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Robert Reese has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship for the 2016-2017 from the ASA Minority Fellowship Program.  This award, which comes with a stipend and travel,  supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline. read more about Reece Awarded ASA Minority Fellowship »

Trenita Childers was selected for a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation research titled: " 'We Are Not Foreigners': Immigrant Status and Mental Health Among Haitian Descendants in the Dominican Republic".  Trenita's project is an ethnographic examination of how perceived discrimination, ethnic identity, and documentation status impact the lives of people of Haitian descent in the D.R.  The Ford Dissertation Fellowships are awarded in a national competition to individuals who have demonstrated… read more about Childers Awarded Ford Fellowship »

Amie Bostic has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in the department of sociology this fall.  She is very excited to be working in such an area with a great fit for her research, and is also looking forward to be working with another of our graduates, Steven Foy, again. read more about Bostic Accepts Position at UT Rio Grande Valley »

Robert Reece has co-authored featured essay in the spring issue Southern Poverty Law Center's magazine Teaching Tolerance . The essay is based on his dissertation research and explores the connection between slavery and contemporary school segregation in the American South.  read more about Reece has feature essay in "Teaching Tolerance" »

A study looking at girls' success in STEM, coauthored by Lauren Valentino and published in Social Problems, was featured on the blog The Society Pages.  read more about Valentino study cited in blog »

Louise Seamster's op-ed in The Root coauthored with Jessica Welburn, "How a Racist System Has Poisoned the Water in Flint, Mich." was cited in The New Yorker. Louise looks at how Flint's current water crisis was partly caused by the state assigning a Emergency Financial Manager to replace Flint's city government. read more about Seamster quoted in The New Yorker »

Robert Reece has won the Charles V. Willie Minority Graduate Student Award  for 2016.  The award gives recognition to minority graduate students for outstanding scholarly promise. read more about Reece Awarded Charles V. Willie Minority Graduate Student Award »

Joshua Fink is graduating with an MS from the Statistical Science department in December 2015 after successfully defending his work “Applying Bayesian Computational Methods and Stochastic Modeling to Crime and Arrest Data.” read more about Fink Earns Master’s in Statistical Science »

Robert L. Reece was awarded first place in the Mid-South Sociological Association's 2015 graduate student paper competition for his paper "Legacies of Slavery: Racial Transition Points and Racial Wealth Inequality." The paper analyzes how the legacy of slavery shapes racial disparities in homeownership and home value across the history of the American South. It takes a detailed look at whether the effect weakens over time and whether the mechanisms change.  read more about Reece Wins Award from Mid-South Sociological Association »

Trenita Childers' piece "The question of birth citizenship" has been published as an Op-Ed piece in the July 15th edition of the Raleigh News & Observer.  Trenita looks at unfortunate immigration reforms and changes in birthright citizenship status in the Dominican Republic, and sees a similar problem as the US potentially heads in a similar direction. Her opinion piece has also been published by The Providence Journal and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. read more about Childers Published in Several Newspapers »

The most recent Duke Chronicle has highlighted the Department of Sociology newest Minor in Medical Sociology.  This Minor is for students who are interested in medicine, health care, and inequalities in access to medical care. Requirements: One of the following core courses (the other course can also be used as an elective) SOC 250:  Medical Sociology SOC 361:  Social Determinants of US Health Disparities And four of the following electives: SOC 49S:  Freshman Seminar – Inequality and Mental Health SOC 212:  Gender, Poverty… read more about New Sociology Minor highlighted in the most recent Duke Chronicle »

The Urban Politics section of the American Political Science Association awarded Brad Fulton the Byran Jackson Dissertation Award for his research on minority politics in urban settings.  read more about Fulton Wins APSA Dissertation Award »

Robert Reece's article, "How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South" was recently accepted for publication by "Sociology of Race and Ethnicity" and is now available online. This research explores how the legacy of slavery shapes county social structures in ways that facilitate racial differences in public school enrollment in the American South. read more about Reece Published in "Sociology of Race and Ethnicity" »

On July 14th, 2015, Regina Baker successfully defended her dissertation: "Poverty and Place in the Context of the American South." Her Committee consisted of: Linda Burton, Co-Chair, David Brady, Co-Chair, Kenneth C. Land, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva read more about Baker Awarded Ph.D. »

