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Professor Catherine Connell Receives Award for Excellence in Teaching

April 16th, 2015 in Faculty, News

connellProfessor Catherine Connell has been selected the recipient of the Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching. According to the College of Arts and Sciences website, this honor is “[A]warded annually to CAS faculty who exemplify deep and broad commitment, skill, effectiveness, impact, and leadership in teaching,” and recognizes not just excellence inside scheduled classes, but “the full range of pedagogical and curricular activities in which” faculty engage, including academic advising, mentorship, curriculum development, pedagogical innovation and collaborative scholarship with students. 

A qualitative researcher, Professor Connell’s teaching focuses on the social organization of inequality by examining  how the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual identities and inequalities are created, sustained and/or challenged in different social settings. She recently published School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroomwhich considers the experiences of gay and lesbian identified public school teachers in California and Texas and the pressures they face inside and outside the classroom. Her next research project will consider the legal and cultural ramifications of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on the US military. 

Professor Connell will be recognized at the final CAS Faculty Meeting of the year, on Monday, April 27, at 4:00 PM, in CAS Room 522.

Congratulations, Cati!

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Professor Susan Eckstein Awarded 2015 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

April 15th, 2015 in Faculty, News

ecksteinSusan Eckstein, a Professor of Sociology and International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Studies, has been awarded a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for her research on Cuban immigration exceptionalism.

In its ninety-first competition, the Guggenheim Fellowship awarded 173 Fellowships to 175 scholars, chosen from over 3,100 applicants “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

Author of The Immigrant Divide: How Cuban Americans Changed the US and Their Homeland, Professor Eckstein has previously been awarded grants and fellowships from a number of prestigious institutes, including the MacArthur Foundation, Radcliffe Institute and the American Council of Learned Societies (among others). During her fellowship in 2016, Professor Eckstein plans to study U.S.-Cuban immigration policy, noting in an interview with the Pardee School that “Cubans get immigration privileges no other foreign born gets. Any Cuban who touches U. S. land has a right to stay, get a green card, and enjoy a path to citizenship.” She plans to study this “exceptionalism” and its historical and future impacts.

For more information, please see the Pardee School of Global Studies website or the website for the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Congratulations, Susan!

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Memorial Service Planned for Daryl Carr

April 7th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News


Please join friends, family, and colleagues for a memorial service for Daryl Carr on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 2PM at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. The service will be approximately an hour long, with a reception to follow.

A beloved member of the sociology community, Daryl received his B.A. in Political Science from Roger Williams University in 2007 and taught English as a Peace Corp volunteer in Jordan for two years before graduating with an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He joined Boston University as a Ph.D. Candidate in the fall of 2013.

Remembered by faculty and students as an exceptionally bright and humble individual, Daryl’s interests focused on issues of national identity, state formation and citizenship laws in the Middle East, specifically Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Daryl passed away in February, 2015. His warmth, compassion and gentle sense of humor are deeply missed.

Directions to Marsh Chapel are available on the Chapel’s website. We ask attendees to please arrive 15-20 minutes prior the start of the ceremony to minimize disruptions. Note also that it is both a Red Sox game day and the day before the Boston Marathon, which make cause travel or parking delays. Parking information is available from the BU parking website.

Collections of letters and notes to the Carr family will be collected at the service, or can be sent to the Department of Sociology, c/o Keryn Egan, 100 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215. Notes, memories, and photographs of Daryl for a memorial book will also be collected at the ceremony, or can be forwarded to the Department of Sociology, c/o Emily Philipp, 100 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215.

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Professor Connell and “School’s Out” Featured in Interview

March 17th, 2015 in Faculty, News

connellProfessor Catherine Connell’s “School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom” was featured in an article on on February 24th. In an interview with Hayley Matthews, Professor Connell describes her research on the pressures that gay and lesbian public school teachers face inside and outside of the classroom.

“On the one hand, gay and lesbian teachers have to contend with this expectation that they keep their sexuality out of the classroom and that they present themselves as very gender normative, and on the other hand, there’s this increasing demand within the gay pride community that all LGBTs should be out and proud at all times,” she said.

Read the entire article at


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Daryl Carr (1984-2015)

February 23rd, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

daryl11It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Daryl Carr, a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Sociology.  A beloved member of the sociology community here at Boston University, Daryl is remembered by faculty and students as an exceptionally bright and humble individual, with a generous heart and terrific sense of humor.

