Department of Sociology

Graduate Students

Ardavan Davaran


Areas of Interest

Criminology, Education, Race, Class, and Gender


BA Sociology - University of California Santa Barbara, 2006
MA Sociology - Washington State University, 2011

Current and/or Anticipated Research

I completed my Master’s Thesis entitled “Educational Aspirations and Expectations: A Life Course Perspective,” in May of 2011.  With Jennifer Schwartz I am currently working on a project that assesses “law in action” (i.e, enforcement) vs. “law on the books” (i.e., implementation of new law)”.  We evaluate the effects of changes in drunken driving laws (from .10 to .08 legal limits) and the disparate affects these changes have had on female and male DUI arrest rates, net of self reported drunken driving behaviors. 

Recent Presentations

Schwartz, Jennifer and Ardavan Davaran (August 2011). “Unintended Effects of Lower Blood Alcohol Limits on Female and Male Drunk Driving Arrests.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, CA.


MR./Ms.Grad Student

Contact Ardavan

Phone: (509) 335-4595 (msgs)


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