The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce:
Professor Kimberly Kay Hoang delivered the 2021 Aims of Education address to first-year students at the University of Chicago. Video recording here.
Professor Elisabeth Clemens has won the 2021 Barrington Moore Award from the ASA Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology for her book Civic Gifts: Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation State.
We are honored to welcome Professor Mignon Moore for a Distinguished Alumni Lecture: “The Children of the Great Migration: Black, Sexual Minority Women and the Search for Autonomy and Economic Freedom." More details here.
Linnea Martin, Sociology’s Graduate Studies Administrator, is retiring after a long and distinguished career. Please share your memories and well wishes for Linnea here.
Professor Karin Knorr Cetina has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations to UChicago Sociology alum Stephen Plank (MA 1992; PhD 1995) for his new role as the Vice President of Research, Evaluation, Evidence & Data at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more about Steve’s work here.
Congratulations to Brandon Sward whose video Red ones was included in the Smart Museum's exhibition, a series of small gestures.
Professor Robert Vargas was named a Deputy Dean for the Division of the Social Sciences. Read more here.
Lara Janson has received two Social Science Division Curricular Innovation Grants for their “Sociology of Higher Education” course and a collaborative research project. Information about both initiatives can be found on Janson’s website.
Professor Kaz Yamaguchi has been recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit from the Japanese Government, an honor given every year on Culture Day (November 3rd). Kaz is one of two social scientists selected this year.
Congratulations to Professor Kristen Schilt and her team of UChicago professors who have had their alternate reality game "Terrarium" selected as one of 50 games included in this year's IndieCade festival.
Professor Kate Cagney has been appointed as faculty director of the Yuen Campus in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Faculty Working Group.
Professor Geoff Wodtke has been awarded the Leo Goodman award – an award that recognizes the contributions to sociological methodology from an early career scholar.
Professor Kimberly Hoang has been awarded the Lewis A. Coser Award – an award giving to a mid-career sociologist whose work holds great promise for theoretical agenda setting in the field of sociology.
Jerel Ezell will begin an assistant professorship at Cornell University's Africana Studies and Research Center in July 2020.
Congratulations to our alumni: Ari Adut received an award for best book in social theory for his book, Reign of Appearances: The Misery and Splendor of the Public Sphere. Michal Pagis received honorable mention for her book, Inward: Vipassana Meditation and the Embodiment of the Self.
Mishal Khan has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights at the University of Texas at Austin.
Jason Radford has accepted a position as a Principal Research Scientist at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.
Brian Tuohy has accepted a postdoctoral position in the Health Disparities Research Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jessica Villaseñor has accepted a position as a researcher at Amnesty International Mexico.
Sneha Annavarapu has been awarded the 2020 ASA Sociology of Development Graduate Paper award for her paper titled, “Risky Routes, Safe Suspicions: Gender, Class, and Cabs in Hyderabad, India.”
Lauren Beard has been awarded a Student Leader Recognition Award from the University of Chicago Student Government.
Karlyn Gorski has been awarded the 2020 David Lee Stevenson Award from the ASA Sociology of Education section for her paper titled, “‘My Voice Matters’: High School Debaters’ Acquisition of Dominant and Adaptive Cultural Capital.”
Austin Kozlowski has been awarded the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation in Progress Award from the ASA Mathematical Sociology Section for his project, “Three Essays on the Structure and Organization of American Political Belief Systems.”
Laila H. Noureldin was elected Student Representative of the ASA Section on Sociology of Religion.
Professor Marco Garrido's book, The Patchwork City: Class, Space, and Politics in Metro Manila, won the best book award from both the Asia and Asia America section and the Political Sociology section of the ASA.
Danya Lagos PhD’19 to begin an assistant professorship at the University of California, Berkeley’s Sociology Department in July 2020.
Cayce Hughes PhD’17 to start as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado College in Fall 2020.
Professor Elisabeth Clemens' new book was released entitled, Civic Gifts: Voluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State.
Pranathi Diwakar received 2nd place in the 2020 Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology from the Social Sciences Research Council. See her photo here.