On June 4th, Cyrus Schleifer successfully defended his dissertation: "Family Formation, Educational Attainment, and Religion: Longitudinal Approaches to Religious Change" His committee consisted of: Mark Chaves, Chair, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Edward Tiryakian, and Steve Vaisey. read more about Schleifer Awarded Ph.D. »

Robert Reece's article, "What are You Mixed with: the Effect of Multiracial Identification on Perceived Attractiveness" was recently accepted for publication by "The Review of Black Political Economy" and is now available online. This research explores how multiracial identification shapes perceived attractiveness of black people in the United States. The results show that even when controlling for skin tone and other phenotypic characteristics, like hair and eye color, black people who identify as multiracial are perceived… read more about Reece's article accepted by "The Review of Black Political Economy" »

Austin Ashe was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at Bard High School Early College's Student Symposium on June 5th. His keynote is entitled "Criminal Injustice: Beyond Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality."   read more about Ashe Keynote speaker at Bard High School Early College »

Robert Reece was recently interviewed about his research on the legacy of slavery and school segregation and featured on Education and Society, a feature page of The Society Pages which focuses on presenting important education findings to the public.  read more about Reece Interviewed about Slavery research »

The Organizations, Occupations, and Work section of the American Sociological Association selected Brad Fulton’s paper, “Bridging and Bonding: How Social Diversity Influences Organizational Performance” for the James D. Thompson Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. read more about Fulton Wins ASA Paper Award »

Jake Fisher won this year’s “Outstanding Dissertation in Progress Award” from the mathematical Sociology Section read more about Fisher Wins ASA Mathematical Sociology Section Dissertation Award »

Jake Fisher is this year's recipient of the department's Vorsanger-Smith award. 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.  read more about Fisher Wins Vorsanger-Smith award »

On May 7th, 2015, Hang Young Lee successfully defended his dissertation: "Network Disadvantages of Immigrants: Social Capital as a Source of Immigrant Disadvantages in the Labor Market". His committe consisted of: Lisa A. Keister, Co-Chair, Nan Lin, Co-Chair, James W. Moody, Martin Ruef, and Steve McDonald read more about Lee Awarded Ph.D. »

LesLeigh Ford was awarded a Predissertation Fellowship to attend the Penn SSPF Summer Institute on Inequality. The Penn Social Science and Policy Forum (SSPF) is the university hub for scholarly research on key social, economic, legal, and policy problems confronting the United States and the world, fostering cutting edge scholarship across the social sciences. Penn SSPF hosts a Summer Institute on Inequality every year.  This program furthers SSPF’s mission of fostering policy-relevant scholarship at every stage of… read more about Ford Accepted to the SSPF Summer Institute on Inequality at Penn »

Yueran Zhang, one of our majors, was admitted in all top departments and decided to go to Harvard to pursue a PhD in Sociology. Congratulations Yueran!   He plans to study fiscal sociology and comparative- historical sociology.  Yueran broke a record in our department history for receiving admissions from all eight top sociology Ph.D programs that he has applied, including Princeton, Chicago, Michigan, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley and Northwestern.   Yueran has joint an elite group in this year’s cohort in the… read more about Zhang, Soc major, was admitted in all top departments to pursue a PhD in Sociology »

Brad Fulton received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. This award program recognizes one member of the faculty, staff, or graduate student body of Duke University and Health System for their outstanding commitment to service. read more about Fulton receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award »

Robert Reece has been awarded the Ottis Green Fellowship for PhD Students in Humanities or Social Sciences.  The Graduate School offers two to three competitive fellowships for students in the humanities or social sciences. This one-year fellowship provides an annual stipend, as well as tuition and mandatory fees. read more about Reece Awarded Ottis Green Fellowship »

Cyrus Schleifer has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. read more about Schleifer Accepts Position at University of Oklahoma »

Trenita Childers was awarded the Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship. This competitive fellowship is awarded by The Graduate School at Duke University. Trenita was selected from nominations submitted by Duke programs offering the Ph.D. degree. The Stern Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $22,030 plus payment of tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters. read more about Childers awarded the Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship »

On April 6, 2015, Rose Buckelew successfully defended her dissertation: "Betting on Black and White: Race and the Making of Problem Gambling." Her committee consisted of: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Chair, Linda Burton, Linda K. George, and Carol Stack. read more about Buckelew Awarded Ph.D. »

Qiang Fu has been selected for the "Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad."  This award is given annually to Chinese students that show exemplary academic achievement, while not requiring financial assistance from the Chinese government.   read more about Fu Named An "Outstanding Students Abroad" »