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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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. »

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 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 »

Megan Reynolds has accepted a position as Assistant Professor, tenure track, in the sociology department at the University of Utah. read more about Reynolds Accepts Position at the University of Utah »

Kim Rogers will be joining the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Holyoke College as a Visiting Assistant Professor, starting in the spring term. read more about Rogers Accepts Position at Mt. Holyoke College »

Melanie Sereny Brasher has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at the University of Rhode Island.   read more about Sereny Brasher Accepts Position at University of Rhode Island »

Louise Seamster was awarded a Rethinking Regulation Graduate Research Award from the Kenan Institute for Ethics for dissertation research. Rethinking Regulation is an interdisciplinary project for scholars of regulatory governance. read more about Seamster Wins Kenan Award »

In CONTEXTS, Victor Ray looks at why veterans who survive battle wounds aren’t seeking the mental health services offered by the Veterans’ Association and other groups? read more about Ray Published in Contexts »

A tweet by Kieran Healy about the Nobel Prize in Economics prompted an Op-Ed piece by Harvard’s Raj Chetty in the New York Times, and began a debate that Paul Krugman and others have since weighed in on.  Chetty: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/opinion/yes-economics-is-a-science.html?pagewanted=2&pagewanted=all Krugman I: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/21/maybe-economics-is-a-science-but-many-economists-are-not-scientists/ Krugman II: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/a-dark-age-of-… read more about Healy's Tweet Sparks Debate in New York Times »

Brad Fulton was selected as a finalist for the INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition. He will present his research at the INFORMS conference in Minneapolis, MN on Oct. 5th. INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) is the international society for professionals in the field of operations research, management science, and analytics. read more about Fulton Recognized by INFORMS/Organization Science »

Louise Seamster is an invited panelist in a "Conversation on Racism and Capitalism" at Howard University on November 20, 2013, sponsored by The Howard University Center for Urban Progress and the Economics Department. The conversation will include panelists such as Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore (CUNY Graduate Center), Johnny Eric Williams (Trinity College), and Tanya Golash-Boza (UC-Merced).  WEBPAGE: http://raceandracisms.blogspot.com/p/conversation-on-racism-and-capitalism.html FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com… read more about Seamster Panelist at Howard Univ »

Gold to receive GSA's 2013 Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award August 15th, 2013 The Gerontological Society of America (GSA)—the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging—has chosen Deborah T. Gold, PhD, of the Duke University Medical Center as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award. This honor is given to individuals who have not only fostered excellence in the field, but have made a major impact by virtue of their mentoring, and… read more about Gold Recipient of Gerontology Award »

Hannah Scott, Duke Sociology (BA 2013), has been published in this quarter's issue of CONTEXT.  Hannah is currently in the rural sociology graduate program at The Ohio State University. She studies the persistence of family farming and systemic agricultural change. Hannah Scott’s family legacy is its tobacco farm. In this communal work, they find history and hope for a future. She captures their work in a loving photo essay. read more about Scott's Photo Essay in "CONTEXT" »

Gary Gereffi is participating at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting called the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade -- Connecting to Value Chains, July 8-10, 2013.  As the leading academic architect of the Global Value Chains (GVC) framework being used to organize the meeting, Gary Gereffi’s role at this meeting has included: a) Moderating the first substantive session, entitled "Value Chains -- Adding Value for Development?" (Session 3), which included as participants the European Commissioner for Trade, the… read more about Gereffi at Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade »

Another big hire by Duke Sociology! Dr. Angel Harris, a rising star in Sociology at Princeton, will join us from July onwards. Harris will have a joint appointment in Sociology and AAAS and he will also be the Co-Director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality in SSRI.  His work has been in the areas of education, social psychology, race and ethnicity, and statistics  and his 2011 book with Harvard Press,  Kids Don’t want to Fail: Oppositional Culture and the Black-White Achievement Gap, was an… read more about Angel Harris to Duke »