Professor David Swartz’s SymbolicPower, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu was awarded...
Alumna Catherine Tenuta Working for the Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate
Catherine Tenuta (BA ’13) recently served as Executive Assistant in the Office of New York State Senator and Senate Majority Coalition LeaderJeffrey Klein. She is now Assistant to the Policy Director for the Independent Democratic Conference of the New York State Senate.
Kiri Gurd (PhD 2013) is joining the University of South Florida as a Postdoctoral Scholar for USF’s program on “Global Change in a Dynamic World.”
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.
The Sixth Annual Albert Morris Lecture in Sociology
featuring BU Alumnus and Professor of Sociology at CUNY
“Diversity and Inclusion: Immigration,
Demographic Change and Racial Justice in Contemporary America.”
Thursday, April 10th at 5PM
9th Floor Colloquium Room
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215
Philip Kasinitz (Boston University, College of Liberal Arts, 1979) is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York who specializes in the study of urban sociology, international migration and race and ethnicity. Professor Kasinitz is the author of Caribbean New York: Black Immigrants and the Politics of Race, co-author of Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age, and is mostly recently co-editor of The Handbook of Urban Ethnography. He is a former President of the Eastern Sociological Society and a three time winner of the Thomas and Znaniecki Award for the best book in the Sociology of international migration.
For a full biography, please see the Morris Lecture event page.
This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Alumnus Roman R. Williams (Ph.D. 2010) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Calvin College.
In keeping with recent tradition, the Sociology Department will again welcome a “ten year out” alumna as our commencement speaker. Emily Valerio (BA, ’03) will return to Boston University to address the 2013 graduating seniors and their families.
A brief bio on our guest speaker:
Emily Valerio graduated from Boston University in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Sociology with Distinction and a minor in Chemistry. Ms. Valerio went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and a Master’s Certificate in Medical Device Regulatory Affairs from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Valerio attended Suffolk University Law School where she received the prestigious Robert A. Fuchs Memorial Prize in Labor Law, the Suffolk Jurisprudence Awards in Constitutional Law and Antitrust Law, as well as the Legal Practice Skills Best Brief and Distinguished Oral Advocate Awards. Ms. Valerio graduated with her law degree, cum laude, in May 2011 and became a member of the Massachusetts bar in November of 2011. Ms. Valerio is currently the manager of Regulatory Affairs at Codman & Shurtleff, a division of Johnson & Johnson, located in Raynham, Massachusetts, where she advises the company on compliance with federal and international regulatory requirements. Ms. Valerio and her husband, David Pozo, have backpacked and climbed mountains all over the world, including in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Yosemite National Park, the Peruvian Andes, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The 2013 Sociology Commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 19th at the School of Management Auditorium. For more information about the Sociology Department Commencement, please view this page.
In following with the tradition set forth by the sociology department of having past graduates speak at commencement, we are proud to have Paul Bauer (BA, ’02) return to Boston to address the 2012 graduating class of seniors. Paul graduated double major in SO and PS, magna cum laude. He will pass on his wisdom as a BU grad to the students, as well as relate his experience in the real world to what he learned within our department.
A brief bio on our guest speaker:
After graduation he moved to Washington where he served on the staff of U.S. Representative Robert Andrews (NJ), advising the Congressman on policy issues ranging from education and foreign affairs to labor and trade. Thereafter he went on to law school at the University of Chicago, and currently he is on staff at a major law firm in Manhattan (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler) where he specializes in commercial litigation matters ranging from securities litigation to intellectual property to white collar defense. He also does important pro bono work on problems of human trafficking and juveniles seeking special immigrant status.
The 2012 Sociology commencement will be held at 9AM on Sunday, May 20th at the School of Management Auditorium.
Sarah Tosh (BA, 09) will begin her doctoral studies in sociology this fall (2011) at the CUNY Graduate Center, which has awarded her a fellowship to support her studies
Graduate Ashok Kamal (BA 2001) took stage Sunday, May 22nd as the guest speaker for the 2011 commencement ceremony. Ashok is a social entrepreneur and Co-Founder & CEO of Bennu, which is a socially responsible product development and marketing company that completes the recycling loop (www.bennuworld.com). His career spans the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including launching an independent hip-hop entertainment company, Raptivism Records, and leading a youth development organization in NYC, Directions For Our Youth. Most recently, Ashok worked at KLD Research & Analytics, the pioneering sell-side firm for socially responsible investors and worked on Newsweek magazine’s inaugural Green Rankings.