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On Monday, March 25, 2019 Simon Brauer successfully defended his dissertation entitled: “Cohort Succession, Intergenerational Transmission, and the Decline of Religion in the United States”.  His committee consisted of: Mark Chaves(Chair), Jen’nan Read, Linda K. George, and Stephen Vaisey. read more about Brauer Successfully Defends PhD. »

On Monday, March 25, 2019 Bethany Young successfully defended her dissertation entitled: “Brown Sugar and Spice: Exploring Black Girlhood at Elite, White Schools”. Her committee consisted of; Eduardo Bonilla-Silva(Co-Chair), Lynn Smith-Lovin(Co-Chair), Sarah Gaither, Tyson Brown, and Jessi Streib. read more about Young Successfully Defends PhD. »

On Thursday March 21, 2019, Marcus Mann successfully defended his dissertation entitled: "How Political Differentiation of Knowledge Authority Affects Public Understandings of Science and Political Media”.  His committee members were Christopher Bail(Chair), James Moody, Lynn Smith-Lovin, and Martin Ruef. read more about Mann Successfully Defends PhD. »

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Joshua Bruce successfully defended his PhD. dissertation titled: "Career Dynamics in the U.S. Civil Service".  His committee consisted of: Martin Ruef, (Chair), Stephen Vaisey, Joao “John” de Figueiredo, and James Moody. read more about Bruce Successfully Defends PhD. »

Molly Copeland is the recipient of the Graduate School's 2019-2020 Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship.  This competitive one-year fellowship is awarded to advanced students in the write-up stage of their dissertation. The Stern Fellowship provides an annual stipend, as well as tuition and fees. read more about Copeland awarded the Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship »

Jessie West is the recipient of the Graduate School's 2019-2020 Phillip Jackson Baugh Fellowship for her dissertation research on stress proliferation and disability from a life course perspective. This one-year competitive fellowship is for the promotion of careers and interest in the areas of aging and human development. The Baugh Fellowship provides an annual stipend, as well as tuition and fees. read more about West Wins Baugh Fellowship »

Women in the One Percent: Gender Dynamics in Top Income Positions Duke Professor, Lisa Keister and her coauthors, in an article published in American Sociological Review, delve in to the question of whose income is responsible for pushing a households’ income level into the one percent stratum. Abstract A growing body of research documents the importance of studying households in the top one percent of U.S. income distribution because they control enormous resources. However, little is… read more about Lisa Keister asks, “Whose income in the family is responsible for them being in the 1% group?” »

The Provost and the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies annually support the creation of new collaborative groups of Duke faculty.  Each collaboration is provided seed money support for one calendar year to develop joint grant applications or sustainable products such as research projects, classes or other curriculum offerings around new and emerging areas of interest. Participation this year by Sociology faculty includes: Chris Bail in the Big Data and Social Interactions group, which is… read more about Sociology Faculty Take Part in 2019 Intellectual Community Planning Grants »

Emma Xiaolu Zang, Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy (Sociology Track) has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University beginning Fall 2019.   Emma has worked extensively with Scott Lynch, with whom she has co-authored two papers on their way to publication.  Emma also has been a Research Assistant for Ken Land with whom she has co-authored two articles in peer-reviewed journals and two chapters in edited volumes.  One of the articles, “Recent Trends in US Mortality in Early and Middle… read more about Emma Zang Accepts Position at Yale University »

Nick Bloom has accepted a position as a human-centered design consultant in Deloitte's Government and Public Services division in Rosslyn, VA. He will start work there in February 2019. read more about Nick Bloom Accepts Position With Deloitte »

On Friday, January 29, 2019, Nick Bloom successfully defended his dissertation titled: “Three Ways Social Factors Stratify Individual Choices About Organizations”.  His committee consisted of Martin Ruef (Chair), Kieran Healy, Scott Lynch, and Steve Vaisey. read more about Bloom Successfully Defends PhD. »

Marcus Mann has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Sociology at Purdue University, focusing in the areas of computational social science and the sociology of knowledge. He will join the Purdue faculty in the Fall of 2019. read more about Marcus Mann Accepts Position at Purdue University »

Josh Bruce has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in the Organizational Behavior group of the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will join the UIUC faculty in Fall 2019.   read more about Josh Bruce Accepts Position at the University of Illinois »

Dr. Gary Gereffi has a new book on Global Value Chains and Development: Redefining the Contours of 21st Century Capitalism, published by Cambridge University Press. It highlights the emergence of the global value chains (GVC) framework as a key paradigm for both researchers on globalization and international development organizations like the World Bank, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Labor Organization.  During a recent research trip to China in October, Gereffi gave a keynote address… read more about Duke Professor Brought in as Expert in International Trade Disputes Involving China and Mexico »

On Friday, November 16, 2018, Emi-Lou Weed successfully defended her dissertation entitled: “Emotion and Identity in the Transition to Parenthood”.  Her committee consisted of Lynn Smith-Lovin (Co-Chair), Linda Burton (Co-Chair), Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, and Linda George. read more about Weed Successfully Defends PhD. »

