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Ph.D. Candidate Alexandre White Wins ‘Best Graduate Student Paper Award’ from ASA’s Global & Transnational Section
Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Alexandre (“Sasha”) White for co-winning the Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Global & Transnational Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. The award-winning paper, ““Global Risks, Divergent Pandemics: Contrasting Responses to Bubonic Plague and Smallpox in 1901 Cape Town”, based upon his Qualifying Essay for the PhD, and traces the global connections that explain the origins of racialized health quarantines in South Africa.
Christina 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.
Emily Bryant, 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.
[Updated 11/3/15 to reflect name change from Philipp to Bryant]
Taylor 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.
Ph.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.
Professor 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 Classroom, which 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.
Susan Eckstein, a Professor of Sociology and International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Studies, has been awarded a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for her research on Cuban immigration exceptionalism.
In its ninety-first competition, the Guggenheim Fellowship awarded 173 Fellowships to 175 scholars, chosen from over 3,100 applicants “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”
Author of The Immigrant Divide: How Cuban Americans Changed the US and Their Homeland, Professor Eckstein has previously been awarded grants and fellowships from a number of prestigious institutes, including the MacArthur Foundation, Radcliffe Institute and the American Council of Learned Societies (among others). During her fellowship in 2016, Professor Eckstein plans to study U.S.-Cuban immigration policy, noting in an interview with the Pardee School that “Cubans get immigration privileges no other foreign born gets. Any Cuban who touches U. S. land has a right to stay, get a green card, and enjoy a path to citizenship.” She plans to study this “exceptionalism” and its historical and future impacts.
Professor David Swartz’s SymbolicPower, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu was awarded as co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s 2014 History of Sociology Section Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award at the ASA Conference in August.
During the presentation ceremony, Dr. Silvia Pedraza, Chair of the Award Committee, had the following to say about Dr. Swartz and Symbolic Power:
“David Swartz is Assistant Professor at Boston University. His major argument in this book is that we should regard Bourdieu not only as a sociologist of culture, where he has clearly made his mark, but also as a sociologist of politics and a political sociologist. This Professor Swartz demon-strates admirably well. The book is tight, very well orga-nized, and very well argued. One simply never has any doubt as to the points being made and we learn how central politics was in Bourdieu’s life.
“Yet, like all books, it also is not flawless. I would have liked the real Bourdieu to have more voice in the book, through his letters, newspaper pieces, and presentations, not just the academic pieces – for Bourdieu to be more a flesh and blood man. Swartz also situates Bourdieu well in the intellectual issues of the times. He also explains well how Bourdieu’s political and sociological choices were the results of the events he lived through (Algeria and the war of independence from colonialism; the 1968 student revolt in Paris; the anti-globalization movement beginning in the late 1990s). On all of these crucial histor-ical and political moments, I would have liked to have heard his voice more than we heard it in the book. I want-ed more detail on the pain of those intellectual and emotional confrontations, on the difficult decisions he must have faced.
“But there is no doubt that Swartz makes us realize that Bourdieu’s contributions to sociology are quite large and, as our contemporary, he particularly speaks to the issues intellectuals confront today. This book makes all of this available to an American audience that does not know it and that, to date, has pigeonholed Bourdieu only as a soci-ologist of culture. Without doubt, he is also a political so-ciologist and should be taught as such, as Swartz will have us do.”
Read more about his award here.
Professor David Swartz’s Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu is the co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s 2014 History of Sociology Section Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award.
This award “honors sociologists who have made significant contributions to the history of sociology by writing books or articles on the ‘cutting edge’ of sociological inquiry.”  In his notice of the award, Chair Elect of the History of Sociology Section Neil Gross quoted the award committee in describing Symbolic Power as showing “clearly how much Bourdieu has ‘to give to a sociology of politics and a political sociology’–and how central politics was in Bourdieu’s intellectual biography.”
Symbolic Power shares this award with Marcel Fournier’s Emile Durkheim: A Biography.
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.