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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 »

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 »

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 »

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" »

On April 3, 2015, Brad Fulton successfully defended his dissertation: "Bridging and Bonding: How Diverse Networks Influence Organizational Outcomes" His committee consisted of: Mark Chaves (chair), Nan Lin, Lisa Keister, James Moody, and Richard L. Wood read more about Fulton Awarded Ph.D. »

On March 25th, 2015, David Eagle successfully defended his dissertation: "Supersized Christianity: The Origins and Consequences of Protestant Megachurches in America." His committee consisted of: Mark Chaves, Chair, Lisa Keister, Jen’nan Read, and Grant Wacker. read more about Eagle Awarded Ph.D. »

On March 18 2015, Sancha D. Medwinter successfully defended her dissertation: “Race, Class, Poverty, and Social Capital Inequality in Urban Disasters” Her committee consisted of: Gary Gereffi, Co-Chair, Nan Lin, Co-Chair, Martin Ruef, and Carolina Bank Muñoz read more about Medwinter Awarded Ph.D. »

Senior honors students, Charlotte Ke, Stephanie Ogwo, and Karina Santellano, recently traveled to NYC for the annual meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS), where they presented posters of their honors thesis projects.  All three students produced excellent work, with Charlotte Ke being honored with “Best Poster” and a $50 cash prize in her undergraduate poster session and Karina Santellano receiving runner-up recognition.  Congratulations to the trio for jobs well done! read more about Undergraduates Shine at ESS Conference »

On March 18th, 2015, Qiang Fu successfully defended his dissertation: “The Global Epidemic of Childhood Obesity and Its Non-medical Costs” His committee consisted of: Kenneth C Land, Co-supervisor, Linda K George, Co-supervisor, Nan Lin, James Moody, and Amanda Thompson read more about Fu Awarded Ph.D. »

Joseph Lariscy, an NIA Postdoctoral Fellow at DUPRI and in the department of Sociology, has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology position at the University of Memphis. read more about Lariscy Accepts Position at the Univ. of Memphis »

Brad Fulton has accepted a postion as Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. read more about Fulton Accepts Position at Indiana University »

Regina Baker has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology position at the University of Pennsylvania. read more about Baker Accepts Position at the Univ. of Pennsylvania »

Sancha Medwinter accepted a tenure-track faculty position with the sociology department at University of Massachusetts-Amherst beginning September 1st, 2015. read more about Medwinter Accepts Position at University of Massachusetts-Amherst »

Qiang Fu has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of British Columbia. read more about Fu Accepts Position at University of British Columbia »

Kim Rogers (Duke PhD 2013) has accepted an offer from Dartmouth for a tenure-track position starting Aug 2015. read more about Rogers Accepts Position at Dartmouth »

Andrew Miles has accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Toronto. read more about Miles Accepts Position at U of Toronto »

On Nov 13, 2014, Robert Freeland successfully defended his dissertation: "Occupational Stratification and The Multidimensional Structure of Symbolic Meaning" His committee consisted of: Lynn Smith- Lovin, Chair, James Moody, Lisa Keister, and Kenneth C. Land read more about Freeland Awarded Ph.D. »

Austin Ashe was a panelist at Fordham Law School on November 5, 2014 which looked at the "Standards of Police Conduct. Title: Standards of Police Conduct Description: Recent tragic events involving the interaction between police officers and individuals call into question what standards police should abide by in their daily conduct to protect the community. The death of Eric Garner makes such a question particularly relevant to individuals in New York. Eric Garner’s story also… read more about Ashe to be panelist for Fordham Law school »

Trenita Childers was selected for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral  Dissertation Research Improvement Grant 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 NSF grant is a highly competitive, nationally recognized prestigious… read more about Childers selected for NSF Dissertation Grant »

Louise Seamster, with coauthors Kasey Henricks and Leighton Kenji Vila, are First Place recipients of the 2014 Graduate Student Paper Award by the Association for Black Sociologists (ABS) for their paper, “Antiracist Allies or White Noise:  Are White Working-Class Women Racial Progressives?” The award will be presented at ABS' October meeting in Charlotte. read more about Seamster Awarded Paper Award »

On Sept 11, 2014, G. Robin Gauthier successfully defended her dissertation: "Anatomies of Kinship: Diversity in the formal structure of American Families" Her committee consisted of: James Moody, Chair, S. Phillip Morgan, Lynn Smith- Lovin, and Giovanna Merli read more about Gauthier Awarded Ph.D. »

Andrew Miles has been selected as a 2014-2015 fellow in the Program for Advanced Research In the Social Sciences (PARISS) at Duke’s Social Science Research Institute. In this capacity, he will teach courses on quantitative methods, advise undergraduate researchers, present findings from his own research, and receive advanced methodological training. read more about Miles named PARISS Fellow »