Penn Sociology News

January 11, 2019

Melissa J. Wilde, along with Penn Political Scientist Michele Margolis, has been awarded a project grant on better ways to identify Evangelical Christians on the General Social Survey through the Louisville Institute.

January 11, 2019

Pilar Gonalons-Pons' work has been cited in The Philadelphia Inquirer in an article regarding the National Domestic Workers Bill. Pilar's work also received recognition from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on Facebook. You can read the full article here.

January 9, 2019

Amanda Barrett Cox, Ph.D. candidate, has been recently published in Du Bois Review with her paper titled "Engineered Struggle and 'Earned' Success: Preparing Black and Latino Students to Attend Elite Boarding Schools."

December 10, 2018

Tiffany Yau, C'18 alumna, was recently recognized as the Citizen of the Week with The Philadelphia Citizen for work with her company, Fulphil,  and for the Philadelphia community.

December 10, 2018

Steve Viscelli was recently on PBS Newshour Tonight. The episode featured Viscelli's new report. You can watch the video here.

December 10, 2018

Daniel Aldana Cohen's research was cited all throughout The Intercept's most recent article, With a Green New Deal, Here's What the World Could Look Like for the Next Generation.

December 10, 2018

Phoebe Ho, Hyunjoon Park, and Grace Kao have published an article on racial and ethnic differences in student participation in private supplementary education activities in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. The article can be read here.

December 10, 2018

Nana Adjeiwaa-Manu, a second year Ph.D. student, worked as a research intern and program assistant at the African Family Health Organization in Philadelphia this summer. She was featured in Generocity, a local publication, as a part of the organization’s youth camp, the African Youth Empowerment Program (AYEP). AYEP provides services to help recent Black immigrant youth adjust to the United States.

November 15, 2018

Daniel Aldana Cohen recently wrote for The Nation an analysis for apocalyptic climate reporting and its news commentary. You can read the full article here.

November 15, 2018

David Grazian, recently appointed co-director of the Urban Studies program, was featured in the Fall 2018 Penn Institute for Urban Research newsletter. You can read the full newsletter here.

October 29, 2018

Annette Lareau recently penned Teaching First-Generation College Students and it's been featured in last week's Almanac. Her essay examines tools that which could be helpful in ensuring success for all college students.

October 26, 2018

Haley Pilgrim, Ph.D. student, was recently featured in Penn Today discussing, "What happens when someone’s skin color and racial identity don’t align?".

October 24, 2018

Natalie A.E. Young and Emily C. Hannum published an article on the implications of rising inequality in China for the lives of children in The China Quarterly. The paper, "Childhood Inequality in China: Evidence from Recent Survey Data (2012-2014)", draws on data from two nationally representative surveys to reveal stark disparities between children from different socio-economic backgrounds in family environments and in welfare outcomes, including physical health, psychosocial health, and educational performance. Young and Hannum find that childhood inequality in post-reform China is driven not only by the deprivations of poverty, but also by the advantages of affluence.

October 23, 2018

Mauro Guillén recently wrote an op-ed for The Hill about humanities degrees not being far below science-based degrees in terms of employment and salary rates post-grad. You can read the full post here.

October 8, 2018

Steve Viscelli’s research on worker misclassification supported workers’ oral arguments in New Prime v. Oliveira before the Supreme Court of the United States recently. The case will decide whether independent contractors in interstate transportation have the ability to take employers to court over employment abuses or must submit to individual arbitration. Viscelli has argued that hundreds of thousands of such workers have been misclassified and denied minimum wage. Questioning by conservative Justices Roberts and Gorsuch was unexpectedly favorable to the workers' arguments. Read more about the case and arguments here. Read Viscelli’s amicus brief to the court here.

October 8, 2018

Nora Gross publishes Relational teaching and learning after loss: Evidence from Black adolescent male students and their teachers in School Psychology Quarterly. This multimethod case study investigated the way teachers and their Black male students at a single-sex school related around encounters with grief and loss. The authors identify the tensions and misunderstandings that can emerge when Black adolescent boys experience grief in school, and they argue for the specific relational strategies that prove effective in supporting grieving students and also positively impact teachers’ own recovery from loss. This paper is co-authored with Dr. Cassandra Lo, Penn GSE alum.

September 26, 2018

Peter Harvey, Ph.D. student, publishes "It's a Total Way of Life? Catholic Priests, Women's Ordination, and Identity Work" with the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Through interviews with 31 Catholic priests, Harvey shows how they are polarized along generational lines into two groups he terms “Total Identity Priests” and “Plural Identity Priests.” The existing conservative or liberal attitudes of these groups (respectively) - such as opposing or favoring women’s ordination - are shown to be maintained through priests’ everyday forms of identity work. This identity work - including wearing the clerical collar constantly, or only when “on duty” - serves to summarize, communicate, and reinforce priests’  personal identities, which in turn reinforces their existing attitudes to women’s ordination.

September 25, 2018

Annette Lareau has been appointed as Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences. More information about can be found on this recent Almanac volume.

September 13, 2018

The Wall Street Journal recently sat down with Steve Viscelli to discuss his research on self-driving technology and the impact it could have on employment over the next quarter of a century. Full article can be read here. Viscelli's research can be downloaded here.

September 7, 2018

Shantee Rosado, a Ph.D. candidate currently working in a pre-doctoral position at Williams College, spoke on a panel at the Association of Black Sociologists annual meeting last month. Rosado highlighted the importance of rapper Cardi B in modern education and teaching techniques for race. You can read the full text with The Philadelphia Inquirer here.