Sociology and Criminology

UNCW Social Science Workshop


Organizers: Tim Gill, Shane Elliott, and Erin Michaels

The broader purpose of the UNCW Social Science Workshop is to foster an intellectual and interdisciplinary environment wherein professors and graduate students can engage in open discussion about their works-in-progress. The specific purpose is for scholars to enhance their work and secure eventual publication.

The organizers will post papers a week in advance, and we ask attendants to read papers before our meetings so that they might best assist our guest with suggestions and constructive criticism. Should you not have time to read the paper, you are still most welcome to join us. We meet from 3:15-4:45pm on select Fridays throughout the academic year in Bear Hall. Thereafter, we continue the conversation at a social gathering off campus.

Don’t hesitate to email one of us if you’d like to present or have any questions. 

We hope to see you soon.

Tim Gill (

Shane Elliott (

Erin Michaels (

Spring 2020 Schedule

February 7, BR102: Finding Meaning in Ayahuasca: A Comparison Between Peruvian and American Retreats, Marshall Brown (MA Student in Sociology)

February 21,BR102:Title: Help After Hardship: Trends and Disparities in Sources of Support following Experiences with Material Hardship ,Colin Campbell (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Eastern Carolina University)

March 6, BR102: Title:Growing Rosebushes in Concrete: Formerly Incarcerated Activists Changing the Prison System, Justin Smith (Assistant Professor of Criminology)

March 20, BR102: Title TBA, Jessica Weinkle (Assistant Professor of Public and International Affairs)

April 3, BR102: Title TBA, Jacob Day (Assistant Professor of Criminology)

April 17, BR102: Title TBA, Jessi Streib (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Duke University)

May 01, BR102: Corporate Prosecutions: Shipping, Sanctioning or Chickenshit?, Mike Maume (Professor of Criminology)

Fall 2019 Schedule

September 13, BR102: Blurred Boundaries: The Intersection of Production and Consumption in Craft Beer Work, Shane Elliott (Assistant Professor of Sociology)

September 20, BR102: The Enduring Global Color Line: W.E.B. Du Bois, U.S. Empire, and Structural and Individual-Level Racism in the Modern World-System, Tim Gill (Assistant Professor of Sociology)

October 4, BR102: From Migration Pathways to Suburban Securitized Schools: New Directions in Wrap-around Carcerality and Racialization, Erin Michaels (Assistant Professor of Sociology)

October 25, BR102: Becoming a Population: Seeing the State, Being Seen by the State, and the Politics of Eviction in Cape Town, Zachary Levenson (Assistant Professor of Sociology, UNC Greensboro)

November 8, BR102: The Bleeding Effect: Exploring Prisonization as a Source of Domain Conflict among Correctional Staff, Ethan Higgins (Assistant Professor of Criminology)