Joan Fujimura wins Outstanding Women of Color Award
September 22, 2016
Joan was selected as one of six Outstanding Women of Color at UW-Madison. Joan is Professor of Sociology and an affiliate of the Holtz Center for Research on Science and Technology Studies. There will be a reception schedule in March 2017. Congratulations Joan! | Read more...
Data Collection by UW Survey Center Critical to Eviction Research
September 16, 2016
Asking questions is not as simple as it might seem, and Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and Sociology Department alumnus (PhD 2010), turned to the UW Survey Center for help to collect data on evictions in the city of Milwaukee. He created a survey that became part of the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, and obtained guidance on how to reach understudied groups. A recent article highlights the challenges of good data collection. The UW Survey Center is directed by Professor of Sociology Nora Cate Schaeffer. | Read more...
Sociology Alumna Making a Difference
September 15, 2016
Kat Becker, who got her MA in Sociology in 2006, was recently featured in the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association's Project 72 for Marathon County. This campaign features alumni in each of the state's 72 counties, highlighting how UW-Madison benefits society outside the classroom. Becker and her husband, Toni Schultz who is also a UW-Madison alumnus, run a highly diversified, certified organic farm that offers a community-supported agriculture program. | Read more...
18th Annual Bike Tour for Graduate Students
September 14, 2016
Professor Erik Wright and new graduate students are pictured here on their bike tour held September 11. Each year Professor Wright leads this event so incoming graduate students can explore various neighborhoods and learn about Madison's geography, history and culture.
2016 ASA Award Winners from Wisconsin
August 30, 2016
Several UW-Madison Sociology graduate students, former grads, and faculty received awards at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
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Maynard receives Engel Research Award from AACH
June 29, 2016
The 21st George Engel Award was given by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare to Professor Doug Maynard for his outstanding research contributing to the theory, practice and teaching of effective health care communication. Congratulations Doug! | Read more...
Matthew Desmond Interview
June 23, 2016
Madison's local newspaper, Isthmus, recently featured an interview with Sociology Department alumni Matthew Desmond where he discussed his field work research and writing his critically acclaimed book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City". | Read more...
Christine Schwartz Receives Two ASA Awards for Paper
June 16, 2016
Professor Christine Schwartz and former UW-Madison doctoral student Hongyum Han are recipients of two awards from the American Sociological Association for their recent paper, "The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution." The Population Section gave it their Distinguished Paper Award and the Family Section named it their Article of the Year.
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Douglas Maynard Receives Honorary Doctorate
June 16, 2016
Helsinki University recently bestowed an honorary doctorate upon Professor Douglas Maynard. He is pictured here being given the ceremonial hat and sword: the hat represents freedom of thought and the sword represents the quest for knowledge and truth. Congratulations Doug! | Read more...
ASA Award to Nate Ela for Paper
June 13, 2016
Congratulations to Nate Ela for being co-winner of the American Sociology Association's Sociology of Law Section's distinguished graduate student paper award for 2016. The paper, “Litigation Dilemmas: Lessons from the Marcos Human Rights Class Action,” is forthcoming in Law & Social Inquiry. | Read more...
Aliza Luft wins ASA Award for Paper
June 7, 2016
Aliza Luft received the 2016 Elise Boulding Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association. Her paper is titled, "The Sounds of Silence: Explaining French Bishops’ Support for the Statut des Juifs." Good work Aliza! | Read more...
Mike Massoglia receives Romnes Faculty Fellowship
June 1, 2016
Selected by a Graduate School Committee and supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Romnes awards recognize exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years. Massoglia is a Professor of Sociology and teaches classes on criminology, delinquency and deviance. He was one of twelve awardees for 2016. | Read more...
Desmond Praises Department of Sociology
May 27, 2016
In a recent interview with the UW-Madison Graduate School, alumnus Matthew Desmond talked about the mentoring of his career in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Research on Poverty. He also discussed his passion to apply his training to address poverty in America. | Read more...
