Ph.D. Candidate Rebecca Farber is the recent recipient of two exciting awards in...
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.
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.
Ph.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!
Ph.D. Candidate Natalicia Tracy was interviewed by WBUR Radio 90.9 Boston (Boston’s NPR News Station) about her 2014 Petra Foundation Fellowship win and her work as the Executive Director of the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Allston.
BU Sociology Ph.D. Candidate Natalicía Tracy will be honored on November 15th by the Petra Foundation as one of four 2013 Petra Fellows. Established in 1988 in honor of Petra Tölle Shattuck, the Petra Foundation “seeks out and champions unsung heroes who are making distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity of others.” (1)
In addition to her Ph.D. work, Natalicía is the executive director of Boston’s Brazilian Immigrant Center, which serves 3,000 Latino immigrants each year in issues of labor, housing, consumer, civil and human rights. She is also the coordinator of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Congress.
Natalicía will be honored at the 24th Annual Petra Fellows Awards Dinner on November 15th, 2013 at the Omni Parker House.