Axel Herrera Ramos, a Duke Sociology Undergraduate student has been recognized by N.C. Sli  as a member of the 2018 class of Latinx 20 under 20. The award recognizes North Carolina young scholars who are dedicated community advocates and inspiring leaders.  read more about Duke Sociology Undergraduate Recognized by N.C. Sli as a member of the 2018 class of Latinx 20 under 20 »

Dr. Tyson Brown quoted in U.S. News & World Report on Race and Population Health.  "Health disparities reflect the culmination of advantages for some and disadvantages for others," says Tyson Brown, a sociologist and director of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at Duke University. "Population health is a mirror that reflects societal arrangements, and there is a great deal of empirical evidence that societal arrangements affect biology and lead to the health disparities we observe."  Full article… read more about Tyson Brown quoted in US News & World Report »

Craig M. Rawlings is interested in how meanings, ideas, beliefs, and feelings take shape and spread in groups. In modeling such processes, his research combines techniques from social network analysis with theories from social psychology, especially theories of interaction. He has applied these ideas in a variety of contexts, including communes, academic departments, and book clubs. His 2015 article with Dan McFarland and Dan Jurafsky on the gendered interactional performances in speed-dates won the Gould Prize for the best… read more about Department Welcomes Dr. Craig Rawlings to Duke »

Congratulations to Sociology major, Chandler McMillan, for her selection as Doctor Assistant in the Kuchnir Dermatology Bridge Year Program.  Chandler was selected as one of the top 18 best future doctors to join this prestigious training program in Boston before she begins medical school in 2019. read more about Chandler McMillan earns Bridge Year award »

Duke University is hosting the second annual Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) workshop from June 17 – 30, 2018.  With generous funding from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and support from the Information Initiative, the institute brings 30 junior scholars to Duke University for two weeks of collaborative computational social science workshops, with a large number of other researchers following the live streamed lectures online.   The full article can be found here. read more about Chris Bail part of Summer Institute in Computational Social Science »

LesLeigh Ford has accepted a position as a Policy Associate at the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy at The Urban Institute in Washington DC. read more about Ford accepts position at The Urban Institute »

In May, Gary Gereffi delivered a keynote address on "protectionism and global value chains" at the meeting of the Academy of International Business. The meeting was held at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. For the full article click here. read more about Gereffi Gives Keynote on Protectionism »

Chris Bail, Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, and Friedolin Merhout, PhD candidate in Sociology, published a study using Google search data to examine the link between discrimination and radicalization. The paper “Using Internet search data to examine the relationship between anti-Muslim and pro-ISIS sentiment in U.S. counties", co-authored with Peng Ding (UC Berkeley), was published open access by Science Advances.   In the paper, Bail and Merhout use data on the rate of online… read more about Bail and Merhout's Study of Radicalization Covered by National Media »

Jaemin Lee has accepted a postdoctoral fellow position in computational social science at Northeastern University's Network Science Institute and D'Amore-McKim School of Business, starting from September, 2018. He will join the Collaborative Social Systems lab and work on innovative projects using large-scale network data and experimental methods to study social influence processes in organizations and social media.  Read more on the Collaborative Social Systems lab here.   read more about Jaemin Lee Accepts Position at Northeastern's Network Science »

On Tuesday May 29, 2018, Jaemin Lee successfully defended his dissertation titled:“Structural Constraints in Intergroup Relations: A Contextual Approach to Polarization and Conflict in Social Networks”.  His committee consisted of James Moody(Chair), Lynn Smith-Lovin, Christopher Bail, and Martin Ruef. read more about Lee Succesfully Defends PhD. »

Chris Bail has been awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He will spend six months conducting a study designed to disrupt social media "echo chambers". Bail is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke. Read More. read more about Christopher Bail awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship »

Patricia Homan and Lauren Valentino have been named the 2017-2018 Vorsanger-Smith Scholar(s).  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. The award consists of the honorary designation during the following… read more about Patricia Homan and Lauren Valentino Receive Vorsanger-Smith Award »

On Monday, May 21, 2018, LesLeigh Ford defended her dissertation entitled: “That’s The Way Love Goes: An Examination of the Romantic Experiences of Black Middle Class Women” Her committee included Linda Burton(Chair), Tyson Brown, Jessi Streib, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. read more about Ford Successfully Defends PhD. »

Guangyu Tong won a poster award at the Population Association of America at their annual meeting April 23-28, 2018.  His poster entitled "Social Context Interacting With Birth Weight Gene Influences Life Course Outcomes"  was presented on Thursday April 26, 2018.  The entire list of winners is located here.  His poster is in Panel 5. read more about Tong wins PAA Poster Award »

Felicia Arriaga accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor, in the Sociology Department at Appalachian State University.  She will be teaching courses in the Criminology concentration.   read more about Arriaga Accepts Position at Appalachian State »