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“When was the last time you thought — who is white?” asked Jen’nan Read, chair and professor of the department of Sociology, whose newly published study in the “Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health” examines the data integrity of using the “white” racial category as a benchmark when comparing racial and ethnic health disparities.    “It’s the group to which all other groups in the U.S. are compared,” Read said. With the release of her new study, Read is working to fill a gap in the… read more about New Study Becomes First to Examine Health Outcomes Among Foreign- and Native-Born U.S. Whites »

The Department of Sociology has awarded Lindsay Harding, head coach of the NBA G League team Stockton Kings, the inaugural Gary and Pela Gereffi Outstanding Alumni Award. Harding received the award at Sociology’s graduation ceremony on May 12th, where she also delivered the departmental commencement address.  The Department of Sociology established the award this year to recognize outstanding undergraduate alumni. The award, which will be given annually at the department’s commencement ceremony, is named after emeriti… read more about Lindsey Harding Receives Inaugural Alumni Award  »

In high school, Amber Smith planned to become a physician. “Before college, I had no intention of studying Sociology and barely even knew what the discipline was about,” said Smith, who is graduating this Spring with a major in Sociology, concentration in medical sociology, and a minor in Global Health. “During my first semester at Duke, I took an introductory class, SOCIOL 110: Sociological Inquiry, with Professor Craig Rawlings. I quickly found myself deeply interested in the material.” Smith enrolled in more Sociology… read more about Amber Smith Analyzes Abortion Care Access as a Social Network »

The Spring Research Symposium is an annual event where the sociology honors students, with support from honors director Hedwig (Hedy) Lee and other faculty members, present their research to the wider community. Oral presentations and a Q&A occurred first and were followed by a poster presentation reception where various faculty, students, friends and family came out to support each of our students.  Oral Presentation Order: Amber Smith Clementine (Clemmie) Biddle  Safiyyah… read more about Spring 2024 Research Symposium »

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honor society, began in 1920 to “acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology.” In 1967, AKD became a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Over the past 100 years, universities have established almost 700 AKD chapters.  We welcome and honor the newest inductees to Duke’s chapter. Christina Marie Aaron Chase Adkins Kelly Martina Araujo Kennedy Barron Reima Bash Isabella Birch Miriam Ruth Bussel-… read more about Duke Sociology Welcomes the 2024 AKD Inductees »

Joseph Roso has accepted an Assistant Professor of Sociology position at Ambrose University, in Calgary, Canada. Joseph received his PhD from Duke Sociology in spring 2023. During the 2023-24 academic year, Joseph held a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Sociology and the Religion and Social Change Lab. Joseph’s research focuses broadly on religion, institutional change, and politics, and his published work has appeared in the sociology of… read more about Joseph Roso Accepts Assistant Professor Position »

Spring’s crop of books from Duke authors includes a history of grievance in the United States, an up-close look at the camaraderie at Durham Bulls games, and a guide on understanding sex and gender. Below is a roundup of some of the most recent and upcoming published titles. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” display shelves near the circulation desk in Perkins Library. Some are available as e-books for quick download. Most can also be purchased through the… read more about Spring Books in Duke Authors: Meditations, Baseball, Rebels and Stomach Pains »

“Duke Sociology has been training excellence for a long time,” said Jen’nan Read, Sally Dalton Robinson Professor and chair of the Department of Sociology. Both the quality of Duke’s graduate Sociology program and the longevity of its success were evident on March 22, when three alumni returned to campus for a panel discussion with current and prospective graduate students. The event was sponsored by the Sociology department’s Jensen Speaker Series and by the Duke Centennial, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the… read more about Sociology Alumni Share Their Experiences With Current Students »

DURHAM, N.C. -- Left unchecked, corrosion can rust out cars and pipes, take down buildings and bridges, and eat away at our monuments. Corrosion can also damage devices that could be key to a clean energy future. And now, Duke University researchers have captured extreme close-ups of that process in action. “By studying how and why renewable energy devices break down over time, we might be able to extend their lifetime,” said chemistry professor and senior author Ivan Moreno-Hernandez. In his lab at Duke sits a… read more about Nanoscale Movies Shed Light on One Barrier to a Clean Energy Future »

I remember first reading Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s book, “Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America,” while I was in graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was preparing for my comprehensive exam on race and ethnicity. I had been reading a lot over a very short period of time and was losing steam, but his book changed all that. From the very first page, I was transfixed. I finished the book on the very same day, transformed as a scholar… read more about How Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Changed Our Understanding of Racism »

Pamela Zabala has accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University, starting Fall 2024. She received TWO job offers, including her top choice at BU. Pamela is currently a PhD candidate. She is a sociologist of race and ethnicity with a focus on race and racism in transnational contexts. She has a recently published peer-review article in Ethnic and Racial Studies titled "The social aftershocks of a migration crisis: racial… read more about Zabala, Holleman, Combs Accept Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor Positions »