Category: News

Professor Nazli Kibria Featured in BU Today

February 7th, 2019 in News

Professor Nazli Kibria has been featured on BU Today alongside a biological anthropologist and a playwright in an article titled “Why We’re Attracted to the People We’re Attracted To.” Watch her talk about how attraction is shaped by social inequality and culture here


Professor Joseph Harris Op-Ed in Washington Post

December 3rd, 2018 in Faculty, News

Professor Joseph Harris has published an op-ed in the Washington Post! He shares the findings of his recent book Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism.

You can read Professor Harris’ piece “How do resource-constrained countries commit to universal health care?” here.

Remembering Professor George Psathas

November 20th, 2018 in Faculty, News

Sociology Professor Emeritus George Psathas passed away this past Thursday, November 15th at the age of 88. A long-time faculty member of the BU sociology department, his colleagues shared messages in his memory this week:

Professor George Psathas was a distinguished sociologist whose major intellectual foci were phenomenological sociology and ethnomethodology. He founded and edited the journal Human Studies, which became a significant forum for work in these areas of inquiry. In addition, he edited several compendia of studies, giving many younger scholars an opportunity to publish their work. In many respects, George was an ‘academic talent scout’, always interested in recruiting and advancing the careers of promising newcomers to his fields of specialization. He was a very active organizer of many academic events, and entertained many meetings of the Interaction Research Group in his home. He was a co-founder of the International Institute for Ethnomethodological Studies. A dedicated teacher and mentor, George was an inspiring figure to all who had the good fortune to have known him. May he rest in peace. – Jeff Coulter, BU Professor Emeritus.


George Psathas was a leading proponent of phenomenological perspectives in sociology, and a major advocate for these perspectives in The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.  He also helped to establish BU’s Department of Sociology as one of the world’s major academic centers for interaction analysis and ethnomethodology during the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s. He was well known to students and fellow researchers for his keen, hypersensitive understanding of the micro details of social life. – James Ostrow, Professor of Sociology, Lasell College


Professor Ana Villarreal Named a Pardee Fellow

September 24th, 2018 in Ana Villarreal, News

Dr. Ana Villarreal

Assistant Professor Ana Villarreal has been selected as a 2018-2019 Research Faculty Fellow at The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

Read more about Ana Villarreal’s project on the Pardee website. Congratulations, Ana!

Professor Saida Grundy’s Article in The Atlantic

September 24th, 2018 in Faculty, News

Assistant Professor Saida Grundy wrote an article published in The Atlantic about Colin Kaepernick and the corporate branding of Black power iconography. Congratulations, Saida!

Professor Deborah Carr Elected ASA Section Chair

July 13th, 2018 in Deborah Carr, Faculty, News

Professor and Department Chair Deborah Carr has been named Chair-Elect of ASA’s Section on Medical Sociology. Congratulations, Debby!

Professor Joseph Harris Elected to ASA Section Council

July 13th, 2018 in Faculty, Joseph Harris, News

Professor Joseph Harris has been elected to serve on the ASA Sociology of Development section’s council. Congratulations, Joe!


Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino ASA section chair-elect

July 13th, 2018 in Faculty, Japonica Brown-Saracino, News

Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino has been elected as the next Chair of the ASA community/urban section. Congratulations, Japonica!

Professor Julian Go receives ASA award

July 13th, 2018 in Faculty, Julian Go, News

Professor Julian Go was awarded the 2018 Lewis A. Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda-Setting from the American Sociological Association. The award is given to the sociologist “whose work holds great promise for setting the agenda in the field of sociology.” Candidates and finalists for the Coser Award are chosen by a committee of sociologists from the across the discipline, including the President of the American Sociological Association. As winner, Professor Go will deliver the Annual Coser Lecture at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the ASA in New York. Congratulations, Julian!

Conference Report of Professor Joseph Harris’ Global Health Symposium Published

July 12th, 2018 in Faculty, Joseph Harris, News

Last fall, Professor Joseph Harris convened a two-day gathering of nearly 30 leading social scientists in an event called the Symposium on Global Health and the Social Sciences. This summer, The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future has published a new conference report based on the event and the many discussions for which it provided a platform.

Copies of the symposium proceedings have been shared with policymakers and practitioners at the World Bank, World Health Organization, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Global Development, and the Results for Development Institute.

Congratulations, Joe!