News and Updates

News from the department’s faculty, students, alumni and events. Alumni can submit their updated news here!

Professor Deborah Carr featured in Forbes

March 18th, 2019 in Deborah Carr, Faculty, News.

Professor of Sociology Deborah Carr’s latest book Golden Years? Social Inequalities In Later Life was featured in a Forbes article this week about inequality in retirement. Congrats, Debby!


Undergraduate Student Claire Lawry Brings Angela Davis to Campus

March 6th, 2019 in Events, News, Undergraduate Students.

This year, senior sociology student and BU undergraduate sociology association president Claire Lawry spear-headed an effort to bring Angela Davis to campus for a free lecture for all BU community members. Claire worked across the university to raise money for the event, as well as managed all details required to put on such an excellent event. Special thanks also goes to undergraduate student Zahra Thani, who worked to help Claire with the event.

You can read more about Claire’s journey on BU Today.

Congratulations, Claire!

Professor Nazli Kibria Featured in BU Today

February 7th, 2019 in News.

Professor Nazli Kibria has been featured on BU Today alongside a biological anthropologist and a playwright in an article titled “Why We’re Attracted to the People We’re Attracted To.” Watch her talk about how attraction is shaped by social inequality and culture here


Graduate Student Jon Shaffer Published in STAT

January 7th, 2019 in Graduate Students.

Graduate Student Jon Shaffer’s latest editorial, “Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un: authoritarian love in the time of TB” is now published STAT. Congratulations, Jon!


Professor Joseph Harris Op-Ed in Washington Post

December 3rd, 2018 in Faculty, News.

Professor Joseph Harris has published an op-ed in the Washington Post! He shares the findings of his recent book Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism.

You can read Professor Harris’ piece “How do resource-constrained countries commit to universal health care?” here.