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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 »

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… 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)  –… read more about Two Courses on Race and College Sports Offered this Spring »

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 »

Through a Bass Connections Collaborative Project Expedition, Ph.D. candidate Colin Birkhead worked with Professor Jen’nan Read to redesign her course on immigration and health. Together they created hands-on, project-based learning experiences with a community partner, World Relief Durham, in order to enhance in-class lectures and academic readings. Click here to read more.  read more about Jen'nan Read and Colin Birkhead featured in Duke Daily »

The Broken Compass by Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris is one of the Duke penned books to prep for back to school.  “The Broken Compass” asks whether children do better when parents are actively involved in their schooling. Sociology professor Angel Harris and Duke alumnus Keith Robinson assess more than 60 measures of parental participation at home and in school. The pair consider whether greater parental involvement can make a difference in the fundamental problems facing children's education… read more about Six Duke-Penned Books to Prep for Back-To-School »

Matt Dupre (PI) and Scott Lynch (Co-I) were recently awarded $2 million from NIH for an R01 study that will integrate risk trajectories and social determinants to enhance cardiovascular risk assessment in older adults. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, the study is a collaborative effort among faculty from the Department of Sociology, Population Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and the University of Texas Southwestern. read more about Matthew Dupre and Scott Lynch Awarded NIH Grant »