Daryl received his B.A. in Political Science from Roger Williams University in 2007, after which he taught English for two years as a Peace Corp volunteer in Jordan.  He graduated with an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 before joining Boston University in the fall.

Interested in the sociology of the Middle East, Daryl was committed to his research on national identity, state formation and citizenship laws in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. He “hoped to better understand social problems there so he could contribute to the region’s struggles for social justice.” [1].

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Daryl brought such warmth, compassion, and understanding to our department. Ever cheerful, his presence in the offices, classrooms, and halls of the Sociology department will be deeply cherished and terribly missed.

We will miss him greatly.

Memorial services for Daryl have not yet been announced.  Additional information is available from BU Today.

Support is available for students through the Dean of Students Office, 617-353-4126; from Marsh Chapel chaplains, 617-353-3560; from clinicians at Student Health Services Behavioral Medicine, 617-353-3569; and from Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center crisis counselors, 617-353-7277. The Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, 617-353-5381, can provide confidential counseling to faculty, staff, and their families.

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Professor Harris In Bangkok, Thailand

February 22nd, 2015 in Faculty, News

photoProfessor Joseph Harris was recently invited to travel to Bangkok, Thailand to share knowledge and insights related to the political economy of universal health coverage as part of a workshop sponsored by the World Bank for countries in the Southeast Asian region moving towards universal health coverage. The workshop was held in the days leading up to the invitation-only Prince Mahidol Awards Conference for members of the global health community in Bangkok, Thailand from Jan 26-31, 2015, which Harris also attended.

This engagement builds on Harris’ previous work on universal coverage and past work with international organizations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He contributed to the World Bank’s landmark report released in 2014 – Universal Health Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development – which represented the Bank’s first involvement in the political economy of universal coverage. Harris also previously served as a delegate to the Japan-World Bank Conference on Universal Coverage in December 2013 and led the political economy section of a workshop on universal coverage for members of the global health community in Washington in October 2014.

These experiences naturally build on Harris’ research on the politics of expanding access to healthcare and HIV/AIDS medication. He is currently finalizing his book manuscript on the politics of access to healthcare and medicine in Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa, and his article, “’Developmental Capture’ of the State: Explaining Thailand’s Universal Coverage Policy,” was recently featured in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

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Emma Kalff’s (’15) UROP Study Featured in BU Today

February 5th, 2015 in News, Undergraduate Students


Senior Emma Kalff was featured in BU Today for her ongoing Senior Thesis research on how men and women respond to art in public and private spaces. Funded by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Kalff’s research “suggests that men might notice and remark on art in public spaces, [while] …women linger longer over art in privately owned environments such as galleries and museums.” Her project is being overseen by Professors Japonica Brown-Saracino and Ashley Mears.

Read the entire article on BU Today.

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Professor Harris Invited to be a Fellow by the Southeast Asia Research Group

February 4th, 2015 in Faculty, News

photoProfessor Joseph Harris was recently selected as a Fellow by the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG), established in 2013 by a group of senior scholars at top U.S. research institutions to highlight the best new research being done by young social scientists working on Southeast Asian politics, and to establish a network of scholars in political science and allied disciplines who are working at the forefront of Southeast Asian studies in North America. Only six fellows were selected in a very competitive search process for leading work in the study of Southeast Asia.

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Professor Eckstein on American-Cuban Relations

January 26th, 2015 in Faculty, News


(Originally published on the Pardee School of Global Studies website)

Susan Eckstein, professor of International Relations and Sociology at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, argued that a newfound relationship with Cuba must mean the end of special privileges for Cuban immigrants.

Eckstein made her case in Reuters, writing a Jan. 6 post for their analysis blog The Great Debate called Time to end special privileges for Cuban Immigrants.

In the piece, Eckstein states:

In Washington’s overhauled Cuba immigration policy, Cubans should have the same rights as other foreign-born immigrants — no more, no less. The minority who seek refuge from persecution qualify for admission independent of the Cuban Adjustment Act and independent of Clinton’s bilateral immigration agreement. Their refugee rights should be protected.

Both the Cuban-American political leadership and the Obama administration have created an opening to address the outdated U.S. policy on Cuba. It is time to stop unjustly favoring Cubans above all other immigrants.

You can read the entire article here.

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Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino Elected Vice-President of Eastern Sociological Society

January 21st, 2015 in News

japonica1Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino has been elected Vice-President of the Eastern Sociological Society, for a one-year term beginning in 2016.  Congratulations, Japonica!

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