Past DCSS Events

​​​​Thursday, October 13, 2016
DCSS Happy Hour

Join DCSS for a fall happy hour and learn more about how Philip Cohen (Univ. of Maryland) and SocArXiv are opening up social science research to more people. Free drink tickets for grad students and for the first five folks who sign up as new DCSS members. Free appetizers. Come meet other area sociologists and learn more about DCSS.
James Hoban Restaurant & Bar, 1 Dupont Circle, Washington DC (closest metro: Dupont Circle/Red line).

Sunday, December 4, 2016
DCSS Holiday Party

Join DCSS for its annual holiday party. For details, email Howard Iams,
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 8, 2016
The 2016 Election - What Happened, Who Voted, and What Next?

Mark Hugo Lopez (Pew Research Center) and Sarah Stiles (Georgetown University) will discuss what happened in the election and who voted, with a special focus on the Hispanic and youth vote. Please RSVP if you plan on attending at this link.
1615 L St NW, Suite 800

Friday, January 27, 2017
ASA President-Elect Eduardo Bonilla-Silva DCSS Address

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is Professor of Sociology at Duke University and the ASA President-Elect. His work in the last 20 years has been in the area of race. He has published on racial theory, race and methodology, color-blind racism, the idea that race stratification in the USA is becoming Latin America-like, racial grammar, HWCUs, race and human rights, race and citizenship, whiteness, and the Obama phenomenon among other things. In his work, he contends that racism is fundamentally about "racial domination," hence, racism is a collective and structural phenomenon in society.
ASA Headquarters, 1430 K Street, NW - Suite 600
Metro: Blue/Orange/Silver to McPherson Sq.
Reception at 6:30pm and Address at 7pm
Hosted by ASA and DCSS

Spring 2017
Panel: Sociology Jobs Beyond Academia

Thursday, May 25, 2017
DCSS Annual Banquet

Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St NW
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Thursday, February 11, 2016
ASA President-Elect Michèle Lamont's DCSS Address
​Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel.

Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Harvard University 
ASA Headquarters, 1430 K Street, NW - Suite 600 
Metro: Blue/Orange/Silver to McPherson Sq. 
Reception at 6:30pm and Address at 7pm 
Open to the public. Hosted by ASA and DCSS. ​​

Michèle Lamont is a Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She is also the Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Co-Director of the Successful Societies program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. A cultural sociologist, Lamont is the coauthor of Getting Respect: Dealing with Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (to be published in 2016 by Princeton University Press). She is also the author of a dozen award-winning books and edited volumes which include studies of group boundaries, class, and ethnoracial dynamics in the United States and France, cultures of excellence in higher education, social resilience and neo-liberalism, and comparative cultural repertoires and the evaluation of qualitative social science research.​

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
The Social, Political, and Built Environment of the Places We Call Home: A DCSS Forum on Housing Issues
What role does housing play in creating and maintaining social stratification? Housing costs, racially segregated housing markets, and basic demographic changes are challenging our notion of what is "home." Join DCSS to learn about recent research and discuss challenges and opportunities.

Brian McCabe, Georgetown University, "Homeownership & the Politics of Exclusion"
Gregory Squires, George Washington University, "Inequality and the Continuing Costs of the Foreclosure Crisis"
Michael Bader, American University, "Aging in America's Changing Places"
Discussion lead by Uwe Brandes, Executive Director, Georgetown University Urban and Regional Planning Program
Auditorium, Georgetown SCS Downtown campus at 640 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
Hosted by the DC Sociological Society and the Georgetown University Urban and Regional Planning Program.
Please RSVP:

Event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 6, 2015
DCSS Holiday Party

Thursday, October 15, 2015
What Do Applied Sociologists Do? DCSS Panel Discussion
This a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn more about sociology careers outside of academia. Panelists will share their experiences working for government, non-profit, and research organizations.  
Phillips Hall 411, 801 22nd Street, Suite 411, George Washington University (Foggy Bottom Metro)
Hosted by the DC Sociological Society and the George Washington University Sociology Department.

