News and Updates

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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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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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