Penn Sociology News

August 18, 2017

Ph.D. alumna Rachel Ellis, '17, was interviewed on her extensive research done on incarceration and religion by Omnia earlier this week. You can read the full article here

August 18, 2017

Steve Viscelli spoke earlier this week about the future of the trucking industry with Bloomberg. You can read the full article here.

August 17, 2017

Courtney Boen has received the graduate student paper award from ASA's Section of Aging and the Life Course at the annual meeting in Montreal. Her paper is entitled, "The role of socioeconomic factors in Black-White health inequities across the life course: Point-in-time measures, long-term exposures, and differential health returns," and can be read here.

 

August 15, 2017

Emilio Parrado has recently been elected to the Sociological Research Association (SRA). The Association elects up to 14 new members annually. The SRA is an honor society of sociological scholars which was founded in 1936. 

July 25, 2017

Earlier this month Amada Armenta published Protect, Serve, Deport with University of California Press. You can read more about Amada's publication here.

July 24, 2017

Peter Catron, Postdoctoral Fellow, has been awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for "Made in America? Immigrant Occupational Mobility in the First Half of the Twentieth Century", from the American Sociological Association's Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility section. Catron's paper was published in the American Journal of Sociology last year.

Peter has also been awarded the 2017 IPUMS Research award for best contribution of U.S. research by a graduate student for his paper, "The Citizenship Advantage: Immigrant Socioeconomic Attainment across Generations in the Age of Mass Migration." More information on that award  can be found here.

July 24, 2017

Amanda Barrett Cox, Ph.D. student, has received Honorable Mention for the the 2017 James D. Thompson Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA section on Organizations, Occupations and Work for her paper entitled, "Cohorts, 'Siblings,' and Mentors: Organizational Structures and the Creation of Social Capital."

July 13, 2017

Courtney Boen, new sociology and demography faculty member, has been given funding from the annual Quartet Pilot Research Project Competition for her research entitled “Biological Risk, Physical Functioning and Psychosocial Stress Among Older-age Hispanics." You can read more about the project here.

July 13, 2017

Daniel Aldana Cohen was interviewed this week on Press Play on KCRW (NPR in LA) discussing climate change and narratives of doom. You can listen here.

July 13, 2017

Penn Sociology faculty Tukufu Zuberi, Amada Armenta, and Emilio Parrado talked with Omnia about their work on human migration and its complexity. You can read the full article, with quote from Hans-Peter Kohler, here.

July 13, 2017

Daniel Aldana Cohen has reviewed Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140 entitled "It Gets Wetter" for Dissent magazine. You can read the essay here.

July 5, 2017

Rachel Ellis, who will receive her Ph.D. in August 2017, has been awarded the 2017 Best Student Paper Award from the Section on the Sociology of Religion from the American Sociological Association. Her paper is titled "'You’re Not Serving Time, You’re Serving Christ': Neoliberal Religious Messages in the Shadow of Mass Incarceration."

July 5, 2017

Alexander Hoppe, Ph.D. Candidate, spoke with the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) about the benefits to applying for a Fulbright Research Fellowship. You can read his blog post here.

July 5, 2017

Peter Harvey, Ph.D. Student, has received an honorable mention with ASA's Section on the Sociology of Religion for the 2017 Best Student Paper Award for his paper, "It's a Total Way of Life."

June 12, 2017

Ross Koppel gave insight to The Washington Post about misinformation being reported to a large audience and reproduced as 'true' --- which can compromise the integrity of science journalism. You can read the full article here.

June 12, 2017

Dorothy Roberts, along with Sarah A. Tishkoff, has been working to quash the belief that race is determined biologically. She participated in a podcast that was featured in Penn News recently. You can read more information here, as well as listen to portions of their podcast with Wharton.

June 5, 2017

A new Penn Arts and Sciences initiative is awarding grants to faculty to encourage the collective investigation of global topics. Included recipients are: Jere Behrman (The Global Problem of Child Poverty: Can Neuroscience Help? and Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure and Child Welfare in China ), Irma Elo (Migration and Cognitive Change: Creating a Transatlantic Research Network), Dorothy Roberts (International Symposium on Race, Science, and Society from a Global Perspective), and Emily Hannum (Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure and Child Welfare in China).

More information can be found here.

June 5, 2017

Benjamin Pollack, a rising College senior, wrote an abstract for an article on negotiating healthcare published in Publius Journal of Federalism earlier this month. The published abstract is below.

Negotiations between federal and state officials are a mainstay of intergovernmental relations, but the politics of negotiation have been largely understudied. In this article, we provide a window on those politics by examining the development of the Arkansas premium assistance waiver—an early and influential Medicaid waiver. We examine the leverage of both the federal and state governments in their efforts to reach agreement on a plan that suited both sets of actors. The federal government was providing funding important to the state, but the state had the capacity necessary to put a program in place. The federal government wanted some type of expansion in a Southern state; Arkansas wanted to do it “their way.” Also key to the Arkansas case is the persistence and shared vision of the federal and state actors who in the end trusted each other and produced a policy both were proud of.

June 5, 2017

Melissa Wilde has been named the leader of ASA's Section of Sociology and Religion for 2017-2018.