Penn Sociology News

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."

More on the book, China's Contested Internet

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

September 10, 2015

Regina Baker's research focusing on the reduced impact having married parents has on child poverty versus the increasing impact parental employment has on child poverty has been featured on Child and Family Blog.

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September 2, 2015

In July, Hans-Peter Kohler presented in the UK House of Lords in an event organized by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health (APPG). The event was a celebration of the 2015 World Population Day and the release of the 2015 APPG Report on Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals.

He is cited in the report (p. 35), which is now available:

Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals

September 2, 2015

A recently published infographic breaks down Penn Sociology's participation in the 2015 American Sociological Association meetings. The infographic details the number of attendees, accepted papers, solo publications, external collaborations, and co-authors (mean).


August 28, 2015

Hans-Peter Kohler (in collaboration with Ayesha Kharsany at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa [CAPRISA]), recently received a 5yr NIH R01 Grant for "Identifying sources of HIV infection in adolescent girls in rural South Africa". The aim of this project is to utilize an innovative approach to identify networks of HIV transmission, combining extensive epidemiologic sampling with phylogenetic analyses of HIV-1 sequence data and traditional sexual networking methods. Insights into the sexual networking patterns driving high HIV incidence in adolescent girls in rural South Africa could be critical for informing future design of HIV prevention interventions.

August 28, 2015

Yi-Lin Chiang received the 2015 Early Stage Family Scholar Award from the International Sociological Association's Committee on Family Research.  Her paper is titled, "Managing Contingencies: Parental Strategies and Elite University Enrollment in China."  

August 24, 2015

An article recently published in The Economist features a forthcoming paper (for Population Development Review) by Hans-Peter Kohler and Demography Ph.D. graduate Thomas Anderson ('15) on gender values and fertility.

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August 18, 2015

Grace Kao recently joined HuffPost Live for the segment, "Why College Fails To Close The Racial Wealth Gap" to discuss (per HuffPost Live's description): "whether higher education is a great equalizer and unpack why college has a different financial impact on various minority groups."

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August 14, 2015

A new book by Tukufu Zuberi has been published - African Independence: How Africa Shapes the World (Rowman & Littlefield).  The book, a complement to his award-winning documentary film, African Independence (2013) highlights the important role Africa has played in recent history, and the significant role it will continue to play in the future of America and the globe.

African Independence: How Africa Shapes the World
Tukufu Zuberi's African Independence Website

August 13, 2015

Earlier this week, Camille Charles joined HuffPost Live for the group interview segment, "How Housing Segregation Hurts Ferguson & America."

Full Interview Segment

August 13, 2015

Kristen Harknett has received a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for her research project (along with Daniel Schneider, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California-Berkeley), “Inequality  of  Economic  Precarity  and  Uncertainty  and  Family  Formation  and  Instability.” The research aims to "quantify the relationship between economic insecurity and family instability." 

Full Announcement (on page 3) 
Press Release

August 12, 2015

The Washington Post recently published an article featuring the research of 2011 Demography/Sociology Ph.D. Alum Rachel Margolis (currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario) and 2009 Penn Demography graduate Mikko Myrskylä (Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research) on the effect that having a child has on a person's happiness.

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August 11, 2015

Tukufu Zuberi has been elected the 2015 President-Elect of the Association of Black Sociologists. The mission of the Association is "to build a tradition of scholarship and service, informed by the interests of historically disenfranchised groups in general and Black/African American people in particular."

August 10, 2015

 Aliya Rao's paper, "Gender and Cultivating the Moral Self in Islam: Muslim Converts in an American Mosque," was recently published online in Sociology of Religion.

The paper focuses on how American converts to Isam "contend with accepting religious injunctions around clothing choices and polygyny."

Link to Abstract and Paper