Penn Sociology News

June 7, 2016

Steve Viscelli recently spoke with the Penn Current about his new book The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream.

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June 6, 2016

Over the last few months Guobin Yang has been a strong voice in the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution. Below are some of his latest insights.

50 Years After the Cultural Revolution, a Son Awaits Answers on His Father's Death - The New York Times (English version); the Chinese version can be found here 

Featured interview on NPR's Here & Now 

How Will China Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Cultural Revolution? - The Nation 

How the Chinese Cultural Revolution Came to an End - History News Network (Yang's op-ed)

'Bombard the Headquarters' - The Wall Street Journal 


May 17, 2016

David Grazian's newest ethnography American Zoo: A Sociological Safari has won the 2015 Athenaeum Literary Award from The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

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May 17, 2016

The Outstanding Student Award is given to a graduating senior who has accumulated an exceptional all-around record in Sociology. Factors that are considered include Sociology GPA, overall academic achievement, involvement in class, fellowships and awards received, presentations at conferences and public meetings, and other efforts to bring knowledge from the field of Sociology to bear in the social world inside or outside of Penn. (Winner: Elizabeth Schwartz)

E. Digby Baltzell Senior Thesis Award is awarded annually for the best senior thesis submitted by a sociology major during the year (Aliza Caplan for "From Employment to Retirement:  A Study of Members of West Philadelphia Senior Community Center (WPSCC)”
Advisor, Dr. Robin Leidner

The Best Paper Award is given to any Penn undergraduate in recognition of the best paper submitted to any undergraduate Sociology class at Penn (Max Meis for “Las Maquiladoras y la Immigración: A Failure by the Mexican Government.” SOCI 431: Modern Mexican Society | Instructor, Dr. Juan Manuel Lombera)

May 17, 2016

Amanda Barrett Cox, Ph.D. student, had an article on Greedy Institution Theory published in Sociological Forum.

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May 17, 2016

Sarah Adeyinka, Ph.D. student, was featured in the Penn Current last month for her work with the Fontaine Society. Sarah serves as the president of the Fontaine Society - a society which gives networking and creates a support system for underrepresented doctoral students at the University of Pennsylvania.

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May 11, 2016

Steve Viscelli's work on the trucking industry has been in the spotlight lately. His latest book, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream, which hit stores last month has springboarded a discussion on the quality of life, work, and the pursuit of happiness in the trucking industry with both Time magazine and The Atlantic.

Time recognized Viscelli's work by looking critically at the lack of autonomy truck drivers possess. It does in-depth to investigate the reasons there is a lack of satisfaction, benefits, and most importantly, lack of compensation for such a demanding line of work.

The Atlantic looked at the overall scholarship Viscelli produced in his book. It notes that there has been an incredible decline in wages and compensation from the large-scale companies while almost forcing truck drivers to become independent contractors to be their 'own' bosses - which turns out to do more harm than good.


The Atlantic

May 9, 2016

Andres Castro, joint student in sociology and demography, has received the 2016 Nancy Fariss Paper Award through the Latin and Latin American Studies (LALS) Program.

May 9, 2016

David Grazian's latest work, American Zoo: A Sociological Safari (Princeton University Press, 2015), has won this year's ASA Animals & Society section’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship for Best Book.

May 9, 2016

Dorothy Roberts spoke with SAS Frontiers on the significance of acknowledging black female sexuality.

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April 29, 2016

Elizabeth Lee, Ph.D. alum (2011), spoke with Inside Higher Ed today about her work on socio-economic inequality in higher education through her new book Class and Campus Life: Managing and Experiencing Inequality at an Elite College.

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April 27, 2016

Doga Kerestecioglu, Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a place in Insight Data Science Fellows Program in New York, NY. Insight is an intensive 7+ weeks training fellowship bridging the gap between academia and data science. He will attend the program beginning on May 31.

April 27, 2016

Hyunjoon Park has edited a special issue, Becoming an Adult in East Asia: Multidisciplinary and Comparative Approaches, of Asian Journal of Social Science. The special issue features four papers that examine various issues related to transition to adulthood among East Asian young people.

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April 25, 2016

Lizzy Schwartz, College of Arts and Sciences ('16) and sociology major, was recently interviewed by The Civic House. You can read her interview here

April 25, 2016

On April 7-8, 2016, the Department of Sociology hosted a conference in honor of the retirement of Professor Randall Collins. Below are links to videos from the event.

Toasts in honor of Randy

"What has Micro-Sociology Accomplished?"

April 25, 2016

April 7 and 8 Penn Sociology hosted Social Interaction and Theory: A Conference in Honor of Professor Randall Collins as a retirement gift. Penn SAS staff writer Blake Cole wrote a piece on the symposium, praising the event.

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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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