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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:

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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Alumna Catherine Tenuta Working for the Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate

June 10th, 2014 in Alumni, News.

Catherine Tenuta (BA ’13) recently served as Executive Assistant in the Office of New York State Senator and Senate Majority Coalition LeaderJeffrey Klein. She is now Assistant to the Policy Director for the Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate.


Ph.D. Alumna Kiri Gurd joins University of South Florida as Postdoctoral Scholar

April 9th, 2014 in Alumni, Graduate Students, News.

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Kiri Gurd

Kiri Gurd (PhD 2013) is joining the University of South Florida as a Postdoctoral Scholar for USF’s program on “Global Change in a Dynamic World.”

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2004 Sociology Graduate Officer Rachel Olanoff McGuire to Speak at 2014 Commencement

March 28th, 2014 in Alumni, News, Undergraduate Students.

106672_Olanoff, Rachel_0014 (1)In keeping with recent tradition, the Sociology Department will again welcome a “ten year out” alumna as our commencement speaker.  Officer Rachel McGuire (nee Olanoff) (BA, ’04) will return to Boston University to address the 2014 graduating seniors and their families.

A brief bio on our guest speaker:

Police Officer Rachel O. McGuire graduated from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in May 2004 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. After four years in retail sales at JCrew in Copley Square, Officer McGuire applied to become a Boston Police Officer. She was accepted and graduated the 6-month Boston Police Academy in November 2008 at the top of her class, receiving the academy’s Hogan Award and Academic Excellence Award. For the first five and a half years of her police career, Officer McGuire patrolled the streets of District D-4, covering the Back Bay, South End, Fenway, and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. While working as a patrol officer, she studied at Curry College and earned her Masters Degree in Criminal Justice in 2012.  Her education at B.U. and Curry, her time in retail sales, and her experiences as a patrol officer prepared her for her recently acquired position as a spokesperson and representative for the Boston Police Department in the Office of Media Relations.  Officer McGuire is currently studying for the upcoming promotional exam in hopes of becoming a sergeant.

The 2014 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 18th at the School of Management Auditorium. For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement, please view this page.

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CUNY Professor and BU Alum Philip Kasinitz to Speak at Annual Albert Morris Lecture

March 3rd, 2014 in Alumni, Events, News.

The Boston University Sociology DepartmentKasinitz JPG2 proudly presents

The Sixth Annual Albert Morris Lecture in Sociology
featuring BU Alumnus and Professor of Sociology at CUNY
Philip Kasinitz


“Diversity and Inclusion: Immigration,
Demographic Change and Racial Justice in Contemporary America.”

Thursday, April 10th at 5PM
9th Floor Colloquium Room
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215

Philip Kasinitz (Boston University, College of Liberal Arts, 1979) is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York who specializes in the study of urban sociology, international migration and race and ethnicity. Professor Kasinitz is the author of Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race, co-author of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, and is mostly recently co-editor of The Handbook of Urban Ethnography. He is a former President of the Eastern Sociological Society and a three time winner of the Thomas and Znaniecki Award for the best book in the Sociology of international migration.

For a full biography, please see the Morris Lecture event page.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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