Rebecca Ewert received the 2020 Brent K. Marshall Graduate Student Paper Award from the SSSP Environmental and Technology Division for her paper, "Like Wildfire: Creating Rumor Content in the Face of Disaster."
Karlyn Gorski received Honorable Mention for the 2020 SSSP Educational Problems Division Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper, "In School for After School: The Relationship between Extracurricular Participation and Student Engagement."
Nisarg Mehta received Honorable Mention for the 2020 ASA Sexualities Section Graduate Student Paper Award for his paper, “In Search of a ‘Gay’ Atmosphere: Emplacing Sexual Boundary Work.”
Allison Reed received the 2020 SSSP Community and Research Development Division Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper, "Enclaves of Poverty or Homes that Last?: Temporality, Strategy, and Competing Ideologies in the Preservation of Affordable Homeownership."
Professor Kimberly Hoang has been awarded a 2020-2021 Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Alexandra Brewer has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University.
Laila Noureldin has been awarded 1st Place in the 2020 Midwest Sociological Society's Graduate Student Paper Competition for her paper, “One Size Does Not Fit All: Effects of Race, Immigrant Generation, and Birthplace on Perceptions of Islamophobic Discrimination.”
Benjamin Rohr received the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award from the National Science Foundation for his study, “The Emergence of Political Careers and Parties, New York 1777-1821."
Professor Robert Vargas received the David Hoeft Award for Newly Tenured Faculty from the College. This award is funded through the generosity of David Hoeft, AB '89, to recognize newly tenured faculty whose work shows exceptional promise.
Laila Noureldin was awarded the 2019 Best Student Paper Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for her paper, "American v Muslims? Religiosity as a Marker of Fragmented Identification among American Muslims."
Jerel Ezell received a Fulbright award for his project, "Sociology of Shame and Youth Violence: Examining Restorative Justice in Port of Spain, Trinidad."
Peter Fugiel received a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for his project, Work as an Option: Effects of Unpredictable and Unstable Schedules on Earnings, Mobility, and Skills.
Laila Noureldin was awarded a 2019 scholarship from the Islamic Scholarship Fund.
Alexandra Brewer was awarded the 2019 Louise Johnson Scholar Award from the ASA section on Medical Sociology.
Professor Linda Waite has been awarded the 2019 Distinguished Career Award from the ASA section on Family.
Georg Rilinger has been awarded the 2019 ASA Section on Economic Sociology's Graduate Student Paper Prize for his article, "Corporate Conspiracies and Complex Secrets: Structure and Perception of the Insull Scheme in 1930s Chicago." American Journal of Sociology 124 (4): 1043-1089.
Melissa Osborne received a Student Leadership and Recognition Award from the University of Chicago Graduate Council for outstanding service to the graduate community.
Undergraduate sociology major Lissette Flores-Gonzalez won a Stamps Scholarship that will grant her $20,000 toward her proposed BA thesis.
Undergraduate sociology major Olivia Jia won the 2nd annual Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Price for her study on the socio-cultural dimensions of the built environment in Chinatown.
Undergraduate sociology majors Evan Zhao (2020) and Lissette Gonzalez-Flores (2021) won the prestigious Undergraduate Research Diversity Fellowship from the American Bar Foundation.
In Fall 2019, Alicia Riley will begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco (NIA T32 in Aging and Chronic Disease).
Melissa Osborne was awarded the 2019 SSSP Educational Problems Division’s Graduate Student Paper Award for her article “Contending with the Double Bind: How Student-Parent Expectations Matter for First Generation College Experiences and Outcome.”
Alexandra Brewer was awarded the 2019 SSSP Health Division Graduate Student Paper Award for her article, "Moralizing the Opioid Shortage."
Professor Kate Cagney was elected President of the Association of Population Centers.
Professor James Evans’ new research on politically polarized teams was featured by UChicago News here.
In Fall 2019, Misha Teplitskiy will begin an Assistant Professorship at the University of Michigan in the School of Information.
In Fall 2019, Yinxian Zhang will begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University Ash Center.
In Fall 2019, Maria Akchurin will begin an Assistant Professorship in the Sociology Department at Loyola University in Chicago.
In Fall 2019, Danya Lagos will begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center.
