Category: News

Professor Julian Go Awarded Templeton Award for Excellence in Advising

April 28th, 2014 in Faculty, News

Julian Go

Julian Go

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) recognizes three faculty members with the Templeton Award for Excellence in Advising .  This year, Professor Julian Go has been selected as a result of student nominations through the Office of Student Academic Life. He will be recognized at the May 14th CAS Faculty Meeting.

Past recipients include our own Professor Peter Yeager, who won the award in 2000.

Congratulations, Julian!

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Book Launch Held for Kibria, Bowman, and O’Leary’s Race and Immigration

April 22nd, 2014 in Faculty, News

cake kibriaTo celebrate the publishing of Race and Immigration (2013, U.K.: Polity Press) Authors Professor Nazli Kibria and Ph.D. Candidates Cara Bowman and Megan O’Leary celebrated with friends and family at the BU Bookstore at Barnes and Noble in Kenmore Square on Wednesday, April 16th.

Congratulations Nazli, Cara, and Megan!

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Professor David Swartz Gives Talk at New York University

April 18th, 2014 in Faculty, News

davidProfessor David Swartz gave a talk  April 12 at New York University on his recent book Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.  The talk was sponsored by the NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication and organized by Rodney Benson and Steven Lukes.

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Ph.D. Alumna Kiri Gurd joins University of South Florida as Postdoctoral Scholar

April 9th, 2014 in Alumni, Graduate Students, News

Kiri Gurd

Kiri Gurd

Kiri Gurd (PhD 2013) is joining the University of South Florida as a Postdoctoral Scholar for USF’s program on “Global Change in a Dynamic World.”

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Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber Awarded NSF Fellowship

April 2nd, 2014 in Graduate Students, News

RFarberPicPh.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This competitive research fellowship supports three years of research and studies and provides international research and professional development opportunities.

Rebecca’s project is titled “Local Impacts of Medical Tourism in Thailand.” Congratulations, Rebecca!

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2004 Sociology Graduate Officer Rachel Olanoff McGuire to Speak at 2014 Commencement

March 28th, 2014 in Alumni, News, Undergraduate Students

106672_Olanoff, Rachel_0014 (1)In keeping with recent tradition, the Sociology Department will again welcome a “ten year out” alumna as our commencement speaker.  Officer Rachel McGuire (nee Olanoff) (BA, ’04) will return to Boston University to address the 2014 graduating seniors and their families.

A brief bio on our guest speaker:

Police Officer Rachel O. McGuire graduated from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in May 2004 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. After four years in retail sales at JCrew in Copley Square, Officer McGuire applied to become a Boston Police Officer. She was accepted and graduated the 6-month Boston Police Academy in November 2008 at the top of her class, receiving the academy’s Hogan Award and Academic Excellence Award. For the first five and a half years of her police career, Officer McGuire patrolled the streets of District D-4, covering the Back Bay, South End, Fenway, and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. While working as a patrol officer, she studied at Curry College and earned her Masters Degree in Criminal Justice in 2012.  Her education at B.U. and Curry, her time in retail sales, and her experiences as a patrol officer prepared her for her recently acquired position as a spokesperson and representative for the Boston Police Department in the Office of Media Relations.  Officer McGuire is currently studying for the upcoming promotional exam in hopes of becoming a sergeant.

The 2014 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 18th at the School of Management Auditorium. For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement, please view this page.

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Professor Ashley Mears Gives Keynote Speech at the 16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference

March 19th, 2014 in Faculty, News

Ashley Mears

Ashley Mears

Professor Ashley Mears gave the Keynote speech, titled “Girl Capital in the Consolidation of Class among Elites: A Relational Approach to Ownership,”  at the 16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference.

Hosted by the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University on March 15th, 2014, this conference “is an annual graduate student conference hosted by one of several Chicago-area sociology departments, including DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. It provides a venue for graduate students to share their ethnographic scholarship with one another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area.”[1] Also featured was Dr. Nina Eliasoph of the University of Southern California.

For more information, please see the conference website.

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Professor Catherine Connell to Present on Gender and Identity at Northeastern Conference

March 17th, 2014 in Faculty, News


On Friday, March 21st, Professor Catherine Connell will present at the Gender and Identity in the Age of Obama Conference at Northeastern University. Professor Connell will present her paper, “A Few Good Gays: The Identity Implications of Obama’s Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

For more information and to register, please see the Event Page.

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Professor Ruha Benjamin to Present at BU Discoveries Lecture Series

March 17th, 2014 in Faculty, News

Ruha BenjaminSociology and African American Studies Professor Ruha Benjamin is a featured lecturer at the BU Discoveries Lecture Series on March 25th, 2014 at 7PM.  She will discuss her book, People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, and address the tensions between scientific innovation and social equality.

Registration for this event is now closed.


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CUNY Professor and BU Alum Philip Kasinitz to Speak at Annual Albert Morris Lecture

March 3rd, 2014 in Alumni, Events, News

The Boston University Sociology DepartmentKasinitz JPG2 proudly presents

The Sixth Annual Albert Morris Lecture in Sociology
featuring BU Alumnus and Professor of Sociology at CUNY
Philip Kasinitz


“Diversity and Inclusion: Immigration,
Demographic Change and Racial Justice in Contemporary America.”

Thursday, April 10th at 5PM
9th Floor Colloquium Room
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215

Philip Kasinitz (Boston University, College of Liberal Arts, 1979) is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York who specializes in the study of urban sociology, international migration and race and ethnicity. Professor Kasinitz is the author of Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race, co-author of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, and is mostly recently co-editor of The Handbook of Urban Ethnography. He is a former President of the Eastern Sociological Society and a three time winner of the Thomas and Znaniecki Award for the best book in the Sociology of international migration.

For a full biography, please see the Morris Lecture event page.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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