CANCELED - Penn Sociology Colloquium Series: Jordanna Matlon, Assistant Professor School of International Service, American University

Jordanna Matlon is an assistant professor at American University's School of International Service. Her research examines racial capitalism in Africa and the African diaspora, and the ways “blackness” as a signifier – and in its intersection with gender, class, and national identity – illuminates our understanding of popular culture, postcoloniality and neoliberalism in the contemporary city.

Penn Sociology Colloquium Series: Douglas Guilbeault, Ph.D. Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Douglas Guilbeault is a Ph.D. candidate studying Computational Sociology in the Network Dynamics Group led by Damon Centola at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including The Proceedings of the National Academy of the SciencesPolicy and Internet, and The Journal of International Affairs, as well as in popular news outlets, such as The Atlantic and Wired.

Penn Sociology Colloquium Series: Maria C. Abascal, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

This project addresses two, related assumptions of the growing literature on racial/ethnic diversity and prosocial behavior. The first is that the effects of diversity are symmetric across group compositions (i.e., across majority-majority and majority-minority contexts). The second is that an aggregate association between diversity and prosocial behavior implies that people are individually less likely to engage in prosocial behavior as a function of diversity. Instead, such an association could result from the aggregation of people responding to outgroup share.