Category: News

Graduate Student Taylor Cain wins City of Boston Fellowship

May 1st, 2017 in Graduate Students, News

TaylorCainGraduate student Taylor Cain won the City of Boston Summer Fellowship in the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. The opportunity sprang from a partnership between the Initiative on Cities and the Boston City Government. The fellowship is only awarded to one graduate student each summer.

Congratulations, Taylor!

Graduate Student Jon Shaffer wins Prestigious NSF grant

March 17th, 2017 in Graduate Students, News

Jonathan ShafferDoctoral student Jonathan Shaffer (in his first year) has won the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! This is a very prestigious and competitive award that provides multi-year full funding for excellent research in the sciences.

Congratulations, Jon!


Professor Stephen Kalberg featured in ASA Newsletter

March 14th, 2017 in Faculty, News

An interview with professor Stephen Kalberg was featured in American Sociological Association’s “Section on the Sociology of Religions”  newsletter. Congratulations, Stephen!

You can read the full interview here.

Professor Catherine Connell Becomes Program Director of WGS

February 2nd, 2017 in Faculty, News

Starting in spring 2017 Professor Catherine Connell will serve as the Program Director for the Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.


Congratulations, Cati!

Professor Catherine Connell

Professor Catherine Connell

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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