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Luncheon Celebrates Achievements, End of 2013-14 Academic Year

May 5th, 2014 in Faculty, Graduate Students, News.

2014 Faculty

Faculty in Attendance at End of Year Lunch
(from left to right) Back Row: Joseph Harris, David Swartz, John Stone;
Middle Row: Japonica Brown-Saracino, Nancy Ammerman, Alya Guseva, Emily Barman, Ashley Mears;
Front Row: Ruha Benjamin, Nazli Kibria, Patricia Rieker, Susan Eckstein.

2014 Graduate Students

Graduate Students in Attendance at End of Year Lunch
(from left to right) Back Row: Megan O’Leary, Donald Gillis, Sasha White;
Middle Row: Rebecca Farber, Connor Fitzmaurice, Taylor Cain, Pamela Devan, Emily Philipp;
Front Row: Alaz Kilicaslan, Sarah Hosman, Elina Tochilnikova, Christina Jarymowycz;

The Department of Sociology celebrated the end of the 2013-2014 Academic Year on Monday, May 5th with the traditional annual luncheon. Highlights include saying goodbye to Professor Ruha Benjamin, who has accepted a position with Princeton University’s African American Studies Department, wishing our three Graduating Work Study Students well in their future endeavors – Congratulations to Shamoore Simpson, Jackie Robichaud and Jason Balsamo! –  and celebrating the promotions of Professors Japonica Brown-Saracino (to Associate Professor) and Julian Go (to Full Professor).

Have a wonderful summer, everybody!

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Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

April 28th, 2014 in Faculty, News.

Japonica Brown-Saracino

Japonica Brown-Saracino

Professor Japonica Brown-Saracino is one of thirteen faculty members on the Charles River Campus promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.  Announced by BU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jean Morrison, Professor Brown-Saracino is being “[r]ecognized for rigorous, creative research and a devotion to ‘engaged learning’ for her students within the city of Boston…”[1]

Congratulations Japonica!


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Professor Julian Go Promoted to Full Professor

April 28th, 2014 in Faculty, News.

14-7578-PROMOTIONS-114Professor Julian Go is one of thirteen faculty members on the Charles River Campus promoted to full professor this year. One of this year’s recipients of the Templeton Award for excellence in advising, Professor Go was recently profiled in BU’s Bostonia about his promotion and his research on empires.

Of the thirteen promoted, BU Provost and Chief Academic Office Jean Morrison said the following: “The mark of any successful research institution is an active faculty that is producing important novel advances, contributing considerably to our understanding of the world around us, and inspiring, challenging, and motivating new generations of scholars and professionals…From the sciences, arts, and humanities to engineering and business, these talented members of our community have devoted their careers to doing just that.” [1]

Congratulations, Julian!


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Professor Julian Go Awarded Templeton Award for Excellence in Advising

April 28th, 2014 in Faculty, News.

Julian Go

Julian Go

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) recognizes three faculty members with the Templeton Award for Excellence in Advising .  This year, Professor Julian Go has been selected as a result of student nominations through the Office of Student Academic Life. He will be recognized at the May 14th CAS Faculty Meeting.

Past recipients include our own Professor Peter Yeager, who won the award in 2000.

Congratulations, Julian!

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Book Launch Held for Kibria, Bowman, and O’Leary’s Race and Immigration

April 22nd, 2014 in Faculty, News.

cake kibriaTo celebrate the publishing of Race and Immigration (2013, U.K.: Polity Press) Authors Professor Nazli Kibria and Ph.D. Candidates Cara Bowman and Megan O’Leary celebrated with friends and family at the BU Bookstore at Barnes and Noble in Kenmore Square on Wednesday, April 16th.

Congratulations Nazli, Cara, and Megan!

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