What We're Doing

Audrey Begun (Associate Professor, Social Work – OSU) has a new publication: “Looking Out From the Inside: Incarcerated Women’s Perceived Barriers to Treatment of Substance Use.” The article was coauthored with S.J. Rose, T.P. LeBel and D. Fuhrmann and appears in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (Vol. 54, No. 4).

Hollie Nyseth Brehm (Assistant Professor, Sociology – OSU) received an ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award for her project "Rwanda's Gacaca Courts" this fall. She was also recently asked by the CIA to join the Political Instability Task Force, a small team of scholars that consults with the CIA and other government agencies regarding political instability and violence around the world. They are particularly interested in forecasting models for genocide and other forms of mass violence. In addition, Hollie has two recent publications to report: Nyseth Brehm, Hollie, Christopher Uggen, and Jean-Damascene Gasanabo. 2014. "Justice, Genocide, and Rwanda's Gacaca Courts." Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 30(3): 333-352; and Zacher, Megan, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Joachim Savelsberg. 2014. “NGOs, IOs, and the ICC: Diagnosing and Framing Darfur.” Sociological Forum 29(1): 29-51. Finally, Hollie is coordinating American Sociological Association's Roundtables for the Law, Crime, and Deviance section. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Hollie at brehm.84@osu.edu. Proposals are due by January 7th, 2015.

Brad Bushman (Professor of Communication and Psychology, Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication – OSU) gave a TEDx Talk in Columbus on November 7th, 2014. The talk, entitled “Aggression Often Starts when Self-control Stops,” addresses how playing violent video games and physiological hunger both increase aggressive tendencies.

Eileen Bjornstrom (2009 Ph.D. alumna, Sociology – OSU; Assistant Professor, Sociology – University of Missouri) and Danielle Kuhl (2007 Ph.D. alumna, Sociology – OSU; Associate Professor, Sociology – Bowling Green State University) co-authored the recent publication, “A Different Look at the Epidemiological Paradox: Self-rated Health, Perceived Social Cohesion, and Neighborhood Immigrant Context.” The article appears in Social Science & Medicine, vol. 120, pp. 118-125.

Sharon Davies (Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law – OSU) was awarded a 2015 YWCA Women of Achievement Award which honors outstanding female leaders in central Ohio.

Ryan King (Associate Professor, Sociology – OSU) co-authored an essay (along with Brian D. Johnson, Cassia Spohn, and Besiki Kutateladze) entitled “Understanding Guilty Pleas: The National Science Foundation’s Research Coordination Network” that appears in the November/December 2014 issue of The Criminologist.

James L. Moore III (Professor, Education and Human Ecology – OSU) is currently a visiting minority scholar at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research for the 2014-2015 academic year. The program’s goal is to increase the visibility of minority scholars’ research and make their work in education more visible at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Terrell Strayhorn (Professor, Educational Studies – OSU) presented “Connecting Student Support to Sense of Belonging for All Students” at the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in Columbus on November 14th.