Penn Sociology News

August 24, 2016

Daniel Aldana Cohen's work on urban sustainability was featured in Nature earlier this week. The full article can be found here

August 23, 2016

Joanna Kempner (Ph.D., 2004) has received the 2016 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. The award was given for Joanna's work, Not Tonight Dear: Migraines and the Politics of Gender and Health (University of Chicago Press, 2014). 

August 22, 2016

Yilin Chiang, Ph.D. candidate, has received the honorable mention for the graduate student research paper award from the Asia and Asian America Section at the American Sociological Association (ASA).

August 8, 2016

Camille Zubrinsky Charles has been appointed the Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences. The appointment recognizes Dr. Charles' distinguished scholarship in urban inequality and race and ethnic relations as well as her outstanding service to the Sociology and Africana Studies Departments and the School of Arts and Sciences. 

July 25, 2016

Omnia released an article on summer reading lists for Penn professors. Penn Sociology's Tukufu Zuberi was interviewed and you find his summer reads here

July 20, 2016

Jerry A. Jacobs recently wrote for Inside Higher Ed on the issue of reliance on academic publications and potential cheating among higher education.

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July 20, 2016

Class and Campus Life by Elizabeth M. Lee (Ph.D., 2011) is on The Washington Post's summer reading list. You can read the full list here

July 19, 2016

David Grazian spoke with The Washington Post about the state of America's zoos and how they might be able to change for the better.

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July 19, 2016

Junhow Wei, recent Ph.D. graduate, was quoted by The Christian Science Monitor on his take on why television viewers are drawn to shows and movies with darker themes.

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July 19, 2016

Jerry A. Jacobs spoke at a Congressional Briefing on Wednesday June 22 on new research on the health and economic impacts of of work and family policies. The Briefing was held in the hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in conjunction with the third meeting of the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN).

June 29, 2016

Amanda Barrett Cox, Ph.D. Student, published an article earlier this week in Symbolic Interaction titled, "Correcting Behaviors and Policing Emotions: How Behavioral Infractions Become Feeling-Rule Violations."

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This article was also featured in the most recent issue of Omnia which can be viewed here.

June 21, 2016

Penn Arts and Sciences recently featured the two newest minors to Penn Sociology: law and society and medical sociology. You can read the full featurette here

June 15, 2016

Guobin Yang sat down with the New York Times for an interview about his latest book, "The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China." The full interview can be read here.

June 13, 2016

Jerry A. Jacobs reports that the biennial Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) Conference will be held in Washington DC on June 22-25. This year's conference will feature over 700 participants from 45 different countries, and will include a Congressional Briefing, "Congressional Policy Day," "Practitioner Day" and many other special events. More about the conference can be found at the WFRN website, here

June 13, 2016

Ross Koppel spoke with StarTribune about electronic health records and issues that occur when they are used in hospitals.

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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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