By Utah State University | January 19, 2021

January Publications Release

Marisela Martinez-Cola & Mehmet Soyer

Mollie K. Murphy, Mehmet Soyer & Marisela Martinez-Cola (2021) Fostering “brave spaces” for exploring perceptions of marginalized groups through reflexive writing, Communication Teacher, 35:1, 7-11, DOI: 10.1080/17404622.2020.1777316

 Intercultural Communication, Interracial Communication, Gender Communication, Interpersonal Communication.
Objectives: Students will (1) identify how positionalities shape perception, and (2) practice reflexive writing to understand and analyze experiences related to privilege and oppression.

Marisela Martinez-Cola

Delia Deckard, N., Browne, I., Rodriguez, C., Martinez-Cola, M., Gonzalez Leal, S. Controlling images of immigrants in the mainstream and Black press: The discursive power of the “illegal Latino”. Lat Stud 18, 581–602 (2020).

In this paper, we investigate controlling images of Latinx immigrants in the US press. Our paper expands theory within this literature in two new directions. First, we look at the controlling image of the “illegal” as well as the conventional controlling images of the immigrant described in the literature. Second, we investigate whether controlling images of Latinx immigrants remain prevalent outside of newspapers aimed at a predominantly White audience by comparing controlling images of immigrants in Atlanta’s mainstream press to the city’s Black press. We find that controlling images of immigrants are prevalent in the mainstream press but seldom appear in the Black news media. We also find that the “illegal” represents the predominant controlling image of immigrants in both. Few controlling images are explicitly gendered. We argue that the lack of gendering in the controlling images of immigrants may serve to dehumanize all immigrants, complicating and expanding extant research.

Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde & Christy Glass

Suarez, Mario I., Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde, Christy Glass, and Gabe H. Miller. Forthcoming. “Cis-Normativity at Work: Discrimination against U.S. Trans Workers.” Gender in Management: an International Journal.

Purpose This study aims to examine how gender variation in trans identities shape exposure to bias and discrimination. The authors then examine how trans identities intersect with race/ethnicity, education and social class to shape exposure risk to bias, discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach The authors use data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey with 24,391 trans-identified respondents. To account for the nested nature of trans people in state contexts, the authors use two-level logistic multilevel models. The authors are guided by Puwar’s bodies out of place as the theoretical grounding for this study. Findings The authors find significant differences in how trans women and men experience discrimination. The authors also find differences in race, education and social class. Finally, the presence of anti-discrimination policies presents mixed results. Originality/value The authors’ analysis reveals important differences in trans workers’ exposure to discrimination based on gender identity, social class, race/ethnicity and policy context, and draws upon a rich and large data set.

Eric Reither

Qiang Fu, Xin Guo, Sun Young Jeon, Eric N. Reither, Emma Zang, Kenneth C. Land. The uses and abuses of an age-period-cohort method: On the linear algebra and statistical properties of intrinsic and related estimators. Mathematical Foundations of Computing, doi: 10.3934/mfc.2021001 

As a sophisticated and popular age-period-cohort method, the Intrinsic Estimator (IE) and related estimators have evoked intense debate in demography, sociology, epidemiology and statistics. This study aims to provide a more holistic review and critical assessment of the overall methodological significance of the IE and related estimators in age-period-cohort analysis. We derive the statistical properties of the IE from a linear algebraic perspective, provide more precise mathematical proofs relevant to the current debate, and demonstrate the essential, yet overlooked, link between the IE and classical statistical tools that have been employed by scholars for decades. This study offers guidelines for the future use of the IE and related estimators in demographic research. The exposition of the IE and related estimators may help redirect, if not settle, the logic of the debate.

Eric Reither & Sojung Lim

Andrew E. Burger, Eric N. Reither, Svenn-Erik Mamelund, & Sojung Lim. 2021. Black-white disparities in 2009 H1N1 vaccination among adults in the United States: A cautionary tale for the COVID-19 pandemic.Vaccine. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.12.069

Prior research has highlighted racial and ethnic disparities in H1N1 vaccination in the United States. Our study adds to this literature by utilizing an intersectionality framework to examine the joint influence of race and sex on H1N1 vaccination beliefs and behaviors among non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites (hereafter blacks and whites).

Jessica Ulrich-Schad & Jennifer Givens

Ulrich-Schad, Jessica, Jennifer Givens and Connor Wengreen.  2020.  “Rural Utahns during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts, Behavior, and Views on Government Response and Science.”  Rural Connections: The Magazine of the Western Rural Development Center 9-12.

Jessica Ulrich-Schad

Kolady, Deepthi, Tong Wang, Weiwei Zhang, and Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad.  2020.  “Spatially mediated peer effects in the adoption of conservation agriculture practices.”  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. DOI:10.1017/aae.2020.24.

This study uses location-specific data to investigate the role of spatially mediated peer effects in farmers' adoption of conservation agriculture practices. The literature has shown that farmers trust other farmers and one way to increase conservation practice adoption is through identifying feasible conservation practices in neighboring fields. Estimating this effect can help improve our understanding of what influences the adoption and could play a role in improving federal and local conservation program design. The study finds that although spatial peer effects are important in the adoption of conservation tillage and diverse crop rotation, the scale of peer effects are not substantial.


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