Penn Sociology News

November 9, 2015

SAS Frontiers featured Tukufu Zuberi for his international work relating to African Independence in context.

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November 6, 2015

Penn Current featured Michel Guillot and his work with UNICEF and other United Nations groups in helping to better analyze the global child mortality rate for more definitive results.

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November 5, 2015

Jerry A. Jacobs was interviewed on The Briefing, a national SiriusXM show produced by Dartmouth College. The discussion focused on the work and family issues raised by Paul Ryan's insistence on spending weekends home with his family and teenage children. 

October 29, 2015

Professor of Sociology, Education, and Asian American Studies Grace Kao will be honored on November 6 by the Trustees' Council of Penn Women (TCPW) with the council's 25 Anniversary Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

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October 28, 2015

Sociology/ Demography Ph.D student Yeonjin Lee's September 2015 article, published in the American Journal of Public Health, "Effects of Racial Predjudice on the Health of Communities: A Multilevel Survival Analysis," was highlighted on Reuters last month.

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October 26, 2015

Melissa Wilde and Sabrina Danielsen (Ph.D., '14) were awarded the Distinguished Article Award on October 23rd by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) for their article "Fewer and Better Children: Race, Class, Religion, and Birth Control Reform in America." This is the third accolade this piece has received since being published in May of 2014.

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

October 23, 2015

Ross Koppel provided insight on electronic health records (EHRs) and their effects on medicine for The New England Journal of Medicine.

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October 23, 2015

Tukufu Zuberi was recently on PBS's Tavis Smiley show and gave insight to what could help society grow intellectually in the future through different types of media outlets. Penn News featured Zuberi's interview earlier this week.

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October 20, 2015

Vani Kulkarni recently discussed microfinance and gender in specific Asian countries, mainly India. The article highlights advantages and disadvantages of microfinance on self-help groups and local economies.


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October 14, 2015

The Washington Post recently featured David Grazian's new book, American Zoo: A Sociological Safari.

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October 13, 2015

Samuel Preston and Sociology/Demography alum Andrew Stokes ('14) were recently featured in Penn News discussing their research on the effect that obesity has on people with cardiovascular disease.

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October 12, 2015

Tukufu Zuberi was recently interviewed on the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS to discuss his book and film, African Independence.

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October 2, 2015

Vani Kulkarni, a lecturer in the department, recently published (along with Raghav Gaiha, from the Global Aging Programme at the Harvard School of Public Health) an op-ed for Inter Press Service discussing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that were adopted in the United Nations Summit in September. This summit was attended by Prime Ministers, Presidents, and Pope Francis.

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September 24, 2015

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured Melissa Wilde and her recent 60 Second Lecture, "How Much Does a Pope Matter?" in their ongoing coverage of Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.

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Melissa Wilde's 60 Second Lecture: "How Much does a Pope Matter?"

September 24, 2015

China's Contested Internet, a new book edited by Guobin Yang, has just been published. This book is a "timely and important contribution to the ongoing debates about Internet governance, censorship, and online participation in China."

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September 23, 2015
Renee Fox is the 2015 recipient of the Hastings Center for Bioethics Henry Knowles Beecher Award. The award "recognizes individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to ethics and the life sciences and whoses careers have been devoted to excellence in scholarship, research, and ethical inquiry."  
September 22, 2015

Melissa Wilde is quoted in The Guardian in an article that compares the views of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (San Francisco) to those of Pope Francis.

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September 22, 2015

Penn Sociology major Stephanie Hodges ('17) recently submitted a blog entry from Sydney, Australia, where she is studying abroad:

My name is Stephanie Hodges and I am a junior in the College majoring in Sociology with a concentration in structures of opportunity and inequality with a minor in Africana studies. I am currently studying in Sydney, Australia for the Fall semester. I am learning that the same systems of oppression that perpetuate racial inequality in the United States also occur in Australia. For example, after the British invaded Australia in the late 1700s, they tried to rid the country of Indigenous people and their culture. This attempted genocide separated many Indigenous people from their families, and started a long history of physical and psychological trauma within the community. I have learned in my classes that a strong colonial culture still exists, and many Indigenous people have to deal with racism that is entrenched in Australian society. However, Indigenous people are not complacent in this struggle—they actively resist these disparities and create outlets of expression for themselves through film, sport, and music. During my experience abroad, I’ve studied the nuances of active struggle and resistance from an oppressive force in Australia. This understanding will give me another perspective to engage with as I continue my Sociology degree at Penn. 

September 16, 2015

Guobin Yang is among the inaugural grant recipients from the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund, which is aimed at expanding Penn's engagement with China. He will use the grant to create Penn Media Scholars, a three year program that begins in 2016 and is highlighted by two four-week summer institutes that will bring 16 Penn undergraduate students to Beijing and Hangzhou to study Chinese media industries.

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September 11, 2015

David Grazian’s new book, American Zoo: A Sociological Safari, was just recently published by Princeton University Press. He will be speaking about it at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, in the Sociology Department colloquium series, and giving a book reading and signing at the Penn Bookstore at 6pm on Monday, September 28th. Here are some links to his new book:

Official Page on Princeton University Press website

American Zoo: A Sociological Safari on Amazon