Penn Sociology News

August 21, 2014

Sociology Ph.D. alumna (2013) Julia E. Szymczak was recently awarded the sole honorable mention for the 2014 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Julia’s dissertation is titled “The Complexity of Simple Things: An Ethnographic Study of the Challenge of Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections.” The selection committee “agreed unanimously that her research is outstanding and deserving of recognition.” The chair of Julia’s dissertation was Professor Charles L. Bosk.

August 20, 2014

Grace Kao & Hyunjoon Park have been appointed as Series Editors of Research in the Sociology of Education. Research in the Sociology of Education highlights "new and engaging work on various educational issues facing schools, families, and their communities." The first volume to be published with them as the editors is scheduled for early 2015.

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August 18, 2014

Jerry A. Jacobs was quoted in an August 11 story in Time Magazine that critically assessed popular advice on work-family issues.

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August 13, 2014

Dorothy Roberts was recently awarded a grant from the Brocher Foundation to support a workshop, "Quantifying Race: How Politics, Economics, and Medical Myopia Drive Color-Coded Data." She's co-organizing the workshop with author Harriet Washington, and it will be held in June at the Brocher Centre in Hermance, Switzerland. The Brocher Foundation hosts scientists and experts in the ethical, legal, and social implications of the development of medical research and biotechnologies. 

Also, in case you missed it, Professor Roberts has recently been featured on a host of media outlets discussing the social implications of the arrests of mothers for maltreating their children (stories that have been recently covered in the news).  Her apprearances include All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY, the Boston Globe (as previously reported), US News & World Report, and Slate. Check out the coverage below.

Interview on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC (video)
Interview on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY (audio)
Boston Globe Article
US News & World Report Article 
Slate Article

August 12, 2014

Sociology faculty have long participated in Penn's exciting 60-Second Lectures series, sharing words of wisdom and scholarship in a minute or less. Check out the videos of Sociology faculty taking on the challenge at the link below:

60 Second Lectures by Penn Sociology Faculty

The 60-Second Lectures main website

July 29, 2014

Dorothy Roberts was quoted in a Boston Globe article discussing the role of race in a recent child neglect accusation.
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July 28, 2014

An article by Melissa Wilde and recent Sociology Ph.D. recipient Sabrina Danielsen was published in the American Journal of Sociology.  The article is titled, "Fewer and Better Children: Race, Class, Religion, and Birth Control Reform in America."

Link to Article

July 24, 2014

Emilio A. Parrado has been selected as a member of the Committee on Population of the National Research Council of the National Academies Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2014-2017).

July 24, 2014

Jerry A. Jacobs received the Worklife Legacy Award at the June meetings of the Work and Family Researchers Network in New York. The award recognized Jacobs’ scholarly and organizational contributions to the work-family field.

July 17, 2014

For a complete listing of the Fall 2014 Sociology Course schedule, please visit the link below:

Fall 2014 Sociology Course Schedule

July 17, 2014

Ross Koppel was elected chair of the committee to select the Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, which he will present at the American Sociological Association Meeting in San Francisco this August.  Koppel was a co-recipient of this award in 2010.

July 10, 2014

Harold J. Bershady, emeritus professor of Sociology at Penn, has just published a new book, When Marx Mattered: An Intellectual Oddysey. There are several chapters describing and discussing Penn and the Sociology department in the last four decades of the 20th century. One of Professor Bershady's earlier books, Ideology and Social Knowledgehas also just been reissued with a new introduction by Bershady.  Both books are brought out by Transaction Publishers and will be on display at the national meetings of the American Sociological Association this August in San Francisco.

June 30, 2014

Tukufu Zuberi was recently awarded the Cathedra IEAT/FUNDEP chair by the Transdisciplinary Advanced Studies - IEAT.  The IEAT was created in 1999 with the main purpose of favoring transdisciplinary studies at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG).

The Chairs are intended to promote the exchange between renowned researchers on the world stage and groups of researchers from UFMG.  The purpose of IEAT is to highlight cutting edge, innovative international approaches with transdisciplinary potential.  Professor Zuberi will occupy the Chair for two months.

June 27, 2014

 Ph.D student Francis Prior recently had his article, "Quality Controlled: An Ethnographic Account of Tea Party Messaging and Action" published in Sociological Forum.

Link to Abstract

June 26, 2014

Ph.D. Candidate Rachel Ellis was awarded a Constant H. Jacquet Research Award from the Religious Research Association for her ethnographic dissertation on religion in a women's prison.

June 18, 2014

Penn Sociology is now officially on Twitter!  Follow us @SociologyatPenn for the latest news and updates from the department.

Penn Sociology Twitter Page

June 17, 2014

Chenoa Flippen has been elected to the Publications Committee of the American Sociological Association Community and Urban Sociology Section.  The annual ASA Meetings will be held August 16-19 in San Francisco.

June 16, 2014

Professor Dorothy Roberts has been awarded a grant from the Provost's Excellence through Diversity Fund to support the expansion of the Program on Race, Science & Society.

June 6, 2014

Dr. Grace Kao was just elected as Chair of the American Sociological Association (ASA) section on Children and Youth.  She was also elected to the ASA Committee on Nominations.

June 2, 2014

Sociology Ph.D student Yi-Lin Chiang has been recently awarded the 2014 GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation.