Category: Events

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.




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”


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.


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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Dr. Joanna Ng (CAS ’06, MED’10) to Speak at 2016 Commencement Ceremony

March 29th, 2016 in Alumni, Events, News, Undergraduate Students

Dr. Joanna Ng

Dr. Joanna Ng

Keeping with recent tradition, the Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that it will once again welcome an alumna from ten years’ past as our commencement speaker. Dr. Joanna Ng (CAS ’06, MED ’10) will return to Boston University to address the 2016 graduating seniors and their families.

Joanna Ng graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Biology. She then earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, graduating in 2010 with induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and as the recipient of the William J. McNary Alumni Award with distinction in leadership and service. She was named one of Boston Magazine’s “Top Doctors in Training” in 2010, and given her love of caring for the underserved, Dr. Ng matched in General Surgery at Boston Medical Center, where she continues to train through 2017.

As a resident, she has taken care of many trauma and surgical patients, including those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and was recently featured in ABC’s television documentary “Save My Life.” During her two year research sabbatical, she studied peripheral nerve regeneration and microvascular reconstruction at Massachusetts General Hospital, earning many podium presentation awards, the 2014 Plastic Surgery and Education Foundation Basic Science Grant, and published several papers and surgical textbook chapters. After finishing her training as chief resident, Dr. Ng will begin her fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, where she will specialize in post-oncologic and microsurgical reconstruction.

When not in the hospital, she and her husband Scott, an emergency medicine physician, spend most of their time chasing their toddler Jenna and discovering good food and wine. She was honored to be the commencement speaker in 2006 and is ecstatic to be back a decade later.

The 2016 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 15th at the Questrom School of Business Auditorium (Hariri Building, formerly known as SMG). For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement Ceremony, please view this page.

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Sociology Seminar Series – Feb 19 – Adia Harvey Wingfield

February 5th, 2016 in Events, News, Seminar Series

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Adia Harvey Wingfield

Please join us on Friday, February 19th, as we welcome Professor Adia Harvey Wingfield of the Washington University in St. Louis as our first Spring 2016 Seminar Series speaker. Professor Wingfield will present:

“Professional Work in a Postracial Era: Black Americans’ Everyday Racial Realities in the Health Care Industry.”

Friday, February 19th at 12PM
in SOC Room 241
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public
Event Flyer

Biography: Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield is a Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. She was on the sociology faculty of Georgia State University from 2006 through 2015. Professor Wingfield received a Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 2004. She specializes in research that examines the ways intersections of race, gender, and class affect social processes at work. In particular, she is an expert on the workplace experiences of minority workers in predominantly white professional settings, and specifically on black male professionals in occupations where they are in the minority.

Dr. Wingfield has lectured internationally on her research in this area, and her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Social Problems, Gender & Society, Qualitative Sociology, and American Behavioral Scientist. She is the author of several books, most recently the award-winning No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work (Temple University Press).

Professor Wingfield teaches classes on race, gender, social theory, and work, that encourage students to wrestle with the ways that intersections of race, gender, and class are institutionalized in various social spheres like media, the workplace, schools, and in public spaces.

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Seminar Series – Susan Bell of Drexel University

November 20th, 2015 in Events, News, Seminar Series

susan-bell-bowdoinPlease join us on December 4th, 2015, as we welcome Professor Susan Bell of Drexel University as our final Fall 2015 Seminar Series speaker. Professor Bell will present “Interpreting for Immigrants in Hospital Clinics: An Ethnography of Outpatient Care in Maine.”

December 4th, 2015
SOC Room 241 – 12PM
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public!

Biography: Susan Bell is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at Drexel University. Her specialty is the sociology of health and illness, in which she investigates the experience of illness, women’s health, and visual and performative representations of the politics of cancer, medicine, and women’s bodies. Currently, she is exploring the global flow of biomedical knowledge and spatial permeability by listening to and analyzing stories constructed in interactions between immigrant patient populations and staff in a U.S. hospital outpatient clinic.

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Seminar Series – Ann Morning of New York University

October 16th, 2015 in Events, News, Seminar Series

Morning_2014Please join us on October 30th, 2015, as we welcome Professor Ann Morning of New York University to our Fall 2015 Seminar Series. Professor Morning will present “Through the Lens of Race:
Concepts of Difference in Italy and the U.S.” 

October 30th, 2015
SOC Room 241 – 12:30PM
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public!

