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Alumnus Wayne Batchis (CAS 1996) Publishes New Book on “The Right’s First Amendment”

April 7th, 2016 in Alumni, News.

Wayne Batchis (CAS 1996)

Wayne Batchis (CAS 1996)

Wayne Batchis (BA Sociology and Political Science, 1996), Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Delaware, has published a new book entitled The Right’s First Amendment: The Politics of Free Speech & The Return of Conservative Libertarianism (Stanford University Press, 2016).  Based on examination of six decades of the writings of conservative thought leaders, and the evolution of constitutional law and the ideological predispositions of Supreme Court justices, the book explores conservatives’ increasingly strong support of the First Amendment as a defense against political correctness and as establishing freedom of commercial expression.  These associations contrast sharply with the earlier association of the amendment with the free speech rights of political liberals, as on the college campuses of the 1960s.  Floyd Abrams, long one of the nation’s preeminent experts on the First Amendment, said of the book: “The Right’s First Amendment describes, with gusto and fairness, this startling shift in conservative views, one with major impact on the liberty of all Americans.”

Dr. Batchis was the 1996 winner of the undergraduate College Prize for Excellence in Sociology. Congratulations, Wayne!

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Alumna Cynthia Feliciano (CAS 1995) Appointed a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar

April 7th, 2016 in Alumni, News.

Cynthia Feliciano (CAS 1995)

Cynthia Feliciano (CAS 1995)

Cynthia Feliciano (BA Sociology and Political Science, 1995), Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine, has been appointed a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar for 2016-17.  With her UCI colleague Rubén Rumbaut, Cynthia will work on a book project that investigates the socioeconomic, cultural, and political incorporation of the immigrant second generation, examining their adult transitions during and after the Great Recession.  The project is based upon a panel study of respondents that spans a quarter of a century, from their mid-adolescence to middle adulthood, and will examine such factors as family and identity formation, educational and occupational attainment, and political views.

Dr. Feliciano was the 1995 winner of the College Prize for Excellence in Sociology.  Congratulations, Cynthia!

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Dr. Joanna Ng (CAS ’06, MED’10) to Speak at 2016 Commencement Ceremony

March 29th, 2016 in Alumni, Events, News, Undergraduate Students.

Dr. Joanna Ng

Dr. Joanna Ng

Keeping with recent tradition, the Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that it will once again welcome an alumna from ten years’ past as our commencement speaker. Dr. Joanna Ng (CAS ’06, MED ’10) will return to Boston University to address the 2016 graduating seniors and their families.

Joanna Ng graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Biology. She then earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 2010 with induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and as the recipient of the William J. McNary Alumni Award with distinction in leadership and service. She was named one of Boston Magazine’s “Top Doctors in Training” in 2010, and given her love of caring for the underserved, Dr. Ng matched in General Surgery at Boston Medical Center, where she continues to train through 2017.

As a resident, she has taken care of many trauma and surgical patients, including those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and was recently featured in ABC’s television documentary “Save My Life.” During her two year research sabbatical, she studied peripheral nerve regeneration and microvascular reconstruction at Massachusetts General Hospital, earning many podium presentation awards, the 2014 Plastic Surgery and Education Foundation Basic Science Grant, and published several papers and surgical textbook chapters. After finishing her training as chief resident, Dr. Ng will begin her fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, where she will specialize in post-oncologic and microsurgical reconstruction.

When not in the hospital, she and her husband Scott, an emergency medicine physician, spend most of their time chasing their toddler Jenna and discovering good food and wine. She was honored to be the commencement speaker in 2006 and is ecstatic to be back a decade later.

The 2016 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 15th at the Questrom School of Business Auditorium (Hariri Building, formerly known as SMG). For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement Ceremony, please view this page.

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Professor Stone and Graduate Alumni Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou Publish Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

September 9th, 2015 in Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students, News.

EREN-CoverThe Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism is a five volume, 1.5 million word reference work to be published in December 2015 by Wiley-Blackwell. Consisting of hundreds of entries written by leading experts on the topics from all over the world, it also has many contributions from scholars drawn from both the faculty and advanced graduate students from the Sociology Department and Boston University generally.

Among the five editors are John Stone, Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou, the last two being PhD sociology graduates who received their degrees in 2003 and 2008 respectively, and are currently Associate Professors at the Willamette Graduate School of Management in Portland OR and the sociology department of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. The department faculty who have contributed articles to the Encyclopedia include Nazli Kibria, Julian Go, Susan Eckstein, Liah Greenfeld, Sigrun Olafsdottir and Ashley Mears, as well as more than a dozen by John Stone. A select group of some of our best PhD and MA students, from Sociology, African American Studies, Sociology and Social Work, and other social science programs have also written on their specialist areas. The Encyclopedia will be a definitive reference work providing insight and understanding about so many of the central challenges confronting modern society.

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Alumnus Jeremiah Glazer (B.A. 2005) to speak at 2015 Commencement Ceremony

March 31st, 2015 in Alumni, Events, Undergraduate Students.

Jeremiah Glazer _ 01Keeping with recent tradition, the Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that it will once again welcome an alumnus from ten years’ past as our commencement speaker. Jeremiah Glazer (B.A. ’05) will return to Boston University to address the 2015 graduating seniors and their families.

Jeremiah Glazer graduated from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology. After two years of living and working in New York City, Mr. Glazer went to the University of Chicago to earn his Master’s degree in the Humanities, with a concentration in Philosophy, finishing a thesis on Wittgenstein entitled: “Taking a Wider Look Round: A Social View of Rule-Following”. Following his Master’s degree, Mr. Glazer entered the documentary film industry as an editor and producer, working on numerous television and film projects including the Tribeca-award winning documentary “Give Up Tomorrow”, and the Sundance-award winning doc “Tibet in Song”. In 2011, Mr. Glazer started working at Etsy, the world’s largest online handmade and vintage marketplace, and is currently the Video Production Manager for the site. In addition to his film work, Mr. Glazer DJs and composes music under the name Sun Ascendant. You can find his latest work on his website: www.jeremiahglazer.com.

The 2015 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 17th at the School of Management Auditorium (SMG). For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement Ceremony, please view this page.

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