In Fall 2019, Melissa Osborne will begin an Assistant Professorship in the Sociology Department at Western Washington University.
Professor Elisabeth Clemens has been named the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology and the College.
Sociology Alumna, Rebecca Sandefur (Ph.D., Sociology - UChicago 2001), has been named a Macarthur Fellow. Rebecca has received the Macarthur award for promoting a new, evidence-based approach to increasing access to civil justice for low-income communities.
Professor Kimberly Hoang has received the David Hoeft Award for Newly Tenured Faculty from the College. This it the inaugural year for this award which is given to faculty who have recently received tenure and whose work shows exceptional promise.
Professor James Evans' new project on AI models and the social world is featured by UChicago News here.
Professor Jenny Trinitapoli was recently elected to the Population Association of America's Board of Directors.
Laila Noureldin has been awarded the Batool Javidan Memorial Scholarship by the Islamic Scholarship Fund.
Professor René D. Flores has been awarded the American Sociological Association’s Latina/o Section’s Distinguished Contribution to Research Article Award for: "Do Anti-immigrant Laws shape Public Sentiment?: A Study of Arizona′s SB 1070 using Twitter data,” published in the American Journal of Sociology.
Melissa Osborne has been awarded the American Sociological Association's Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology's Robert Dentler Award.
Professor René D. Flores has been awarded the American Sociological Association's Section on International Migration's Louis Wirth Best Article Award for: "Do Anti-immigrant Laws shape Public Sentiment?: A Study of Arizona's SB 1070 using Twitter data," published in the American Journal of Sociology.
Two undergraduate sociology majors, Yunhan Wen (3rd year) and Evan Zhao (2nd year) have won PRISM grants.
Professor Kimberly Hoang has been awarded the 2018 Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Melissa Osborne has been Awarded the Beth B. Hess Award from Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the American Sociological Association to support her dissertation, "Jumping the Ladder: Low-Income Students and the Strain of Social Mobility During College."
Melissa Osborne has been awarded the American Sociological Association's Section on Children and Youth's Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for: "Learning to Play the Field: Extended Advantages of Elite Secondary Education for Low-Income College Students."
Professor Linda Waite has been awarded the Matilda White Riley Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Aging and the Life Course. This is the highest honor conferred on a member by the ASA section.
Laing Prize honors Professor Forrest Stuart for his book, Down, Out & Under Arrest - Watch a clip from the event here.
Professor Linda Waite has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In Fall 2018, Rick Moore will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University.
In Fall 2018, Nora Taplin-Kaguru will begin an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Earlham College.
In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Konieczny, Ph.D. '05
In Fall 2018, Jaclyn Wong will begin an Assistant Professorship in the Sociology Department at the University of South Carolina.
In Fall 2018, Marcelle Medford-Lee will begin an Assistant Professorship in the Sociology Department at Bates College.
Undergraduate Sociology Major Rebecca Julie, AB '19 is featured in a profile by the Division of the Social Sciences where she discusses how sociology has shaped her experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Department of Sociology is excited to announce that René Flores will be joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2018.
Alumna Valarie Gutmann (AB'17) named Marshall Scholar.
Professor Kaz Yamaguchi has received the Nikkei Economics Books Culture Award for his book, Gender Inequality in the Workplace, published in Japan in May
The American Journal of Sociology is pleased to announce the first issue under the editorship of Professor Elisabeth Clemens. Please read here editor's note here.
Alumnus and activist Rami Nashashibi wins MacArthur grant.
A service in memory of Gerald D. Suttles (1932-2017), Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, will be held in Bond Chapel on Friday November 10, 2017. An announcement of the service can be found here.
Professor Forrest Stuart has received a Research Grant from the University of Chicago Women's Board
Professor Omar McRoberts has received a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant and a Newberry Library Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year
Professor Marco Garrido has been named as a 2017-18 Franke Institute Fellow
Professor Robert Vargas' book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio, has been awarded the Association for Humanist Sociology's 2017 Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award
Professor Kate Cagney appointed Deputy Dean of Social Sciences
Professor Forrest Stuart has received a Research Grant from the University of Chicago Women's Board.
Professor Omar McRoberts has received a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant and a Newberry Library Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year.
