Category: News

Catherine Connell’s Featured on BU Today

October 24th, 2017 in Catherine Connell, Faculty, News

Professor Catherine Connell’s opinion on the “Me too” social media phenomenon is featured in BU Today.

Professor Catherine Connell

Professor Catherine Connell

Ashley Mears Wins Publication Award

August 17th, 2017 in Faculty, News

Professor Ashley Mears has won a paper award, the Section on the Body and Embodiment Best Publication Award for:

Professor Ashley Mears“Girls as Elite Distinction:  The Appropriation of Bodily Capital.”  Special Issue on New Forms of Distinction, published in Poetics, 2015

Congratulations, Ashley!


Emily Barman becomes Associate Dean of The Graduate School

August 1st, 2017 in News

barman1Today marks the first day of Professor Emily Barman new role as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Congratulations, Emily!!


Professor Peter Berger (1929-2017)

July 6th, 2017 in News

Professor Emeritus Peter Berger passed away last week on June 27th, 2017. He leaves an impressive legacy characterized by influential sociological work, intellect and dedication to the social sciences.  He was the founding director of BU’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA), and was a College of Arts & Sciences professor emeritus of sociology, religion, and theology. He was a scholar with an appeal across ideological lines who specialized in the sociology of religion and the developing world.

He wrote a memoir entitled, Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World without Becoming a Bore.

In 1992, his native Austria gave him the Manes Sperber Prize for significant cultural contributions.

See BU Today to read more about Peter Berger’s special life work and contributions, as well as in the New York Times.

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Jessica Simes’ Research Featured

June 12th, 2017 in Faculty, Jessica Simes, News

Jessica Simes has been featured in BU’s arts&sciences research magazine.

The article, “Mapping Inequality: How Massachusetts is Failing its Smaller Towns and Cities”, details how Simes uses maps to understand and explain inequality and incarceration.

Dr. Jessica Simes

Congrats, Jessica!


Professor Julian Go Elected to ASA Chair Position

June 7th, 2017 in Faculty, Julian Go, News

Professor Julian Go has been elected to Chair the ASA section on Global & Transnational Sociology in the 2017 ASA elections.

Congratulations, Julian!

Professor Emily Barman Elected to ASA Chair Position

June 7th, 2017 in Emily Barman, Faculty, News

Professor Emily Barman has been elected as Chair of the American Sociological Section on Organizations, Occupation and Work in the 2017 ASA elections.

Congratulations, Emily!

Emily Barman

Catherine Connell Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

June 1st, 2017 in Catherine Connell, Faculty, News

Professor Cati Connell has been granted tenure and promotion to associate professor. As announced in BU Today, Faculty promoted to associate professor with tenure “are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines, developing new, life-changing technologies, evolving our approaches to business and economic policy, and producing writings across the humanities and social sciences that enhance our understanding of the world.”

Professor Catherine Connell

The 2017 Sociology Commencement Speaker

May 10th, 2017 in Alumni, Events, News, Undergraduate Students

We are excited to Olga Musatovovaannounce the 2017 Commencement Guest Speaker: Olga Musatovova (CAS ’07)!

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.




Jon Shaffer & Sasha White win Pardee Fellowships

May 1st, 2017 in Graduate Students, News

Graduate Students Jonathan Shaffer and Alexandre (Sasha) White have both won Pardee Center 2017 Summer Fellowships!

Each summer 8 graduate students are selected for these fellowships. The Graduate Summer Fellows will spend 10 weeks at the Pardee House developing research papers to be considered for publication as part of the Pardee Center’s publication series. In addition, Summer Fellows will participate in special programs designed to advance interdisciplinary research and learning and will interact with Pardee Center staff, Faculty Research Fellows and Associates, Visiting Fellows, and post-docs.


Jonathan ShafferJonathan Shaffer will study the political obstacles to financing the care, treatment, and prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).





Alexandre White will examine how the risk of epidemic outbreak is determined, and what sort of threats trigger greater intervention from the World Health Organization