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Susan W. Jacobs successfully defended her dissertation Monday March 28, 2022, titled “Cultural Meaning, Stigma, and Polarization.” Her committee was comprised of Stephen Vaisey (chair), Ashley Harrell, Scott Lynch, and Lynn Smith-Lovin.  Susan has accepted a position as Research Scientist at Amazon with the Customer Trust and Partner Support team. In this role, she will conduct research on employee growth and development and promote strategies for improving worker experience at Amazon.  read more about Susan Jacobs Defends Dissertation, Accepts Position with Amazon »

Social-media reform is flying blind Redesigning social media to improve society requires a new platform for research. As Russia continues its ruthless war in Ukraine, pundits are speculating what social-media platforms might have done years ago to undermine propaganda well before the attack. Amid accusations that social media fuels political violence — and even genocide — it is easy to forget that Facebook evolved from a site for university students to rate each other’s physical attractiveness. Instagram was founded to… read more about Chris Bail Commentary Published in Nature »

On Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022, Crystal Peoples successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “The Significance of Racialized Networks in Contemporary American Sociology.”  Her committee consisted of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (co-chair), Craig Rawlings (co-chair), Scott Lynch, Jessi Streib, and Yasmiyn Irizarry (UT-Austin). read more about Crystal Peoples Defends Dissertation  »

Congratulations to Pamela Zabala Ortiz, Sociology PhD candidate,  for being profiled in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.  To read full article, click 2022 Diverse Rising Graduate Scholar   read more about Pamela Zabala Ortiz Sociology PhD Candidate Profiled in Diverse Magazine »

On Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, Colin Birkhead successfully defended his dissertation entitled, “Shareholder Value Minimization? How Some US Corporations Avoid Institutional Pressures.”  His committee consisted of Martin Ruef (chair), Lisa Keister, Jen’nan Read, and Craig Rawlings. Colin has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.  There, he will study employee-owned companies and corporate myopia. read more about Colin Birkhead Defends Dissertation, Accepts Tenure-Track Position »

Senior Sociology major, Kacia Anderson, is a finalist for the Young Trustee Position Kacia is a senior from Fort Lauderdale, Florida studying Sociology with a minor in Chemistry. She focuses her studies on health policy and inequities from a comparative lens. At Duke, Kacia is a David M. Rubenstein Scholar (DMRS) and Questbridge Scholar, mentoring for both DMRS and DukeLIFE. She is a proud first generation Jamaican-American. On campus Kacia spends most of her time devoted to Duke University Union,… read more about Senior Sociology Major, Kacia Anderson, Finalist for the Young Trustee Position »

Congratulations to Kiersten Hasenour on being selected as the winner of the Graduate Student Odum Award given by the Southern Sociological Society. For more information on the SSS, click here. read more about Kiersten Hasenour Wins Southern Sociological Society Award »

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022 Christina Kamis successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Childhood Adversities and Adult Mental Health: Conceptualizing and Measuring Heterogeneity in Adversity Experience.” Her committee consisted of Scott Lynch (chair), Tyson Brown, Jen’nan Read, and Matthew Dupre.  Christina has accepted a position as a T32 Postdoctoral Trainee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Center for Demography of Health and Aging. There, she will examine how early life conditions shape later… read more about Christina Kamis Defends Dissertation, Accepts Postdoctoral Position  »

What are Healthcare Researchers Doing to Address Health Equity?  Dr. Tyson Brown, associate professor of Sociology at Duke, highlighted his research into structural racism to stress the fact that structural racism is toxic for population health and disproportionately affects people of color. Click here to read full article. read more about Tyson Brown, Associate Professor of Sociology featured in Duke Today »

Bass Connections Team Explores Need for Better Jail Data in North Carolina Local law enforcement and governments usually oversee their respective jails in the United States, making the system very divided with little oversight by state or federal entities. In North Carolina alone, there are 100 counties, 97 jails, and over 100,000 incarcerated people each year. This figure may be even greater due to the high frequency and short stays of people who cycle through the system. Because the counties lack a… read more about Sociology Graduate Student, Ruth Wygle, Work Featured in Duke Law »

On Monday, November 22, 2021, Anna Holleman successfully defended her dissertation entitled, "Inequality within Congregations and Congregations’ Response to Inequality: Studies of Gender and Mental Health, Race and Mental Health, and Participation in the Sanctuary Movement.” Her committee consisted of Mark Chaves (chair), Tyson Brown, Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, and Jessi Streib. Anna has accepted a position as a Post-Doctoral Associate with Duke University’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. There, she… read more about Anna Holleman Defends Dissertation, Accepts Postdoctoral Fellowship »

DURHAM, N.C. -- A few dozen economic and global development academics have launched a campaign to revamp global supply chains to help the world’s poorest countries compete more fairly. While clogged supply chains hinder the availability of products ranging from new cars to research equipment in the United States, the multilateral trading system needs changing to help the poorest countries and their 880 million people overcome structural challenges and eradicate poverty, among other goals. That’s according to a letter to… read more about Global Value Chain Campaign Seeks to Help Poorest Nations  »

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 »