Penn Sociology News

March 2, 2016

Dorothy Roberts has been selected to receive the Society of Family Planning Lifetime Achievement Award. She will be honored in November at the 2016 annual meeting, the North American Forum on Family Planning, in Denver. 

The Society of Family Planning, established in 2005, works to advance family planning research and education, providing evidence-based insight to improve clinical care in the areas of contraception and abortion. With nearly 650 members, we also seek to cultivate a collaborative and supportive environment to foster scholarly activity and leadership in the areas of reproductive health and family planning.  

The SFP Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2005 and is one of three awards that SFP grants yearly. Past recipients of the award are Drs. David Grimes, Leon Speroff, Daniel R. Mishell, Jr., Sheldon Segal, Jacqui Darroch, Carolyn Westhoff, Philip Darney, Carole Joffe, Horacio Croxatto, and Stanley Henshaw.


March 1, 2016

Hans-Peter Kohler has been doing research in Malawi for the last 18 years on the AIDS epidemic. Penn Current featured Kohler's work recently.

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March 1, 2016

Ph.D. student Peter Harvey receives Samuel H. Preston Graduate Prize Fellowship. This award will support Peter's research for the upcoming academic year.

March 1, 2016

Fareeda Griffith, Ph.D. alum (2009), was recently awarded tenure by Denison University, officially effective September 1, 2016.

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February 29, 2016

Sociology alum, Megan Russo ('15), recently blogged for Civic House about low-income students at Penn. Her blog builds on her previous work done for her senior thesis.

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February 23, 2016

David Grazian, sat down with The Pennsylvania Gazette earlier this month to discuss his ethnography study in American Zoo. Not only did Grazian highlight his observations from the zoo but also looks critically at zoos in America.

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February 23, 2016

Jessica Calarco, Ph.D. alum (2012), was named to Indiana University's Outstanding Junior Faculty list for 2015-2016. The award, presented by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, celebrates tenure-track faculty working on nationally recognized research or creative programs.

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February 22, 2016

Penn Sociology is excited to welcome Daniel A. Cohen to our faculty in Fall 2016, with an appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology. Cohen is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at New York University, and a scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK). Cohen was previously a visiting scholar at the Centro de Estudos da Metropole in São Paulo (2013). He is also a co-founder and co-principal investigator of the Superstorm Research Lab, a mutual aid research collective investigating changes in New York’s politics after Superstorm Sandy. 

Cohen’s dissertation investigates urban climate politics in global cities, with a focus on Sao Paulo and New York. He tracks environmentalists, government, and political actors, while also exploring the ways that housing-oriented social movements shape the outcomes of urban climate politics. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and several grants and research awards from Columbia University and NYU.

February 19, 2016

Betsie Garner, Ph.D. student, has been named as a 2015-2016 Dean's Scholar. Each year the School of Arts and Sciences hosts the Levin Family Dean’s Forum to honor outstanding students for their academic performance and intellectual promise by designating them as Dean’s Scholars.

February 18, 2016

Linda Aiken, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, discussed nursing and magnet hospital successes with Penn Nursing's Science in Action. In the article Professor Aiken spoke about admitting less patients to provide better, more efficient care with less expenditures.

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February 18, 2016

Seher Ahmad, Ph.D. Candidate, was published in the Review of Educational Research earlier this month. Her article examined the hurdles women face in work-life balance in higher education.

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February 12, 2016

Dorothy Roberts was featured on the front page of giving a talk on the issues and implications of race-based medicine and research.

TED Talk by Professor Roberts

February 11, 2016

Tukufu Zuberi spoke with Penn News about W.E.B DuBois' significance at Penn, in urban ethnography, and the long-lasting advances he made in mordern sociology. DuBois' research focused on race and class, equal rights, and beyond. While at Penn he wrote his landmark study The Philadelphia Negro.

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February 10, 2016

Camille Charles was the spotlight on Penn News for her work in political and social activism over her career. The article highlighted Charles' work in terms of disparities in higher education as well as residential segregation.

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February 8, 2016

Dorothy Roberts, along with Penn Medicine's Sarah Tishkoff, Drexel University's Michael Yudell, and the American Museum of Natural History's Rob DeSalle, assessed the need to end using race as a biological category when researching genes in the latest issue of Science Magazine. Literature has come to show that race is not relevant nor accurate when looking at diversity and that inequality in health has little do with genetics and more to do with social surroundings. Penn News also featured their work earlier this month.

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February 5, 2016

David Grazian's book, American Zoo, A Sociological Safari (Princeton University Press, 2015) received Honorable Mention in the Sociology & Social Work category among this year's PROSE Awards (American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence), given by the Association of American Publishers. 

February 4, 2016

Penn Sociology is proud to announce a new minor, Law and Society, that extends the department's mission to advance the understanding of our past, present, and future society. 

The Law and Society Minor gives students the opportunity to study and understand the law within a sociological framework, by examining both the factors that affect variations in the law, as well as how those variations affect individuals and populations differently.

Undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about the new minor are invited to attend an informational dinner sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, to be held February 24, 6:00 P.M. at Kings Court English College House Class of 1938 Lounge.

Law and Society Minor Informational Dinner RSVP

For more information on the Law and Society minor, please visit the Law and Society minor page, or contact the Undergraduate Program Manager Marcus T. Wright.

February 2, 2016

Janice Madden recently spoke to CBS 3 as part of a segment discussing the economic impact of the recent snowstorm (January '16), and the domino effect it could have nationwide.


January 27, 2016

An article Ross Koppel worked on, Computerised physician order entry-related medication errors: analysis of reported errors and vulnerability testing of current systems made the 'Top 10 Articles 2015' list in BMJ Quality & Safety. The full article can be found here.

January 26, 2016

Junhow Wei, Ph.D. candidate, has been doing research on rejection, failure, and perseverance with an emphasis on reality television. His article, “I'm the Next American Idol”: Cooling Out, Accounts, and Perseverance at Reality Talent Show Auditions was published earlier this month in Symbolic Interaction. The full article can be found here.

Academic journals are not the only platforms showcasing Junhow's work. (Philadelphia Inquirer), The Chicago Tribune, and Pacific Standard also spoke with Wei about his work with American Idol and research.

Philly.Com / Philadelphia Inquirer Article
Pacific Standard Article
Chicago Tribune Article