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WEBINAR: Prof. Gregory Fulkerson: Disaster and the Destruction of Social Capital: The Effect of a COVID Outbreak on a College Campus

June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT


Invited Speaker

Professor Gregory Fulkerson
Professor and Chair of Sociology
The State University of New York (SUNY)

This presentation will consider the impact of a COVID outbreak on social capital by comparing survey data from two colleges. One college had no outbreak and serves as a control. The other college experienced a devastating outbreak in the Fall of 2020. As the same survey questions were asked of each college, we are able to compare the impact of the outbreak on social capital, as indicated by questions surrounding trust in others to engage in protective practices such as masking and social distancing. This quasi-experimental design provides evidence that disasters can be harmful to level of social capital. The broader literature on disasters and social capital will inform the analysis and interpretation.

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About the presenter:

Gregory Fulkerson, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Sociology at SUNY Oneonta. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from North Caroline State University with expertise in the areas of Global Social Change and Development and Rural and Community Sociology. He has devoted considerable scholarly attention to the concept of social capital, particularly in relation to natural disasters. He is co-editor of the Studies in Urban-Rural Dynamics book series with Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield and has co-authored (with Dr. Alexander Thomas) two recent books for the series—Urbanormativity (2019) and Urban Dependency (2021). Each of these works incorporate ideas informed by Bourdieu’s notions of capital in its various forms to better understand urban-rural systems and interactions. He is currently part of a multi-agency regional consortium investigating the COVID outbreak in central New York State.

About Our Webinar Series

This event is part of our regular webinar sessions for social capital researchers including PhD/master students. These sessions include invited presentations from prominent scholars as well as presentations by PhD students and experts in professional practice.

For social capital researchers, these sessions are an opportunity to hear about the latest social capital research and insights from scholars working on the concept. They can be a great way to connect with people, to get advice, discuss ideas or issues, get suggestions for literature to read, or you can just listen.

Are you researching social capital and want to present your research? Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.

Generally, presentations can be 20 to 30 mins. The content of your presentation will depend on your research stage.

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June 25
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT




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