Chicago Ethnography Conference

DePaul University’s Department of Sociology Presents The…

22nd Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference:

Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump Era

A Graduate Student Conference

Saturday April 25, 2020

We are now accepting paper submissions (with optional photo attachments), and volunteers for the annual conference! Send your submissions and final papers to by January 5, 2020.

Volunteer for the Conference Here! 


Dr. Amy Binder of University of California – San Diego
Dr. Amy Binder is Professor of Sociology at UC San Diego. Studying higher education from a cultural, political, and organizational perspective, she focuses on how students are deeply influenced by the universities they attend. Her 2016 award-winning article, “Career Funneling,” answers the question of why so many students at private elite universities flock to first jobs in a narrow band of occupations: finance, tech, and consulting. Her 2013 book, Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives, is a comparative case study of right-leaning college students at two universities, and how institutional culture and organizational features on campus shape distinctive political styles. She currently is at work on a new book to be published by the University of Chicago Press. Tentatively titled The New Era of Campus Politics: How the Right is Winning by Playing the Long Game, she and her co-author Jeffrey Kidder study student politics across the ideological spectrum, and find that while students on the left are embedded in institutional centers and majors on campus, students on the right enjoy vastly more opportunities off-campus for internships, summer programs, and jobs directly out of college funded by wealthy conservative and libertarian national organizations.

Dr. Robert Vargas of the University of Chicago
Dr. Robert Vargas is a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Robert’s research examines how laws, politics, and bureaucracies shape the conditions of cities, with a particular focus on violence and health care. His multi award-winning book “Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio” brings political sociology to the study of urban violence by showing how ward redistricting shapes levels of block-level violence in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. He has also published in a variety of journals such as Criminology, Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

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