Penn Sociology News

April 16, 2014

Sociology Ph.D student Andrew Stokes was recently featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer further discussing his research that suggests that obesity studies are underestimating the mortality risks associated with excess weight in the U.S.

Full Article


April 14, 2014

Sociology Ph.D student Natalie Young has been selected as a recipient of the Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Academic Year 2014-2015. The fellowship, funded through a grant to Penn from the U.S Department of Education, provides tuition assistance and a stipend "to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies."

Natalie plans to use the fellowship to advance her study of Mandarin, Chinese and contemporary Chinese society.  

April 11, 2014

Sociology Ph.D student Charlene Cruz-Cerdas was recently awarded the Cesar Chavez Dissertation Fellowship at Dartmouth College.  Her dissertation is titled, "Forced to Choose: How Racialization and the Privatization of Higher Education Constrain Latino College Choice."

April 8, 2014

Sociology Ph.D student Andrew Stokes was recently featured in Penn News regarding his research suggesting that obesity studies are underestimating the mortality risks associated with excess weight in the United States.  His viewpoints come from his recently published study, "Using Maximum Weight to Redefine Body Mass Index Categories in Studies of the Mortality Risks of Obesity."

Full Penn News Article
Andrew's Personal Website

April 7, 2014

Jerry Jacobs' presentation (with Linda Sax, professor of Education at the University of California at Los Angeles) from the American Education Research Association (AERA) Meetings on the effects of the Great Recession on enrollment in STEM fields was covered by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education.

April 4, 2014

Penn Sociology is proud to announce that the following Ph.D students have been awarded Fellowships by the School of Arts & Sciences:

Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Tugce Elliati
Juhow Wei

Dissertation Research Fellowship

Yi-Lin Chiang
Doga Kerestecioglu

Teece Research Fellowship

Radha Modi
Aliya Rao
Sarah Spell


April 4, 2014

A paper by Sociology Ph.D Student Alexander Jerneck has been selected by the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) Awards Committee as an Outstanding Submission. The paper is titled, "Endogenizing Change: Power and Taxes in the Development of American Corporate Law." 

The annual SASE conference with be held in Chicago July 10-12, 2014.

March 31, 2014

Melissa Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology, discusses Pope Francis' first year and his impact in an audio Q&A interview for Penn SAS Frontiers.

Full Article

March 26, 2014

Annette Lareau was recently interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio to discuss Washington University's decision to bring back their Sociology department.

Full Article

March 25, 2014

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor of Education and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will be presented with the Early Career Award of the American Educational Research Association on April 5 at the AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. This award recognizes a scholar's distinguished porfolio of research within the first decade following the receipt of a doctoral degree.  Professor Rab received her PhD in Sociology from Penn in 2004.

Press Release
Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab's website


March 25, 2014

Research by Penn alumnus Arielle Kuperberg was discussed extensively in the Atlantic Magazine in its March 21, 2014 edition (Online version of the article is here).  Professor Kuperberg, who received her PhD in Sociology and Demography 2010, found that cohabitation is increasingly a step on the road toward marriage rather than a permanent alternative lifestyle. The Atlantic article was in turn cited in many news stories in papers a the US and Europe.  

Full Article Online
Professor Arielle Kuperberg's Website

March 24, 2014

Aliya Rao was recently awarded a $4000 grant from the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence at the School of Social Policy and Practice, to support her dissertation research on how unemployment shapes family life.

Aliya Rao's Profile
Aliya's Blog Post Describing Her Research
Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center Website

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.

Full Article

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.

Full Article

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.

Full Article

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.