Penn Sociology News

May 28, 2019

Alexander D. Hoppe, Ph.D. candidate, has been published in the most recent publication of Poetics with a piece entitled, License to tweak: Artistic license at first-tier Indian apparel suppliers

May 15, 2019

Ross Koppel's work has been cited in the most recent Joural American Medical Association article, Effect of Restriction of the Number of Concurrently Open Records in an Electronic Health Record on Wrong-Patient Order Errors, highlighting that the number of patient records open at the same time does not lead to greater errors.

May 14, 2019

Leslie Jones (Ph.D. candidate) awarded the President’s & Provost’s Honor for Exceptional Commitment to Graduate & Professional Student Life. 

May 14, 2019

Aliya Hamid Rao (Ph.D., 2016) pens piece for The Atlantic on gender equality entitled, Even Breadwinning Wives Don’t Get Equality at Home.

May 14, 2019

Angie N. Ocampo has been awarded the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation to conduct research for her dissertation on the social acceptance of Latino immigrants. As a jointly funded venture by GAPSA (Graduate and Professional Student Assembly) and the Office of the Provost, this highly competitive fellowship awards $6000 to original, student-derived projects that integrate knowledge across diverse academic disciplines.

May 14, 2019

Shaquilla Harrigan and Raka Sen have received the FLAS fellowship award to further their research both this summer and throughout the next academic year. The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.

Shaquilla's research interrogates how the proliferation of INGOs in Africa may exacerbate inequalities across nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, and class. One area that she is researching now is the decision-making processes of these INGOs that influence their embeddedness in local communities. Through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year and Summer Fellowships in African Languages, Harrigan will improve my Kiswahili language skills and gain additional knowledge of East African culture and social processes. Acquiring this expertise in Kiswahili and in African Studies is critical to my second-year master's paper and future dissertation work.

Raka's research looks at the ways in which adaptation to climate change amplifies gender divisions of labor in previously unseen ways. This work draws on fieldwork from the Sundarban Region of India and Bangladesh, one of the places most vulnerable to climate change, and where residents are actively battling against salt intrusion on their lands. This intrusion stems from multiple factors, but was exacerbated by Cyclone Aila in May 2009, as the storm  swiftly and irreversibly salinated many villages in the region. Because of the salt, both men and women work more, take more risks, and work further from home, but interviews reveal the added household and care work that falls disproportionately on women. The 2019-20 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year Fellowship will give Sen the opportunity to sharpen her Bengali skills, learn regional dialects and teach her the region specific knowledge required for continued work in India and Bangladesh.


May 14, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen recently co-authored an essay, The Useful Discomfort of Critical Climate Social Science, for the Social Science Research Council's Items blog. 

May 3, 2019

Sarah Adeyinka-Skold has been awarded a SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. There were 25 graduate students awarded the fellowship which will enable them to finish their dissertation in the 2019-2020 academic year. Winners receive a 10 month stipend and the fellowship covers tuition, fees, and health insurance.

Sarah has also been offered a Center for Teaching and Learning Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each year the CTL chooses fellows from across the university to assist in the facilitation of the professional development of Penn's graduate students.

Photo credit: Heather Khalifa at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

April 29, 2019

Hyejeong Jo (Ph.D., '18) has accepted a position at the Samsung Economic Research Institute as a Senior Researcher. In her new position, Hyejeong will be designing educational programs for underserved youth in Korea and around the world as part of Samsung’s corporate social responsibility programs. 

April 19, 2019

Ashleigh Cartwright, Ph.D. student, has been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 19, 2019

Mengyang Zhao, Ph.D. student, was recently awarded the ACLS Pre-Disseration Summer Travel Grant. In other news, Zoe's work has been cited in The Economist as well as a portion of her master's thesis published in Social Science Quarterly

April 19, 2019

Ph.D. candidate Ran Liu and alumna Yi-Lin Chiang have published an article in The Journal of Chinese Sociology. The paper is titled "Who is more motivated to learn? The roles of family background and teacher-student interaction in motivating student learning" and can be accessed here.

April 19, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen was recently cited in The Intercept's article, "Could a New Green Deal Make Us Happier People?". 

April 19, 2019

Lindsay W. Glassman, Ph.D. candidate, was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer about anti-vaxxers and social class. You can read the full article here

April 19, 2019

Pilar Gonalons-Pons recently wrote a book review for Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy with Contexts magazine. You can read the full review here

April 16, 2019

Ángel Ortiz-Siberón has been awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award of as much as $30,000 for graduate or professional school to prepare for careers in government or public service. With this funding, Ángel intends to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology and social policy with the goal of becoming a professor and public servant.


April 9, 2019

Daniel Cohen was quoted in a Sierra Magazine essay that feautured his recently co-authored paper in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. The paper focuses on the contradictions of eco-gentrification and housing justice.

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March 29, 2019

Marcus T. Wright (Sociology Undergraduate Program and Communications Manager), who served as 2017-18 Chair of Penn’s Weekly Paid Professional Staff Assembly (WPPSA), spearheaded an online learning experience for support staff within the University in October 2018. The first course offered was a course on resilience taught by Karen Reivich of the Positive Psychology Center. You can read the full article on Penn Today here.


Photo Credit: Eric Sucar/University Communications. 

March 29, 2019

Steve Viscelli recently organized a conference within the University on Workers and the Gig Economy which was covered by the

March 29, 2019

Yun Cha, Ph.D. student, recently won the 2019 Grad Ben Talks for the social science category. Yun's talk, entitled: Who Do Graduate Degree Holders Marry? How the Separation of Advanced Degrees Affects Our Understanding of Trends in Educational Homogamy, can be viewed here.