Category: Faculty

Professor Jessica Simes wins NSF Grant

June 14th, 2018 in Faculty, Jessica Simes

Dr. Jessica Simes

Dr. Jessica Simes

Sociology Professor Jessica Simes has won a major grant from the National Science Foundation’s Sociology program! The grant will fund her project “Collaborative Research: The Pennsylvania Solitary Confinement Study.” This path-breaking and timely project will examine conditions of penal confinement in the United States, and its effects on health and well-being, labor force participation after prison release, and recidivism. To learn more about Jessica’s project, see the abstract below.

Solitary confinement is an extreme form of prison custody involving isolation from the prison’s general population and highly restricted access to visitation and phone calls, programs, and free movement outside of a prison cell. Few studies have examined the conditions of confinement during the United States prison boom. I am co-Principal Investigator (with Bruce Western) of the Pennsylvania Solitary Study (PASS). PASS examines the effects and conditions of solitary confinement with a longitudinal survey of incarcerated men (N=117, including a main sample of 99 and a pretest sample of 18) who were living in a Restricted Housing Unit in the Pennsylvania state prison system during 2017. Combining fieldwork and interviews with incarcerated people and prison staff (N=22), a neurocognitive battery administered to incarcerated respondents, and an analysis of administrative records, PASS breaks new ground in research on prisons and inequality, using mixed methods to study conditions of penal confinement and effects on health and well-being, labor force participation after prison release, and recidivism.

Congratulations, Jessica!

Professor Ana Villarreal featured on Brown University Podcast

March 2nd, 2018 in Ana Villarreal, Faculty, News

Sociology assistant professor Ana Villarreal was featured in the Watson Institute at Brown University’s podcast about international affairs. Ana offered her expertise on violence and upper-class seclusion in Mexico.

Congrats, Ana!



Japonica Brown-Saracino Publishes Second Book

December 13th, 2017 in Faculty, Japonica Brown-Saracino

Sociology professor Japonica Brown-Saracino has published her second book, How Places Make Us, through University of Chicago Press.

An excerpt from the book is featured on Slate. Congratulations, Japonica! Japonica Fall 2017How places make us


Professor Joseph Harris Convened Global Health Symposium

November 13th, 2017 in Faculty, Joseph Harris, News

Joe HarrisLast week, Sociology Professor Joseph Harris convened the inaugural Symposium on Global Health and the Social Sciences on Nov. 9 and 10, with sponsorship from the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

Event description is continued on the Pardee Center Website.

Congrats, Joe!

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

Joseph Harris Publishes New Book

October 10th, 2017 in Faculty

Professor Joseph Harris has published a new book:  Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism (Cornell University Press, 2017).

At a time when the world’s wealthiest nations struggle to make healthcare and medicine available to everyone, his book examines how and why resource-constrained countries make costly commitments to universal health coverage and AIDS treatment after transitioning to democracy. While conventional wisdom suggests that democratization empowers the masses, Harris draws attention to an underappreciated dynamic: that democratization empowers elites from esteemed professions – frequently doctors and lawyers – who forge progressive change on behalf of those in need in the face of broader opposition. The book explores dynamics that made landmark policies possible in Thailand and Brazil but which have led to prolonged struggle and contestation in South Africa.

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Congratulations, Joe!

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Emily Barman wins Book Award

August 18th, 2017 in Faculty

Emily Barman

Professor Emily Barman’s book Caring Capitalism has won the Prize for Best Book of the Year from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management.

Congrats Emily!


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!


Professor Swartz Presents Paper in Glasgow

August 7th, 2017 in Faculty

swartz1Professor David Swartz presented a paper “What is to be Sustained, What Transformed?” at the 24th International Conference of Europeanists, July 12-14, University of Glasgow, Scotland.


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!