Standing Faculty

Daniel Aldana Cohen, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Personal Website:
 aldanacohen.com

Education: 
Ph.D. Sociology, New York University, 2016
B.A. Intellectual History and International Development Studies, McGill University, 2005
 
Research Areas: 

Climate Change
Critical Urban Studies
Critical Theory
Social Movements
Political Economy
Historical Sociology
Latin America

Research Description: 

Daniel Aldana Cohen's dissertation research explores the interplay of climate politics and social movement protest in global cities, especially São Paulo, New York, and London. He has presented and written about these topics for a wide range of audiences. His dissertation research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Hertog's Global Strategy Initiative at Columbia University, and several grants and fellowships from New York University. 

Daniel has worked as a writer and editor in Toronto and South America and is the co-editor of Notes From Canada's Young Activists (Greystone, 2007). At NYU, he wrote for and helped edit Possible Futures, the Social Science Research Council’s online coverage of the Occupy movement; has been an assistant editor at Public Culture; and has been a member of the NYLON research network, based at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK). In the winter of 2012, he co-founded Superstorm Research Lab, a mutual aid research collective also hosted by IPK, with which he co-wrote the white paper "A Tale of Two Sandys." In Spring 2014, he co-coordinated a debate series on Democratizing the Green City.

Daniel's most recent publications (2016) are:

Wachsmuth, David, Daniel Aldana Cohen and Hillary Angelo. Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability: Social equity and global impacts are missing from measures of cities' environments friendliness. Nature. 536:7618, 391-393.

The Rationed City: The politics of water, housing, and land use in drought-parched São Paulo. Public Culture. 28:2: 261-289.

 

Contact Information: 

E-mail: dacoh@sas.upenn.edu

Office: McNeil 251
Phone: (215) 898-5614

Regina Baker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website:
 www.reginasmallsbaker.com/


Education: 

Ph.D. Sociology, Duke University 2015
M.A. Sociology, Duke University, 2012
M.S.W. Social Work, University of Georgia, 2009
B.A. Sociology, Program in Leadership & Community Service, Mercer University, 2007

Research Areas: 

Poverty and Inequality 
Social Stratification
The Family
Work/Employment
The U.S. South
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

My research interests include the areas of poverty & inequality, social stratification, families & children, work/employment, and the U.S. South. Broadly, my research is fundamentally concerned with inequality and how micro and macro contexts help create, maintain, and reproduce inequalities. Given my theoretical and substantive emphasis on both the individual and structure, my work employs various research designs. For example, I use advanced quantitative techniques and large data sets to investigate how micro- and macro-level factors influence individual outcomes. I also employ qualitative techniques such as analyzing longitudinal ethnographic data to study low-income families with children. Currently, my research focuses on two areas: 1) the causes and consequences of inequality and how these impact child and family outcomes and 2) inequalities across place, namely the South, and its disproportionate share of the nation’s socio-economic problems such as poverty.

My recent Journal of Marriage and Family publication, “The Changing Associations Among Marriage, Work, and Child Poverty in the United States, 1974-2010,” combines my interests in poverty, work, and the family. This research documents that while both marriage and work continue protect children against poverty, their relative importance has changed over time with work becoming more salient than marriage. 

Contact Information: 
Office: 218 McNeil Building
Phone:  215.898.7990
E-mail: regbaker@sas.upenn.edu

Penn Affiliations: 

Population Studies Center

Guobin Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Communication

Education: 

Ph.D., Sociology, New York University, 2000
Ph.D., English Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 1993

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas: 

Social Movements
Online Activism and Internet Studies
Cultural Sociology
Media Sociology
Collective Memory
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

Guobin Yang is an Associate Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and Center for East Asian Studies. His research areas cover digital media and critical social theory, global communication, social movements, activist media, cultural sociology, and media and politics in China.

Professor Yang's books include The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (Columbia University Press, 2009, winner of the best book award of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010), The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (Columbia University Press, 2016), and Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2 vols. Library of Chinese Classics in English Translation, Beijing, 2003). He is the editor of China's Contested Internet (June 2015), The Internet, Social Media, and a Changing China (with Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, 2016), and Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007).

Professor Yang is co-editor (with Zhongdang Pan) of Communication and the Public. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of Public Culture, Social Media + Society, The International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Communication, Global Media and China, The China Quarterly, Chinese Journal of Sociology, the "Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches" book series, the "Global Asia" book series of the Amsterdam University Press, and on the advisory boards of Asiascape: Digital Asia and Critical Prespectives on Citizen Media. He received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Writing and Research Grant" (2003) and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. (2003-2004). Previously he taught as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and as an associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College of Columbia University. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature with a specialty in Literary Translation from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a second Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.

