Jason Schnittker, UPenn, will be the DuPRI speaker. His talk, “Systems of Care and Systems of Corrections: Spillover Effects from Incarceration to Health Care,” will take place at 3:30pm in room 111 Social-Sciences on Thursday Dec. 6.  Incarceration research catalogues its direct negative impact on former inmates and their families, though the effects of punishment clearly spill over to affect broader economic and political institutions as well. To further expand the scope of incarceration… read more about Jason Schnittker, UPenn, DuPRI speaker Thurs. Dec. 6 at 3:30p »

Duke Sociology continues to exhibit innovative and effective instruction in the undergraduate classroom. Destro, Hyde, and Spenner were recognized for earning student evaluations in the top 5% of the college. read more about Teaching Award »

Caaar and The University of Malaya to Host Global Affirmative Action Conference at Duke. The conference will raise questions such as: Is racial or ethnic mixing, undercutting affirmative actions’ narrowly drawn evidence of differencing? Nov 9&10. This event is cosponsored by Duke Sociology. Click here for more information. read more about Neoliberalism, Inequality and the Politics and Culture of Affirmative Action »

From Nov. 12-14, 2012, Gary Gereffi will be a member of the Advanced Manufacturing council at the initial meeting of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing in Dubai, UAE.  While the GAC on Advanced Manufacturing has about 15 members, the entire meeting of all 80+ of the GACs will be in Dubai at the same time, for an event of about 900 people.  ...more read more about Gereffi to attend the initial meeting of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Advanced Manufacturing »

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva participated as an interviewee in the PBS election special, Race 2012.  RACE 2012, a PBS Election 2012 special, is a conversation about race and politics that documents the changing face of America, and how that change may affect the country’s political future. The program premieres October 16, 2012, 8:00-9:00 p.m. As recently as 1980, 80 percent of the United States was white, but results of the 2010 Census depict a rapidly changing nation, with the… read more about Bonilla-Silva interviewee in the PBS election special, Race 2012 »

Duke Students, Kristen Lee and Simon Ho,  present their paper at ASA. "The Pretty White Lies of Asian American Undergraduates at the Elite University"   abs References to Tiger Mothers and "reverse affirmative action" portray Asian American undergraduates as a successful model minority whose problems are little more than getting in to the Ivory Tower and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. The myth of the model minority obscures the sexualized, gendered, and social racism that Asian Americans encounter at university on a… read more about Sociology Undergraduates Present their Research at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting. »

Brad Fulton has collected data on 4,000 community organizations and 3,000 board members to assess how multi-organizational collaborations navigate racial and religious differences as they work together to address issues of common concern. The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion has awarded Fulton a research grant to carry out Phase II of his national study of community coalitions. As racial and religious diversity are increasing in most communities throughout the United States, this project draws on social… read more about Fulton Receives SSSR Research Grant »

Kieran Healy's data visualizations of death rates from assault in the United States and other countries were featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show this week, as commentators discussed the tragic shootings in Aurora, CO. You can see the data and read more about it in posts on Healy's blog ( and ( read more about Healy on Assault Deaths in the U.S. »

 On July 16, 2012, Lane Destro successfully defended her dissertation: “Up the Down Escalator? How Nonmetropolitan Low-Income Families Experience Work, Poverty and Immobility” Her Committee consisted of: David Brady (Co-Chair), Linda Burton(Co-Chair), Angela O'Rand, and Christina Gibson-Davis read more about Destro Awarded Ph.D. »

The 2012 winners of the Vorsanger-Smith Scholar Award are Victor Ray and Megan Reynolds. “The Vorsanger-Smith Scholar Award is presented annually to recognize overall excellence in the graduate program. Excellence is assessed for all areas of performance in the programs, including coursework, examinations, professional presentations, publications and awards, evaluated contributions as teaching and/or research assistants and departmental citizenship. Graduate students in the third, fourth and fifth years who have passed… read more about Ray, Reynolds win Vorsanger-Smith Award »

Rebecca Bach received a site exploration grant from Duke Engage to travel to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Bach will visit the Oglala Lakota reservation in July to explore the potential for a Duke Engage program to begin summer 2013.  Duke Engage programs typically operate for 8 weeks and include cultural immersion and community service.  To learn more about Duke Engage and its programs select this link: Pine Ridge reservation faces a number of serious social problems… read more about Bach visits Badlands for DukeEngage »

Victor Ray has been selected as a 2012-2013 ASA Minority Fellow. This prestigious fellowship is aimed at increasing the diversity of the discipline. In addition to a year of funding, the fellowship provides training and networking opportunities at the Association’s annual meeting.  read more about Ray Wins ASA Fellowship »

Note from the Chair The past year was one of stability, continued accomplishment, and prospective growth for the Department.  The University’s financial situation continued to stabilize and even improve, and there were no further major cuts in the Arts & Sciences.  Our faculty, staff and graduate students have all adjusted well---heroically in the case of our staff---to the cuts and reorganization of two years age. read more about Sociology Spring Newsletter 2011 »

Rebecca Bach has won the Southern Sociological Society's Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. This award, not only recognizes outstanding classroom teaching, but is intended to honor individuals whose contributions go beyond their institutions to benefit the discipline as a whole. This award includes the opportunity for the recipient to arrange a session at the next annual meeting.  read more about Bach wins Southern Sociological Society's Teaching Award »