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    Chris Bail, the newest addition to Duke Sociology, studies how non-profit organizations and other political actors shape public opinion by analyzing text-based data collected from newspapers, television transcripts, and social media sites. He is an affiliate of the Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC) as well as the Information Initiative at Duke (iID)

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    • Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Duke Ph.D. Alumna and Fulbright Scholar, profiled by the Graduate School for her forthcoming book, "The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families," and her collaborative research partnerships to study modern slavery in Brazil.

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    Martin Ruef will receive the ASA's Zelizer Prize, recognizing the best book in economic sociology, for Between Slavery and Capitalism."

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    Linda Burton co-organizes the 23rd Annual National Symposium on Family Issues – Boys and Men in African American Families to be held at Penn State, Oct 26-27, 2015.

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    Kieran Healy, writing in the Washington Post, looks at the most recent election in the UK and discusses how the composition of parliament would change if they used Proportional representation instead of the first-past-the-post (FPTP) election system which is also used in the U.S.

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Childers Published in Several Newspapers

Trenita Childers' piece "The question of birth citizenship" has been published as an Op-Ed piece in the July 15th edition of the Raleigh News…
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Baker Awarded Ph.D.

On July 14th, 2015, Regina Baker successfully defended her dissertation: "Poverty and Place in the Context of the American South." Her Committee consisted of: Linda Burton,…
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Reece Interviewed about Slavery research

Robert Reece was recently interviewed about his research on the legacy of slavery and school segregation and featured on Education and Society, a feature page of…
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Fulton Wins ASA Paper Award

The Organizations, Occupations, and Work section of the American Sociological Association selected Brad Fulton’s paper, “Bridging and Bonding: How Social Diversity Influences Organizational Performance” for the…
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Reece Published in "Sociology of Race and Ethnicity"

Robert Reece's article, "How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South" was recently accepted for publication by "Sociology…
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New Sociology Minor highlighted in the most recent Duke Chronicle

The most recent Duke Chronicle has highlighted the Department of Sociology newest Minor in Medical Sociology.  This Minor is for students who are interested in medicine,…
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The Power of the Past: Understanding Cross-Class Marriages

In an era in which class divisions are becoming starker than ever, some individuals are choosing to marry across class.This book traces the lives of a subset of these individuals - highly-educated adults who married a partner raised in a class different from their own. Drawing upon detailed interviews with spouses, Jessi Streib shows that crossing class lines is not easy, and that even though these couples shared everything, each spouse was still shaped by the class of their past, and consequently, so was their marriage.

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Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification:Keister & Sherkat (eds.), 

The essays in this volume provide important new details about how and why religion and inequality are related by focusing on new indicators of inequality and well-being, combining and studying mediating factors in new and informative ways, focusing on critical and often understudied groups, and exploring the changing relationship between religion and inequality over time.

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Between Slavery and Capitalism: Martin Ruef

This book evaluates the impact of the transition from slavery to capitalism on individuals, organizations, and communities in the American South.  Through a comparative-historical approach, it identifies changes in the region’s economic institutions and highlights the enduring uncertainty that continues to affect our understanding of race and class relations today.

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The Broken Compass: Angel Harris

Angel L. Harris and Keith Robinson on the major flaws in the conventional wisdom on parental involvement with children’s education.


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Social Capital and Its Institutional Contingency: Nan Lin

This volume is a collection of original studies based on one of the first research programs on comparative analysis of social capital. Data are drawn from national representative samples of the United States, China and Taiwan.

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