Contact Information: 

Office: 394 McNeil Building
Email: gyang@asc.upenn.edu

Dorothy Roberts, J.D.

George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights

Director, Program on Race, Science and Society

Education: 

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980
B.A. Yale College, 1977

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas: 

Gender and Race
Family
Criminal Justice
Bioethics
Sociology of Science
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair. Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997). She is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a co-editor of six books on such topics as constitutional law and women and the law.

Contact Information: 

Office: 361 McNeil Building
Email: dorothyroberts@law.upenn.edu

Onoso Imoagene, Ph.D.

 Assistant Professor of Sociology

Education: 

Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University, 2011
M.A. Sociology, Harvard University, 2008
M.Phil. Modern Society and Global Transformations, Cambridge University, 2002
B.Sc., Sociology, University of Ibadan, 1999

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas: 

Immigration
Inter-ethnic group relations
First and Second Generation Africans in the U.S. and U.K.
Race and Ethnicity
Migration and Development
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

My research is in the areas of International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation with a special focus on first and second generation African immigrants in the British and American Diasporas; Inter-ethnic group (black-on-black) relations; the intersection of race, ethnicity, and class in assimilation outcomes of the African second generation; Impact of National Factors on Assimilation Outcomes; Immigration and Education; and Migration and Development.  I take a comparative approach in my research. The findings from my just concluded research project on the identity formation processes of the adult Nigerian second generation is forthcoming in a book published by University of California Press titled Beyond Expectations: Second Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain. My current research project--The Dreams Project--is a multi-site study on Ghanaian and Nigerian Diversity Visa Lottery Winners in the United States and their families back home.



Contact Information: 

Office: 291 McNeil Building
Phone: 215-898-4428
Emailimoagene@sas.upenn.edu

Amada Armenta, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Education: 

Ph.D Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
B.A. Political Science, Rice University, 2004

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas: 

Immigration
Bureaucracy and institutions
Race/Ethnicity
Latinos in the U.S.
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

My research examines how the policies and practices of local law enforcement agencies in Nashville, Tennessee intersect with federal deportation policy. Relying on interviews and ethnographic observations with members of the police and sheriff’s department, and immigration advocacy groups, my work demonstrates how mundane decisions made by street-level bureaucrats can result in deportation for unauthorized migrants. More broadly, I seek to understand how government bureaucracies respond to the presence of Latino immigrants, and conversely, how Latino immigrants adapt to life in the U.S.

Recent Publications:

- Armenta, Amada. 2016. "Racializing Crimmigration: Structural Racism, Colorblindness and the Institutional Production of Immigrant Criminality." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
doi: 10.1177/2332649216648714

- Stuart, Forrest, Amada Armenta, and Melissa Osborne. 2015. “Legal Control of Marginal Groups.” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 11(1): 235–54.

- Armenta, Amada. 2015. “Between Public Service and Social Control: Policing Dilemmas in the Era of Immigration Enforcement.” Social Problems.  doi: 10.1093/socpro/spv024
 

Contact Information: 

Office: 228 McNeil Building
Phone: 215.898.9980
E-mail: armenta@sas.upenn.edu

Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology 
The Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations
Professor of Africana Studies

Education: 

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Chicago, 1989
M.A. Sociology, California State University, Sacramento, 1985
B.A. Sociology, San Jose State University, 1981

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas: 

Sociology
Population Studies
Africana Studies
Filmmaking
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to bringing a fresh view of culture and society to the public through various platforms such as guest lecturing at universities, television programs, and interactive social media. Currently, he works on human rights initiatives by participating in public speaking engagements, international collaborations with transnational organizations, and individuals dedicated to human equality. 

Dr. Zuberi’s research focuses on Race, African and African Diaspora populations. He has been a visiting professor at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as the Chair of the Graduate Group in Demography, the Director of the African Studies Program, and the Director of the Afro-American Studies Program. In 2002, he became the founding Director of the Center for Africana Studies, and he has also served as the Faculty Associate Director of the Center for Africana Studies.

Dr. Zuberi is the writer and producer for African Independence, an award-winning feature-length documentary film that highlights the birth, realization, and problems confronted by the movement to win independence in Africa. The story is told by channeling the voices of freedom fighters and leaders who achieved independence, liberty and justice for African people. With this and other documentary film projects, Dr. Zuberi is dedicated to bringing a critical, creative vision not typically seen or heard on the big and small screen

Born Antonio McDaniel to Willie and Annie McDaniel, and raised in the housing projects of Oakland, California in the 1970s, he embraced the name Tukufu Zuberi - Swahili for "beyond praise" and "strength." He “took the name because of a desire to make and have a connection with an important period where people were challenging what it means to be a human being."

