Penn Sociology News

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.

March 29, 2019

Phoebe Ho and Hyunjoon Park have published an article in the Journal of Marriage and Family on different ways today's young adults leave or stay in the parental home, focusing in particular on the experience of Asian Americans. The article can be read here.

March 22, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen recently gave a two-part interview with Real News Network regarding his work on the Green New Deal. You can listen to part 1 and part 2 here. 

March 22, 2019

Courtney Boen was recently named an Axilrod Fellow by the School of Arts and Sciences. The Axilrod Fund has enabled Penn Arts and Sciences to recruit three new faculty members who will help establish Penn as a worldwide center for the analysis of inequality and health, with a specific focus on the distribution of health outcomes and how this distribution is shaped by social policies.

March 13, 2019

Hans-Peter Kohler, Pilar Gonalons-Pons and Emilio Parrado were interviewed by Penn Today to discuss the all-time low fertility rate in the U.S.

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March 8, 2019

Lindsay W. Glassman will begin as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in June 2019. In this position, Lindsay will work with other Penn Sociology doctoral grad, Julia E. Szymczak


March 8, 2019

Nora Gross will receive the ESS Rose Laub Coser Dissertation Proposal Award at the upcoming ESS meeting. The Coser award is given annually to a graduate student for an outstanding doctoral dissertation proposal in the area of the family or gender and society. The award will be presented at a special session of the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in Boston in March 2019.

March 8, 2019

Luca Pesando (Ph.D., 2018) to join the Department of Sociology and Centre on Population Dynamics at McGill University as assistant professor of demography in August 2019.

February 21, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen was recently quoted in The Atlantic's The Green New Deal's Big Idea.

February 21, 2019

Annette Lareau, Penn GSE graduate Heather Curl, and Penn Sociology graduate Tina Wu publish “Cultural Conflict: The Implications of the Changing Dispositions of the Upwardly Mobile” in Sociological Forum.

February 19, 2019

Dorothy E. Roberts has been named to be Rutgers University - Newark's 2019 commencement speaker. Dorothy will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

February 15, 2019

Four Penn Sociology graduate students were selected as a finalist in the Social Sciences division for the 2019 Grad Ben Talks. The following students will be presenting next Friday, February 22, 2019 at Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium (3401 Spruce Street) from 1:30PM - 2:15PM:

Yun Cha, talk title: Who Do Graduate Degree Holders Marry? How the Separation of Advanced Degrees Affects Our Understanding of Trends in Educational Homogamy

João Victor Nery Fiocchi Rodrigues, talk title: Slavery, State Formation, and Citizenship: A Comparative Historical Analysis of the United States and Brazil

Angela Simms, talk title: The Continuing Significance of Race: Suburban Black Middle Class Disadvantage in Metropolitan-Area Political Economies

Haley Pilgrim, who won the Audience Choice and Social Science Award at the 2017 Grad Ben Talks, will be a judge for this year's Humanities Panel. 

February 15, 2019

Melissa J. Wilde has been named the recipient of the Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. More information about the award can be found here.

February 13, 2019

Daniel Aldana Cohen co-authored an opinion piece for The Guardian entitled, A Green New Deal can give us the freedoms to allow humanity to flourish. This work was also recently highlight in Penn news.

February 7, 2019

Janice F. Madden was recently on Knowledge @ Wharton's podcast with Katherine Klein discussing the future of the #MeToo Movement. 

February 5, 2019

Steve Viscelli’s research has been used in class action lawsuits against trucking companies that steal wages from truckers by misclassifying them as independent contractors. These cases have returned tens of millions of dollars to drivers over the last several years. Trucking companies have recently tried to stop these cases by forcing drivers into individual arbitrations. Last month, in an 8-0 opinion delivered by Justice Gorsuch (with a concurring opinion by Justice Ginsburg), the court said truckers cannot be forced into individual arbitrations – truckers (and other transportation workers) that cross state lines  have the right to sue together in court. Viscelli filed an amicus brief with drivers for the case. The New York Times’ covered the importance of the case and Viscelli's research in an editorial this summer. This clears the way for potentially several billion more in lost wages to be recovered for hundreds of thousands of long-haul truck drivers.

Penn Today has also covered this story and highlighted Viscelli's hard work.

January 28, 2019

Last week, Hans-Peter Kohler joined a Marketplace podcast to discuss the phenomenon of declining birth rates in developing countries. You can listen to Kohler's take here.

January 17, 2019

Irma T. Elo has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Rising Midlife Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic Disparities.

January 16, 2019

Angela Simms, Ph.D. candidate, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in Sociology and Urban studies at Barnard College-Columbia University.


Simms recently co-authored an op-ed in The Huffington Post entitled, "Trump's Shutdown Will Hit Black Americans the Hardest." Additionally, Simms was featured on WPFW, Pacifica in Washington, D.C., where she was asked questions about the topics included in her co-authored op-ed. You can listen to the podcast here.