Meet the Instructor: Griffin
Griffin is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and earned his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, serving as a student radio DJ and co-president of Student Action with Workers, a social justice group on campus. He graduated with highest honors in political science and political economy in 2014. These days, he is nearly an “all but dissertation” PhD candidate at the UW in sociology; he earned his MS in sociology in 2019 from the UW. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, trail runs with his partner Caitlin, and walking his dog Eleanor.
Griffin was a good math student in high school, but he only came to truly appreciate the beauty and practicality of math in college and especially in grad school. He is particularly passionate about statistics, which is an essential part of sociological research but also very useful in virtually all professional fields and trades, from finance and law, to medicine and public policy. A solid knowledge of statistics even makes pop culture phenomena, whether sports-related or politics-related, easier and more fun to follow. Griffin has taught six semesters of introductory sociology courses at the UW, all of which have some statistical orientation; he will teach introduction to statistics for social scientists (SOC360) at the UW this summer.