Professor Marco Garrido has been named as a 2017-18 Franke Institute Fellow
Professor Robert Vargas' book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio, has been awarded the Association for Humanist Sociology's 2017 Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award
Robert Owens has accepted a position as Senior Associate with Civic Consulting Alliance.
In the Fall of 2017, Robert Vargas will be joining the sociology department as a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor.
Professor Karin Knorr Cetina received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Scientific Research from the German Sociological Association, as well as the Gutenberg Research Award from the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz
Professor Kimberly Hoang has received the Social Science Research Council Transnational Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections, for Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. This is the seventh award Kimberly Hoang obtained for her book.
Professor Chad Broughton's Book, Boom, Bust, Exodus, has been awarded the 2016 Labor and Labor Movements Book Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Labor and Labor Movements
Yang Zhang's Dissertation, Insurgent Dynamics: The Coming of the Chinese Rebellions, 1850-1873, has been awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Dissertation Award by American Sociological Association's Section on Collective Behavior and Social Moments.
Professor James Evans Received a Sloan Foundation Grant for the project entitled, “The Impact of Programming Languages and Data Science Frameworks on Thinking, Software, and Science." This project explores how programming languages and data science / statistical programs (e.g., STATA, R) may influence how people and groups think.
Professor Andrew Abbott received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the College at the University of Chicago.
Professor Kimberly Hoang has received the 2017 Henry J. Benda Book Prize by the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), for Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
Professor Luc Anselin and his group released Version 1.10 of GeoDa, which to date has over 200,000 unique downloads
Professor Forrest Stuart's book, Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row, has been awarded the 2016 Robert E. Park Award for Best Book from the ASA Section on Community and Urban Sociology.
Professor Linda Waite received a renewal of her MERIT Award from NIA, given to about 10% of all NIH investigators. This prestigious award has been the basis for work she has been doing, with William Dale, Chief of Geriatric Medicine, on a book to be published by the University of Chicago Press.
Le Lin's paper, "Capitalism Out of the Shadow: Double Ambiguity and the Privatization and Marketization of China's Education and Training Industry," has been awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Paper Award by the Asia and Asian American Section of the American Sociological Association.
In Fall 2017, Adilia James will begin an Assistant Professorship in the Sociology Department at Endicott College.
Maude Pugliese's dissertation, Economic Disparities in Portfolio Composition: Their Historical Causes and Their Consequences for Inequality, has received an Honorable Mention for the American Sociological Association's Best Dissertation Award.
Chengpang Lee's article "State-Building and Religion: Explaining the Diverged Path of Religious Change in Taiwan and South Korea, 1950-1980." has been awarded the 2017 Bendix Award from the Comparative-historical section of the American Sociological Association.
Professor Kimberly Hoang talked about her stunning ethnography of Vietnam’s sex industry with Michael D. Kennedy back in March. Missed the conversation? Not to worry, you can hear a recording through Seminary Co-Op Bookstores’ podcast Open Stacks, which features celebrated and undersung guests. Have a listen here.
Sneha Annavarapu has been awarded a 2017 summer fellowship from the University of Chicago Committee on Southern Asian Studies.
Jeffrey Parker has been awarded a Social Science William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Chicago for the 2017-2018 academic year.
In Fall 2017, Chengpang Lee will begin a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. In the Fall of 2018, he will begin an Assistant Professorship at National University of Singapore.
Linzhuo Li and Shilin Jia have been awarded the RCC Mind Bytes Judges' Choice Award at the Mind Bytes Symposium held by the Research Computing Center at University of Chicago.
Sneha Annavarapu's article, "Consuming Wellness; Producing Difference" has received an honorable mention for the 2017 Graduate Student Paper Award of the Body and Embodiment Section of the American Sociological association.
Laila Noureldin has been awarded a poster session prize at the 2017 Population Association of America's Annual Conference. Her poster titled, "Assimilation and/or Alienation? Construct Reconceptualization Using American Muslim Religiosity and Immigrant Generation-Levels” received first place in the "Migration, Urbanization, Population, Development, and Environment" session at the conference.
Maryam Alemzadeh has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies 2017 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship to support the completion of her dissertation, Revolutionary Armies and Mechanisms of Institution-building: The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988).
