Penn Sociology News

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.

February 28, 2013

Vitor Miranda received an award at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America for his poster titled “Demographic Change and the Living Arrangements of the Elderly: The Case of Brazil” (co-authored with Letica J. Marteleto, University of Texas, Austin).

February 28, 2013

Congratulations to the graduate students who received the Gertrude and Otto Pollack Summer Research Fellowship for 2012.

November 22, 2012

Bridget Rose Nolan won the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women to finish her dissertation titled: "Information Sharing and Collaboration in the United States Intelligence Community: An Ethnographic Study of the National Counterterrorism Center."


November 22, 2012

Rachel Ellis won the 2012 Student Paper Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for her paper, “Marketing to Whom? Desired Members and Jewish Denominational Niches, 1913-1920."


November 12, 2012

Melissa Wilde's "Vatican II" has been named one of the most important books written in the sociology of religion since the year 2000 by Contemporary Sociology.


November 6, 2012

Lawrence D. Bobo from Harvard University will be a Visiting Professor in Sociology during the Spring and will be teaching a course entitled "Interrogating the Post-Racial Narrative." 


September 25, 2012

Announcing the 2011 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award Winner "She Left, He Left: How Employment and Satisfaction Affect Women’s and Men’s Decisions to Leave Marriages" by L.C. Sayer, P. England, P.D. Allison & K. Kangas, American Journal of Sociology (2011) 116:6, 1982-2018.


September 25, 2012

Randall Collins was given the Robin Williams Award for lifetime achievement, 2012, Section on Peace, War, and Social Conflict, American Sociological Association. And he was named Edward Westermarck Lecturer, The Westermarck Society (national sociological association of Finland), 2012.