Penn Sociology News

June 12, 2017

Dorothy Roberts, along with Sarah A. Tishkoff, has been working to quash the belief that race is determined biologically. She participated in a podcast that was featured in Penn News recently. You can read more information here, as well as listen to portions of their podcast with Wharton.

June 5, 2017

A new Penn Arts and Sciences initiative is awarding grants to faculty to encourage the collective investigation of global topics. Included recipients are: Jere Behrman (The Global Problem of Child Poverty: Can Neuroscience Help? and Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure and Child Welfare in China ), Irma Elo (Migration and Cognitive Change: Creating a Transatlantic Research Network), Dorothy Roberts (International Symposium on Race, Science, and Society from a Global Perspective), and Emily Hannum (Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure and Child Welfare in China).

More information can be found here.

June 5, 2017

Benjamin Pollack, a rising College senior, wrote an abstract for an article on negotiating healthcare published in Publius Journal of Federalism earlier this month. The published abstract is below.

Negotiations between federal and state officials are a mainstay of intergovernmental relations, but the politics of negotiation have been largely understudied. In this article, we provide a window on those politics by examining the development of the Arkansas premium assistance waiver—an early and influential Medicaid waiver. We examine the leverage of both the federal and state governments in their efforts to reach agreement on a plan that suited both sets of actors. The federal government was providing funding important to the state, but the state had the capacity necessary to put a program in place. The federal government wanted some type of expansion in a Southern state; Arkansas wanted to do it “their way.” Also key to the Arkansas case is the persistence and shared vision of the federal and state actors who in the end trusted each other and produced a policy both were proud of.

June 5, 2017

Melissa Wilde has been named the leader of ASA's Section of Sociology and Religion for 2017-2018.

June 5, 2017

The Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative has selected new working groups and conferences for funding, and will continue to fund four ongoing projects. Of the grantees are two Penn Sociology faculty: Daniel Aldana Cohen and Dorothy Roberts.

Daniel Aldana Cohen will convene the Socio-Spatial Carbon Collaborative, which will investigate the intersection of social and ecological inequalities in the built environment, with an eye to broad public engagement and public policy.

Dorothy Roberts and the Penn Program on Race Science and Society (PRSS) will host a two-day international symposium in April 2018 that interrogates the global variability of race in science across time and space.

May 22, 2017

Patricia Tevington, Ph.D. student, has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

May 15, 2017

 The Sociology department recently celebrated the retirement of Prof. Janice Madden. The day started with an introduction from Janet Kohlase (Professor of Economics at the University of Houston), and was followed by three talks based on the "Challenges of Cities" from Kohlase, Rebecca Tesfai (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Temple University) and Andrew Haughwout (Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York). Afterwards, the Department celebrated the occasion with a reception.










 Photo credits: Marcus T. Wright




May 12, 2017

Sonita Moss, a 2017-2018 Fulbright Scholar, was mentioned in today's Penn News. Sonita is one of 20 Penn students to receive awards for the upcoming academic year. More information can be found here.

May 12, 2017

Charles Bosk will visit The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) this upcoming week (May 15-19, 2017) as a Visiting Osler Scholar. While visiting he will give a talk on his text, Forgive and Remember, as well as speak at UTMB's Institute for the Medical Humanities Annual Research Colloquium. More information on the institution can be found here

May 11, 2017

Dorothy Roberts spoke with Penn Current earlier this week about Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty and its re-release for the book's upcoming 20-year anniversary. You can read the full text here.

May 9, 2017

Onoso Imoagene was interviewed by Omnia last month about her new book, Beyond Expectations: Second-Generation Nigerians in the United States and Great Britain. You can read the full article here.

May 5, 2017

Aashish Gupta, joint graduate student in demography and sociology, has co-authored an article that is forthcoming in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. The piece is currently available online, found here

May 2, 2017

Betsie Garner and David Grazian have won the 2017 Award for Distinguished Scholarship for Best Article from the American Sociological Association Animals and Society Section, for their coauthored article, "Naturalizing Gender through Childhood Socialization Messages in a Zoo." The article was published last year in Social Psychology Quarterly.

April 20, 2017

Irma Elo has received a new Robert Wood Johnson research grant for the project, Alarming Stagnation in American Life Expectancy. The project seeks to identify the sources of the recent stagnation in US life expectancy by examining the contribution of geographic variation in mortality, causes of death, and race/ethnicity to national life expectancy trends from 2000 to 2015. 

April 14, 2017

Angela Simms, Ph.D. student, has been awarded a Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

April 10, 2017

Guobin Yang's The Red Guard Generation Reviewed in Dawn, Pakistan's Major-English Newspaper. You can read the review here.

April 10, 2017

Janice Madden has been awarded the TCPW-Provost Award for Promoting Gender Equity. The award is a means of recognizing the achievements of faculty members who have significantly advanced gender equity throughout their careers.

April 3, 2017

Haley Pilgrim, Penn Sociology graduate student, won both the Social Sciences category and the Audience Choice award with her presentation, “Accidentally Passing: The Identity Choices of Phenotypically White Black-White Multiracials” at the Grad Ben Talks on March 17, 2017. You can see footage from the event here.

April 3, 2017

Marcus T. Wright, Penn Sociology's undergraduate program and communications manager, spoke with Penn Current about his latest book, “Paradox of the Learning Game: The Promise and Plight of Video Games and Learning.” You can read the full article here.

April 3, 2017

PSC Research Associate Irma Elo, on behalf of PAA’s Committee on Population Statistics, convened a group of experts on race/ethnicity to a meeting at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC to give feedback to Census Bureau staff on the Bureau’s 2015 National Content Test research for improving data collection on race/ethnicity.