New York Times Article Features Goffman's Story
January 21, 2016
Assistant Professor of Sociology Alice Goffman has encountered controversy over the research chronicled in her first book, "On the Run", about the lives of young black men in West Philadelphia. This article tells Goffman's experiences since the book's publication and the challenges of ethnography in the field of Sociology. | Read more...
Why is Violence So Persistent in Some Areas of Chicago?
January 20, 2016
Neighborhood violence is often talked about as being a result of poverty or random threat but Robert Vargas, Assistant Professor of Sociology, says that those characterizations can be very inaccurate. The UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty prepared this podcast that describes Vargas' extensive ethnographic research in a Chicago neighborhood. Vargas explains we can't understand problems of violence or disadvantage without understanding the political histories and structures of those neighborhoods. | Listen to podcast ...
Goldrick-Rab & Broton's Op-Ed published in New York Times.
December 4, 2015
This editorial reports on a study that found a high incidence of food and housing insecurity among college students, conducted by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Healthy Minds Study. Written by Professor of Educational Policy Studies, Sara Goldrick-Rab and Department of Sociology Ph.D. candidate Katharine Broton, the article highlights programs that provide emergency assistance to college students and calls for an increase in these social benefit programs to alleviate the crisis. They also suggest changes to social and educational policies to stop this problem from getting worse. | Read more...
Media Attention on Grant to Narrow Achievement Gaps
November 30, 2015
Eric Grodsky, Associate Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies has received much media coverage for his role in a recent $5.2 million grant aimed to reduce gaps in student achievement and opportunity in Wisconsin. This collaborative effort involves the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, with Jared Knowles as their lead researcher and several other research teams at UW-Madison.
In interviews with the media, Grodsky highlights the unique collaborative nature of this project as featured in the Wisconsin State Journal, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. | Read more...
Schaeffer named 2015 MAPOR Fellow
November 24, 2015
MAPOR, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, named Nora Cate Schaeffer as its 2015 Fellow. MAPOR Fellows are members who have made significant contributions to MAPOR through scholarship, service to the organization or other means. Schaeffer serves as the Faculty Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey Center and is the Sewell Bascom Professor of Sociology. MAPOR is a regional chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. | Read more...
The Sky is the Limit for Alumni Kenny Dichter '90, B.A. Sociology
November 19, 2015
Kenny Dichter currently serves as the Founder & CEO of Wheels Up, a private aviation company. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UW-Madison, he began his journey as an entrepreneur. He and his wife, Shoshana Dichter '92 explain how their liberal arts education helped launch their successful careers in a video vignette prepared by the College of Letters and Sciences that feature Badgers sharing advice with current students. | Read more...
Staff member Toni Schulze wins University Staff Excellence Award
November 17, 2015
Congrats to Toni Schulze for being one of the few selected for this year’s L&S University Staff Excellence Award! This award recognizes the outstanding contribution that Toni has made to our department—and thus to the College as a whole—over the past 35 years. We’re very, very fortunate that Toni has chosen to devote her career to this department.
Emirbayer named New Editor of Sociological Theory
November 3, 2015
Mustafa Emirbayer has been named editor of the ASA journal Sociological Theory. Emirbayer brings an exceptional academic career and personal qualities to this position that will promote intellectual rigor and diverse scholarship for the publication. He also has some ideas for innovation. | Read more...
Matt Desmond wins MacArthur "genius" grant
September 29, 2015
Congratulations to Matthew Desmond, Ph.D. 2010, who has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. This award is commonly referred to as the "genius" grant. Desmond's current work examines poverty and severe deprivation through the lens of housing policy and eviction in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The MacArthur Fellow award recognizes exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future. | Read more...
Dissertation Award to Wrigley-Field
September 17, 2015
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field was chosen to receive this year's Department of Sociology's Lumpkin Award for the best dissertation written by a student, under the supervision of Professor Felix Elwert. Elizabeth is now a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University. Congratulations Elizabeth! | Read more...
Michael Halpin wins SSSP Graduate Student Paper Award
September 3, 2015
Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Michael Halpin who has won the graduate student paper award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems Division of Society and Mental Health. Michael's paper, "Constructing and
Defining Mental Illness: The DSM and
Professional Practices," analyzes how the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is used in research, clinical and institutional practices. | Read more...
Rangel wins Ford Foundation fellowship
September 3, 2015
David Rangel has won a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. These awards are made 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...
