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 Kimberly Hoang has been awarded the Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize for 2015 for her book, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (UC Press, 2015).

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."

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In Fall 2016, Marshall Jean will begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

Congratulations to Katie Hendricks who has won the SSSP Sport, Leisure, and the Body division's graduate student paper award for her paper, "What the Action Is: Flow, Risk, and Gender in a Fire Community."

Andrea Haidar (A.B. '15) has received a Fulbright award and will spend 2016-2017 in Jordan.

Congratulations to Joshua Mausolf, a second year PhD student, who received the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship. 

In Fall 2016, Tal Yifat will begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ivey Business School, Western Ontario University.

In Summer 2016, Misha Teplitskiy will begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Crowd Innovation Lab, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard.

Congratulations to Allison Reed, a first year PHD student, and Tianjian Lai, a fourth year sociology major, who received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and to Danya Lagos, a second year PhD student, who received Honorable Mention.

In Fall 2016, Marcelle Medford will begin a C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sociology at Connecticut College. This two year appointment is part of the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) program.

In Fall 2016, Piper Coutinho-Sledge will begin a tenure track position as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Bryn Mawr.

In Fall 2016, Laura Doering will begin a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organizations at McGill University.

In Fall 2016, Jan Doering will begin a tenure track position as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at McGill University.

A two volume book written about Professor Andrew Abbott was recently released in France. 

Lara Janson has won the 2016 SSSP Law and Society Division Lindesmith Graduate Paper Competition for her paper entitled "Our Great Hobby: The Construction of Legal Consciousness in Online Networks for Buyers of Sex in Chicago."  

Rami Nashashibi's work in Chicago highlighted by President Obama at the 2016 Prayer Breakfast

Ben Ross discusses material from his fieldwork on migration and the hairstyling industry in China on a recent TEDx Talk.

Kathleen Cagney has been elected to the Population Association of America's 2016-2018 Board of Directors. 

Chengpang Lee's co-authored paper (with Myung-Sahm Suh), "State-Building and Religion: Explaining the Diverged Path of Christianity in Taiwan and South Korea, 1950-1980" has been awarded the 2015 Best Graduate Paper Prize of the American Sociological Association's section on Asia & Asian America.

Kimberly Hoang has been awarded the Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize for 2015 for her book, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (UC Press, 2015). The prize is awarded for groundbreaking scholarship in women's studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship. 

Mapping the Young Metropolis: The Chicago School of Sociology, 1915-1940 ,The University of Chicago Library and Special Collections Research Center's most recent exhibit, will be running from June 22 to September 11 at the Special Collections Research Center Gallery. It explores the Chicago School's innovative methods and influential ideas that inspired and transformed the discipline of sociology.

Ben Merriman's Boston Review article, A Science of Literature, was recently highlighted by UChicago News.

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