Category: News

Graduate Student Connor Fitzmaurice Publishes Book

October 26th, 2016 in Graduate Students, News

Connor Fitzmaurice, a Sociology graduate student has published a book with Brian Gareau, Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston College, entitled Organic Futures.

Organic Futurespublished through Yale University Press–is an exploration of the lived experience of small-scale organic farmers in New England that unpacks how they balance their ideals with economic realities.

Taking an ethnographic approach, the field-work by Connor Fitzmaurice and Brian Gareau at a small New England organic farm sheds light on how farmers navigate the difficult terrain between the practices of sustainability and the economic realities of contemporary agriculture. Extensive research reveals the historical context, complexities and viability of non conventional farming practices, which seek to balance ecology and community with the business of agriculture.

Congratulations, Connor!


Fitzmaurice and Gareau Organic Futures jacket copy

Fitzmaurice and Gareau Organic Futures


Graduate Student Connor Fitzmaurice

The Sociology Dept. & WGS Program Co-Sponsor Lecture Event “From Combahee to Black Lives Matter”

October 13th, 2016 in Events, Faculty, News

Professor Cati Connell will deliver the opening remarks at the 7th Annual Sedgwick Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies on October 25, 5 pm, titled: “From Combahee to Black Lives Matter”


Professors Saida Grundy & Nazli Kibria Speak on Social Citizenship

September 23rd, 2016 in Faculty, News

Professors Saida Grundy and Nazli Kibria were selected to partake in one of a series of Rhett Talks. The topic of this talk was “Beyond the Legal, Past the Political: Social Citizenship and Who Still Doesn’t Have It”

Talk with Saida Grundy:

Talk with Nazli Kibria:


Dr. Jessica Simes receives the University Provost’s Career Development Professorship

September 19th, 2016 in Faculty, News

New faculty member Jessica Simes has been honored with the University Provost’s Career Development Professorship. The award is given to “promising junior faculty who have been at BU for less than two years and who have held no prior professorships are eligible to be nominated for these awards by their Deans.” Dr. Simes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences.


Jessica Simes’s research merges studies of urban inequality and poverty with computational thinking, using innovative data-analysis techniques to better understand the widespread mass incarceration concentrated in disadvantaged communities. A graduate of Occidental College, she holds a doctorate and Master’s degree in Sociology from Harvard University.


Congratulations, Jessica!

Dr. Jessica Simes

Dr. Jessica Simes

Professor Nafisa Halim will Deliver Second Seminar Series Talk

September 15th, 2016 in News, Seminar Series

Professor Nafisa Halim of BU’s School of Public Health will give the second talk in this semester’s seminar series.

Her talk, “Community Level Interventions to Address Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Tanzania” will be held on September 30th at 3PM (note the special time!), in SOC 241.


Graduate Student Opportunity: Join the Fall 2016 Urban Inequalities Workshop

September 12th, 2016 in Graduate Students, News

The workshop will approach the topic of urban inequalities from different disciplinary, methodological and theoretical angles and is open to doctoral students from across the university.

During the 2016-2017 academic year the Urban Inequalities Workshop will meet two Fridays per month at the Initiative on Cities.  Faculty members from different institutions will join twice over the course of the fall semester to present a work in progress. The remaining meetings will provide an opportunity for graduate student participants to present a work in progress. Below is the workshop schedule for the fall semester. If you are a doctoral student (who has completed coursework) and are interested in presenting work in progress, please email the Graduate Student Coordinator for the workshop, Taylor Cain (

Urban Inequalities Fall 2016 Flyer[3]


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Fall 2016 Seminar Series Announced

September 12th, 2016 in News, Seminar Series

The dates for the the Fall 2016 Seminar Series have been announced!

Fall 2016 main poster pdf



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Graduate Students Jake Watson and Sarah Hosman Receive Funding from the Initiative on Cities

July 8th, 2016 in Faculty, Graduate Students, News

Graduate Student Jake Watson and Sarah Hosman have each received funding from BU’s Initiative on Cities for their sociological research. Under the guidance of Professor Julian Go, Watson will examine refugee resettlement and urban development. Under the guidance of Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino, Hosman will examine the Allston neighborhood and urban change.

Sarah Hosman

Sociology Graduate Student Sarah Hosman

Sociology Graduate Student Jake Watson


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Professor Brown-Saracino wins the Jane Addams Award for best article

June 23rd, 2016 in Faculty, News

The Community and Urban Sociology Section has awarded Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino the Jane Addams award for her article, “How Places Shape Identity: The Origins of Distinctive LBQ Identities in Four Small U.S. Cities,” appearing in the American Journal of Sociology. Congratulations Professor Brown-Saracino!

Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino

Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino

Professor Ashley Mears elected section chair of the ASA Consumers and Consumption Section

June 17th, 2016 in Faculty, News

Professor Ashley Mears

Professor Ashley Mears

Professor Ashley Mears will serve as chair of the ASA Consumers and Consumption Section. She will join Professors Catherine Connell and Neha Gondal, who have also been elected to hold chair positions of the ASA. Congrats, Professor Mears! 

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