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A new faculty-led Trinity College project, which examines the politics and histories of intercollegiate athletics and athletes, will include two Sociology courses this Spring. The courses are part of the new “Black in Blue: The Sports and Race Project” – a project that includes classes, public events, workshops and podcasts as it critically studies race and sports at Duke, within its geographic placement, and beyond. “Race and the Business of College Sports” (SOCIOL 290)  – taught by… read more about Two Courses on Race and College Sports Offered this Spring »

The Sociology PhD program at Duke University moves up two spots to #13 from #15 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Reports. read more about Duke Sociology Moves to #13 on U.S. News College Rankings »

The Reuben-Cooke Building, Named After a Superstar Hundreds celebrate historic moment as university names classroom building after one of the 'First Five' Duke pioneer Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke opened heavy doors as a student, said Duke President Vincent Price. Now some of those doors will open to a West Campus classroom building named in her honor. Price was speaking at a Sept. 24 ceremony to dedicate the Sociology-Psychology Building for the late Reuben-Cooke ’67, one of the university’s first five Black undergraduates… read more about The Reuben-Cooke Building, Named After a Superstar »

DURHAM, N.C. -- We put “save the chimps” on t-shirts and posters. But you’ll never see anyone walking around in a shirt that says “save the chimpanzee lice.” People seem to be more aware of the plight of endangered gorillas than of the gorillas’ gut worms, or are understandably more enamored with mouse lemurs than their mites. Our closest animal relatives face a precarious future: Half of the world’s roughly 500 primate species are at risk of extinction due to human activities such as hunting, trapping and deforestation.… read more about If Endangered Primates Disappear, So Will Their Parasites. That’s Actually a Problem »

Through a Bass Connections Collaborative Project Expedition, Ph.D. candidate Colin Birkhead worked with Professor Jen’nan Read to redesign her course on immigration and health. Together they created hands-on, project-based learning experiences with a community partner, World Relief Durham, in order to enhance in-class lectures and academic readings. Click here to read more.  read more about Jen'nan Read and Colin Birkhead featured in Duke Daily »

The Broken Compass by Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris is one of the Duke penned books to prep for back to school.  “The Broken Compass” asks whether children do better when parents are actively involved in their schooling. Sociology professor Angel Harris and Duke alumnus Keith Robinson assess more than 60 measures of parental participation at home and in school. The pair consider whether greater parental involvement can make a difference in the fundamental problems facing children's education today.… read more about Six Duke-Penned Books to Prep for Back-To-School »

Matt Dupre (PI) and Scott Lynch (Co-I) were recently awarded $2 million from NIH for an R01 study that will integrate risk trajectories and social determinants to enhance cardiovascular risk assessment in older adults. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, the study is a collaborative effort among faculty from the Department of Sociology, Population Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and the University of Texas Southwestern. read more about Matthew Dupre and Scott Lynch Awarded NIH Grant »

Sociology and health policy scholar Tyson Brown has been named the inaugural Presidential Fellow by Duke President Vincent E. Price. The one-year, part-time fellowship is designed to prepare promising mid-career faculty members for future leadership roles and to engage them in the administration of the university. Brown is associate professor of sociology and director of the Center on Health & Society. His research explores connections between social and health inequities. Most recently he has focused on identifying… read more about Tyson Brown Named First Presidential Fellow at Duke »

Duke Today presents seven Duke-authored books pertinent to students’, teachers’ and parents’ back-to-school experiences. These explore factors related to the classroom, home, primary and secondary school, learning, teaching and more. These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop. From Isolation to Conversation by Leslie Babinski Professor Leslie Babinski, director of the Center for Child and… read more about Six Duke-Penned Books to Prep for Back-to-School »

Gary Gereffi, Duke Professor Emeritus of Sociology Briefs Congress on Supply Chain Resiliency Gary Gereffi, professor emeritus of sociology and founding director of the Duke Global Value Chains Center visited the nation’s capital on July 15, 2021, to brief Congress on global supply chain resiliency. “Recent disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have brought both the significance and risks of supply chains to the American consciousness as never before…It has resulted in unprecedented supply shortages and demand… read more about Gary Gereffi Briefs Congress on Supply Chain Resiliency »

Doha Ali, a 2021 Duke graduate who majored in sociology and economics, was selected for a three year term on the university’s governing body. Ali will serve as an observer her first year, then as a trustee with voting privileges for the remainder of her term.  Click here to read full article.  read more about Sociology 2021 graduate Doha Ali appointed to Duke’s Board of Trustees »

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on debt-to-earnings ratio for different majors across 123 universities. Duke Sociology ranked #1 for undergraduate majors in sociology with the lowest debt. Click here to read full article.  read more about Duke Sociology Ranked #1 for Undergraduate Majors with the Lowest Debt »

On Monday July 12, 2021, Liann H. Yamashita successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Quiet Neglect: Southeast Asian Refugees Amidst U.S. Denial.” The Committee to conduct the examination consisted of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Chair), Tyson Brown, Mai Thi Nguyen, and Jessi Streib. read more about Liann H. Yamashita Defends Dissertation »

Mark Chaves, Anne Firor Scott Distinguished Professor of Sociology Mark Chaves created the National Congregations Study, a methodologically innovative national survey of local places of worship --churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples --from across the religious spectrum. The NCS, now in its fourth wave, has become the authoritative source of information about American congregations, extensively used by scholars, journalists, and policy makers, and serving as a model for studies of congregations around… read more about Chaves Awarded Distinguished Professorship »

On Wednesday July 7, 2021, Taylor Whitten Brown successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Qualities or Inequalities?: How Gender Shapes Value in the Market for Contemporary Art.” Her committee consisted of Christopher Bail (co-chair), James Moody (co-chair), Mor Naaman, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Martin Ruef, and Stephan Vaisey.  Taylor has accepted a Research Scientist/Software Engineer position on the Core Data Science team at Facebook. There, she will develop methods for measuring social inequalities, and continue an… read more about Brown Defends Dissertation, Accepts Position with Facebook »

Along with his collaborators, Duke sociology student Pei Yi Zhuo presents findings from “Race and Home Values in Durham, North Carolina: 1940-2020” on July 20, 2021, at the Data-Intensive Research Conference.  The conference is hosted by the University of Minnesota and showcases innovative research that analyzes full count census data. In addition to Zhuo, authors include Omer Ali, Nicholas Datto, Clinton Boyd, and William Darity. read more about Sociology Undergraduate Major, Pei Yi Zhuo, Presents Research »

In 2003, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva published what would prove his seminal work of academic scholarship: Racism Without Racists. In it, the sociologist – then at Texas A&M University – challenged the notion that the United States existed as a color-blind society. The book made a splash within academia and beyond, setting the table for countless conversations about race, systemic racism and many of the divisions that continue to plague society in the US and elsewhere. Bonilla-Silva came to Duke in 2005 and since has… read more about After a Career of Challenging Racial Myths, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Isn't Slowing Down »

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 22 faculty members representing seven Duke colleges and schools.   “Our honorees are recognized as international leaders in a diverse range of fields,” said President Vincent Price. “Their research has already had a significant impact on broader society, helping to improve lives and shape our understanding of the world.” The honorees are the “successors of faculty leaders who helped define the university’s commitment to ethical scholarship, leadership and public… read more about Duke Awards 22 Distinguished Professorships »