News and Updates

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

Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber Awarded NSF Fellowship

April 2nd, 2014 in Graduate Students, News.

RFarberPicPh.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This competitive research fellowship supports three years of research and studies and provides international research and professional development opportunities.

Rebecca’s project is titled “Local Impacts of Medical Tourism in Thailand.” Congratulations, Rebecca!

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2004 Sociology Graduate Officer Rachel Olanoff McGuire to Speak at 2014 Commencement

March 28th, 2014 in Alumni, News, Undergraduate Students.

106672_Olanoff, Rachel_0014 (1)In keeping with recent tradition, the Sociology Department will again welcome a “ten year out” alumna as our commencement speaker.  Officer Rachel McGuire (nee Olanoff) (BA, ’04) will return to Boston University to address the 2014 graduating seniors and their families.

A brief bio on our guest speaker:

Police Officer Rachel O. McGuire graduated from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences in May 2004 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. After four years in retail sales at JCrew in Copley Square, Officer McGuire applied to become a Boston Police Officer. She was accepted and graduated the 6-month Boston Police Academy in November 2008 at the top of her class, receiving the academy’s Hogan Award and Academic Excellence Award. For the first five and a half years of her police career, Officer McGuire patrolled the streets of District D-4, covering the Back Bay, South End, Fenway, and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. While working as a patrol officer, she studied at Curry College and earned her Masters Degree in Criminal Justice in 2012.  Her education at B.U. and Curry, her time in retail sales, and her experiences as a patrol officer prepared her for her recently acquired position as a spokesperson and representative for the Boston Police Department in the Office of Media Relations.  Officer McGuire is currently studying for the upcoming promotional exam in hopes of becoming a sergeant.

The 2014 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 18th at the School of Management Auditorium. For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement, please view this page.

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Professor Ashley Mears Gives Keynote Speech at the 16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference

March 19th, 2014 in Faculty, News.

Ashley Mears

Ashley Mears

Professor Ashley Mears gave the Keynote speech, titled “Girl Capital in the Consolidation of Class among Elites: A Relational Approach to Ownership,”  at the 16th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference.

Hosted by the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University on March 15th, 2014, this conference “is an annual graduate student conference hosted by one of several Chicago-area sociology departments, including DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. It provides a venue for graduate students to share their ethnographic scholarship with one another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area.”[1] Also featured was Dr. Nina Eliasoph of the University of Southern California.

For more information, please see the conference website.

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Professor Catherine Connell to Present on Gender and Identity at Northeastern Conference

March 17th, 2014 in Faculty, News.


On Friday, March 21st, Professor Catherine Connell will present at the Gender and Identity in the Age of Obama Conference at Northeastern University. Professor Connell will present her paper, “A Few Good Gays: The Identity Implications of Obama’s Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

For more information and to register, please see the Event Page.

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Professor Ruha Benjamin to Present at BU Discoveries Lecture Series

March 17th, 2014 in Faculty, News.

Ruha BenjaminSociology and African American Studies Professor Ruha Benjamin is a featured lecturer at the BU Discoveries Lecture Series on March 25th, 2014 at 7PM.  She will discuss her book, People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, and address the tensions between scientific innovation and social equality.

Registration for this event is now closed.


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