Category: Graduate Students

Graduate Student Opportunity: Join the Fall 2016 Urban Inequalities Workshop

September 12th, 2016 in Graduate Students, News

The workshop will approach the topic of urban inequalities from different disciplinary, methodological and theoretical angles and is open to doctoral students from across the university.

During the 2016-2017 academic year the Urban Inequalities Workshop will meet two Fridays per month at the Initiative on Cities.  Faculty members from different institutions will join twice over the course of the fall semester to present a work in progress. The remaining meetings will provide an opportunity for graduate student participants to present a work in progress. Below is the workshop schedule for the fall semester. If you are a doctoral student (who has completed coursework) and are interested in presenting work in progress, please email the Graduate Student Coordinator for the workshop, Taylor Cain (

Urban Inequalities Fall 2016 Flyer[3]


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Graduate Students Jake Watson and Sarah Hosman Receive Funding from the Initiative on Cities

July 8th, 2016 in Faculty, Graduate Students, News

Graduate Student Jake Watson and Sarah Hosman have each received funding from BU’s Initiative on Cities for their sociological research. Under the guidance of Professor Julian Go, Watson will examine refugee resettlement and urban development. Under the guidance of Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino, Hosman will examine the Allston neighborhood and urban change.

Sarah Hosman

Sociology Graduate Student Sarah Hosman

Sociology Graduate Student Jake Watson


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Professor Stone and Graduate Alumni Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou Publish Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism

September 9th, 2015 in Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students, News

EREN-CoverThe Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism is a five volume, 1.5 million word reference work to be published in December 2015 by Wiley-Blackwell. Consisting of hundreds of entries written by leading experts on the topics from all over the world, it also has many contributions from scholars drawn from both the faculty and advanced graduate students from the Sociology Department and Boston University generally.

Among the five editors are John Stone, Polly Rizova and Xiaoshuo Hou, the last two being PhD sociology graduates who received their degrees in 2003 and 2008 respectively, and are currently Associate Professors at the Willamette Graduate School of Management in Portland OR and the sociology department of St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. The department faculty who have contributed articles to the Encyclopedia include Nazli Kibria, Julian Go, Susan Eckstein, Liah Greenfeld, Sigrun Olafsdottir and Ashley Mears, as well as more than a dozen by John Stone. A select group of some of our best PhD and MA students, from Sociology, African American Studies, Sociology and Social Work, and other social science programs have also written on their specialist areas. The Encyclopedia will be a definitive reference work providing insight and understanding about so many of the central challenges confronting modern society.

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Ph.D. Candidate Alexandre White Wins ‘Best Graduate Student Paper Award’ from ASA’s Global & Transnational Section

July 7th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

photoCongratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Alexandre (“Sasha”) White for co-winning the Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Global & Transnational Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. The award-winning paper, ““Global Risks, Divergent Pandemics: Contrasting Responses to Bubonic Plague and Smallpox in 1901 Cape Town”, based upon his Qualifying Essay for the PhD, and traces the global connections that explain the origins of racialized health quarantines in South Africa.

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Ph.D. Candidate Daryl Carr Remembered on WBUR

June 29th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News


On June 21st, Ph.D. Candidate Daryl Carr was remembered in WBUR’s Remembrance Project, a series on Boston’s NPR News Station which focuses on memorializing “[o]rdinary people who have lived extraordinary lives.” WBUR’s Elissa Ely sat down with Daryl’s loved ones to speak about his life, including an early love of marine biology, his affinities towards languages and musical instruments, and his incredible generosity.

Listen to the entire feature here.


Ph.D. Candidate Christina Jarymowycz Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Study in Ukraine

May 27th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

ChristinaChristina Jarymowycz, a third year Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship to study in the Ukraine. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Christina will conduct her dissertation research there starting in the Fall 2015.

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Ph.D. Candidate Emily Bryant Chosen as one of the 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows

May 26th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

20141220_211219Emily Bryant, a second year Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, was chosen as one of the 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows. Selected by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, nine outstanding BU graduate students representing six departments across the university will spend ten weeks this summer at the Pardee House. They will be developing research paper to be considered for publication as part of the Pardee Center’s publication series and will participate in special programs designed to advance interdisciplinary research and learning. Emily plans to explore the history of U.S. foundations’ engagement with microfinance efforts to identify the characteristics of early and later financial supporters of this economic and social development strategy.

[Updated 11/3/15 to reflect name change from Philipp to Bryant]

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Ph.D. Candidate Taylor Cain Awarded Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship

May 26th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

TaylorCainTaylor Cain, a third year Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, was awarded the Boston University Whitney M. Young, Jr. Fellowship in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Whitney M. Young, Jr., particularly in the fields of social work, urban studies, and Afro-American Studies.  Chosen on the basis of having displayed academic proficiency in a field related to race relations or urban problems, these awards provide a stipend for living expenses and a full scholarship and fees for a year of study in the BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Taylor plans to conduct ethnographic research on commercial districts in gentrifying Boston neighborhoods.

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Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber Awarded Two Fellowships

April 23rd, 2015 in Graduate Students, News

RFarberPicPh.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber is the recent recipient of two exciting awards in support of her dissertation work!  She has been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship from the University of Wisconsin Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Wiconsin’s National Resource Centers, FLAS fellowships assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies. Rebecca plans to study Thai.

Additionally, Rebecca has also just been awarded a GRAF Short Term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship.  Established by the Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) and the Humanities Foundation, these fellowships support foreign-based research by doctoral students whose research requires an extended period of residence in another country or countries. Rebecca plans to conduct pilot fieldwork in Thailand over winter break 2015-16.

Congratulations Rebecca!

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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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