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.

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DEPARTMENT AWARDS

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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News

Professor Terry Clark discusses his new book, Can Tocqueville Karaoke? Global Contrasts of Citizen Participation, the Arts and Development in an interview here. This book, co-authored with 17 global coauthors, outlines a new framework for analysis of democratic participation and economic growth. Clark's research was also a focus at the French speaking Sociological Association's conference in Montreal in October, 2014.

PhD student Sanja Jagesic's article "Being American Means Never Having to Fret Over Your Legal Documents" was recently published in Time Magazine.

David Reingold (PhD 1996) has been named the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University.

Martin Riesebrodt, leading sociologist of religion, 1948-2014.  See more here:

Linda Waite's work on health and again, through the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project is profiled here.

David Schalliol discusses his work on isolated buildings and demolition of a South Side Chicago neighborhood August 7, 6:30 pm at the Arts Incubator, Washington Park. Schalliol's work was recently covered by DNAinfo and he was also interviewed by Japan Today.

Ben Merriman's op-ed, "Why Doubt is a Scientific Virtue," was published in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Donald J. Bogue, one of the nation's leading demographers, 1918-2014 - See more here:

Gary S. Becker, Nobel-winning scholar of economics and sociology, 1930-2014 - See more here:

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