Penn Sociology News

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.


September 6, 2018

Ross Koppel argues for the removal of warnings and advisories associated with FDA anti-depressants in STAT. You can read the full article here.

September 5, 2018

Ran Liu, Ph.D. candidate, has published an article in Comparative Education Review. The paper is titled "Gender-Math Stereotype, Biased Self-Assessment, and Aspiration in STEM Careers: The Gender Gap among Early Adolescents in China" and can be accessed here.

September 4, 2018

Camille Z. Charles has been elected as co-director of the Office of Penn First Plus Students. More information on the new office can be found here

August 31, 2018
Hyunjoon Park has been elected as Secretary/ Treasurer of Research Committee 28 (RC28) on Social Stratification and Mobility of the International Sociological Association. RC28 is the international community of scholars who study stratification and inequality. Hyunjoon Park will serve for the next four years (2018-22). 
August 30, 2018

Frank Furstenberg along with Laura Langner published an article entitled Gender Differences in Spousal Caregivers’ Care and Housework: Fact or Fiction? in Journal of Gerontology.

August 29, 2018

Tukufu Zuberi recently spoke with Penn Today about the legacy of Nelson Mandela. You can read the full feature here.

August 28, 2018

Camille Z. Charles spoke with Penn Today about the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The piece can be read here

August 22, 2018

Mauro Guillén's research examining the relationship between property rights and the economy for monarchies and republics was recently published in Social Forces. His research was also cited in a CNN segment that discussed the economic impact of monarchies.

Social Forces Article
CNN Segment

August 20, 2018

Steve Viscelli recently wrote an op-ed for The New York Times about issues within the trucking industry entitled, The Trouble With Trucking.

August 20, 2018

Phoebe Ho, Ph.D. candidate, has been awarded a 2018-19 Dissertation Grant from the American Educational Research Association.

August 17, 2018

Ph.D. candidate Natalie A.E. Young was recently interviewed on the WBEZ Chicago/ NPR show Worldview. In the segment, Young discussed China's National Higher Education Entrance Exam (the gaokao) and the recent move among some U.S. universities to begin accepting scores from this exam in lieu of the SAT/ACT. You can listen to the segment here.