"Evicted" Selected as Go Big Read
April 28, 2016
A book on poverty and its impact on families and communities of color, written by Sociology Department alumnus Matheww Desmond was selected for Go Big Read, UW-Madison's common-reading program. It is hoped that 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City' will allow for campus dialogue on social justice. | Read more...
Michael Halpin wins SSSP Graduate Student Paper Award
April 15, 2016
The Society for the Study of Social Problems has awarded Ph.D. candidate Michael Halpin with it’s Theory Division Student Paper Award. Michael’s paper, “Science and Sociodicy: Neuroscientific Explanations of Social Problems” provides a critical analysis of the construction of neuroscientific claims about problems. Congratulations Michael! | Read more...
UW2020 Project Winners
April 13, 2016
A research team consisting of Sociology faculty Nora Cate Schaeffer and Marcy Carlson has been awarded funding by the UW2020 project, a new initiative designed to jump-start innovative interdisciplinary projects at UW-Madison. The project titled “Wisconsin Study of Family Complexity and Public Policy” was one of just 14 proposals selected.
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Myra Ferree Receives Faculty Advising Award
April 5, 2016
Myra Ferree, Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology, has won the College of Letters & Science Faculty Advising Award for her service as a graduate advisor. She will be recognized at an awards reception to be held on May 12 at 3:30pm in the Fluno Center. Congratulations Myra! | Read more...
Ermakoff receives Distinguished Teaching Award
March 4, 2016
Ivan Ermakoff, Professor of Sociology, was one of twelve faculty members chosen to receive this year's Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Awards.This honor has been given out since 1953 to recognize the university's finest educators. Ermakoff is highly respected by both colleagues and students. Congratulations Ivan! | Read more...
Innovation in Teaching Award goes to Kathryn Anderson
March 3, 2016
One of fifteen graduate students honored at UW-Madison, Kathryn Anderson received the Innovation in Teaching Award given by the Graduate School. She has taught statistics, sociology, and environmental studies classes, and an inter-disciplinary class on food systems and climate change. | Read more...
Di Wang Receives Campus-Wide Teaching Award
March 3, 2016
Di Wang has taught sociology courses at UW-Madison over the last three years. She was honored by the Graduate School with the Early Excellence in Teaching Award at a ceremony held on March 2, 2016. Congratulations Di! | Read more...
Desmond Returns to UW-Madison Campus
March 2, 2016
Mathew Desmond, PhD 2010, discussed his newest book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, on Wednesday March 2 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Desmond is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard, and a recent MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient. | Read more...
Schwartz Interviewed by New York Times about Marriage and Inequality
February 29, 2016
Christine Schwartz, Professor of Sociology, was interviewed in an article that explores her research focus, assortative mating. More people are marrying others like themselves, in terms of education and earnings potential, and this is causing changes in American families and society at large. The country is becoming more segregated by class and this effect could become more pronounced in future generations. | Read more...
Journal Issue Dedicated to Bob and Tess Hauser
February 22, 2016
The January 2016 issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science is dedicated to Robert M. Hauser, Vilas Research Professor of Sociology Emeritus, and his late wife, Taissa Hauser, who was a senior scientist in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, to honor their work on a variety of important social issues. The journal issue, titled “Living in a High-Inequality Regime,” contains articles mostly written by students or close colleagues of the Hausers. The articles are available online and can be downloaded for free. | Read more...
Massoglia honored as William H. Sewell Memorial Lecturer
February 12, 2016
Professor Mike Massoglia delivered the talk "Incarceration and the Changing Dimensions of American Inequality" on Friday February 12 for the 13th annual William H. Sewell Memorial Lecture. Named to honor the prestigious former Sociology Department chair, the lecture was established to promote Sewell's guiding principle of "decency, excellence, and diversity" that the department still aims toward today. | Read more...
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...