Cornell to host ISA Annual Meeting April 20

Cornell College will host the Iowa Sociological Association (ISA) Annual Meeting on Friday, April 20, 2018.

The one-day conference will feature undergraduate research conducted by college students across the state.

When: April 20, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Where: Thomas Commons on the Cornell College campus

“We are one of the few state sociology associations–the only one that we know of in the Midwest–whose annual meeting is focused on undergraduate student research and presenting the work they’ve done,” said Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of the College Erin Davis.

Cornell College students will feature their work, along with students from the University of Iowa, Luther College, Loras College, Central College, and other Iowa universities and colleges. That includes research papers, public sociology projects (op-ed, podcasts, video, or photo essays), and research posters. They’re competing for one of five ISA undergraduate research awards.

“This conference gives Cornell students confidence to talk about their own work and it allows them to see what their peers are doing at other institutions,” said Professor of Sociology Tori Barnes-Brus. “It’s really exciting for them to put their hearts and souls into Cornell’s Research Methods course and to be able to come out of that and see why what we do in 18 days of our One Course At A Time curriculum works.”

Participants will also hear from keynote speaker and Cornell College Visiting Fellow in Sociology Jill Davis about her research on drag kings. The public is welcome, free of cost, to attend Jill Davis’ presentation, “Drag: Staging Resistance,” at 11:15 a.m. in the Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre, in Amstrong Hall.

“I will combine performance and lecture to encourage sociological reflection on the art of drag, especially the meanings and controversies produced through the performances of drag kings,” Davis said.

Conference sessions are not open to the public.

Past Cornell Iowa Sociological Association Annual Meeting award winners:

Last year, the winner of the 2017 Stephen Wieting Award for Best Paper Integrating Theory and Research was Alex DeSena ’17 for her work, “A Lot of it is Showing That We Walk the Walk: Strategies of Queer Inclusivity in Christian Congregations.”

In 2016, Cornell’s Hayley McKie ’16 earned the Stephen Wieting award for Integrating Theory and Research in her paper, “LGBQ Identity, Authenticity and Heteronormativity.” The W. Ward Reynoldson award for the best paper on criminal justice went to Jessie Freeman ’17, Conor Moore ’18, Jani Mustaffa ’17, and Madison Serrett ’17 for their work, “Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System: A Bipartisan Report by Mental Health America & the Heritage Foundation.”

The winner of the 2015 Mary Alice Ericson Award for the Best Freshman-Sophomore Paper was Alex DeSena ’17 for her paper, “Exploring the Effect of Judeo‐Christian Religions on Heteronormativity and the Relation to Religious Conservatism.”

The winner of the 2014 Manfred Kuhn Award for Best Paper Submitted by a Junior or Senior was Rose Reed-Maxfield ’15 for her work, “Exploring the Impact of Gender on the Economic Well-Being of Single Parents.”

The winner of the 2013 Steve Wieting Award for Best Paper Integrating Theory and Research was Liane Olson ’14 for her work, “Exploring the Relationship between Environmental Concern and Behavior in America.”