A tweet by Kieran Healy about the Nobel Prize in Economics prompted an Op-Ed piece by Harvard’s Raj Chetty in the New York Times, and began a debate that Paul Krugman and others have since weighed in on.  Chetty: Krugman I: Krugman II:… read more about Healy's Tweet Sparks Debate in New York Times »

Brad Fulton was selected as a finalist for the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. He will present his research at the INFORMS conference in Minneapolis, MN on Oct. 5th. INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) is the international society for professionals in the field of operations research, management science, and analytics. read more about Fulton Recognized by INFORMS/Organization Science »

Louise Seamster is an invited panelist in a "Conversation on Racism and Capitalism" at Howard University on November 20, 2013, sponsored by The Howard University Center for Urban Progress and the Economics Department. The conversation will include panelists such as Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore (CUNY Graduate Center), Johnny Eric Williams (Trinity College), and Tanya Golash-Boza (UC-Merced).  WEBPAGE: FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.… read more about Seamster Panelist at Howard Univ »

Gold to receive GSA's 2013 Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award August 15th, 2013 The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)—the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging—has chosen Deborah T. Gold, PhD, of the Duke University Medical Center as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award. This honor is given to individuals who have not only fostered excellence in the field, but have made a major impact by virtue of their mentoring, and… read more about Gold Recipient of Gerontology Award »

Hannah Scott, Duke Sociology (BA 2013), has been published in this quarter's issue of CONTEXT.  Hannah is currently in the rural sociology graduate program at The Ohio State University. She studies the persistence of family farming and systemic agricultural change. Hannah Scott’s family legacy is its tobacco farm. In this communal work, they find history and hope for a future. She captures their work in a loving photo essay. read more about Scott's Photo Essay in "CONTEXT" »

Gary Gereffi is participating at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting called the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade -- Connecting to Value Chains, July 8-10, 2013.  As the leading academic architect of the Global Value Chains (GVC) framework being used to organize the meeting, Gary Gereffi’s role at this meeting has included: a) Moderating the first substantive session, entitled "Value Chains -- Adding Value for Development?" (Session 3), which included as participants the European Commissioner for Trade… read more about Gereffi at Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade »

Another big hire by Duke Sociology! Dr. Angel Harris, a rising star in Sociology at Princeton, will join us from July onwards. Harris will have a joint appointment in Sociology and AAAS and he will also be the Co-Director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality in SSRI.  His work has been in the areas of education, social psychology, race and ethnicity, and statistics  and his 2011 book with Harvard Press,  Kids Don’t want to Fail: Oppositional Culture and the Black-White Achievement… read more about Angel Harris to Duke »

On June 25th 2013, Melanie Sereny successfully defended her dissertation: Family Ties, Economic Resources, and Well-Being of Older Adults Across Communities in China. Her committee consisted of: Angela M. O'Rand (Chair), Linda K. George, Kenneth C. Land, and Yi Zeng read more about Sereny Awarded Ph.D. »

Brad Fulton received this fellowship for the 2013-4 academic year to support ongoing research related to his National Study of Community Coalitions. His analysis will focus on the causes and consequences of racial and religious diversity within community coalitions. Through his research, Fulton seeks to explain how some coalitions become diverse and how diversity influences their effectiveness. The Anne F. Scott Fellowship is a competitive award given annually by the Graduate School to one advanced graduate student who… read more about Fulton Receives Anne F. Scott Fellowship »

On June 11th 2013, Wendy Brynildsen Young  successfully defended her dissertation: The Structure of Support: Exploring How Social Networks Influence the Physical and Mental Health of U.S. Adults. Her committee consisted of: Linda K. George (Chair), James Moody, Kenneth C. Land, S. Phillip Morgan, and Deborah Gold read more about Brynildsen Young Awarded Ph.D. »

On May 23th 2013, Heather Rackin successfully defended her dissertation: Where Should Babies Come From? Measuring Schemas of Fertility and Family Formation Using Novel Theory and Methods Her committee consisted of: James Moody (Co-Chair), S. Phillip Morgan (Co-Chair), Linda K. George, and Christina Gibson-Davis read more about Rackin Awarded Ph.D. »

On May 20th 2013, Steven Foy successfully defended his dissertation: Branded: How Mental Disorder Labels Alter Task Performance in Perception and Reality. His committee consisted of: Lynn Smith-Lovin (Co-Chair), Linda K. George (Co-Chair), Deborah Gold, and Kenneth I. Spenner read more about Foy Awarded Ph.D. »

