ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
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.Read more »
Dean Small has been named the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology and the College.
Jan Doering and Rick Moore have each been awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant. Doering studies studies how the issue of street crime and public safety unites or divides residents in multiracial neighborhoods. Moore's work investigates how religion is constructed as a category in everyday life through ethnography, interviews and field experiments with secular and religious individuals in the Bible Belt and the Midwest.
Professor Cheol-Sung Lee’s “Associational Networks and Welfare States in Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, and Taiwan” has received the best article award from the ASA section on the Sociology of Development along with honorable mentions for best article from the sections on Political Sociology and Labor and Labor Movements.
Professor Karin Knorr Cetina has been named the Otto Borchert Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology, Anthropology and the College.
John Levi Martin has been named the Florence Borchert Bartling Professor in Sociology and the College.
Abigail Ocobock has received a National Science Foundation SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant in support of her research, which investigates how gaining the right to legally marry impacts gay men and lesbians' couple, family, and community relationships. Her dissertation explores how both marital access and status shape and constrain relationship choices and experiences. She has also received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality for 2013-14.
Professor Kristen Schilt was one of this year’s winners of the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
David Lubin was a recipient of the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching.More awards »
The Chicago Maroon discusses #FOLLOWUS— a multimedia, multidimensional installation produced by Professor Kristen Schilt and Chase Joynt in collaboration with a group of undergraduate students. The exhibit uses archives, interviews, community folklore and creative reinterpretation to showcase untold, forgotten and unofficial narratives of the University of Chicago.
Professor Kristen Schilt's research on gender inequality and transgender rights has been featured on the Huffington Post.
Professor Kristen Schilt discusses her recent article, "Doing Gender, Determining Gender: Transgender People, Gender Panics, and the Maintenance of the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System" recently published in Gender and Society, on the Journal's blog. Co-authored with Laurel Westbrook, the article uses content analysis to examine reactions to recent transgender rights legislation.
We are pleased to welcome the following Postdoctoral Fellows and Scholars to the Department:
Sean Brown received his Ph.D. in the spring of 2013 from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His dissertation was entitled, “Social Capital and Youth Baseball: A Qualitative Investigation of Parental Social Ties,” and it brought together several strands of sociological thought, including the role of children as indirect brokers in their parents’ social networks and the role of the organization in facilitating social capital among its members. Working with Dean Small now offers Sean the chance to continue exploring both the child-centered as well as organizational elements of social networks and social capital, not to mention the opportunity to branch out, both conceptually within urban sociology and methodologically, as he incorporates quantitative elements into his own work. Sean’s major academic interests include urban and community studies, social capital, and the sociology of sport. His office is located at SS 312, but he is rarely there, as he currently resides in Northern Virginia, where his wife works as a microbiologist and their two children work as agents of Chaos.
Michael Kozloski is a postdoc in the Department of Sociology, Center on the Demography & Economics of Aging and the Institute for Mind & Biology. He is currently doing his postdoc project on the relationship between salivary cortisol, mental health and sexual orientation in older Americans, using data from the National Social Life, Health & Aging Project (NSHAP). He is also a member of several research committees in NSHAP, studying how social, sexual, physical and mental health of the elderly interact to predict morbidity and mortality. He is funded by the National Institute of Aging and has been accepted into the National Institute of Health’s Loan Repayment Program. Michael holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MS in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ellis Monk was born in Metro Detroit and earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2006 before completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2013. His dissertation, “Color, Bodily Capital, and Ethnoracial Division in the U.S. and Brazil,” is a comparative, mixed-methods examination of the social and economic significance of skin tone and hair as markers of ethnoracial division in the U.S. and Brazil. Currently, he is fashioning his dissertation into a book manuscript, continuing his research on post-Civil Rights Era politics in the U.S., and starting new research on health disparities.
Ahuja Vishal is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center on Demography & Economics of Aging. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Panjab University (India) in 1997, followed by a Masters degree in the same field in 2001 from the University of Toronto. He received an MBA and a PhD from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2013. Vishal's research focuses on developing decision analytic tools that can be easily implemented by healthcare professionals and policymakers to improve patient health, advance the quality of care and enhance the efficiency of delivery of care. Presently, Vishal is working on understanding how physicians and organizations learn (for example, about safety and effectiveness of drugs) and what factors promote efficient learning. To bring relevance to his research, Vishal attempts to draw from his diverse work experience (of over 7 years) in the corporate sector that includes stints in the chemical, manufacturing, and consumer goods industry.
Scott Washington received his Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University, where he acquired a background in demography at the Office of Population Research. He has a wide variety of interests (ranging from quantitative techniques to the philosophy of the social sciences), but his primary areas of research include: stratification, culture, law, politics, comparative history, social theory, and race and ethnicity. A former Prize Fellow at the Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, he is now finishing a book on the crystallization of the one-drop rule in the United States between 1880 and 1940. For his work Scott has received a number of awards, including fellowships and grants from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Research Council, the Board of Trustees at Princeton University, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.more news »
Workshops & Events
Monday, March 3
Social Theory and Evidence Workshop
Abi Ocobock, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago
12:00 pm, Stuart 105
Wednesday, March 5
Organizations and Markets Workshop
Michael Jensen, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
3:00 pm, Harper Center HC3B
Thursday, March 6
Rayid Ghani, Research Director, University of Chicago
Computation Institute 12:00 pm, NORC Seminar Rm 232/233
City, Society and Space Workshop
"Bridging the Boundary: The Cultural Work of Cricket among Jamaican Immigrants in the US"
Marcelle Medford-Lee, University of Chicago
4:00 pm, SSR 401
Click here for a full list of Winter 2014 workshops.