Penn Sociology News

April 15, 2013

Congratulations to Bridget Rose Nolan who defended her dissertation titled: "Information Sharing and Collaboration in the United States Intelligence Community: An Ethnographic Study of the National Counterterrorism Center." Committe members were Randall Collins, Melissa Wilde, and David Gibson. 

April 15, 2013

Carolyn Chernoff has been selected by the GSE Student Affairs Committee as a recipient of the 2013 William E. Arnold Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Doctoral Student. The Arnold Award is a significant honor, one which reflects an outstanding academic record and significant potential for leadership in your profession. 

April 10, 2013

David Grazian has been named as a 2013-14 member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. Founded in 1973, the School of Social Science takes as its mission the analysis of societies and social change, and is devoted to a multi-disciplinary, comparative and international approach to social research. Each year, the School of Social Science invites about 20 visiting scholars with various perspectives to examine historical and contemporary problems, providing a space for intellectual debate and cross fertilization to flourish. Scholars are drawn from a wide range of fields including political science, economics, law, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, and literary criticism. Members pursue their own research, and participate in a weekly seminar at which each has an opportunity to present on going work. In an attempt to create a sense of community, the School designates a theme for each year. For 2013-2014 the theme will be The Environmental Turn and the Human Sciences.

April 9, 2013

Tukufu Zuberi's award-winning documentary "African Independence" has been the subject of several radio and other media interviews, including a piece in USA Today and an interview in SF Bay View

April 8, 2013

Sabrina Danielsen has been awarded a 2013 School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

April 5, 2013

Camille Charles has been named a 2013-14 Straus Fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice at NYU.

April 4, 2013

Claire Barshied and Tugce Ellialti have been awarded 2013 School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowships. 

April 2, 2013

Tina Wu, a second year PhD student in the department, was awarded the 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

April 1, 2013

Betsie Garner will present her research at the Urban Studies Program Graduate Colloquium. The title of the talk is: "Mundane Mommies & Doting Daddies: Family-Oriented Consumption & Gendered Parenting in Philadelphia Museums." See below for details:

April 9, 9:30-11am
Meyerson Room G-12 (in the Penn Institute for Urban Research office)

March 28, 2013

Professor Roberts discusses her journey to outstanding achievement in an academic career. Professor Roberts will discuss the development of her expertise in the intersecting issues of law, gender, race, class, reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics.
Hosted by Penn Medicine’s Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (FAPD) Minority Faculty Development (MFD) Program. All Perelman School of Medicine, School of Law, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Social Policy and Practice faculty and graduate trainees are invited to attend. Contact Rachael Berget (215-898-7160) with questions about the event.

Details about the event:
April 2, 2013
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Class of '62 Auditorium, John Morgan Bldg.

March 23, 2013

Jessica Ho, doctoral candidate in Demography and Sociology, will present her research at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. The title of the talk is "Why Does U.S. Life Expectancy Rank So Low?" See below for time and location:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street

Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email

March 22, 2013

Joanna Veazey Brooks was awarded a 2013-2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research Program fellowship at Harvard.

March 14, 2013

Jessica Ho's research on life expectancy and mortality under age 50 in the United States has been featured in the Penn Current. The research was published in the journal Health Affairs. 

March 12, 2013

Sam Preston will receive an honorary Doctor of Sciences degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s commencement on Monday, May 13, 2013: click here for details.

March 11, 2013

Melissa Wilde appeared in a recent New York Times piece on Vatican elections: The 115 Men Who Will Choose the Next Pope.

March 9, 2013

Latest issue of SAS Frontiers features Tukufu Zuberi's work on an award-winning documentary about African independence and Chenoa Flippen's research on Hispanic migrants in North Carolina.

March 6, 2013

Books by Tukufu Zuberi and Dorothy Roberts have been included among the best books in the race field since 2000 in the latest issue of Contemporary Sociology.

March 6, 2013

Jerry Jacobs was quoted in an article about dual-earner couples in USA Today. Click here to read the original story: More wives earning more than their spouse.


February 28, 2013

Congratulations to Rachel Ellis who was granted a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for sociological research on religion. The NSF fellowship supports her graduate study for three years.

February 28, 2013

Tugce Ellialti received the 2012 Leboy-Davies Fellowship in The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and the 2012 Fellowship from the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center, School of Social Policy & Practice, Research on Violence Against Women.