Faculty Research

Awards & Honors

  • Jeff Sallaz’s book, Lives on the Line (Oxford University Press), received awards from four ASA sections: the Zelizer Book Award, Economic Sociology Section (2021); Best Book Award, Global and Transnational Sociology Section (2021); Honorable Mention, Best Book Award, Labor and Labor Movements Section (2021); Honorable Mention, Weber Book Award, Organizations Occupations and Work Section (2020)
  • Jennifer Carlson was co-awarded the 2021 ASA Sociology of Law Distinguished Book Award for Policing the Second Amendment: Guns, Law Enforcement, and the Politics of Race (Princeton University Press: 2020).
  • Dan Martinez got an Honorable Mention, 2021 Louis Wirth International Migration Best Article Award, American Sociological Association
  • Dan Martinez is a Fellow, 2020-2021 HSI Fellowship Program, University of Arizona
  • Dan Martinez participated in the “Congressional ‘Ask a Criminologist’ Series: What is the Connection between Immigration & Crime?” Congressional briefing organized by the Crime & Justice Research Alliance and the Consortium of Social Science Associations, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.
  • Congratulations to Brian Mayer, who received the UA’s Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching! This university-wide award was established to acknowledge outstanding faculty whose teaching portfolios and instructional effectiveness merit special recognition. Brian was selected and recommended by the university committee because he developed experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates who enroll in the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop.
  • Erin Leahey has been elected Chair of the ASA Methods section.
  • Dan Martinez has been elected to council for ASA's Crime, Law, and Deviance Section, joining Jennifer Carlson. That means that Arizona Sociology faculty constitute one-third of the section’s council!
  • In summer 2020, Professor Ronald L. Breiger received the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award from the American Sociological Association Methods Section. This award recognizes a scholar who has made a career of outstanding contributions to methodology in sociology.
  • In October 2020, Internship Coordinator Jessica Dennes was one of three recipients of the national Emerging Leader Impact Award from the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement.
  • Ronald L. Breiger is a Fellow (May–Sept. 2020) of the Working Group on Multimodal Rhetoric in Online Media Communication, conducted via zoom at the Bielefeld University Advanced Studies Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), in Germany. This project investigates how political subcommunities manage the creation and dissemination of alternative rhetorical discourse, including false news.
  • Ronald L. Breiger gave the keynote address at the Winter Institute in Computational Social Science (WICSS) held in Tucson (via Zoom) in January 2021. The titled of his talk was “Social Structure and Community Detection.”
  • In September 2021, Dan Martinez participated in a virtual panel titled “Biden’s Immigration Agenda: Immediate Actions Taken” at the Center for Migration Studies of New York and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. https://cmsny.org/event/biden-agenda/
  • Ronald Breiger has received the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award given by the Methods Section of the ASA. The Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award recognizes a career of outstanding contributions to sociological methodology.
  • Jennifer Carlson’s 2019 AJS paper, “Racializing the Weberian Presumption: Gun Militarism, Gun Populism and the Racial Politics of Legitimate Violence in Policing” won the Distinguished Article Award from the ASA Sociology of Law Section.
  • Dan Martinez and his brother, Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt, won the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences's Donald MacNamara Award this year for their Justice Quarterly article. The MacNamara Award for Outstanding Journal Publication was created by a donation to ACJS from Dr. Donal E. MacNamara, one of Academy of Criminal Justice founding scholars. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding scholarship published in one of the five publication venues of the Academy.
  • Brian Mayer won the Teaching Award for Undergraduate Upper-Division Teaching from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona, in Spring 2020.


  • Jennifer Carlson received a $379,000 grant from the NSF Sociology Program for her project "Effects of Victimization on Engagement and Expression,” including a supplement for "Understanding the Social Impacts of Coronavirus on Gun Culture, Gun Politics and Gun Markets.”
  • Corey Abramson’s team at UCSF and UArizona won a 5-year NIH grant to examine the connections between culture, cognition and diverse experiences of later life via a novel combination of field research and computational social science (NIA/DP1: $3,096,245). The grant supports the establishment of the “Computational Ethnography Lab” at UArizona. The lab will focus on developing and deploying cutting edge methodological techniques to address complex problems of scientific and policy importance.
  • "How we can live and conduct business while remaining safe from contagion?" This is a question that Joe Galaskiewicz, Eunsung Yoon (in concert with a team of architects and engineers), will answer with research funds from a UA RESTRUCT Seed Grant. They plan to study the influence of neighborhood establishments on the spread patterns of COVID.
  • Daniel Menchik and Franziska Frank have been accepted to the UA's CURE Training Institute, which aims to increase research experiences for first- and second-year students. The 2021 Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) involve an innovative teaching method that involves undergraduate students in hands-on collective research experiences as part of their coursework.
  • Daniel Menchik received a research grant from The University of Arizona Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Institute for his project “Automation and Expertise.”
  • Louise Roth has received a fellowship for Fall 2020 from the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.

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