher Diversity.”

            Steven Jefferson, Duke University


“There’s no skin color:” Sensemaking about race at a conservative Christian school

            Allie Blosser, High Point University


"Racialized Microaggressions, Internalized and Intersecting Oppressions, and Identity Negotiation among Students of Color at a Predominately White University." 

            Abby Reiter, Wake Tech Community College


10:45 – 12:00 Location: TBD

Session 5: Himes Student Paper Presentations

Organizer/Presider: Heather Griffiths, Fayetteville State University

                              Stayce Blount, Fayetteville State University                      


Lunch and Awards Ceremony: 12:15-1:30

Location: Wilson School of Commerce Ballroom, 1st Floor


Himes Outstanding Student Sociology Paper Awards

Lifetime Contribution to Sociology Award

Recognition of 2017 Officers

Treasurer’s Report


1:45 – 3:00      Location: TBD

Session 6: Social Disparities in Health and the Healthcare System

Organizer/Presider: Miranda Reiter, University of North Carolina at Pembroke


"Inequality in Quality: Defining and Utilizing Cultural Competence as a Framework for Addressing Socioeconomic, Racial, and Ethnic Disparities in the Delivery of Health Care." 

            Obie Clayton, Clark-Atlanta University


"Realized Access Among University Students: Utilization of Student Health Services.'

            Allison Wisecap, Radford University


The Impact of Social Support, Psychological Characteristics, and Contextual Factors on Racial Disparities in Hypertension”

            Miranda Reiter, University of North Carolina at Pembroke


1:45 – 3:00      Location: TBD

Session 7: Environment and Social Change

Organizer/Presider: Heather Sanchez, North Carolina State University


"The Treadmill of Production and the State: Structural Selectivity, Coastal Environmental Concerns, and North Carolina's Coastal Resource Commission."

            Jason Allen, North Carolina State University


"Media, Lay Knowledge and ‘Undone Science’ in the Elk River Chemical Spill"

            Laura Bray, North Carolina State University


"Coastal and Community Erosion: Responses to Hydrocarbon Development in Southeast Louisiana"

            Heather Sanchez, North Carolina State University


"Using Agent-Based Modeling To Represent Ecological Modernization"

            Andrew Smolski and James Wheeler, North Carolina State University


1:45 – 3:00      Location: TBD

Session 8: Crime and Justice in NC

Organizer/Presider: Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers, Greensboro College

“Debating professional accountability in the courtroom: A case study of body camera policy in an officer-civilian encounter”

            Elizabeth Jeter, High Point University


"Justice from an Imam's Perspective"

            Anas Askar. East Carolina University


“The Disparity of Race In Traffic Stops Made By Greensboro Police Department"

            Braedon Jewett, Greensboro College


1:45 – 3:00      Location: Wilson School of Commerce, Board Room

Session Title 9: Student Poster Presentations        

Organizer/Presider: Kristen Brown, High Point University


“A Cross-National Analysis of Women’s Political Power and Norms Supporting Gendered Violence”

            Colleen Fitzpatrick, Elon University


"Racial Attitudes and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election"     

            Megastasia Waddy, Juwan Waddy, Marcus Murrell, Lawrence Eppard, Concord University


1:45 – 3:00      Location: TBD

Session 10: Markets and Social Justice

Organizer/Presider: Nate Roberts, North Carolina State University


3:15-3:45         Location: Phillips #120

Presidential Address: Corporate Culture and the Institutional Transformation of American Higher Education  


President’s Retreat: 4:00      Location: TBD



For GPS navigation, please use this address:
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

From the North: Travel south on I-85.

Option 1: At Greensboro, when I-85 South and I-40 West split, take I-85 South. Shortly thereafter, take Business 85 (Green Shield). Exit at Highway 311 bypass. Exit the bypass at Eastchester Drive (Highway 68 South). Follow directions from the airport below.

Option 2: At Greensboro, when I-85 South and I-40 West split, take I-40 West. When you see the airport signs, take Highway 68 South. Follow directions From the airport below.

From the North: Follow I-77 South to Fancy Gap, Va. Follow markers to 52 South. Take 52 South to Winston-Salem. Take I-40 East to Highway 311 South (Exit 196). At High Point, take the South High Point exit (311/Main Street). Turn left onto Hartley Drive (at Wal-Mart/Chick-fil-a). Hartley Drive becomes University Parkway at Oak Hollow Mall. Continue on College Drive and turn right onto Montlieu Avenue, where you will find our main entrance into campus.

From the Piedmont Triad/Greensboro-High Point Airport: Take 68 South to Oak Hollow Mall in High Point. At the mall, turn left onto University Parkway. Make third right onto Montlieu Ave.

From the South: Travel north on I-85. Near Lexington, take Business 85 North (Green Shield); When Business 85 North and Highway 52 split, remain on Business 85. Exit at Highway 311 North (Main Street). Turn right onto University Parkway. Turn left onto Montlieu Avenue. See parking below.

