Against a backdrop of dual crises of public health and racial justice, more than 50 Black faculty, staff and students shared personal stories of racism and discrimination, presented research on racial inequities, and issued urgent calls for change.
The day-long symposium, Living While Black, was attended by more than 6,300 members of the Duke community via videoconference. It addressed the national crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting communities of color, and the spate of police killings… read more about Living While Black: Raw Discussions on Race at Duke and in America »
Dr. Gary Gereffi was one of two main speakers at a Duke webinar on “COVID-19 and Global Supply Chains: Disruption and Restructuring” on April 21. The event was recorded and the YouTube video link is provided here -- https://igs.duke.edu/news/covid-19-and-global-supply-chains-disruptions-and-restructuring There is also an article in Duke Today about the event. read more about Gary Gereffi Involved In April Webinar On Supply Chains »
What Next? Faculty Research and COVID-19
Every day begins in the same way. I get up. I make my coffee. I look at the data. Everything about this is absurd. To begin with, there’s the absurdity that everyone with a job like mine faces each day. Locked down at home with the kids, trying to get things done, unable to properly teach, write, or think. The household is like a little spacecraft, drifting in the void. Occasionally you venture outside to get supplies, or to check the shields. I find the days are speeding up now,… read more about The Kitchen Counter Observatory »
The Department of Sociology recognizes and congratulates those students receiving their doctoral degree in Sociology during the 2019-20 academic year. Our graduates, along with the titles of their dissertations, are listed below.
May 2020 Graduates
Jarron D. Bowman
"Economic Insecurity, Political
Inequality, and the Well-Being of
John P. Bumpus
"Essays on the Structural and Cultural
Determinants… read more about Congratulations New Ph.D.s! »
Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.
African & African American Studies
John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland
Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam
Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn
Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »
DURHAM, N.C. -- Eighteen Duke students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright placements to teach English, study and do research abroad during the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Fulbright US Student Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering opportunities in over 140 countries. The Fulbright award is designed to facilitate cultural exchange and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries.
The awards are announced on a… read more about Eighteen Duke Students And Alumni Awarded Fulbright Scholarships »
Jen'nan Read – Sally Dalton Robinson Professor of Sociology and chair of the Sociology Department – has been recognized by Trinity College of Arts & Sciences for her excellence in undergraduate teaching. Read was named the 2020 recipient of the Howard D. Johnson Award.
“Jen’nan is consistently mentioned among students as one of their favorite professors within sociology," wrote one of her colleagues in the award submission. "This is impressive because some of these students are not even sociology majors, but rather… read more about Jen'nan Read Receives 2020 Undergraduate Teaching Award »
On Wednesday April 1, Steven Jefferson successfully defended his dissertation entitled: “Race, Gender and Perceived Barriers: How Beliefs About the Opportunity Structure Shape Postsecondary Pathways.” His committee consisted of: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Chair, Tyson Brown, Royel Johnson, Lynn Smith-Lovin, and Martin Ruef. read more about Steven Jefferson Defends PhD. »
On Friday March 27, Guangyu Tong defended his dissertation entitled: “Topics in Selective Migration and Economic Assimilation of New Immigrants”. His committee consisted of: Angel Harris, Chair, Scott Lynch, Jeffrey Swanson, and Mark Chaves. read more about Guangyu Tong Defends PhD. »
On Thursday March 26, Maria Cristina Ramos Flor defended her dissertation entitled: "Identities and Meaning Structures." Her committee consisted of: James Moody, Co-Chair, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Co-Chair, Christopher Bail, and Stephen Vaisey. read more about Maria Cristina Ramos Flor Defends PhD. »
On Thursday March 26, Emily Persons defended her dissertation entitled: "School Closings, Openings and Restructurings: Implications for Schools and Neighborhoods." Her committee consisted of: Martin Ruef, Co-Chair, Angel Harris, Co-Chair, Christopher Bail, and Jessi Streib. read more about Emily Persons Defends PhD. »
On Tuesday March 31, Zimife Umeh defended her dissertation entitled: “Gender, Institutions, and Punishment: Examining the Experiences of Formerly Incarcerated Women.” Her committee consisted of: Martin Ruef, Co-Chair, Angel Harris, Co-Chair, Tyson Brown, and Jessi Streib. She has also accepted a Presidential Diversity Fellowship at Brown University. read more about Zimife Umeh Defends PhD. and Accepts Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown »
