The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce:


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: or email:


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


Undergraduate Students!!!  Interested in learning about sociology?  Interested in learning about Chicago?  Interested in eating doughnuts?  Join the Chicago Sociology Doughnut Tour by registering here!

Nidia Banuelos has accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Woodruff Library at Emory University.

In Fall 2016, Yang Zhang will begin a tenure track position at American University in the School of International Service.

Le Lin has been awarded the William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship and will be designated as a William Rainey Harper/Provost Fellow.

Gordon Douglas has accepted a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University with a start date of fall 2017. He will remain in his postdoctoral position at NYU for 2016-2017, and will serve as Acting Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, an interdisciplinary center for research and public scholarship.

Professor Kimberly Hoang's book, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, has been awarded four 2016 Distinguished Book Awards from the American Sociological Association. The book has received this honor from the Section on Global & Transnational Sociology, Sexualities, the Section on Race, Class, & Gender, and the Section on Sex & Gender. 

Professor Kimberly Hoang's book, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work, has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems Global Division.

Congratulations to Yang Zhang who has won the 2016 American Sociological Association's section on Asia and Asian America's Graduate Student Paper Award for his paper, "Insurgency in Interstice: Rebellion Ecology and the Rise of the Taiping Movement."

Professor Kristen Schilt's paper, "Doing Gender, Determining Gender" has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Article Award from the American Sociological Association's section on Sex & Gender. 

Le Lin's paper entitled "Interstitial Emergence and the Making of Capitalism: The Thriving of Private Enterprises in China's Education and Training Industry" has been awarded the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)'s FFJ-Network Q Best Paper Award for 2016.

Professor Kristen Schilt received a Neubauer Collegium Faculty Research Initiative for 2016-2019. She will be collaborating with Professor Patrick Jagoda (English) and Heidi Coleman (TAPS).

Professor Kimberly Hoang had been awarded the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for 2016-17. Professor Hoang is collaborating on a project entitled “The Economy and Its Boundaries,” with Jonathan Levy, Amy Dru Stanley, and Elaine Hadley.

Professor Kimberly Hoang has been awarded a 2016 Fulbright Global Grant.

Professor Kimberly Hoang has been awarded a Social Science Research Council Transnational Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections

Postdoctoral Fellow Michael Rodriguez-Muniz was just awarded the American Sociological Association 2016 Best Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled, “Temporal Politics of the Future: National Latino Civil Rights Advocacy, Demographic Statistics, and the “Browning” of America.

Assistant Professor Marco Garrido has been awarded the Neubauer Faculty Development Fellowship in the College for 2015-16. The J. and J. Neubauer Faculty Development Fellowships are funded through the generosity of Joseph and Jeanette Neubauer in support of excellence in teaching. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize innovative and effective teaching and mentorship on the part of Assistant and Associate Professors who regularly participate in the College's instructional programs. Neubauer Fellowships are awarded upon the recommendation of the Dean of the College and the Masters of the Collegiate Divisions. 

Congratulations to Cayce Hughes who has won the 2016 SSSP Sociology and Social Welfare division's graduate student paper award for his paper, "Negotiating Privacy in the Context of Poverty: Poor Mothers and the Social Safety Net." 

Congratulations to Moira O'Shea, a second year PhD student, who received a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to spend 10 months in Kyrgyzstan.  

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. 

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.

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." 

Jaclyn Wong and Andrew Penner's article "Gender and the Returns to Attractiveness," Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 44:113–123. was featured in the Washington Post.

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

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.

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. 

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