Professor Forrest Stuart has been awarded the Law and Society Association Article Prize - for exceptional scholarship in socio-legal studies published as an article - for his article "Becoming Copwise: Policing, Culture, and the Collateral Consequences of Street Level Criminalization."
Melissa Osborne has been awarded a research grant from the Midwest Sociological Society to fund her dissertation research on economic minority students in higher education.
Robert Owens has been awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Paper Award from Law and Social Inquiry for his paper titled, "What is a Social Group in the Eyes of the Law? Knowledge Work in Refugee Status Determination."
Lily Chen (A.B. '17) has received a 2017-2018 Fulbright award for her project, Gendered Racializations, Violent Xenophobia: West African Migrants in Guangzhou, China.
The Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization (HMSO) is seeking proposals for its initiative, “Successful Pathways from School to Work,” which supports research on how to improve education to better prepare urban youth to succeed in the modern labor market and society as a whole. The initiative will provide pre-doctoral students with up to $25,000/year for one- or two-year research projects. The remaining funds will support larger, faculty-led studies. The latter projects can have budgets of up to $100K/year for up to two years. The HMSO is now seeking brief (1,500 word) Letters of Interest (LOI) from students and faculty, due by May 8, 2017. For more information on how to apply, visit: https://successfulpathways.uchicago.edu/page/apply or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professors Kimberly Hoang, Kristen Schilt, and Forrest Stuart have been recognized for their efforts developing the future of ethnographic research.
Professor Marco Garrido has been named the Franke Institute Fellow for 2017-2018.
Professor Omar McRoberts has been awarded the Newberry Library Fellowship for 2017-2018. In addition, Professor McRoberts has received a Sabbatical Grant from the Louisville Institute.
Melissa Osborne was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Paper Prize in the Sociology and Social Welfare division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) for her paper, “Who Gets ‘Housing First?’: Determining Eligibility in an Era of Housing First Homelessness.”
Congratulations to Melissa Osborne, who has been awarded first place in the 2017 Midwest Sociological Society's graduate student paper competition for her paper, "'Who Gets Housing First?': Determining Eligibility in an Era of Housing First Homelessness."
Congratulations to Haena Lee, who has been awarded the Social Networks and Health Fellowship from the Duke Network Analysis Center at Duke University.
Congratulations to Haena Lee, who has been awarded the University of Chicago Department of Medicine's Research Day Best Abstract Award.
In Fall 2017, Le Lin will begin a tenure track position as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
In Fall 2017, Cayce Hughes will begin a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Rice University.
In Fall 2017, Haena Lee will begin a post-doctoral fellowship with the Psychological and Cognitive Aging Project at the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
In Fall 2017, Peter McMahan will begin a post-doctoral fellowship in the Departments of Computer Science’s Info Lab, the Graduate School of Education, and Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. In the Fall of 2018, he will begin an Assistant Professorship in the Sociology Department at McGill University.
Library Exhibit In Memory of Charles E. Bidwell, Sociology and Education Scholar, 1932-2016. This one-case exhibit highlights a selection of his most heavily cited and influential works as well as his dissertation and accomplishments as an administrator, including editor for three important journals, the Sociology of Education, American Journal of Sociology, and the American Journal of Education.
Exhibit Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Second Floor
Exhibit Dates: January 12 – March 27, 2017
Professor Kimberly Hoang's book, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, has been awarded the 2017 Henry J. Benda Book Prize by the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). The Benda Book Prize of the AAS is given annually to an outstanding newer scholar from any discipline or country specialization of Southeast Asian studies for a first book in the field.
Charles E. Bidwell (1932–2016) A service in memory of Charles E. Bidwell will be held in Bond Chapel on Friday, January 6th, 2017, at 3:30 pm. A reception will follow in the Common Room of Swift Hall, which is adjacent to Bond Chapel. All members of the university community, friends, family, and the public are invited to attend. Charles, AB’50, MA’53, PhD’56, served as both chair and professor, first in the Department of Education, and later in the Department of Sociology. In order to make the best possible arrangements for the memorial service, please RSVP to Gillian Griffin at email@example.com.
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