Biography: Ann Morning is an Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU.  To date much of her research has focused on the historical and contemporary racial classification of groups that have not fallen neatly into the United States’ traditional black / white dichotomy. In this connection, she has published work on the racial self-identification and official classification of multiracial individuals and people of South Asian descent. Currently, Morning’s research focuses on racial conceptualization–that is, on individuals’ beliefs about the nature of racial difference–with a particular interest in how formal education in the social and biological sciences shapes our notions of what race is. Morning’s 2011 book “The Nature of Race” examined this topic in the U.S. context, whereas her current project extends the inquiry to Western Europe by focusing on Italians’ beliefs about what distinguishes them from immigrants.

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Seminar Series – Rashawn Ray of the University of Maryland

October 9th, 2015 in Events, News, Seminar Series

Pic_Rashawn RayPlease join us on October 23rd, 2015, as we welcome Professor Rashawn Ray of the University of Maryland to our Fall 2015 Seminar Series. Professor Ray will present “#BlackLivesMatter: The Evolution of a Social Media Identity” 

October 23rd, 2015
SOC Room 241 – 12PM
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public!

Biography: Rashawn Ray is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and an Associate Research Director at the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University in 2010. From 2010-2012 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley/UCSF. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Ray is the editor of Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy. His work has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Higher Education, and Journal of African American Studies. Ray has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Ford Foundation.

Currently, Ray is working on a series of projects centered on the intersections of race, class, and gender. The first project examines racial differences in barriers and incentives to physical activity among the middle class. The second project investigates how perceived body size shapes race and class differences in the mental, physical, and sexual health of girls and young women. With Dr. Kris Marsh, another project explores how the stigma of aging single influences psychological distress and physical activity among middle class Black women. Third, with Drs. Dana Fisher and Liana Sayer, Ray is exploring the impact school gardens have on academic achievement, nutritional knowledge, and civic engagement among children in ninety elementary schools in Washington DC. Finally, with scholars in the humanities, Ray is exploring the evolution of the #BlackLivesMatter movement as a social and collective identity. Ray has received mentorship awards from the Department of Sociology, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Program at the University of Maryland. In 2014, Ray was selected as Forty Under 40 Prince George’s County and in 2010 he was recognized as the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow for the city of Bloomington, IN. Currently, Ray is a member of the National Committee on Nominations for the American Sociological Association and the Co-Chair of the Ford Foundation Scholars Conference. He serves of the editorial boards for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Social Psychology Quarterly.

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Seminar Series – Julian Go of Boston University

September 24th, 2015 in Events, Faculty, News, Seminar Series

3/18/14 -- Boston, Massachusetts Professor Julian Go lectures during his Sociology 100: Principles of Sociology course at Photonics March 18, 2014.  Photo by Cydney Scott for Boston University Photography

3/18/14 — Boston, Massachusetts
Photo by Cydney Scott for Boston University Photography

Please join us on October 9th, 2015, as we welcome our own Professor Julian Go to kick off our Fall 2015 Seminar Series. Professor Go will present “Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory.” 

October 9th, 2015
SOC Room 241 – 12PM
100 Cummington Mall, Boston MA 02215
Free and Open to the Public!

Biography: Julian Go is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago (2000). Julian’s teaching and research areas include comparative-historical sociology; empires, colonialism and post colonialism; social theory; global sociology; and politics & culture. His award-winning scholarship explores the sociology of empires, colonial encounters, postcolonial global formations, and postcolonial thought. Much of his early work has focused upon the United States empire. This research has resulted in various articles and various book projects, which include: The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives (co-edited with Anne Foster, Duke University Press, 2003),  American Empire and the Politics of Meaning (Duke University Press, 2008) (co-winner of the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book from the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association and Finalist for the Philippines National Book Award), and Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to Present (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which won the prize for Best Book in Global &  Transnational Sociology from the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association’s J. David Greenstone Book Award for the Best Book in Politics and History in 2010 and 2011, the 2013 Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations from the International Studies Association, and was one of Choice’s“Outstanding Academic Titles” in 2012.

More recently Julian has been writing about postcolonial thought and social theory and global historical sociology. On this, he has a forthcoming special volume of Sociological Review (co-edited with Monika Krause) on how Bourdieusian field theory can be rescaled for a transnational and global sociology and is putting together a collection of essays on Global Historical Sociology (with George Lawson of the LSE). The tentative title of his current book manuscript on postcolonial theory is Postcolonial Theory and Social Thought.

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