Penn Sociology News

September 15, 2014

Dorothy Roberts (with Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD.) recently published "Structural Competency Meets Structural Racism: Race, Politics, and the Structure of Medical Knowledge" in Virtual Mentor. The essay looks at three case studies "to illustrate how extraclinical stigma, socioeconomic factors, and politics can shape diagnostic and treatment disparities" in clinical settings.

Full Essay


September 12, 2014

The exciting Penn Sociology 2014-2015 Colloquium series begins next Wednesday, 9/17 at Noon in McNeil 103!

Get ready for the series by downloading our new app (on the Yapp platform for iOS and Android) for the weekly schedule, speaker bios, Twitter feeds, and more.

The new Sociology Colloquium Series App is now available!

September 12, 2014

Save the Date(s)
August 17-19, 2015
International Sociological Association
Research Committee 28 (Social Stratification and Mobility) Conference
University of Pennsylvania
Organized by Hyunjoon Park and Herbert L. Smith 

Mark your calendar for the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee 28 (Social Stratification and Mobility) Conference at the University of Pennsylvania. Hyunjoon Park and Herbert L. Smith are organizing this scholarly exchange with support from the Population Studies Center and other organizations at Penn.

The call for papers will be out this winter; for updates, visit the Population Studies Center website.
To receive information directly, please email to be added to their list. 

September 8, 2014

Sam Preston, Ph.D Alum Andrew Stokes ('14), and Demography Ph.D student Ezra Fishman recently posted a working paper for the Population Studies Center Working Paper Series titled, "Lifetime Probability of Developing Diabetes in the United States."  The paper uses values derived from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys to estimate the lifetime probability of developing diabetes in the United States.

Link to Article

September 8, 2014

Hyunjoon Park recently posted a working paper (w/ Jae Kyung Lee) for the Population Studies Center Working Paper Series titled:  "Growing Educational Differentials in the Retreat from Marriage among Korean Men." The paper explores "how men’s education affects their transition to first marriage, and how the relationship between education and marriage has changed across three 10-year birth cohorts of Korean men born from 1946 to 1975."  

Link to Working Paper

September 5, 2014

Meet our new Penn Sociology Online Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year!

Sociology majors Faith Memmo (Class of '16) & Larry Liu (Class of '15)

The Online Ambassadors will blog throughtout the year on our website about their experiences as Sociology majors and the opportunities available to Sociology students.

Visit our previous student blogs

August 29, 2014

Emilio A. Parrado has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the interaction between immigration and fertility. The project is in collaboration with Sam Preston (Penn) and Phil Morgan (UNC-Chapel Hill).

August 28, 2014

The Chinese and German translations of Randall Collins' book, Does Capitalism Have a Future? have just been published.


Does Capitalism Have a Future? was co-written with Immanuel Wallerstein, Michael Mann, Georgi Derluguian, and Craig Calhoun, and was originally published in English in late 2013 by Oxford University Press. Besides Chinese and German, it is also appearing in Spanish, Russian, Korean, Turkish, Farsi, Slovenian, Czech, Polish, Portuguese, French, and Arabic. 

August 27, 2014

Penn Sociology has an exciting lineup set for our 2014-2015 Colloquium Series!  Download our new Sociology Colloquium Series App (courtesy of the Yapp platform) for iOS or Android to check out speaker bios, schedule, Twitter feeds, and more! Downdload Instructions are below:



1. Go to the App Store or Google Play and download Yapp (it's free):
Yapp Photo
Yapp for iOS
Yapp for Android 

2. Click the green plus (+) sign in the top right-hand corner
3. Select "I've been invited to a Yapp"
4. Put any username in the name box
5. Put the following 6-letter code in the box that says "":  GJGFTC

The app "Colloquium Series 2014-2015" will download.  Enjoy!


August 21, 2014

Sociology Ph.D. alumna (2013) Julia E. Szymczak was recently awarded the sole honorable mention for the 2014 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Julia’s dissertation is titled “The Complexity of Simple Things: An Ethnographic Study of the Challenge of Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections.” The selection committee “agreed unanimously that her research is outstanding and deserving of recognition.” The chair of Julia’s dissertation was Professor Charles L. Bosk.

August 20, 2014

Grace Kao & Hyunjoon Park have been appointed as Series Editors of Research in the Sociology of Education. Research in the Sociology of Education highlights "new and engaging work on various educational issues facing schools, families, and their communities." The first volume to be published with them as the editors is scheduled for early 2015.

Full Article

August 18, 2014

Jerry A. Jacobs was quoted in an August 11 story in Time Magazine that critically assessed popular advice on work-family issues.

Full article:

August 13, 2014

Dorothy Roberts was recently awarded a grant from the Brocher Foundation to support a workshop, "Quantifying Race: How Politics, Economics, and Medical Myopia Drive Color-Coded Data." She's co-organizing the workshop with author Harriet Washington, and it will be held in June at the Brocher Centre in Hermance, Switzerland. The Brocher Foundation hosts scientists and experts in the ethical, legal, and social implications of the development of medical research and biotechnologies. 

Also, in case you missed it, Professor Roberts has recently been featured on a host of media outlets discussing the social implications of the arrests of mothers for maltreating their children (stories that have been recently covered in the news).  Her apprearances include All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY, the Boston Globe (as previously reported), US News & World Report, and Slate. Check out the coverage below.

Interview on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC (video)
Interview on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY (audio)
Boston Globe Article
US News & World Report Article 
Slate Article

August 12, 2014

Sociology faculty have long participated in Penn's exciting 60-Second Lectures series, sharing words of wisdom and scholarship in a minute or less. Check out the videos of Sociology faculty taking on the challenge at the link below:

60 Second Lectures by Penn Sociology Faculty

The 60-Second Lectures main website

July 29, 2014

Dorothy Roberts was quoted in a Boston Globe article discussing the role of race in a recent child neglect accusation.
Full Article

July 28, 2014

An article by Melissa Wilde and recent Sociology Ph.D. recipient Sabrina Danielsen was published in the American Journal of Sociology.  The article is titled, "Fewer and Better Children: Race, Class, Religion, and Birth Control Reform in America."

Link to Article

July 24, 2014

Emilio A. Parrado has been selected as a member of the Committee on Population of the National Research Council of the National Academies Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (2014-2017).

July 24, 2014

Jerry A. Jacobs received the Worklife Legacy Award at the June meetings of the Work and Family Researchers Network in New York. The award recognized Jacobs’ scholarly and organizational contributions to the work-family field.

July 17, 2014

For a complete listing of the Fall 2014 Sociology Course schedule, please visit the link below:

Fall 2014 Sociology Course Schedule

July 17, 2014

Ross Koppel was elected chair of the committee to select the Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, which he will present at the American Sociological Association Meeting in San Francisco this August.  Koppel was a co-recipient of this award in 2010.