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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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Nicole Aschoff Publishes “The New Prophets of Capital”

April 17th, 2015 in Faculty, News.

Jacobin_Series_New_Prophets_of_Capital_300dpi_CMYK-max_221-29fb2aa407efec2686bda1921a236988Mythmaking is as central to sustaining our economy as proft-making, particularly as severe environmental degradation, breathtaking inequality, and increasing alienation among youth push capitalism against its own contradictions.”

In her newly published book, The New Prophets of Capital, Adjunct Professor Nicole Aschoff discusses the “new generation of wealthy mythmakers, masquerading as progressive thinkers,” who have emerged during this time of crisis “to reinvent the free market as the solution to society’s problems.” From Oprah to Sheryl Sandberg, John Mackey to Bill and Melinda Gates, these “new prophets of capital buttress the exploitative system, even as the cracks grow more visible.”

Nicole argues that “if we are serious about addressing the miseries and anxieties on which these prophets prey, […] we must give up our belief in the inevitability of the capitalist system that they mythologize.”

The New Prophets of Capital is available from Verso Books. 

Congratulations, Nicole!

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Professor Catherine Connell Receives Award for Excellence in Teaching

April 16th, 2015 in Faculty, News.

connellProfessor Catherine Connell has been selected the recipient of the Frank and Lynne Wisneski Award for Excellence in Teaching. According to the College of Arts and Sciences website, this honor is “[A]warded annually to CAS faculty who exemplify deep and broad commitment, skill, effectiveness, impact, and leadership in teaching,” and recognizes not just excellence inside scheduled classes, but “the full range of pedagogical and curricular activities in which” faculty engage, including academic advising, mentorship, curriculum development, pedagogical innovation and collaborative scholarship with students. 

A qualitative researcher, Professor Connell’s teaching focuses on the social organization of inequality by examining  how the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual identities and inequalities are created, sustained and/or challenged in different social settings. She recently published School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroomwhich considers the experiences of gay and lesbian identified public school teachers in California and Texas and the pressures they face inside and outside the classroom. Her next research project will consider the legal and cultural ramifications of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on the US military. 

Professor Connell will be recognized at the final CAS Faculty Meeting of the year, on Monday, April 27, at 4:00 PM, in CAS Room 522.

Congratulations, Cati!

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Professor Susan Eckstein Awarded 2015 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship

April 15th, 2015 in Faculty, News.

ecksteinSusan Eckstein, a Professor of Sociology and International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Studies, has been awarded a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for her research on Cuban immigration exceptionalism.

In its ninety-first competition, the Guggenheim Fellowship awarded 173 Fellowships to 175 scholars, chosen from over 3,100 applicants “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

Author of The Immigrant Divide: How Cuban Americans Changed the US and Their Homeland, Professor Eckstein has previously been awarded grants and fellowships from a number of prestigious institutes, including the MacArthur Foundation, Radcliffe Institute and the American Council of Learned Societies (among others). During her fellowship in 2016, Professor Eckstein plans to study U.S.-Cuban immigration policy, noting in an interview with the Pardee School that “Cubans get immigration privileges no other foreign born gets. Any Cuban who touches U. S. land has a right to stay, get a green card, and enjoy a path to citizenship.” She plans to study this “exceptionalism” and its historical and future impacts.

For more information, please see the Pardee School of Global Studies website or the website for the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Congratulations, Susan!

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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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