News & Awards

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The Seminary Co-op is hosting a book release event for Julian Go's Policing Empires: Militarization, Race, and the Imperial Boomerang in Britain and the US. Robert Vargas will moderate the discussion between Julian Go and Alex Vitale. More information here.

Geoff Wodtke and colleagues from the Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility launch The Inequality Podcast, which "brings together scholars across disciplines to discuss the causes and consequences of inequality and strategies to promote economic mobility." Read the announcement here, and listen on Spotify, Google, Apple, or RSS Feed.

René D. Flores has been named a 2023-2034 Faculty Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Congratulations to Lauren Beard on being named an ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (ASA DDRIG) Research Scholar. See the announcement here.

Lauren Beard and Ángela Zorro Medina received grants from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. Lauren won the Robert K. Merton Award for the project "The Transition Shock: Emancipating into State-Defined Adulthood" and Ángela won an award for the project "The Effects of Anti-Gang Laws on Crime and Inequality."

Professor Robert Vargas is co-winner of the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the ASA's section on Race, Gender, and Class

Congratulations to Pranathi Diwakar, who won the Division of the Social Sciences' 2023 Saller Prize for most outstanding dissertation of the year!

Citing research by René D. Flores and collaborators, Congress members introduced a bill to start collecting data on Middle Eastern and North African people. More information here

Congratulations to PhD student Theodora Hurley, who received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her project "Understanding Relationships between Sexuality and Health through Bisexual Health Disparities."


We're pleased to welcome the following scholars to share their work at our department colloquium. All talks will take place in Albion Small (SSRB 305) on Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 1:50pm CT unless otherwise noted. Additional colloquiua and talk titles will be added in the following weeks.

  • Welcome Reception, September 20
  • Jamie Kucinskas (Hamilton College), October 4
  • Alex Vitale (Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center), November 1
  • Elaine Hernandez (Indiana University), November 15