From the West: Travel east on I-40 past Winston-Salem to Highway 311 South (Exit 196). At High Point, take South High Point exit (311/Main Street). Turn left onto Hartley Drive (at Wal-mart/Chick-fil-a). Hartley Drive becomes University Parkway at Oak Hollow Mall (as you cross over Eastchester Drive). Continue and take third right onto Montlieu Avenue. See parking below.

From the East: Option 1: Take I-40 West. At Greensboro, follow directions From the North [Option 1 or Option 2].

Below is a link to the campus map. Should you enter campus through a gate other than the main entrance, no worries. A campus security officer at the gate will be able to direct you to visitor parking. Although parking is relatively close, shuttles will be provided from the parking lot. Parking spaces near Phillips Hall are available for individuals requiring accessibility accommodations.


The day’s events will be split between the Phillips School of Business (#6 on the map), and the Plato Wilson School of Commerce (#10 on the map). The conference will open in Phillips School of Business in room #120.


I look forward to an exciting conference. Safe travels!



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Our Statement on HB2

North Carolina's HB2, also known as the bathroom bill, has attracted widespread protests and threats of major business groups to leave the state, sending many high-paying jobs to other states and spreading baseless fear of the LGBTQ community.  

The Executive Committee of the NCSA has prepared the statement listed below in response to HB2. 

On March 23, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor passed House Bill 2 or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB2). HB2 reverses a Charlotte ordinance that had extended rights to people who are gay or transgender.  This new law also nullifies local ordinances designed to protect gay and transgender people from being fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Legislation that engages in overt discrimination against groups of people needs be publically condemned. As such, the Executive Council of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) express disapproval of this legislation.

There are three specific points we make here. One, legislators are acting out of fear and ignorance of the populations represented by the acronym LGBTQ.  Decades of sociological research allows us to understand the processes of emotional distance that stems from “othering” people on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. 

Two, through their actions, the legislators and governor are casting those who self-identify as transgender as not only “deviants,” but lacking knowledge of their own identity.  From the lawmakers’ perspective, the transgender population could suddenly revert to the gender they were ascribed with at birth and pose a risk to others in public facilities.  Again, the empirical evidence indicates that transgender populations virtually NEVER do this.  Also, it is feared that men would pose as women to gain access to women’s restrooms.  Again, this is rare behavior and is unlikely to be deterred by HB2.

Three, the legislator’s passing such a law can only be understood as trying to protect North Carolinians from having to reflect on gender identity outside of the “born binary” world that biology determines sexual and gender identity.  It is virtually “unthinkable” for legislators to contemplate that someone could change in their preferred gender identity and deviate from the implications of a birth certificate classification. 

The mission of NCSA as summarized in our Constitution is as follows: “The objectives of the Association shall be to stimulate and improve research, instruction and discussion, to encourage cooperative relations among persons engaged in the scientific study of society, and to encourage cooperative relations between academic sociology and other agencies with related interests.”   Now is the time for us to point to sociological research, both done here in North Carolina and elsewhere, as a source of information and indeed of enlightenment on how to create environments that calls for inclusive and respectful treatment of ALL people.

The Executive Council of NCSA wish to emphasize that the HB2 legislation in North Carolina does not reflect the beliefs of the sociological community of North Carolina, nor that of those who are informed on the topic.  NC State University's Chancellor,  Randy Woodson released a letter to the public stating that the University has a "deep commitment to welcoming and supporting all people at NC State, regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We strive to ensure that our environment supports and encourages the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions, while also ensuring that all members of our community are treated with dignity and respect."  The North Carolina Sociological Association can stand with Chancellor Woodson to support this position.

The Executive Council of the North Carolina Sociological Association

The contents of the 2016 NCSA meeting are still available.  This information is for the February 2016 meeting and documents the papers given. 
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is still available.  The link is above. 

Other News of Interest to Sociologists

It is commonly thought that more poor people live in cities than in the suburbs, which are said to be relatively rich. By 1999, however, poverty was about equally balanced between the city and the suburbs. Since then the trend has continued and there are now more poor in the suburbs than in the cities of the United States. By 2010 the gap is even wider.
  • The link to the full report by the Brookings researchers can be found at: link

Suburbanization is sometimes accused to forcing people into isolation and loneliness.  But using national data, Economist Jan Brueckner has found the opposite. 

  • The link to the Brueckner video is: 

The January 12, 2015 issue of The New Yorker has an interesting article on Howie--"Only my mother ever called me Howard"--Becker. Now 86, he is living in Paris. The article gives an interesting interpretation of his importance to American sociology since become famous for the book The Outsiders. He reminds us that on a stage, everyone is there for a reason. You can probably read this article by signing up for a free trial.

Our video on Max Weber is once again available, thanks to Seth Allen who uploaded it for us.


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