The University of Chicago Department of Sociology is among the great sociology departments of the world. Founded in 1892 as the first sociology department in the United States, Chicago has a proud tradition of creative and foundational work.

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Mikaela Betts, a double major in sociology and public policy, has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

In March, Linda Waite presented the Eugene Litwak Honorary Lecture in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at  Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.  She spoke on "Understanding Health and Well-Being Among Older Adults.”

Anastasia Fitz has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and Danya Lagos received an Honorable Mention. 

Moira O’Shea has received a Title VI fellowship for 2015-2016.

Professor Forrest Stuart has received a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, as well as a grant from the Urban Health Initiative, to support his research on urban youth, gang violence, and digital social media.

Professor John Padgett was recently awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the Neubauer Collegium on Culture and Society to further his research on Florentine historical networks. In addition, he will lead a three-year Working Group on History and Evolution organized by the Social Science Research Council.

Elizabeth Emelene Jefferis has received the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

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Benjamin Ross' research on internal migration within the hairstyling industry in China has been featured on the Sinica Podcast.

Donald Levine, sociologist and former dean of the College, 1931-2015. See more here.

"Meaning Found in Comparison," an exhibit celebrating the memory of Martin Riesebrodt (1948-2014), will be on display at the Joseph Regenstein Library March 16th - May 31st.

We are excited to announce the following new hires:

Jenny Trinitapoli (Associate Professor of Sociology and the College) Jenny is a demographer and sociologist of religion with a rare combination of talents, exploring how faith and religious membership shape responses to the complex epidemic of AIDS in Malawi.

Ellis Monk (Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College) - Ellis brings his expertise in contemporary theories of social cognition and categories, his engagement with issues of measurement and methodology, and his contributions to the sophisticated comparative theorization of social inequality, particularly with respect to race and ethnicity.

Xi Song (Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College) - A highly skilled demographer from UCLA, Xi is pursuing the analysis of multi-generational processes of mobility and the persistence of advantage within lineages, working with data from both the United States and China.

Kimberly Hoang (Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College) - Working at the intersection of the sociology of gender and economic sociology, Dr. Hoang is the author of a multiple prize-winning ethnographic study of the organization and enactment of economic ambition within the diverse sex clubs of Ho Chi Minh City in the years just before and after the global financial crisis. She is now at work on a comparative study of the articulation of foreign investment and domestic economies in Southeast Asia. 

We are also excited to announce that Michael Rodriguez Muniz, who is currently completing his doctorate at Brown, has accepted a Provost's Post-Doctoral Fellowship for the coming year, with an appointment in sociology. His research explores the processes of constructing consent to state practices of enumeration and categorization, particularly within immigrant communities. Andreas Glaeser will serve as his official mentor.

Sara Ray Stoelinga ('04) has been appointed director of the Urban Education Institute. Stoelinga will oversee all aspects of UEI, which combines research, practice and policy to improve pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education for children in urban schools across the country.

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