Penn Sociology News

March 24, 2014

Advanced Registration begins today!  For a complete listing of the Fall 2014 Penn Sociology  course offerings and descriptions, click the link below:

Fall 2014 Sociology Course Offerings and Descriptions

March 14, 2014

Paul Allison was recently featured in Penn News to talk about his recent study examining how social ties influence awards given by peers and critics.

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March 12, 2014

Tukufu Zuberi was recently interviewed (along with former Philadelphia Mayor John Street, former PA Governer Ed Rendell, AMLA founder and musician Jesse Bermudez, and Taller Puertorriqueno board member Maria Mills-Torres) by History Making Productions as part of the Philadelphia: The Great Experiment television and internet historical documentary project.

In the video below, Tukufu talks about some of the great attractions in Philadelphia and how the city deserves more attention.

More Interviews:

Tukufu on Wilson Goode and Deindustrialization
Tukufu on Why Quakers had Slaves
Tukufu on Segregation on Yard #4 on the Delaware
Tukufu on Liberty Place, MOVE, and Goode's Legacy
Tukufu on the Slavery Question that Stumps his Students
Tukufu on the Federal Funding of White Flight

March 10, 2014

Jerry Jacobs was recently interviewed by Penn News to discuss higher education interdisciplinarity and his new book: In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University.

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March 6, 2014

Sociology Ph.D student Ailya Rao talks about her current research anaylzing the modern meaning of unemployment in the latest Penn Sociology Graduate Student Blog.

Aliya Rao's Blog Post

Penn Sociology Graduate Student Blog

February 28, 2014

In the second part of our Student Profile Series:

Shane Williams, Penn class of 2014 and Sociology major, talks about Penn Sociology and how it has helped her prepare for a career in therapy.

Shane Williams, Class of 2014 Penn Sociology Major

February 27, 2014

Ross Koppel was recently quoted in the Boston Globe in an article discussing the Health Data industry and its pending tension with the FDA.

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February 7, 2014

Ph.D candidate Doga Kerestecioglu has been awarded a Penn Lauder Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) PhD grant.  The grant will help with his upcoming research in Turkey.

February 5, 2014

Naz Ozbek, Penn class of 2014 and Sociology major, talks about why she chose Penn Sociology and what she enjoys about the department.



Naz Ozbek, Class of 2014  

January 30, 2014

With support from the Population Studies Center, the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn, and the Academy of Korean Studies, Hyunjoon Park has organized the conference, Becoming an Adult in East Asia: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches, to be held February 28 - March 1 at Penn. Emily Hannum, Yi-Lin Chiang, and Hyejeong Jo will present their papers at the conference.

The conference website is:

If you would like to attend the conference, please contact Hyunjoon Park ( for registration.

January 28, 2014

Jerry A. Jacobs and NYU Professor Kathleen Gerson have been elected Co-Presidents of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). They will be serving a three-year term as presidents-elect, presidents, and past-presidents, and are responsible for organizing the winter and summer meetings in 2015. As an organization, SWS is entering its 45th year  900 members strong. Its journal, Gender & Society, has become a leading journal in Women's Studies and Sociology. SWS seeks to promote greater opportunities for women through efforts topromote feminist research, teaching and advocacy.

January 24, 2014

Hyunjoon Park has published an edited volume (with Kyung-keun Kim), Korean Education in Changing Economic and Demographic Contexts (Springer 2014),

This edited volume features 10 papers (in addition to the introduction by editors), which examine various challenges that recent economic and demographic changes pose for Korean education and its attempts to deal with those challenges.

January 16, 2014

Emilio Parrado has been selected along with 7 other Penn faculty members to serve as a Penn Fellow.  The Penn Fellows Program "provides leadership development to select Penn faculty members in mid-career" and gives them "opportunities to build cross-campus alliances, meet distinguished academic leaders, think strategically about universities and university governance, and consult with Penn's senior administrators."

Full Announcement

January 7, 2014

Janice Madden's paper (with Matt Ruther of University of Colorado), "Gayborhoods: Economic Development and the Concentration of Same-sex Couples in Neighborhoods Within Large American Cities," was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal's coverage of the recent American Economic Association meetings.

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December 19, 2013
December 19, 2013

Randall Collins' recent blog entry discussing the unfortunate events from 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School  was adapted into an article for

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Randall Collins' Blog, The Sociological Eye

December 12, 2013

Hyunjoon Park was recently cited in an article from The Conversation regarding the 2012 results of the Programme for International Student Assessment

Full Article

December 9, 2013

Tukufu Zuberi was recently quoted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer remembering the late Nelson Mandela.

Full Article

December 4, 2013

The Penn Sociology Spring 2014 Colloquium Series, which will begin on Wednesday, January 22nd 2014, has been announced.  This weekly series brings in leading scholars from other universities, as well as from Penn, to present their current research and engage in discussion with faculty and graduate students.  

For the complete list of speakers and their topics, visit the Penn Sociology Colloquium Series page.


November 27, 2013

Ross Koppel, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, was just elected Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of the Wharton School.

This follows his recent election as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, the highest honor of the American Medical Informatics Association.