News and Updates

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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 Philipp Chosen as one of the 2015 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows

May 26th, 2015 in Graduate Students, News.

20141220_211219Emily Philipp, 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.

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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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Sociology Welcomes New Faculty Neha Gondal and Saida Grundy

May 20th, 2015 in Faculty, News.

Gondal-and-Grundy1The Department of Sociology is committed to understanding and challenging institutionalized inequalities. We welcome critical reflection and conversations on race.

It is in this spirit that we welcome our new colleagues Neha Gondal and Saida Grundy, who join the faculty this Fall.

Dr. Neha Gondal received her PhD from Rutgers University in 2013 following which she served as Assistant Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University for two years. She specializes in the study of culture and stratification through the lens of social networks using quantitative, interpretive, and mathematical techniques.

Dr. Saida Grundy received her PhD in August 2014 in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.  She studies the dynamics of race, class and gender and has conducted research on race, masculinity and class reproduction at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Welcome Neha and Saida!

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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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