It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Daryl...
Professor 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.
(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Both the Cuban-American political leadership and the Obama administration have created an opening to address the outdated U.S. policy on Cuba.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.
Professor David Swartz’s SymbolicPower, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu was awarded as co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s 2014 History of Sociology Section Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award at the ASA Conference in August.
Read more about his award here.
Professor Catherine Connell celebrates the launch of her new book, School’s Out, at the University of California Press book party at the American Sociological Association conference.
Professor David Swartz’s Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu is the co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s 2014 History of Sociology Section Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award.
This award “honors sociologists who have made significant contributions to the history of sociology by writing books or articles on the ‘cutting edge’ of sociological inquiry.”  In his notice of the award, Chair Elect of the History of Sociology Section Neil Gross quoted the award committee in describing Symbolic Power as showing ”clearly how much Bourdieu has ‘to give to a sociology of politics and a political sociology’–and how central politics was in Bourdieu’s intellectual biography.”
Symbolic Power shares this award with Marcel Fournier’s Emile Durkheim: A Biography.
Four BU Sociology faculty members were elected to ASA councils for 2014.
After being elected secretary/treasurer of the Sexualities council in 2013, Professor Cati Connell was also elected to the Sex and Gender council.
Professor Emily Barman was elected to the council for the Economic Sociology Section.
Professor Alya Guseva was elected as the next Chair of the Economic Sociology Section, which is a 3 year position. She will serve as Chair-elect during 2014-15, Chair during 2015-16, and past Chair during 2016-17.
Professor Julian Go was elected to the council for the Section on Global and Transnational Sociology.
Congratulations Cati, Emily, Alya and Julian!
The Department of Sociology celebrated the end of the 2013-2014 Academic Year on Monday, May 5th with the traditional annual luncheon. Highlights include saying goodbye to Professor Ruha Benjamin, who has accepted a position with Princeton University’s African American Studies Department, wishing our three Graduating Work Study Students well in their future endeavors – Congratulations to Shamoore Simpson, Jackie Robichaud and Jason Balsamo! – and celebrating the promotions of Professors Japonica Brown-Saracino (to Associate Professor) and Julian Go (to Full Professor).
Have a wonderful summer, everybody!
Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino is one of thirteen faculty members on the Charles River Campus promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Announced by BU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jean Morrison, Professor Brown-Saracino is being “[r]ecognized for rigorous, creative research and a devotion to ‘engaged learning’ for her students within the city of Boston…”
Professor Julian Go is one of thirteen faculty members on the Charles River Campus promoted to full professor this year. One of this year’s recipients of the Templeton Award for excellence in advising, Professor Go was recently profiled in BU’s Bostonia about his promotion and his research on empires.
Of the thirteen promoted, BU Provost and Chief Academic Office Jean Morrison said the following: “The mark of any successful research institution is an active faculty that is producing important novel advances, contributing considerably to our understanding of the world around us, and inspiring, challenging, and motivating new generations of scholars and professionals…From the sciences, arts, and humanities to engineering and business, these talented members of our community have devoted their careers to doing just that.” 
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.