Category: News

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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Sociology Seminar Series – Feb 19 – Adia Harvey Wingfield

February 5th, 2016 in Events, News, Seminar Series

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Please join us on Friday, February 19th, as we welcome Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield of the Washington University in St. Louis as our first Spring 2016 Seminar Series speaker. Professor Wingfield will present:

“Professional Work in a Postracial Era: Black Americans’ Everyday Racial Realities in the Health Care Industry.”

Friday, February 19th at 12PM
in SOC Room 241
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public
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Biography: Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield is a Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. She was on the sociology faculty of Georgia State University from 2006 through 2015. Professor Wingfield received a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 2004. She specializes in research that examines the ways intersections of race, gender, and class affect social processes at work. In particular, she is an expert on the workplace experiences of minority workers in predominantly white professional settings, and specifically on black male professionals in occupations where they are in the minority.

Dr. Wingfield has lectured internationally on her research in this area, and her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Gender & Society, Qualitative Sociology, and American Behavioral Scientist. She is the author of several books, most recently the award-winning No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work (Temple University Press).

Professor Wingfield teaches classes on race, gender, social theory, and work, that encourage students to wrestle with the ways that intersections of race, gender, and class are institutionalized in various social spheres like media, the workplace, schools, and in public spaces.

View all upcoming Seminar Series dates.

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Professor Emerita Brigitte Berger (1928 – 2015)

December 1st, 2015 in Faculty, News

On May 28th 2015 Professor Emerita Brigitte Berger passed away.   In a career that spanned almost half a century, Brigitte Berger wrote many influential books on the sociology of family, knowledge and social change. She was on the faculties of the Hunter College of the City of New York, Long Island University, Wellesley College and Boston University. At Boston University, she was Chair of the Department of Sociology from 1989 to 1993.  Those who were privileged to work with her will always remember her warm, generous and courageous spirit.

For more on the life and work of Brigitte Berger, read a tribute written by her husband, the eminent sociologist Peter Berger, in The American Life.

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Seminar Series – Susan Bell of Drexel University

November 20th, 2015 in Events, News, Seminar Series

susan-bell-bowdoinPlease join us on December 4th, 2015, as we welcome Professor Susan Bell of Drexel University as our final Fall 2015 Seminar Series speaker. Professor Bell will present “Interpreting for Immigrants in Hospital Clinics: An Ethnography of Outpatient Care in Maine.”

December 4th, 2015
SOC Room 241 – 12PM
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public!

Biography: Susan Bell is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at Drexel University. Her specialty is the sociology of health and illness, in which she investigates the experience of illness, women’s health, and visual and performative representations of the politics of cancer, medicine, and women’s bodies. Currently, she is exploring the global flow of biomedical knowledge and spatial permeability by listening to and analyzing stories constructed in interactions between immigrant patient populations and staff in a U.S. hospital outpatient clinic.

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Professor Joseph Harris named a 2015-16 Pardee Faculty Research Fellow

October 19th, 2015 in Faculty, News

headshot3The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future has named Professor Joseph Harris a 2015-16 Faculty Research Fellow. “With seed funding from the Pardee Center, the 10 Faculty Research Fellows will launch two- or three-year interdisciplinary research projects on topics ranging from the implications of China’s investments in other developing countries to establishing the first urban nitrogen monitoring stations in Boston that will connect with a nationwide network of other nitrogen monitoring stations.” [1]

Professor Harris plans to “convene the First National Conference on Global Health and the Social Sciences, bringing together anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists working on global health from around the nation and world. The conference is intended to expose participants to colleagues from other disciplines, to new ideas, and to provide the opportunity for scholars to create new research pathways and chart new agendas in conference sessions with both disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes.” [2]

Congratulations, Joe!

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Seminar Series – Ann Morning of New York University

October 16th, 2015 in Events, News, Seminar Series

Morning_2014Please join us on October 30th, 2015, as we welcome Professor Ann Morning of New York University to our Fall 2015 Seminar Series. Professor Morning will present “Through the Lens of Race:
Concepts of Difference in Italy and the U.S.” 

October 30th, 2015
SOC Room 241 – 12:30PM
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public!

Biography: Ann Morning is an Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU.  To date much of her research has focused on the historical and contemporary racial classification of groups that have not fallen neatly into the United States’ traditional black / white dichotomy. In this connection, she has published work on the racial self-identification and official classification of multiracial individuals and people of South Asian descent. Currently, Morning’s research focuses on racial conceptualization–that is, on individuals’ beliefs about the nature of racial difference–with a particular interest in how formal education in the social and biological sciences shapes our notions of what race is. Morning’s 2011 book “The Nature of Race” examined this topic in the U.S. context, whereas her current project extends the inquiry to Western Europe by focusing on Italians’ beliefs about what distinguishes them from immigrants.

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Seminar Series – Rashawn Ray of the University of Maryland

October 9th, 2015 in Events, News, Seminar Series

Pic_Rashawn RayPlease join us on October 23rd, 2015, as we welcome Professor Rashawn Ray of the University of Maryland to our Fall 2015 Seminar Series. Professor Ray will present “#BlackLivesMatter: The Evolution of a Social Media Identity” 

October 23rd, 2015
SOC Room 241 – 12PM
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public!

Biography: Rashawn Ray is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and an Associate Research Director at the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University in 2010. From 2010-2012 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley/UCSF. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Ray is the editor of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy. His work has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of African American Studies. Ray has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Ford Foundation.

Currently, Ray is working on a series of projects centered on the intersections of race, class, and gender. The first project examines racial differences in barriers and incentives to physical activity among the middle class. The second project investigates how perceived body size shapes race and class differences in the mental, physical, and sexual health of girls and young women. With Dr. Kris Marsh, another project explores how the stigma of aging single influences psychological distress and physical activity among middle class Black women. Third, with Drs. Dana Fisher and Liana Sayer, Ray is exploring the impact school gardens have on academic achievement, nutritional knowledge, and civic engagement among children in ninety elementary schools in Washington DC. Finally, with scholars in the humanities, Ray is exploring the evolution of the #BlackLivesMatter movement as a social and collective identity. Ray has received mentorship awards from the Department of Sociology, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Program at the University of Maryland. In 2014, Ray was selected as Forty Under 40 Prince George’s County and in 2010 he was recognized as the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow for the city of Bloomington, IN. Currently, Ray is a member of the National Committee on Nominations for the American Sociological Association and the Co-Chair of the Ford Foundation Scholars Conference. He serves of the editorial boards for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Social Psychology Quarterly.

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Prof. Neha Gondal Named 2015 Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellow

September 29th, 2015 in Faculty, News

NehaProfessor Neha Gondal has been named a 2015 Hariri Instiute Junior Faculty Fellow. Recognizing “outstanding junior faculty at Boston University working in diverse areas of computing and the computational sciences,” the Hariri Institute Fellows Program “helps connect like-minded researchers at BU and beyond, […] providing a focal point for supporting broader collaborative research.”

In an e-mail announcing the 2015 Fellows, Founding Director Azer Bestavros described the research profile of this year’s cohort as underscoring “the extent to which computational and data-driven approaches are fundamentally changing a growing number of disciplines and the fact that computing is emerging as the lingua franca for interdisciplinary research.” One of six fellows selected by the Institute’s Steering Committee for a three-year appointment, Dr. Gondal was recognized for her work using “quantitative and mathematical techniques to study culture and stratification through the lens of social networks.”

Congratulations, Neha!

Read the full announcement and learn more about the Junior Faculty Fellows Program on the Hariri Institute’s website.

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