For more information on his current and past projects, please check out www.sas.upenn.edu/tukufu-zuberi

Current Projects:

- African Independence (documentary)
- Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster
- Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River

Contact Information: 

Office: 246 McNeil Building
Phone: 215.573.5169
E-mail: tukufu@pop.upenn.edu

Michel Guillot, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Education: 

Ph.D., Demography and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
M.A., Demography, Institut de Démographie de l’Université de Paris I-Sorbonne, 1996
B.A., History, Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, 1992

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas: 

Social and Formal Demography
Medical Sociology
Health of Populations
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

My research is organized primarily around two main areas: (1) formal demography; and (2) understanding health disparities across and within populations. In the area of formal demography, I have designed new methodologies for better understanding mortality levels and trends, and for studying their impact on population growth and aging. I have also made contributions in the area of model age patterns of mortality and indirect estimation methods. In the area of health disparities, I have examined the burden of disease among the global poor. I have also studied the health of vulnerable ethnic, religious, and migrant groups in a range of populations, including India. A related interest has been the analysis of the health crisis in the former Soviet Union, with a special focus on the Central Asia region.

Contact Information: 

Office: 242 McNeil Building
Phone: 215.573.3655
Email: miguillo@sas.upenn.edu

Melissa Wilde, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology
Undergraduate Chair

Education: 

Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
M.A. Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
B.A. Sociology, New York University, 1996

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas: 

Sociology of Religion
Social Movements
Culture
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

One overarching question has driven my research as a comparative-historical cultural sociologist: How can we better understand the ways in which religious institutions, as belief systems developed centuries or millennia ago, react to cultural change? In pursuit of this question, I have investigated a variety of religious changes including: the cultural factors and social movements that directed the Second Vatican Council in the Roman Catholic Church (1962-65); the demographic factors that explain why American Protestantism has gone from being majority Mainline to majority conservative and evangelical; and the role religious competition and marketing played in encouraging the Roman Catholic Church to exponentially increase its granting of marital annulments.

Currently, I am investigating how we as a nation arrived at a juncture where the politics of sex and gender are the key issue dividing American religious groups, the central battle in what many have referred to as the “culture wars." To do so, I examine the 31 largest American religious groups’ stances on birth control, abortion, divorce, women’s ordination and homosexuality over the course of the Twentieth Century. I have found that contemporary divisions are rooted in inequalities of race and class, because those groups who first liberalized on issues of sex did so in relation to the issue of birth control in the early 1930s; and their stances on birth control were determined by their particular class and racial locations.

Contact Information: 

Office: 292 McNeil Building
Phone: 215.898.4258
E-mail: mwilde@upenn.edu

Hyunjoon Park, Ph.D.

Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Sociology and Education

Education: 

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2005
M.S., Population Health Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2003
M.A., Sociology, Sungkyunkwan University, 1997
B.A.Sungkyunkwan University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas: 

Education
Social Stratification
Family
Social Demography
Social Change in Korea and other East Asian countries
Curriculum Vitae

Research Description: 

CONTEXTS MATTER: HOW DO SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES AFFECT CHILDREN’S EDUCATION? In contemporary societies, schools and families are two social institutions that are most relevant for children’s education. However, the ways in which schools and families affect children’s education are contingent upon contexts of institutional arrangements of educational systems, public policy, and demographic changes. Using large-scale international data of academic achievement (PISA) that involves more than 40 countries, I have shown considerable cross-national variation in the degree and pattern of the impacts of school and family factors on children’s academic performance. My work shows how educational stratification at the individual and school levels is mediated by national contexts of structural features of educational systems such as differentiation and standardization, and state involvement in family welfare. My recent work examines how schooling environments shape students’ educational outcomes by exploring potential benefits of single-sex schooling among high school students in South Korea. An important feature of Korean education is the random assignment of students into single-sex schools and coeducational schools, which offers an excellent opportunity for assessing causal effects of single-sex schooling. By utilizing longitudinal data that have traced educational careers beyond high school, this research investigates not only short-term effects of single-sex schooling on achievement and socioemotional indicators but also long-term effects on transition to higher education. Another contextual factor that has important implications for children’s education and well-being is family change. I am interested in consequences of rapid family changes for children’s well-being in societies which have weak public welfare systems and conservative family norms, and therefore where family changes should have particularly important implications for children. In this line of research, I examine the implications of recent family changes in South Korea, represented by rapid growth in divorce and international marriages, for children’s education and well-being.

Contact Information: 

Office: 219 McNeil Building
Phone: 215.898.0942
E-mail: hypark@sas.upenn.edu