College of Social and Behavioral Science

A hydoelectric dam is damaged, nestled in the Himalayan mountain scape.

Cause and scope of the Uttarakhand disaster

In February, the Uttarakhand region of India experienced a humanitarian tragedy when a wall of rock and ice collapsed and formed a debris flow.


A town in the forest where buildings are burned down, trees are blackened ash, with smokey air.

Evacuating under dire wildfire scenarios

A study proposes a new framework for simulating dire scenarios, defined as when there is less time to evacuate an area from a wildfire than is required.


How do politics and perceived risk affect vaccination willingness?

A pre-COVID study explores how we perceive disease risk.


University of Utah update on data security incident

Students, staff and faculty were directed to change their university passwords.


First daily surveillance of emerging COVID-19 hotspots

As COVID-19 outbreaks sweep across communities, local officials are forced into a whack-a-mole approach to battling the virus. Geographers hope a new method will provide timely data to inform public policy.


Women’s communication shapes division of labor in household

A study found that partner communication is the most important factor linking the division of household labor to satisfaction in the relationship. But the way that the partners’ communication matters depends on gender.


Persistent inequitable exposure to air pollution in Salt Lake County schools

A new study utilized a community-university partnership of nearly 200 PM 2.5 sensors through the Air Quality and U network. U researchers revealed persistent social inequalities in Salt Lake County schools.


Degree Completion Challenge winners

Two ideas about how to help students reach the finish line—one from the College of Social and Behavioral Science and the other composed of a cross-campus team—rose to the top in the Degree Completion Challenge.


Mesoamerica comes to the U

Maya experts from around the world will convene at the U for the Mesoamerican Conference that focuses on preclassic Maya history between 2000 B.C. and 250 A.D.


A career in crime

Students interested in social justice can now pursue a criminology degree at the U.