Penn Sociology News

September 3, 2019

At the 2019 ASA Annual Meeting in New York City, Penn Sociology had many award recipients. Congratulations are also in order to our faculty and students whose research was recognized by the various sections of the American Sociological Association at this year’s annual meeting.

Jason Schnittker received the Best Publication Award from the Section on the Sociology of Mental Health for his book: Jason Schnittker, The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled. Columbia University Press. 2017.

Benjamin Shestakofsky received The W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Section on Organizations, Occupations and Work for his article: Benjamin Shestakofsky, “Working Algorithms: Software Automation and the Future of Work,” Work and Occupations 44(4): 376–423. 2017.

Peter Harvey (Ph.D. Candidate) received Graduate Student Paper Award from the Section on Children and Youth for his paper: Peter Harvey, Not So Easy: Lessons in Body Management in an Elite Elementary School.

Lindsay Glassman (Ph.D., 2019) won the Student Paper Award from the Section on Sociology of Religion: Lindsay Glassman, University of Pennsylvania. In the Lord's Hands: Divine Healing and Embodiment in a Fundamentalist Christian Church.
 

September 3, 2019

Penn Sociology has added two new faculty members to the department, Wendy D. Roth and Xi Song

Prior to arriving at Penn, Wendy was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Wendy is a sociologist of race, ethnicity, and immigration, with interests in Latino and multiracial populations, the multiple dimensions of race, and intersections of race and genomics. 

Prior to arriving at Penn, Xi was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her research contributes to studies on social stratification and mobility, poverty, inequality, and population studies from a quantitative perspective, with a particular focus on the formation of social inequality through intergenerational and lifecycle processes

August 22, 2019

Rake Sen recently penned an article for Dhaka Tribune about salinity issues in Gabura. Due to a changing climate, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and ocean acidification, the balance of salt in the Sundarbans is changing rapidly. The result is devastating for the inhabitants of this coastal lands. This article touches on the ways that salt intrudes on the lives and livelihoods of people in the Sundarbans long-term. You can read the full article here.

August 22, 2019

Sarah Adeyinka-Skold talks about how her dissertation addresses the structural issues that face all women, but especially black women, as they search for romantic partners. Difficulties around dating are often seen as solely agentic issues, but Sarah hopes to educate readers about how personal romantic decisions are often constrained by systems of oppression. You can read the full article here

August 2, 2019

Ashleigh Cartwright, Ph.D. student, recently spoke with Penn Today about her experiences growing up in an overall context of minorities in majority spaces. You can read Ashleigh's interview here.

August 2, 2019

Wendy D. Roth recently gave an interview ith BYUradio on DNA Tests: Fact vs. Fiction.

August 2, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen recently wrote for The Nation an article entitled, "Eco-Apartheid is Real."

August 2, 2019

Benjamin Shestakofsky's article, “Working Algorithms: Software Automation and the Future of Work,” has been awarded the 2019 W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship by the ASA’s Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work

July 30, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen gave part to a VICE interview discussing climate changes and inequality that potentially occur when disasters strike. You can read the full article here.

July 30, 2019
Annette Lareau’s co-authored article in City and Community with Michael Bader (a former Penn post-doc) and Shani Evans (a recent graduate) was featured in ASA Member News and Notes. It is entitled, “Talk on the Playground: The Neighborhood Context of School Choice.” 
July 30, 2019

Wendy D. Roth's work on race has been mentioned in this recent New York Times article, How White Nationalists See What They Want to See in DNA Tests.

July 11, 2019

Irma Elo and Samuel Preston's research on life expectancy and non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. featured in Penn Today.

July 9, 2019

Raka Sen, graduate student, has been named one of 2019 #ResearchforChange Grant recipients. With this award, Raka will continue her fieldwork in Sundarban villages in Bangladesh and then eventually transcribe and code her research. 

July 9, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen and Kevin Ummel published Follow the Carbon: The Case for Neighborhood-Level Carbon Footprints, a policy digest with Penn's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

July 9, 2019

Julia E. Szymczak, Ph.D. '13, recently spoke with Penn Today about her sociological approach to medical sociology, including antibiotic resistance. You can read the full piece here

June 28, 2019

Michel Guillot spoke with Penn Today recently on second-generation immigrants and mortality. You can read the full Q&A here.

June 24, 2019

Elizabeth Jacobs, Ph.D. Candidate, has published her article "Pathways to Permanence: Legal Status Transitions as a Key Mechanism in Skilled Migrant Selection and Settlement" with Frontiers.

June 24, 2019

Jason Schnittker recently spoke with Kaiser Health News about older Americans and how they rate their health. This interview was posted with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and can be read in full here

June 13, 2019

Courtney Boen was recently quoted by Penn Today in an article that focused on the role that social determinants, socioeconomics, and racism play in maternal mortality.

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June 12, 2019

Doron Shiffer-Sebba, Ph.D. student, will receive the 2019 Graduate Student Paper Award from the Conflict, Social Action, and Change Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) for his paper: "From Circumstance to Company: Landlord Context and Behaviors towards Tenants." The Award will be presented at the SSSP award ceremony in New York, August 10.