Penn Sociology News

April 19, 2018

Ph.D. candidate Nora Gross recently published her article, "#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: The Double Consciousness of Black Youth in Response to Oppressive Media," with Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. The article investigates double consciousness among black youth in the age of social media.

April 19, 2018

Ph.D. student Amanda Barrett Cox has been awarded the 2018 Graduate Student Paper Award from the Sociology of Emotions Section of the American Sociological Association for her paper entitled, "Correcting Behaviors and Policing Emotions: How Behavioral Infractions Become Feeling-Rule Violations."


April 13, 2018

Anea Moore, C'19, has been announced as one of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipients for the upcoming academic year. This is an award that supports students who plan to pursue careers in government or public service and who wish to attend graduate or professional school. Recipients are awarded funding up to $30,000.


April 13, 2018

Calvin Rashaud Zimmermann, Ph.D. Candidate, has accepted a position with University of Notre Dame Sociology. Calvin's appointment will begin in the fall as a postdoctoral position for the 2018-2019 adacemic year and his assistant professorship in the fall of 2019.

April 13, 2018

Haley Pilgrim, Ph.D. Student, was recently elected as GAPSA president. Her appointment as president marks GAPSA's first black female president in its 70-year history. The Daily Pennsylvanian featured Haley earlier this week.


April 13, 2018

Courtney Boen has been awarded a $50,000 pilot awarded from the Penn Institute on Aging. Courtney will use her funding on a project entitled, "Psychosocial Stress Exposure, Biological Functioning, and Cognitive Change across the Life Course." 

April 9, 2018

Charles Bosk has been awarded 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. Bosk will use his Guggenheim to work on his upcoming book, "Mistakes Were Changed: An Ethnographic History of Medical Failure." You can read more about the award here.

April 2, 2018

Lindsay Glassman, Ph.D. student, released a podcast in late March regarding her recently published article entitled “In the Lord’s Hands”: Divine Healing and Embodiment in a Fundamentalist Christian Church with Sociology of Religion. You can listen to Lindsay's podcast here.

April 2, 2018

Tugce Ellialti-Kose, Ph.D. candidate, has recently published "The State, Law, and Feminist Struggles in the Neoliberalizing City: The Istanbul Courthouse as a Contested Space" in Contested Spaces in Contemporary Turkey, a work edited by Fatma Muge Gocek.

March 26, 2018

Graduate student Amanda Barrett Cox has co-authored Parental Challenges to Organizational Authority in an Elite School District: The Role of Cultural, Social, and Symbolic Capital with Annette Lareau and Elliot Weininger in Teachers College Record. The article examines education and the socioeconomic elite in the public sector.

March 15, 2018

Sherelle Ferguson, Ph.D student, has published "Ask Not What Your Mentor Can Do For You...: The Role of Reciprocal Exchange in Maintaining Student-Teacher Mentorships" in Sociological Forum. By examining relationships between high school teachers and low-income students, the article explores the dynamics of social capital maintenance.

March 14, 2018

PhD student Haley Pilgrim has received the Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award for Critical Mixed Race Studies. Her paper "But I Just Look So White:' The Identity Choices and Racialized Emotional Work of Second-Generation Black-White Multiracials" was chosen by a jury of senior scholars in a variety of disciplines from across the world. She presented findings from this paper at the 2018 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference Resisting, Reclaiming, and Reimagining

March 5, 2018

Daniel Aldana Cohen was quoted in Thomson Reuters Foundation wire story about green cities. The full article can be read here.

March 5, 2018

Steve Viscelli was featured in a Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Podcast entitled, "The Promise and Peril of Self-Driving Trucks." 

Self-driving technology promises to revitalize the trucking industry. But increased energy demand and air pollution are possible downsides. Self-driving technology is making its way onto America’s roads. Companies including Lyft, Ford and Google’s Waymo are investing heavily to develop driverless vehicles and transportation services. Driverless technology is also being developed for the trucking industry, a cornerstone of the economy that moves 70% of manufactured goods yet finds itself challenged by high fuel costs, safety concerns, and a shortage of drivers. 


February 26, 2018

Tyler Baldor, Ph.D. student, has published "No Girls Allowed?: Fluctuating Boundaries between Gay Men and Straight Women in Gay Public Space" in Ethnography. The article explores membership conflicts in Philadelphia gay bars. 

February 19, 2018

Daniel Aldana Cohen will join the Insitute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science (Princeton Campus) for the 2018-2019 academic year. The theme of next year's seminar is Crisis and Critique.

February 12, 2018

An update on the Leonard Davis Institute's (LDI) Pilot Grant funding allocation and the work Hans-Peter Kohler will be doing with the funds can be found here.

February 9, 2018

Shantee Rosado, Ph.D. Candidate, received a two-year pre-doctoral/post-doctoral fellowship in Latina/o Studies at Williams College. The fellowship focuses on U.S. Afro-Latino Studies and begins in Fall 2018. The first year will be devoted to the completion of dissertation work while also teaching one course in the study of U.S. Afro-Latinidades. The second year of residency (ideally with degree in hand) will be spent on academic career development while again teaching one course.

February 5, 2018

Hans-Peter Kohler's longitudinal study on demographic change, health, and defying adversity in poor rural communities was featured in Omnia last month. You can read the full text here.

February 5, 2018

The Daily Pennsylvanian (The DP) has featured new programs of study for our undergraduates. Penn Sociology's Medical Sociology and Law & Society minors have been highlighted here.