Penn Sociology News

April 25, 2016

Aliya Rao, Ph.D. Candidate, receives an Honorable Mention for the Graduate Student Paper Award from ASA's Sociology of Emotion Section on her paper Stand by your man: wives' emotions work during men's unemployment.

ASA Section on Emotions

April 21, 2016
The special issue, Education as a Positional Good, of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Hyunjoon Park and Yossi Shavit edited, has come out!  

The special issue features studies that examine trends in educational inequality and the education-occupation relationship in relative perspective, beyond the 'dominant' approach to education in nominal or absolute perspective.

April 14, 2016

Grace Kao gave a 60-Second Lecture for Penn Arts and Sciences yesterday, April 13. To view her talk please click the photo below.



April 13, 2016

Chad Evans, Ph.D. student, presented a paper he co-authored with Professor Frank Furstenberg on adjunct professors in higher education at the American Education Research Association Conference earlier this week.

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April 13, 2016

Radha Modi, Ph.D. candidate, has accepted a post-doctoral research fellowship from University of Illinois - Chicago's Asian American Studies Department. Radha's appointment will begin in June of this year.

April 12, 2016

Brooke Cunningham, Ph.D. (2006), spoke to first-year medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School about seeing race in medicine but not using it to determine genetic abnormalities. She highlighted race as being a social construct, not a health determinant.

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April 12, 2016

Samuel Preston and Irma Elo's 2013 study on life expectancy in New York City was mentioned in The New York Times' article on poor New Yorkers and life expectancy compared to national counterparts.

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April 12, 2016

Andrew Stokes, Ph.D. (2014) in Demography and Sociology, spoke with The Wall Street Journal earlier this week about the advantages and disadvantages of being overweight and overall health.

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April 5, 2016

Megan Reed, Ph.D. student, has been awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for 2016-2017.

More information on FLAS

April 4, 2016
Sociology Ph.D. student Alexander D. Hoppe was awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship for 2016-17. The fellowship is jointly funded by the US and Indian governments and offers nine months of research support. His project takes an ethnographic approach to global value chains, focusing on the construction and negotiation of cultural products in the apparel industry. He will be affiliated with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) while in India.
The Fulbright Program, which is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, aims to increase mutual understanding and strong ties between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.


April 1, 2016

Rachel Ellis, Ph.D. candidate, has accepted the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. She was selected as one of 66 fellows from more than 1,000 applicants. The ACLS Fellowship supports writing and research in the final year of dissertation work.

April 1, 2016

Grace Kao will be participating in April's 60-Second Lectures series. She will present on April 13 on the topic of Interracial Romance and Friendship from Adolescence to Adulthood.

The 60-Second Lectures

March 31, 2016

Francis Prior, Ph.D. candidate, has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Assumption College. His appointment will begin Fall 2016.

March 30, 2016

Tina Wu, Ph.D. Student, has been awarded a Critical Writing Teaching Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year through Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at Penn.

More information.

March 29, 2016

Aliya Rao, Ph.D. Candidate, has accepted a two-year postdoctoral position at Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her appointment will begin August 2016. 


March 25, 2016

Betsie Garner, Ph.D. student, will be attending the upcoming School of Arts and Sciences' annual Levin Family Dean's Forum. Betsie will be honored as a 2016 Dean's Scholar. The event will be March 30 at 4:30PM in the Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Centre for the Performing Arts.

More information can be found here.

March 25, 2016

Rachel Ellis, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowships are awarded to students who will have satisfied all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation by the starting date of the fellowship.

March 24, 2016

Annette Lareau and Aliya Rao, Ph.D. candidate, had an article published in Contexts looking at the significance and criticalness of qualitative research and data earlier this month.

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March 21, 2016

Penn Sociology Alumni Spotlight:

Jessica Calarco, Ph.D. (2012)

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University


Jessica Calarco, who will be our colloquium speaker on March 23, earned her doctorate from Penn Sociology in 2012. We had a chance to catch up with her to learn more about her current research and the next steps.


Tell us a bit about your current research, and what the next significant step is.

Jessica: I am currently finishing a book manuscript that looks at how social class matters in student-teacher interactions and at how those interactions contribute to inequalities in school. The book, tentatively titled Class in the Classroom, is under contract with Oxford University Press and will likely be published in 2017. I am also working on other projects looking at social class and technology issues in college, at how social class matters in children's friendships, and at how attitudes toward children and parenting have changed over time.  

What motivates you to do the research that you are doing?

Jessica: Despite popular beliefs about the equality of opportunity in American society, we know that children's lives and outcomes vary substantially along social class lines. My goal is to understand the processes that produce those inequalities. 

Talk a bit about your time in the Penn Sociology program.

Jessica: I am tremendously grateful for the mentoring that I received at Penn. Annette Lareau was always ready with thoughtful feedback and always pushed me to aim high and work harder to achieve my goals. Grace Kao's hard-hitting insights prepared me for the challenges of publishing, surviving the job market, and succeeding in an academic career. Melissa Wilde's careful approach to research, writing, and teaching inspire me to aim for clarity and impact in my own work, as well. Randall Collins taught me to connect data to theory and to always consider the broader impact of what I found.

Do you have any tips and/or advice for students who are seeking Ph.D.'s in Sociology?

Jessica: If you're going to reinvent the wheel, do it with your ideas and not your work process. Identify the scholars whose work inspires you, and use them as your guide. Read their work carefully. Learn from their process. Emulate their writing. Ask them what they did to succeed. But, at the same time, learn to read what others have written with a critical eye. Learn to identify not what they did wrong, but what gaps are still left to be filled. Then make those gaps your own.

March 18, 2016

Paul Allison and his work on gender and wage disparities, specifically for women, were highlighted in The New York Times today.

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