Penn Sociology News

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.

January 11, 2019

Melissa J. Wilde, along with Penn Political Scientist Michele Margolis, has been awarded a project grant on better ways to identify Evangelical Christians on the General Social Survey through the Louisville Institute.

January 11, 2019

Pilar Gonalons-Pons' work has been cited in The Philadelphia Inquirer in an article regarding the National Domestic Workers Bill. Pilar's work also received recognition from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on Facebook. You can read the full article here.

January 9, 2019

Amanda Barrett Cox, Ph.D. candidate, has been recently published in Du Bois Review with her paper titled "Engineered Struggle and 'Earned' Success: Preparing Black and Latino Students to Attend Elite Boarding Schools."

December 10, 2018

Tiffany Yau, C'18 alumna, was recently recognized as the Citizen of the Week with The Philadelphia Citizen for work with her company, Fulphil,  and for the Philadelphia community.

December 10, 2018

Steve Viscelli was recently on PBS Newshour Tonight. The episode featured Viscelli's new report. You can watch the video here.

December 10, 2018

Daniel Aldana Cohen's research was cited all throughout The Intercept's most recent article, With a Green New Deal, Here's What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation.

December 10, 2018

Phoebe Ho, Hyunjoon Park, and Grace Kao have published an article on racial and ethnic differences in student participation in private supplementary education activities in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. The article can be read here.

December 10, 2018

Nana Adjeiwaa-Manu, a second year Ph.D. student, worked as a research intern and program assistant at the African Family Health Organization in Philadelphia this summer. She was featured in Generocity, a local publication, as a part of the organization’s youth camp, the African Youth Empowerment Program (AYEP). AYEP provides services to help recent Black immigrant youth adjust to the United States.

November 15, 2018

Daniel Aldana Cohen recently wrote for The Nation an analysis for apocalyptic climate reporting and its news commentary. You can read the full article here.

November 15, 2018

David Grazian, recently appointed co-director of the Urban Studies program, was featured in the Fall 2018 Penn Institute for Urban Research newsletter. You can read the full newsletter here.

October 29, 2018

Annette Lareau recently penned Teaching First-Generation College Students and it's been featured in last week's Almanac. Her essay examines tools that which could be helpful in ensuring success for all college students.

October 26, 2018

Haley Pilgrim, Ph.D. student, was recently featured in Penn Today discussing, "What happens when someone’s skin color and racial identity don’t align?".

October 24, 2018

Natalie A.E. Young and Emily C. Hannum published an article on the implications of rising inequality in China for the lives of children in The China Quarterly. The paper, "Childhood Inequality in China: Evidence from Recent Survey Data (2012-2014)", draws on data from two nationally representative surveys to reveal stark disparities between children from different socio-economic backgrounds in family environments and in welfare outcomes, including physical health, psychosocial health, and educational performance. Young and Hannum find that childhood inequality in post-reform China is driven not only by the deprivations of poverty, but also by the advantages of affluence.

October 23, 2018

Mauro Guillén recently wrote an op-ed for The Hill about humanities degrees not being far below science-based degrees in terms of employment and salary rates post-grad. You can read the full post here.