Matt Kearney paper receives SSSP Honorable Mention award
September 3, 2015
Graduate student Matt Kearney's paper "Countervailing Values and Countervailing Norms: Abortion and Directive Genetic Counseling" received an Honorable Mention award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems Division of Health, Health Policy, and Health Service | Read more...
Gina Longo receives gender/women's studies award
September 3, 2015
Gina Longo was awarded the Mary Washburn Willets award for Excellence in the Social Sciences from the Center for Research on Gender & Women at UW-Madison. This award recognizes an outstanding Ph.D. student in the social sciences working in the area of gender/women's studies. It is named in honor of Mary Washburn Willets (1629-1713), who was a prominent Quaker Minister in Long Island. She gave public testimony, held meetings in her house and remained faithful to her beliefs despite public and private persecution. | Read more...
Paper by grad student Richard Aviles honored by ABS
September 3, 2015
A paper by graduate student Richard Aviles, "Black Poverty, Racial Threat, and the Changing Nature of White Racial Politics: 1968-2012", received a 2nd Place award at in the Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 2015 annual meetings of the Association of Black Sociologists | Read more...
Pamela Herd named to prestigious committees
September 3, 2015
Professor Pamela Herd has been named to a Standing Committee, Future of Major NSF-Funded Social Science Surveys, at the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. Herd is also a standing member of a review panel for research grants at the National Institutes of Health. | Read more...
Diaz and Fiel win ASA student paper award
August 31, 2015
Congratulations to grad students Christina Diaz and Jeremy Fiel, who received the ASA Sociology of Population Section Student Paper award at the recent annual meeting, for their paper, "The Effect(s) of Teenage Pregnancy: Reconciling Theory, Methods, and Evidence." | Read more...
"Happy Days Study" meets the microbiome
August 10, 2015
Subjects of the project known as the "Happy Days Study" — one of the most consistent, comprehensive and expansive studies of aging and health in America — have contributed their time for repeated, highly detailed surveys of health, family life and employment. They have given access to medical and life histories, including diseases, health-related behaviors, cognitive status, psychological and physical well-being, and detailed geographical data showing where subjects have lived over the course of their lives. As new molecular assays have been developed, the WLS cohort has also contributed biological samples such as saliva, which can be genotyped.Now, with the advent of new high-throughput genetic sequencing technologies, a new frontier beckons: the microbiome. | Read more...
Gina Longo wins SSSP Beth Hess Memorial Scholarship
May 19, 2015
Sociology graduate student Gina Longo was selected the winner of the 2015 Beth Hess Memorial Scholarship from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). The scholarship honors the qualities that Beth embodied, including: excellent scholarship and overall academic potential, especially in the areas of gender and social inequality; and a commitment to teaching, mentoring and social activism, especially in a community college setting. Also this month, Longo received the Mellon-Wisconsin Dissertation Fellowship, the Mary Washburn-Willets Award for Social Science Excellence, and the Department of Sociology's Lecturer Award. Congratulations, Gina! | Read more...
Staff and faculty teaching awards
May 6, 2015
Congratulations to these recent winners of departmental teaching awards (pictured, from left):
- Jesse Kearns (Sociology major and student member of the Departmental Committee for the Evaluation and Improvement of Instruction)
- Michael Massoglia (2015 Departmental Citation for Excellence in Teaching by a member of the faculty)
- Michael Billeaux (2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Teaching Assistant)
- Gina Longo (2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Lecturer)
- Samantha Francis (Sociology major and student member of the Departmental Committee for the Evaluation and Improvement of Instruction)
Lecturer Cabell Gathman on the classroom environment
April 16, 2015
Chances are your college student can tell you about those classmates — the students whom associate lecturer Cabell Gathman and her sociology colleagues find particularly challenging. They come in all forms: the loud student who dominates the discussion without care for wider participation or deep thought, or the reserved student who eye rolls after a peer’s comment, or the student who thinks the least participation wins the popularity contest. | Read more...
Luft wins student paper award
April 1, 2015
Aliza Luft's paper "Toward a Theory of Behavioral Boundary Crossing: Killing, Desistance, and Saving in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide" was awarded the 2015 Candace Rogers Student Paper Award by the Eastern Sociological Society. The award was presented at the ESS annual meeting in March 2015. | Read more...
Vargas on impact of Chicago gang violence
March 1, 2015
Robert Vargas, an assistant professor of sociology at UW-Madison, didn’t set out to study gang violence in impoverished Chicago neighborhoods, but once he saw its power over the community, he quickly shifted his area of research. | Read more...