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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 »

“The rationale for this change is to recognize Prof. Nan Lin's pioneer and significant contributions to our association (NACSA) and the research on Chinese societies. Nan Lin is Oscar L. Tang Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Duke University. As a world-wide known and respected sociologist, he has published substantive seminal work and mentored multiple generations of scholars in and beyond the research field of Chinese societies for about four decades. He is the Inaugural President of the NACSA, and he played a vital role… read more about The ICSA “Graduate Student Paper Award” Renamed as “Nan Lin Graduate Student Paper Award” »

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 selected as Doctor Assistant in the Kuchnir Dermatology Bridge Year Program »

On April 2, 2018, Brent H. Curdy successfully defended his dissertation titled: “Explaining Variance in Affect Control Theory: Cultural Consensus, Deflection, and Redefinition”.  His committee consisted of: Lynn Smith-Lovin(Chair), James Moody, Bai Gao, and Stephen Vaisey read more about Curdy Successfully Defends PhD. »

On April 2, 2018, Bryce J. Bartlett successfully defended his dissertation titled : “Well-being across Changing Social Landscapes”.  His committee consisted of: Linda K. George(Co-Chair), Scott Lynch(Co-Chair), Stephen Vaisey, and Kenneth C. Land. read more about Bartlett Successfully Defends PhD. »

On April 2, 2018, Carlos D. Tavares successfully defended his dissertation titled: “Dealing with Racism: Black Middle-Class Health in the 21st Century”  His committee consisted of: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva(Co-Chair), Linda George(Co-Chair), William "Sandy" Darity, Jessi Streib, and Tyson Brown. read more about Tavares Successfully Defends PhD. »

Morgan recently began a post-doctoral research position at the Fachhochschule Potsdam | University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam Germany. Morgan is working with an international team led by Jesse Hoey, Tobias Schröder, and Kimberly Rogers developing generative models of group interaction based on affect control theory. The team is modeling self-organized collaborations on GitHub using a variety of methods including agent-based modeling, social network analysis, and qualitative case studies. The goal of this research is to… read more about Jon Morgan Accepts Post-Doctoral Position at the Fachhochschule Potsdam / University of Applied Sciences. »

On March 22, 2018, Patricia A. Homan successfully defended her dissertation titled: "Structural Sexism and Health in the United States".  Her committee consisted of: Linda K. George(Co-Chair), Scott Lynch(Co-Chair), Tyson Brown, Jen'nan Read, and Laura Richman. read more about Homan Successfully Defends PhD. »

On March 19, 2018 Felicia A. Arriaga successfully defended her dissertation titled "The Browning of Threat: The "Unintended" Aftermath of Immigration Enforcement in a New Destination Community". Her committee consisted of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Chair), Martin Ruef, Jessi Streib, and Amada Armenta. read more about Arriaga Successfully Defends PhD. »

On March 8, 2018, Jonathan H. Morgan successfully defended his dissertation titled: "The Duality of Identities and Groups: The Effects of Status Homophily on Social Interactions and Relations"  His committee consisted of  Lynn Smith-Lovin (Chair), James Moody, Christopher Bail, and Jesse Hoey. read more about Morgan Successfully Defends PhD. »

Carlos Tavares has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of sociology at Lafayette College.  He will be starting in the fall of 2018 in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. read more about Carlos Tavares Accepts Position at Lafayette College »

From POLITICO: Tyson Brown is an assistant professor of sociology and director of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at Duke University.  The most important decision we can make today to improve population health tomorrow is to address structural racism and its harmful health consequences. Structural racism—i.e., the systematic exclusion of some people from resources and opportunities on the basis of their race—limits access to health-promoting resources for racial minorities, such as good… read more about Professor Brown featured in POLITICO on routes toward ending structural racism and achieving health equity »

Patricia Homan has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Sociology at Florida State University. She will join the FSU faculty in the Fall of 2018. read more about Patricia Homan Accepts Position at Florida State University »