Penn Sociology News

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.

Complete Article
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.

Complete Article

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.

More on the Penn Premiere
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

Complete Article

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 

September 30, 2013

 On 9/25/13, Annette Lareau took on the challenge of completing a lecture in 60 Seconds as part of Penn's long-running "60 Second Lecture Series."  Her lecture was titled, "Unequal Life Chances."
*Photo by Matthew Leake, UPenn School of Arts & Sciences*

September 30, 2013

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is featured in the recently released September/October issue of the Penn Gazette.  In the interview, Dr. Zuberi talks about his two current museum exhibits and his recently released film, African Independence.

Online Transcript of the Interview

September 24, 2013

Camille Charles, Professor of Sociology and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, was recently featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian in an interview discussing her research as a fellow for the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice at NYU:

Complete Article

September 23, 2013

Dr. Ross Koppel, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, was interviewed in the U.S News and World Report in an article discussing whether health care reform is responsible for hospitals cutting costs and laying off employees:

Complete Article

September 19, 2013

From Penn News, 9/16/13:

"Fellowships from the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton will enable two University of Pennsylvania professors to pursue their research full time this year. David Grazian, associate professor of sociology, and Vanessa Ogle, assistant professor of history, have been named 2013-14 Fellows."

Complete Article

September 9, 2013

Hyunjoon Park will be a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Asia Research Institute in National University of Singapore this semester. 

September 9, 2013

Hans-Peter Kohler has commented on stabilized fertility rates in the growing US economy for the New York Times

August 31, 2013

Jason Schnittker has received Best Publication Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Mental Health for his paper: Schnittker, J. (2012). The Proximity of Common Unhappiness and Misery. Society and Mental Health, 2(3), 135-153.

August 26, 2013

Paul Allison received Article of the Year Award by the Family Section of the American Sociological Association for the paper co-authored with Liana C. Sayer, Paula England, and Nicole Kangas (2011): “She left, he left: How employment and satisfaction affect men’s and women’s decisions to leave marriages.” American Journal of Sociology 116(6):1982-2018.

August 21, 2013

Bridget Rose Nolan's dissertation research based on her work as a CIA analyst was featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer