Penn Sociology News

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.

June 11, 2019

Ph.D. candidate Nora Gross has been awarded the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to support research on violence, aggression, and dominance for her dissertation project: "Bullets, Books, and Brotherhood: An Ethnography of High School Life in the Context of Urban American Gun Violence." The fellowship will offer partial funding for the dissertation writing year, 2019-2020.

June 11, 2019

Pilar Gonalons-Pons joined six top University of Pennsylvania health policy experts and members of the Penn class of 1969 a couple weeks ago on a panel with the Leonard Davis Institute. Gonalons-Pons gave insight regarding health risks faced by people who become caregivers for home-bound family members and friends requiring long-term care. You can read more about the event here

June 10, 2019

Peter Francis Harvey, Ph.D. candidate, will receive the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA’s Children and Youth section for his paper, "Not So Easy: Lessons in Body Management in an Elite Elementary School."

June 3, 2019

Haley Pilgrim has been elected to a two year term as the graduate representative for the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association board. She will be charged with advocating and representing graduate students across the association.

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.