Professor David Swartz's Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political This award "honors...
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.”Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu is the co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s 2014 History of Sociology Section Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award.
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 serving as secretary/treasurer of the Sexualities council for 2013, Professor Cati Connell was 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.
To 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!
Professor 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.
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.” Also featured was Dr. Nina Eliasoph of the University of Southern California.
For more information, please see the conference website.
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.