What I’m up to now, UIC Sociology faculty

Follow the links below or just scroll down to see what our faculty are up to!

Amy Bailey, Associate Professor
Andy Clarno, Associate Professor
Claire Decoteau, Associate Professor
Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, Professor
Lorena Garcia, Associate Professor
Rachel Gordon, Professor
Maria Krysan, Professor
Amanda Lewis, Professor
Patrisia Macias-Rojas, Assisant Professor
Paul-Brian McInerney, Associate Professor
Pamela Popielarz, Associate Professor
Barbara Risman, UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor
Atef Said, Assistant Professor
Laurie Schaffner, Associate Professor


Amy Bailey: What I’m up to now

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Amy Bailey

I’m teaching
SOC 300: Introduction to Sociological Research Methods
Sociology 426: Veterans in the Media – Race, Gender, and Class
SOC 500: Sociological Research Methods I

I’m currently working on
Three separate projects:

  • Media coverage of Veterans (race, gender, class)
  • Averted Lynching Project
  • Transitions to adulthood

My recent and forthcoming publications include
E. M. Beck, Stewart E. Tolnay, and Amy Kate Bailey. 2016. “Contested Terrain: The State versus Threatened Lynch Mob Violence,” American Journal of Sociology 121 (6): 1856-1884.

Amy Kate Bailey, Madisen Drury, and Hannah Randall. forthcoming. “College for All? A Quasi-Experimental Study of Student Academic Performance Before and After Universal Funding.” Armed Forces & Society.

I also have two recent book chapters, co-authored with UIC graduate students. They are:

Allison Suppan Helmuth and Amy Kate Bailey. 2017. “Gender, Residential Segregation, and Military Enlistment.” invited book chapter. Gender (In)equality: Stalled Revolutions and Shifting Terrains in the 21st Century. Shannon N. Davis, Sarah Winslow, and David J. Maume, editors. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Amy Kate Bailey, Christopher D. Poulos and Kylee M. Joosten. 2016. “Housing Veterans: Homelessness and Mortgages.” invited book chapter, pp. 693 – 717 in The Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues and Identities. Louis Hicks, Eugenia L. Weiss and Jose E. Coll, editors. Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

I recently received
Tenure & promotion to Associate Professor!

This summer, I… 
Hiked in the Seattle area.

My office hours are
Mondays, 4:30-5:30pm & Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am

See Amy Bailey’s full bio on the UIC Sociology website here.

Andy Clarno: What I’m up to now

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Andy Clarno

I’m teaching
SOC 509: Policing in Chicago – Qualitative Data Analysis and Public Sociology

I’m also the Acting Director of the Social Justice Initiative at UIC.

I’m currently working on
A community engaged research project on policing in Chicago. We want to understand the impact of advanced data analysis and coordination between local, state, and federal policing agencies on policing in Chicago.

I recently published
Neoliberal Apartheid: Palestine/Israel and South Africa After 1994
You can find it at a local bookstore!

Short pieces in Middle East Report and Al-Shabaka.

I recently received
A promotion to Associate Professor

This summer, I…
Taught my son to swim…and tried teaching him to sleep.

My office hours are
Wednesdays 10am-12pm and by appointment

See Andy Clarno’s full bio on the UIC Sociology website here.

Claire Decoteau: What I’m up to now

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Claire Decoteau

I’m teaching
Graduate Proseminar
SOC 520: Sociology of Body

I’m currently working on
Writing my book on contestations over autism in Somali diaspora communities in Minneapolis and Toronto. It focuses on how Somali parents understand their children’s vulnerability to autism and seek services.

I recently published
The “Western disease”: Autism and Somali parents’ embodied health movements

Psychiatry’s little other: DSM-5 and debates over psychiatric science

I recently received
2014-2017 National Science Foundation Award, $193,972.00

This summer, I…
Hung out with my 9-month old son, including fun Chicago activities like the beach and pool.

My office hours are
Thursdays, 1-3pm

See Claire Decoteau’s full bio on the UIC Sociology website here.

Lorena Garcia: What I’m up to now

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Lorena Garcia

I’m teaching
SOC 490: Capstone/Research

I’m currently working on
A book about upward mobility among U.S. Latinxs.

I’m also co-authoring (with Jessica Fields, SFSU) a chapter for an edited volume. The chapter is on the place of love in sexuality education and research on youth sexualities.

I recently co-edited
with Jessica Fields (SFSU), a special issue of Sex Education: Sexuality, Society, and Learning.

I recently became
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology and Associate Head in Sociology.

This summer, I…
Spent two weeks in California enjoying the sun, ocean, and time with family!

My office hours are
Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30pm

See Lorena Garcia’s full bio on the UIC Sociology website here.

Rachel Gordon: What I’m up to now

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Rachel Gordon

I’m teaching
The world at Institute of Government and Public Affairs

I’m currently working on
Directing a National Institutes of Health study on how youths’ appearance relates to their achievement from birth to adolescence.

With colleagues, I am writing new grants for studies regarding how parents’ appearance relates to youth achievement as well as the parents’ well-being, as well as student achievement and their skin tone.

Paul Brian McInerney, Carla Ilten, Rachel and a faculty member from Education are working on a project about legal and sociological framing of copyright policy and open source measures.

I recently published
An article on an open source measure of students’ social and emotional competencies based on partnerships with a school district in Nevada and a national organization.

I recently received
Institute of Education Sciences grant with colleagues in psychology developing a new measure of social and emotional teaching.

I also have an ongoing National Institutes of Health grant for the project mentioned above.

This summer, I…
Went with my daughter to Stanford for her tennis camp

My office hours are
Wednesdays & Thursdays, by appointment

See Rachel Gordon’s full bio on the UIC Sociology website here.

Maria Krysan: What I’m up to now

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Maria Krysan

I’m currently working on
A project with Amanda Lewis looking at the intersection of school choice and housing choice among parents with school-age children.

I have a book forthcoming:
The Cycle of Segregation in an amazon locker near you!

This summer, I… 
Supervised my daughter raising chickens and walked on the Earth’s mantle in Newfoundland.

My office hours are
By appointment

See Maria Krysan’s full bio on the UIC Sociology website here.