Penn Sociology News

August 28, 2015

Hans-Peter Kohler (in collaboration with Ayesha Kharsany at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa [CAPRISA]), recently received a 5yr NIH R01 Grant for "Identifying sources of HIV infection in adolescent girls in rural South Africa". The aim of this project is to utilize an innovative approach to identify networks of HIV transmission, combining extensive epidemiologic sampling with phylogenetic analyses of HIV-1 sequence data and traditional sexual networking methods. Insights into the sexual networking patterns driving high HIV incidence in adolescent girls in rural South Africa could be critical for informing future design of HIV prevention interventions.

August 28, 2015

Yi-Lin Chiang received the 2015 Early Stage Family Scholar Award from the International Sociological Association's Committee on Family Research.  Her paper is titled, "Managing Contingencies: Parental Strategies and Elite University Enrollment in China."  

August 24, 2015

An article recently published in The Economist features a forthcoming paper (for Population Development Review) by Hans-Peter Kohler and Demography Ph.D. graduate Thomas Anderson ('15) on gender values and fertility.

Full Article

August 18, 2015

Grace Kao recently joined HuffPost Live for the segment, "Why College Fails To Close The Racial Wealth Gap" to discuss (per HuffPost Live's description): "whether higher education is a great equalizer and unpack why college has a different financial impact on various minority groups."

Full Segment

August 14, 2015

A new book by Tukufu Zuberi has been published - African Independence: How Africa Shapes the World (Rowman & Littlefield).  The book, a complement to his award-winning documentary film, African Independence (2013) highlights the important role Africa has played in recent history, and the significant role it will continue to play in the future of America and the globe.

African Independence: How Africa Shapes the World
Tukufu Zuberi's African Independence Website

August 13, 2015

Earlier this week, Camille Charles joined HuffPost Live for the group interview segment, "How Housing Segregation Hurts Ferguson & America."

Full Interview Segment

August 13, 2015

Kristen Harknett has received a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for her research project (along with Daniel Schneider, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California-Berkeley), “Inequality  of  Economic  Precarity  and  Uncertainty  and  Family  Formation  and  Instability.” The research aims to "quantify the relationship between economic insecurity and family instability." 

Full Announcement (on page 3) 
Press Release

August 12, 2015

The Washington Post recently published an article featuring the research of 2011 Demography/Sociology Ph.D. Alum Rachel Margolis (currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario) and 2009 Penn Demography graduate Mikko Myrskylä (Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research) on the effect that having a child has on a person's happiness.

Full Article

August 11, 2015

Tukufu Zuberi has been elected the 2015 President-Elect of the Association of Black Sociologists. The mission of the Association is "to build a tradition of scholarship and service, informed by the interests of historically disenfranchised groups in general and Black/African American people in particular."

August 10, 2015

 Aliya Rao's paper, "Gender and Cultivating the Moral Self in Islam: Muslim Converts in an American Mosque," was recently published online in Sociology of Religion.

The paper focuses on how American converts to Isam "contend with accepting religious injunctions around clothing choices and polygyny."

Link to Abstract and Paper

July 29, 2015

Ross Koppel was recently quoted in a Washington Post article that discusses the Pentagon preparing to award large contracts for electronic medical records.

Full Story

July 24, 2015

Ph.D Alum Julia Szymczak ('13) was recently featured in a Penn News article focusing on her research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on why doctors come to work sick.

Full Article

July 8, 2015

Recent Penn Sociology alum Larry Liu ('15) has been named the first Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Oxford Scholar. He will receive a scholarship to attend Oxford University's Lincoln College to pursue a Master's in Comparative Social Policy.

The complete story is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, including comments from Larry himself.

Full Article 

June 25, 2015

Annette Lareau was recently featured and interviewed in Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine (Spring/Summer 2015 edition) to discuss the consequences of childhood inequality.

From Lareau: 

“Different parenting strategies lead to dissimilar rewards. Often, success requires child-rearing practices that are in sync with the attitudes and expectations of dominant institutions.”

For the full feature story and interview, visit the Penn Arts & Sciences website.
For the magazine in its entirety, download Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine Spring/Summer 2015

June 24, 2015

Camille Charles was recently quoted in a fivethirtyeight.com article that discusses the shifting attitudes toward racism and inequality.

Full article

June 19, 2015

Melissa Wilde and Penn Sociology Ph.D graduate Sabrina Danielsen ('14; Resident Assistant Professor, Creighton University) were recently awarded the Charles Tilly Best Article Award from the American Sociological Association's Comparative and Historical Section.  The article, "Fewer and Better Children: Race, Class, Religion and Birth Control Reform in America" was published in the May 2014 edition of the American Journal of Sociology.

Announcement (from Comparative and Historical Section newsletter)

June 17, 2015

Sociology Ph.D student Patricia Tevington recently received the Constant H. Jacquet Research Award for her project, "Too Soon to Say 'I do?': Exploring Social Class, Religion, and Family Life through Early Marriage." The award is presented by the Religious Research Association.

This dissertation project will utilize qualitative research methods to illuminate the role that religion and social class play in shaping understandings of marriage and the family.

June 15, 2015

Sociology Ph.D student Alexander Jerneck presented a lecture for the Penn Arts & Sciences "60 Second Lectures" series. The title was, "Hooked on Taxes: How Politicians Made Corporations Powerful."

Full video

June 9, 2015

Penn Sociology is excited to welcome Regina S. Baker to our faculty in Fall 2015, with an appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology. Baker recently earned her Doctorate in Sociology from Duke University and completed a 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.  She was previously a Visiting Researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center in the Social Policy and Inequality Unit.

Regina’s research intersects the areas of poverty, social inequality, family & children, race, gender, class, work, and social policy. Her work has also been supported by the the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program and the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. Her recent publication in Journal of Marriage and Family titled, “The Changing Importance of Marriage and Work for Child Poverty in the U.S., 1974-2010” documents that even though both marriage and work continue to protect children against poverty, their relative importance has changed over time with work becoming more salient than marriage. The findings have direct implications for policy discussions around the role of economic and family conditions in affecting child poverty. Regina is a great addition to our sociology and demography programs.

June 8, 2015

David Grazian has been elected to the Council of the American Sociological Association Section on Communications and Information Technology (CITASA) for a two-year term (2015-17).