Penn Sociology News

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

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December 9, 2013

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

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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.

November 25, 2013

Emilio Parrado, Professor and Chair of Sociology, was recently interviewed by Penn SAS Frontiers for a Q&A about immigration reform.

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November 21, 2013

Frank Furstenberg was recently recently interviewed by Inside Higher Education regarding his book, Behind the Academic Curtain: How to Find Success and Happiness with a Ph.D.

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More about Behind the Academic Curtain

November 19, 2013

Janice Madden, Professor of Regional Science, Sociology, and Urban Studies, has been named President of the North American Regional Science Association for 2014.  She will deliver the Presidential Lecture at the 2014 meetings in Washington, DC in November of 2014. 

November 14, 2013

Sociology Ph.D. candidate April Yee discusses the motivation behind her research in our latest Penn Sociology Student Blog

April Yee's Blog about the motivation behind her research
Penn Sociology Student Blog

November 13, 2013


Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, will present the inaugural Provost's Lecture on Diversity tonight (11/13/2013) at 5:30pm (Annenberg School Room 110).  Professor Roberts will give a talk titled, "Interracial Marriage and the Civil Rights Revolution: A Personal Journey."

Regarding this opportunity, Professor Roberts states, "I am extremely excited and honored to give the inaugural Provost's Lecture on Diversity.  It will be my first time speaking in public about my new book project on the role interracial marriage played in the Civil Rights movement."

Professor Roberts adds, "My research project and my lecture are based on an amazing archive of papers I inherited from my father, an anthropology professor, including more than 500 interviews of black-white couples in Chicago that he conducted between 1937 and 1986. I will talk about the very personal journey I am embarking on to investigate the history and politics of interracial intimacy."

This event is free and open to the public.  To hear more from Professor Roberts about her upcoming talk, visit:

October 31, 2013

Jerry Jacobs spoke on October 24th and 25th before the Committee on the Science of Team Science of the National Research Council. The workshop was held in Washington D. C. at the National Academy of Sciences. Jacobs presented research from his forthcoming book on disciplines and interdisciplinarity.

October 30, 2013

Professor Emeritus Richard D. Lambert, who earned his Ph.D in Sociology at Penn in 1951, just had his dissertation, Hindu-Muslim Riots published by Oxford University Press.  It will be available for purchase in the U.S February 2014. 

The now 90-year old scholar served in many roles at Penn, including Chair of the South Asia Regional Studies Department and Director of the Office of International Programs.  Regarding this unique accomplishment, Lambert says, "It was a suprise to me, but very satisfying that at the age of 90, there [is] still some interest in the academic work I completed so long ago."

Richard D. Lambert's Page in the University Archives

October 23, 2013


Charles Bosk has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.  The IOM was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences.

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Institute of Medicine Member Election Press Release

October 22, 2013


Annette Lareau is featured in the September/October issue of the American Sociological Assocation (ASA) publication, Footnotes.  The piece was written by Associate Professor of Sociology Robin Leidner.

Lareau was recently elected as the 2014 president of ASA.

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October 16, 2013

African Independence, an award-winning, feature-length documentary by Tukufu Zuberi, will make its University of Pennsylvania premiere on Thursday, Oct. 17th as part of the Africana Studies "Future of the Field" conference.

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More on the Future of the Field Conference
More on Tukufu Zuberi's documentary

October 14, 2013


Jerry A. Jacobs has edited a special issue of the journal, Community Work & Family (Summer, 2013). This just-released issue is titled, "The Work and Family Researchers Network: Agendas and Accomplishments.” This volume presents selected papers from the inaugural conference of the Work and Family Researchers Network which Jacobs founded in 2012.

More on the Work and Family Researchers Network

October 14, 2013


Frank Furstenberg has published, Behind the Academic Curtain: How to Find Success and Happiness with a Ph.D.  In this book, Furstenberg draws from his experience in academia to offer a guide on navigating life after obtaining a Ph.D.

More on Frank Furstenberg's latest book

October 7, 2013

Tukufu Zuberi was featured on, discussing everything from his time on History Detectives, to his travels as a scholar and award-winning film African Independence

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October 2, 2013

Bridget Rose Nolan (who received her Doctorate in Sociology this past May) and her dissertation research on her work as a CIA Analyst continues to garner media attention.  This feature on focuses on the analysis of the National Counterterroism Center's office culture.

Bridget Nolan's research featured on