On Monday March 30, Jarron Bowman defended his dissertation entitled: “Economic Insecurity, Political Inequality, and the Well-Being of American Families.” His committee consisted of: Angel Harris, Co-Chair, Scott Lynch, Co-Chair, Nicholas Carnes, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. He has accepted a one year Assistant Professorship in the Department of Sociology at Ithaca College starting the fall of 2020. read more about Jarron Bowman Defends PhD. and Accepts Position at Ithaca College »
On Tuesday March 17, John Bumpus defended his dissertation entitled: "Essays on the Structural and Cultural Determinants of Youths' Postsecondary Educational Outcomes." His committee consisted of: Angel Harris, Co-Chair, Scott M. Lynch, Co-Chair, Christopher Bail, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. read more about John Bumpus Defends PhD. »
On Tuesday March 31, Molly Copeland defended her dissertation entitled: "When Peers Help and Harm: Adolescent Social Structure and Mental Health". Her committee consisted of: James Moody, Chair, Christopher Bail, Tyson Brown, and Linda K. George. She has also accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor at Michigan State starting in the Fall of 2020. read more about Molly Copeland Defends PhD. and Accepts Position at Michigan State »
On Friday, March 27 Joshua Doyle defended his dissertation entitled: “Getting From Trust to Cooperation: the Moderating Role of Cultural Trust”. His committee consisted of: Stephen Vaisey (chair), Lynn Smith-Lovin, Martin Ruef, and Ashley Harrell King. He has accepted a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department of Purdue University starting in the fall of 2020. read more about Joshua Doyle Defends PhD. and Accepts Position at Purdue University »
For Sarah Gaither, this command reminds her what she needs to make time to do. As an assistant professor of psychology & neuroscience at Duke, she balances a robust teaching and research load with administrative duties, meetings with collaborators and students, leadership of the Duke Identity & Diversity Lab and more. Advancing her own scholarship can get squeezed to the margins, but she can’t allow that to happen during this critical period in her career.
From manuscripts, grants and book chapters to… read more about A Community That Writes Together »
Social Media Echo Chambers and Political PolarizationWednesday, March 4, 2020 | 4:30-6:30 PMChris Bail
There is widespread concern that social media platforms have created filter bubbles that reinforce peoples’ pre-existing views and prevent them from being exposed to those who do not share them. Though many people believe popping filter bubbles will reduce political polarization on social media, this talk will present multiple field experiments that challenge this… read more about Social Media Echo Chambers and Political Polarization »
In an effort to learn how people form opinions, Duke sociologist Craig Rawlings turned to an unusual test group -- book clubs.
Rawlings and fellow researcher Clayton Childress at the University of Toronto enlisted members of book clubs across the country to read a work of historical fiction -- Jarrettsville, by Cornelia Nixon. The book is centered on real-world events in the post-Civil War period and touches on issues of gender, race and southern identity.
Study participants read the book on their own and were surveyed… read more about Wine, Conversation and New Points of View »
Matt Dupre (PI) and Scott Lynch (Co-I) were recently awarded an NIH/R21 ($442,750) to study the social determinants of access to care and 30-day readmission in older adults with heart failure. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, the research builds on their work examining how barriers to routine medical care lead to poor outcomes in those living with heart disease. The study is a collaborative effort among faculty from the Department of Sociology, Population Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and the Duke Clinical… read more about Matthew Dupre and Scott Lynch awarded NIH grant »
Dr. Ken Land, the John Franklin Crowell Professor Emeritus of Sociology and his co-authors, Anatoliy I. Yashin, and Eric Stallard, received the 2019 Eric Siegel Book Review Award. Here is the link to the article from the Duke Population Research Institute about the award. https://dupri.duke.edu/news-events/news/baru-researchers-receive-eric-ziegel-book-review-award-technometrics read more about Ken Land and Co-Authors Receive 2019 Eric Siegel Book Review Award »
On Thursday June 13, 2019, Lauren Valentino successfully defended her dissertation entitled “What is a ‘Good’ Job? Cultural Logics of Occupational Prestige.” Her dissertation committee consisted of; Steve Vaisey(Chair), Chris Bail, Kieran Healy, and Jessi Streib.
She has accepted a position as a postdoctoral associate at the Kenan Institute for Ethics here at Duke beginning in fall 2019. read more about Valentino Defends PhD. and Accepts PostDoc at Kenan Institute for Ethics »
On Thursday May 30, 2019, Friedolin Merhout successfully defended his dissertation titled: “Consequences and Corrections of Misperceptions in Intergroup Relations”. His committee consisted of: Christopher Bail (Chair), Stephen Vaisey, Kieran Healy, Martin Ruef, and Lynn Smith-Lovin. read more about Merhout Defends PhD. »