Penn Sociology News

March 20, 2017

Linda Aiken has been named the 2017 recipient of the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) Christiane Reimann Prize. The ceremony will take place in May in Barcelona. Aiken will also receive an honorary degree for the University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia. More information can be found here.


March 16, 2017

Tshay Williams, a senior in sociology and Africana studies, was named one of six recipients of the University's Thouron Award. The Thouron Award, a graduate exchange program between the University of Pennsylvania and British universities, aims to improve relations between the United States and the United Kingdom. Scholarship winners receive tuition and stipends for one or two years depending on the time required to earn a graduate degree. You can read more here.

March 10, 2017

Steve Viscelli spoke with The Wall Street Journal earlier this week about his work and research in the trucking industry along with discussing his new book, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. The full text can be accessed here.

March 8, 2017

Dorothy E. Roberts was quored in an article in The New York Times earlier this week for her work on race and biology in conjuction with the Loving v. Virigina decision. You can read the full article here.

February 28, 2017

Steve Viscelli spoke with The Atlantic earlier this week on automating the trucking industry and the job losses that can occur - not necessarily a bad thing for the industry. You can read the full article here.

February 27, 2017

Vani Kulkarni was quoted by SPANDAN on her views of poverty and diets as well as undernourishment and obesity. You can find her quoted here.

Hindustan Times also interviewed Vani earlier this month about the horrors of gender violence. That article can be found here.

February 17, 2017

Dorothy Roberts has been awarded the inaugural Mamie Phipps Clark and Kenneth B. Clark Distinguished Lecture Award from Columbia University's department of psychology. More information on the award can be found here.

Last week, Vintage Books released the Twentieth Anniversary Edition of Roberts' book Killing the Black Body: Race Reproduction and The Meaning of Liberty, with a new preface. She will be giving a talk about the new edition at Strand Bookstore in New York City next Tuesday, February 21. More information about the event can be found here.

February 16, 2017
Sociology staff member Marcus T. Wright has just published a book, Paradox of the Learning Game: The Promise and Plight of Video Games and Learning. The book discusses the potential of video games as learning resources, and some of the social challenges that need to be addressed for this potential to be reached.
 Paradox of the Learning Game 
February 16, 2017

Last week Jere Behrman participated in the Mexican launch of the 2017 Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. The audience was about 400 people from academia, the Mexican government (including the Ministers of Health and Finance), international organizations, and the press. Rafael Peres-Escamilla from Yale and Behrman gave the basic presentation (in Spanish) after Gilles Bergson, Director of the Sackler Institute at the New Your Academy of Science introduced us (we three are in the photo with the banner, with Rafael on the right).  This is one of about 10 launches of this series worldwide – Jere also participated in launches in India in October and in Chile in December. This the third Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development;  Behrman also was a co-author in the 2007 and 2011 Lancet Series, which have had considerable impact in making early childhood development  much higher priority on the global agenda and the agendas of many countries. The current series estimates that about 250 million children under five years of age in low- and medium-income countries are at risk of not fulfilling their potential, with substantial costs to society, and evaluates alternatives for alleviating this problem.

February 13, 2017

Guobin Yang's latest book, The Red Guard Generation, was featured and discussed in Omnia. You can read the article here.

January 6, 2017

Steve Viscelli gave insight to on the trucking industry and its dangers. You can read the full article here.

Steve also spoke with Vocativ about the mental health issues that are common in the industry. The full article can be found here.

January 6, 2017

Penn News featured Ross Koppel and his work on medical records, cybersecurity, and technology earlier this month. You can read the full article here.

November 30, 2016

Amanda Barrett Cox has published an article for Sociology of Eduation on creating and maintaining social capital with the help of organizations. You can read the full text here.

November 17, 2016

Grace Kao has been announced as one of the candidates for the American Sociological Association's VP-elect position for the 2017 Elections. More information can be found here.

November 17, 2016

Ph.D. alum Sebastian Cherng ('14) has been researching different communication styles for parents and teachers based on birth country of origin and race. The scholarship has been featured in The Atlantic and can be read here.


November 10, 2016

Jessica Calarco, Ph.D. alumna (2012), was interviewed by ASA about the field of sociology and the work she's done in a video called Doing Sociology. You can watch it here.  

November 3, 2016

In her new capacity, Melissa Wilde will be designing a new generation of surveys on religion in America. More information can be found here.

November 3, 2016

Steve Viscelli spoke with The Pennsylvania Gazette about difficulties in the trucking industry and his newest book, The Big Rig. The full article can be read here.

Steve was recently appointed as a senior fellow at The Kleinman Center. More information about his appointment can be found here.

November 3, 2016

Daniel Aldana Cohen did a podcast with Forecast on issues with urbanism and climate change. Listen here

October 27, 2016

Steve Viscelli was interviewed about his new book, The Big Rig, and the trucking industry. The interview can be heard here.