Hang Young Lee has been selected as a Fellow in the Program for Advanced Research in the Social Sciences (PARISS) for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Selection as a PARISS Fellow requires significant accomplishments to date and a commitment to learning in an interdisciplinary environment that provides a coherent and integrated understanding of quantitative approaches in the social sciences.  read more about Lee wins PARISS Fellowship »

Qiang Fu has been selected as a Fellow in the Program for Advanced Research in the Social Sciences (PARISS) for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Selection as a PARISS Fellow requires significant accomplishments to date and a commitment to learning in an interdisciplinary environment that provides a coherent and integrated understanding of quantitative approaches in the social sciences.  read more about Fu wins PARISS Fellowhip »

At the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, April 24-27, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia, Kenneth C. Land, John Franklin Crowell Professor of Sociology and Demography,  was named to the Society’s Roll of Honor.  Appointment to the Roll of Honor is the greatest recognition given by the Society.  This award recognizes a career of distinguished intellectual contribution to sociology.  Since 1977 only 20 individuals have been inducted, three of whom have included Duke sociologists Kurt W. Back (… read more about Land Named to Southern Sociological Society Roll of Honor »

The Southern Sociological Society gives this award to honor individuals, departments, schools, institutions, or other collective actors for their outstanding contributions to the teaching of sociology at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. This is not an award simply for being an outstanding classroom teacher at one’s own institution, but is intended to honor individuals or collective actors whose contributions go beyond their institutions to benefit the discipline as a whole. read more about 2013 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award »

Inseo Son, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, has been awarded the Janet Chiang Grant from Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute. The grant will fund his dissertation project titled "Yellow Job: Race, Mobility, and Identity of Grown Children of Korean Immigrants," examining social exclusion and inclusion of middle-class Korean Americans in U.S. society. read more about Son Awarded Janet Chiang Grant »

Paige Borelli, a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, received the Janet Chiang grant, which is awarded annually by Duke Asian/Pacific Studies Institute. The grant will fund Borelli’s dissertation research in Los Angeles this summer, which will use respondent-driven sampling to apply a survey investigating the wealth accumulation patterns and network structure of Chinese immigrant entrepreneurs. read more about Borelli Awarded Janet Chiang Grant »

April 12, 2013 - 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Room 329 – Soc/Psych Bldg Mary Beth Fallin Hunzaker  “Justice, justification, and the perpetuation of stereotypes” Joshua J. Fink & Dave Brady   “Immigration and attitudes toward law enforcement spending” Raphaël Charron-Chénier  “You can’t argue with taste: consumption and stratification in the U.S.” Laura R. Weimer   “The lens of national identity: Comparing the structural components of Muslim and Christian-majority countries” Collin… read more about Duke Sociology Department Second-year Paper Presentations »

On April 10th 2013, Kim Rogers successfully defended her dissertation:: : “Mapping the Social Ecology of Culture: Social Position, Connectedness, and Influence as Predictors of Systematic Variation in Affective Meaning” Her committee consisted of: Lynn Smith-Lovin, Chair, Linda K. George, J. Miller McPherson, Kenneth I. Spenner,  Mark Leary (psych) . read more about Rogers Awarded Ph.D. »

On April 9th 2013, Jeff Smith successfully defended his dissertation: “Measuring Social Change as Categorical Change” His committee consisted of: James Moody (Co-Chair), J. Miller McPherson(Co-chair), Lynn Smith-Lovin, and Peter J. Mucha (UNC). read more about Smith Awarded Ph.D. »

Heather Rackin's article, "Marriage & Fertility", explores the links between marriage and fertility with a focus on how cognitive schemas and material conditions interact for low-income blacks. Linda Burton's aticle, "Influencing Social PoliciesThrough Data", focuses on children and families living in poverty,and how these individuals impact of public policy on their lives read more about Rackin and Burton each featured in GIST, Spring 2013 »

On April 2nd 2013, Ryan Finnigan successfully defended his dissertation: “New Urban Structural Change and Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Wages, Homeownership, and Health” His committee consisted of: David Brady, Chair, Kenneth C. Land, Linda K. George, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, and Lisa Keister read more about Finnigan Awarded Ph.D. »