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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 »

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

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 »

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 »

David Eagle is the 2013-14 winner of the Vorsanger-Smith award which is presented annually to recognize overall excellence in the graduate program. read more about Eagle Wins Vorsanger-Smith Award »

Robert Reece has been named a 2014-15 student scholar in the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at the Franklin Humanities Institute. At the PhD Lab, Robert will collaborate with scholars in and outside of the university to engage with the promises and challenges of a growing field of digital scholarship. read more about Reese Named Student Scholar »

Brad Fulton's article, "The Role of Bridging Cultural Practices in Racially and Socioeconomically Diverse Civic Organizations", co-authored with Ruth Braunstein (UConn) and Rich Wood (UNM), has been published in the August 2014 edition of ASR. read more about Fulton co-authors ASR article »

Inseo Son has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the BK21PLUS Program in Embodiment: Health-Society Interaction, Department of Public Health Sciences, at Korea University, South Korea.  read more about Son Accepts Postdoc at Korea Univ. »

The Graduate Policy Committee has selected Brad Fulton as the 2014 Graduate Student Teaching Award winner. read more about Fulton Wins Teaching Award »

Mary Beth Fallin Hunzaker won the Best Graduate Student Paper award for her paper "Making Sense of Misfortune: Cultural Schemas, Victim Redefinition, and the Perpetuation of Stereotypes" at the 2014 ASA's Social Psych Section.  This award recognizes the outstanding recent contribution in social psychology. read more about Fallin Hunzaker Wins ASA Paper Award »

Brad Fulton was quoted in a Washington Post article that featured his co-authored study, which analyzed the cultural practices used by racially and socioeconomically diverse civic organizations to bridge social differences. This study was also featured in the Huffington Post and New York Magazine. read more about Fulton Cited in Washington Post »

David Brady, Regina Baker, and Ryan Finnigan's article, "When Unionization Disappears: State-Level Unionization and Working Poverty in the United States," selected to receive Honorable Mention from the Committee of the Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Association. read more about Brady, Baker, and Finnigan Earn Honorable Mention »

On June 27th, 2014, Megan Reynolds successfully defended her dissertation: “Power, Policy and Health in Rich Democracies” Her committee consisted of: Linda K Goerge (Chair), Kenneth C. Land, Jessi Streib, David Brady, and  John D. Stephens read more about Reynolds Awarded Ph.D. »

Sancha Doxilly Medwinter won the National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral  Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her dissertation research titled: Race, Class and Social Capital in Devastated Neighborhoods. Sancha’s project is a multi-method field study in New York City, after Hurricane Sandy. The research examines how emergent race and class dynamics of devastated neighborhoods differentially impact the capacity of residents to create new social capital; and the consequence for disaster assistance and recovery of… read more about Medwinter Wins NSF Grant »

Trenita Childers was selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to the Dominican Republic. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States.  She will join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Trenita will conduct ethnographic research on sociopolitical factors that impact the mental health of people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic… read more about Childers Selected for Fulbright Student Award »

Brad Fulton was awarded a fellowship from the Sanford School's Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism. This fellowship provides support for Fulton’s research on social diversity within nonprofit organizations. read more about Fulton Awarded Sanford Fellowship »