News and Updates

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Joseph Harris Publishes New Book

October 10th, 2017 in Faculty.

Professor Joseph Harris has published a new book:  Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism (Cornell University Press, 2017).

At a time when the world’s wealthiest nations struggle to make healthcare and medicine available to everyone, his book examines how and why resource-constrained countries make costly commitments to universal health coverage and AIDS treatment after transitioning to democracy. While conventional wisdom suggests that democratization empowers the masses, Harris draws attention to an underappreciated dynamic: that democratization empowers elites from esteemed professions – frequently doctors and lawyers – who forge progressive change on behalf of those in need in the face of broader opposition. The book explores dynamics that made landmark policies possible in Thailand and Brazil but which have led to prolonged struggle and contestation in South Africa.

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Congratulations, Joe!

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Emily Barman wins Book Award

August 18th, 2017 in Faculty.

Emily Barman

Professor Emily Barman’s book Caring Capitalism has won the Prize for Best Book of the Year from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management.

Congrats Emily!


Ashley Mears Wins Publication Award

August 17th, 2017 in Faculty, News.

Professor Ashley Mears has won a paper award, the Section on the Body and Embodiment Best Publication Award for:

Professor Ashley Mears“Girls as Elite Distinction:  The Appropriation of Bodily Capital.”  Special Issue on New Forms of Distinction, published in Poetics, 2015

Congratulations, Ashley!


Graduate Student Adrienne Lemon becomes Dr. Lemon

August 9th, 2017 in Graduate Students.

Adrienne Lemon

Graduate student Adrienne Lemon successfully defended her dissertation, “Dying to Dream: Exploring Citizen Political Participation in Conflict and Post-Conflict Periods in Berundi,” which completes her PhD work in Sociology.

Congratulations, Adrienne!


Graduate Student Meaghan Stiman becomes Dr. Stiman

August 9th, 2017 in Graduate Students.

WebsitePictureGraduate student Meaghan Stiman successfully defended her dissertation, “The City or The Country: Second Homeownership in Urban and Rural Contexts,” which completes her PhD in sociology.

Congratulations, Meaghan!