Olga Musatovova graduated cum laude from Boston University in May of 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She continued her studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, graduating in September of 2009 with a Master of Arts degree in International Education. While pursuing her Master’s degree, she participated in the NYU Visa Regulations Practice Workshops for J-1 and F-1 international students and scholars.
Having herself moved to the U.S. at a very young age, Olga has always had a passion for helping others during periods of transition in their lives. During her tenure at Boston University, she worked with the Orientation Office, assisting thousands of incoming students and their parents with the big move to college life. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, she spent a year with The Wellness Community of Greater Boston, a nonprofit organization providing psychosocial services to cancer patients and their loved ones. Since completing her Master’s studies, she has organized international community service projects for middle and high school students, and spent several years managing large client accounts at a law firm focused solely on business immigration. Most recently, she joined HubSpot, Inc. as the company’s first Global Mobility & Immigration Specialist, a role that allows her to be most within her element, helping others navigate the complexities of global immigration while maintaining a human touch.
When not helping others, Olga spends her time in New Hampshire tackling the 48 four-thousand footers, or traveling the world, checking off her Bucket List with each destination at a time.
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!
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!
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.
Professor Stone and Graduate Alumni Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou Publish Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism
The 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.