The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce:


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: 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

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