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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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DEPARTMENT AWARDS

Cayce Hughes has received a dissertation research grant from the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, to support his project: "Negotiating Privacy in the Context of Poverty: Low-Income Mothers and the Social Safety Net."

The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation has awarded dissertation fellowships to two graduate students: to Cheng-Pang Lee for his study of "Altruism in Action: The Rise of the Tzu-Chi Movement and the Invention of Direct Social Service" and to Yang Zhang for "Rebellion Ecology and Insurgent Formation: Qing China, 1850-1873."

Sara Stoelinga (Ph.D, Sara Liston Spurlark Director of the Urban Education Institute) has been recognized with one of this year's Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Chad Borkenhagen has been selected as a William Rainey Harper/Social Sciences Visiting Committee fellow for 2015-16. The Fellowship will support completion of his dissertation project on "Scientific Knowledge and Social Structure in Finance and Fine Dining."

Haena Lee has been awarded the Clifford Clogg Scholarship to attend the 2015 ICPSR Summer Program at the University of Michigan.

Hans Joas has been honored with ASA History of Sociology's Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be in residence at the U of C for the first half of this coming autumn quarter.

Dingxin Zhao has been named the Max Palevsky Professor of Sociology.

Jason Radford has been awarded a Mellon Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship to complete his project on "Reinventing the Wheel: Learning and Change in a Highly Institutionalized Field."

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Tal Yifat's paper, "Social Enterprise as Collective Action: Resource Mobilization in the Organic Mass Market" won the 2015 Student Paper Award of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Interest Group of the Rural Sociological Society. 

Hans Joas received this year's Max Planck Research Award

Hans Joas will receive the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award of the ASA Section History of Sociology this year at ASA's annual conference in Chicago. 

Dingxin Zhao has been named the Max Palevsky Professor effective July 1, 2015.

Gawin Tsai will begin a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Policy and Health Services Research in the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI).

Mary Akchurin has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University's new Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.

Liping Wang has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong.

Louisa McClintock will spend 2015-16 as a post-doctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University extending her dissertation research on "Projects of Punishment in Postwar Poland: War Criminals, Collaborators, and the Reconstruction of the Nation." Following the post-doc, she has been awarded support as a visiting fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Museum to develop a comparative analysis of post-war Poland with legal transitions in Russia and Ukraine.

David Schalliol's work will be shown in an exhibit, An Invisible Hand, curated in collaboration with David Weinberg Photography and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. The exhibit explores the diverse experiences of poverty, and will be on display through July 25th. More information can be found here

A new, two-year masters program, joint between the Social Science Division and Computer Science, will begin Fall, 2016, which links computational training with social science inquiry. A certificate in Computational Social Science will also become available for interested doctoral students. More details to come!

In Spring 2016, Maude Pugliese will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University.

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

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. 

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