Andrew Clarkwest, ThinkShift Collaborative
John Czajka, Mathematica Policy Research
Diana Elliott, Pew Charitable Trust
Theresa Goedeke, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Chris Tamborini, Social Security Administration 

Event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 25, 2015
DCSS President's Invitational Panel of New Sociology Professors
The DCSS president has invited the new DC-area sociology professors to introduce themselves to the DC sociological community. This is a great opportunity for the new professors to meet their colleagues in the area and for graduate students, applied sociologists, area professors, and many others in the DC sociological community to meet our new colleagues. This event is organized by Mason's Sociology and Anthropology Department, and is free and open to the public. So far, the panelists include: 

​Nicole Angotti, American University
Ernesto Castaneda, American University
Jordanna Matlon, American University
Yuki Kato, Georgetown University
Elizangela Storelli, George Mason University

Founders Hall 111, GMU Arlington Campus
5 minute walk from Virginia Square Metro Station on the Orange/Silver lines. See map of quick walk from Metro and of parking: 

Thursday, May 28, 2015 ​​
DCSS Annual Banquet
and “Bringing Social Science Research into the Policy Process” Panel Discussion. 
Panelists: Patricia White (NSF), Roberta Spalter-Roth (ASA and Mason), Amy Best (Mason), and Kelly Joyce (Drexel University).
Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St, NW, 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
"Does this Look Sexual to You?": Why do People do BDSM?

Dr. Julie Fennell, Associate Professor of Sociology, Gallaudet University,
GWU, Elliott School of International Affairs at 1957 E Street, NW, Room B-112
Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom
Reception at 6:30pm and Talk at 7pm Open to the public.
Hosted by GWU’s Department of Sociology and DCSS.

​As seen in popular works of fiction like 50 Shades of Grey, the general public and most scholars as well have assumed that people engage in BDSM (Bondage & Discipline/Dominance & submission/Sadism & Masochism) for sexual gratification. Dr. Fennell’s talk will use in-depth interviews and extensive ethnographic observations from the BDSM subculture (“the Scene”) to explore this assumption. It will discuss in detail the many reasons people who are involved in “kink” give for their participation—focusing on sociality, sexuality, thrill-seeking, and spirituality.  Dr. Fennell is an associate professor of Sociology at Gallaudet University, with a Ph.D. from Brown University. Her work focuses on sexuality, contraception, and gender, and has been published in Gender & Society and Contraception. She is a well-established member of the BDSM subculture in Washington D.C. and is one of the first “out” kinksters to study the BDSM scene in the U.S.

Friday, January 23, 2015. 
“Gender, Work and Class in the Great Depression and the Great Recession" 

Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, ASA President-Elect ​
ASA Headquarters, 1430 K Street, NW - Suite 600
Metro: Blue/Orange/Silver to McPherson Sq.
Reception at 6:30pm and Address at 7pm
Open to the public. Hosted by ASA and DCSS. ​​

All sociology graduate students in the greater DC area are invited to have coffee with Professor Ruth Milkman at 4:30pm at ASA HQ before her talk. Please RSVP here:​ ​

Ruth Milkman is a sociologist of labor and labor movements who has written on a variety of topics involving work and organized labor in the United States, past and present. Her early research focused on the impact of economic crisis and war on women workers in the 1930s and 1940s. She then went on to study the restructuring of the U.S. automobile industry and its impact on workers and their union in the 1980s and 1990s. More recently she has written extensively about low-wage immigrant workers in the U.S., analyzing their employment conditions as well as the dynamics of immigrant labor organizing. She helped lead a multi-city team documenting the prevalence of wage theft and violations of other workplace laws in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. She also recently co-authored a study of California’s paid family leave program. After 21 years as a sociology professor at UCLA, she returned to New York City in 2010. She is currently a Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and at the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, where she also serves as Research Director.

Saturday, December 6, 2014.
DCSS Holiday Party. 2-4:30pm, at the home of Howard and Ella Iams.

Friday, November 7, 2014. DCSS Sociology Graduate Student Group Meet-and-Greet. The theme is "Mentoring and Inspiration in Sociology: Studying Race and Ethnicity." Smith Public Trust, 5-7pm. RSVP:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Paula England, 2014 ASA President, Professor of Sociology, NYU, “Hooking Up and Romantic Relationships in College Today,” ASA Presidential Address to DCSS, ASA HQ (1430 K St, NW, Suite 600, near McPherson Square Metro station). Reception at 6:30pm, Talk at 7pm. Hosted by ASA. Open to the public.

Friday, September 5, 2014. DC Area Sociology PhD Student Meet-and-Greet, Local 16, 5-7pm. Meet other PhD students in the area to network, socialize, and talk about common concerns (esp. the job market) and common research interests. PhD students from George Mason University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Maryland College Park have been invited, but all current PhD students in sociology living in the greater DC area are invited. There will be a cash bar and some free appetizers. The first five sociology PhD students at Local 16 get a free drink. The DCSS Graduate Student Group MeetUp:​

Thursday, September 4, 2014. 

Johanna Bockman, Associate Professor of Sociology, George Mason University, DCSS President's Address, "Sociology in DC, Sociology of DC: Studying Gentrification," Mason's Arlington Campus at Virginia Square Metro station, Founders Hall. 
Hosted by Mason's Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Open to the public. The video of the DCSS President's Address: