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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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. »

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 »

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 »

Carlos Tavares was appointed a National Institute of Aging T32 Pre-Doctoral Trainee through the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI). The Demography of Aging pre-doctoral program provides rigorous training for scholars pursuing research centered on aging. Tavares’ research will focus on racial disparities in aging and understanding which race measures (self-identification, external validation, phentotype) best predict health and aging outcomes.  read more about Tavares Appointed NIA Pre-Doctoral Trainee »

Louise Seamster was awarded a fellowship from the Sanford School'sCenter for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism. This fellowship represents dissertation support for work on altruism, charitable giving and the nonprofit sector. read more about Seamster Awarded Sanford Fellowship »

On April 10th, 2014, Inseo Son successfully defended his dissertation: “Yellow in White Suits: Race, Mobility, and Identity of Grown Children of Korean Immigrants” His committee consisted of: Eduardo Bonilla‐Silva (Chair), Bai Gao, Kenneth C. Land, Nan Lin, and  Sucheta Mazumdar read more about Son Awarded Ph.D. »

On April 4th, 2014, S. Josh Mendelsohn successfully defended his dissertation: "Travel Networks Influence US City Prosperity" His committee consisted of: James Moody, Chair, Kieran Healy, Lisa Keister, Charles Becker, and Peter J. Mucha read more about Mendelsohn Awarded Ph.D. »

On April 4th, 2014, Victor Ray successfully defended his dissertation: "Collateral Damage: Race, Gender, and the Post-Combat Transition" His committee consisted of: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Co-Chair, Linda Burton, Co-Chair, Linda K. George, William Darity, Carol Stack, and Rebecca Bach read more about Ray Awarded Ph.D. »

Sowmya Rajan has been selected for a postdoctoral fellowship with the CPC starting in fall of 2014.  She will be working with working with Ilene Speizer and others. read more about Rajan Selected for CPC Fellowship »

Dr. Jen’nan Ghazal Read was awarded 1st place in a research grant competition at the Hamad Medical Corporation during a special ceremony this past Thursday in Doha, Qatar. The project is entitled “Social and Cultural Determinants of Emergency Department Use,” and the $100,000 award was given in the Senior Investigator Award category, the highest in the competition. Research proposals went through an external peer review process and narrowed down to 20 finalists. The finalists were invited to present their… read more about Read Wins Grant »

Regina Baker was awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-15. The awards are give to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. read more about Baker Awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-15 »

Collin Mueller was awarded a John Wesley Fellowship through A Foundation for Theological Education to support his doctoral studies. The John Wesley Fellows program is designed to promote the renewal of theological education by supporting promising United Methodist scholars who are committed to classical Christianity and academic excellence. read more about Mueller Awarded John Wesley Fellowship »

Trenita Childers was awarded a James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship to support her dissertation research.  The fellowship is designed to support students conducting research abroad.  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.  The amount of the award is $21,580. read more about Childers Awarded James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship »

In Seo Son's paper has been accepted in Discourse and Society. The title of the paper is "Partly Colored or Almost White?: Racial Intermediacy and Identificational Ambivalence of Grown Children of Korean Immigrants." It is scheduled for publication in DISCOURSE & SOCIETY 25(6)  in November, 2014. The abstract is as follows; Prior research suggests that Asian Americans fall between whites and African Americans in the American racial stratification system. However, scholars know… read more about Son paper accepted in Discourse and Society »

On February 24th, 2014, Sowmya Rajan  successfully defended her dissertation:   "Essays on Fertility and Fertility Preferences in India"   Her committee consisted of: Kenneth C. Land, Co-Chair, S. Philip Morgan, Co-Chair, Linda K. George, Elizabeth Frenkenberg, Yong Cai, and David Brady read more about Rajan Awarded Ph.D. »

On February 17th, 2014, Feng (Felicia) Tian successfully defended her dissertation: "Standing firmly upon ground: transition to adulthood in reform-era China" Her committee consisted of: Angela O’Rand, Co-Chair, S. Philip Morgan, Co-Chair, Stephen Vaisey, Nan Lin, and Yong Cai read more about Tian Awarded Ph.D. »

Ryan Finnigan has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the sociology department at UC Davis. read more about Finnegan Accepts Position at UC Davis »

Victor Ray has accepted a  position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.   read more about Ray Accepts Position at Tennessee »

Brad Fulton received the President’s Award for Nonprofit Research from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. This award includes a $10,000 prize to support his research on social diversity within organizations.  read more about Fulton Receives ARNOVA President’s Award for Nonprofit Research »

SaunJuhi Verma has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. read more about Verma Accepts Position at Rutgers »

David Diehl, DNAC post doc and instructor in Soc/M&M, has just accepted an assistant professor position of Human and Organizational Development in the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University.   read more about Diehl Accepts Position at Vanderbilt »