Wake Forest to host N.C. Sociological Association

This is a guest post from the Department of Sociology:

Wake Forest sociology professor Steve Gunkel, Thursday, August 11, 2011.

Steve Gunkel

The annual meeting of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) will be hosted by the University’s Sociology Department on Feb. 12 at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Innovation Quarter.  NCSA President-Elect Steve Gunkel, associate teaching professor of sociology at Wake Forest, has organized the statewide conference on behalf of the NCSA with this year’s theme “Doing Justice: Community, Social, or Criminal?”

Several panels address issues related to justice such as mass incarceration and prisoner re-entry, politics, policing, health disparities, and wrongful conviction and the plight of exonerees.  Several Wake Forest University students are serving as goodwill “ambassadors” to facilitate the conference.

Many Wake students are presenting their research in sociology including: the impact of residential segregation; internet depictions of pro-/anti-vaccine sentiments; cross-national approaches to intimate partner violence; post-graduation aspirations of first-generation college students; service-based learning experiences; state-corporate crime and human trafficking; and deviant activities within religious cults.

Support for the conference has been provided by the Office of the Provost, the Dean of the College and the American Ethnic Studies Program.