April 2012 Archives

April 26, 2012 Volume 42, Number 16

4/27 - Inequality and Methods Workshop - Prof. Steve Morgan
4/30 - MPC Seminar
5/1 - Sociology Workshop
5/1 - Graduation Lunch
5/4 - Last Day of Instruction
5/5-6 - Study Days
5/7-12 - Final Exams
5/7 - Faculty Meeting
5/8 - COGS Award Ceremony - Prof. Warren

Inequality and Methods Workshop

Prof. Steve Morgan (Sociology, Cornell) presents "Stutter-Step Models of Educational Achievement and Attainment," tomorrow Fri. April 27, 12:15-1:30 pm, MPC Conference Room, 50 Willey Hall. Co-sponsored by Life Course Center.
Prof. Morgan (PhD, Harvard University; MPhil, Oxford University) studies Labor Markets; Education; Methodology; and Race and Ethnicity. Books include: On the Edge of Commitment: Educational Attainment and Race in the United States (Stanford University Press, 2005); Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research, with Christopher Winship (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research from Sociology and Economics, with D. Grusky and G. Fields (Stanford University Press, 2006); and Inequality: Structures, Dynamics and Mechanisms, with A. Kalleberg, J. Myles, and R. Rosenfeld (Elsevier, 2004).

MPC Seminar

Members and Staff of MPC present "Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America Papers," Mon. April 30, 12:15-1:15 pm, MPC Conference Room, 50 Willey Hall.

Graduation Lunch

Sociology Dept faculty, graduating seniors, graduate students, and staff are invited to an informal celebration of graduating seniors, Tues. May 1, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg. RSVP online.


Sociology Workshop

Graduate student Gulseren Kozak-Isik presents "Reproduction and Change in Counter-Hegemonic Law: A Case Study of Islamic Law in the U.K.," Tues. May 1, 4:00 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg.

Faculty Meeting

The next Faculty Meeting will be held on Mon. May 7, 2:30 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg.

COGS Award - Prof. Warren

The CLA Council of Graduate Students awarded a 2012 COGS Outstanding Faculty Award to Prof. Rob Warren. A reception to recognize Prof. Warren and other award winners will be held on May 8, 4:30 pm, Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. Congratulations, Prof. Warren!

Successful Defense - Maureen Clark

Maureen Clark successfully defended her dissertation, "The Social Construction of Urban American Indian Teen's Identity: How to be an Indian," on April 23. Her advisor is Prof. Penny Edgell. Congratulations, Dr. Clark!

SSRC Fellowship - Emily Springer

Graduate student Emily Springer received a Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship which supports mid-stage graduate students in formulating effective doctoral dissertation research proposals that contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields of study in the humanities and social sciences. She participate in a dissertation proposal writing workshop, "Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights," working on her proposal about women and development in Tanzanian agriculture.Congratulations, Emily!

Outstanding Community Service Award - Emily Springer

Graduate student Emily Springer was awarded the Office of Public Engagement's Outstanding Community Service Award for her work as an advocate promoting educational opportunities in Africa and for African refugees and immigrants in the U.S. Congratulations, Emily!

22nd Annual Sociology Research Institute

On April 20, Department of Sociology faculty, staff, and students celebrated an exciting year of student research and exceptional accomplishments. Graduate and undergraduate student presentations comprised an interesting mix of topics including sex, gender and parenting; the process of punishment; inmates, ex-inmates and professionals; gendered norms and sexual violence; perspectives on drugs, war and relationships; higher education, academic success, and the politics of achievement; international perspectives on democracy, protest and the law; and the politics of consumption. Prior to the keynote address, attendees were welcomed by Gary Oehlert, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts. Department Chair, Chris Uggen, announced this year's recipients of the Public Sociology Award: Profs. Lisa Wade (Occidental College) and Gwen Sharp (Nevada State College), the creative masterminds behind Sociological Images: Seeing is Believing, a remarkable blog and website that brings cogent sociological analysis to the pictures of everyday life. In the keynote address, "American's Death Penalty: A Problem for Sociological Explanation," Prof. David Garland (New York University) discussed the American system of capital punishment and how punitive policies in the U.S. differ from policies in other countries. Thank-you to all participants! Congratulations to all award winners!

UMN Obesity Prevention Center - Symposium

"Home-Based Parenting Interventions to Promote Child Health," May 14, 9:30-11:00 am, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute. Free. Register online.

Norwich University - Assistant

The Department of Human Resources, Norwich University, invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice.
Visit ASA Job Bank. Job ID: 8238

AACS - Call for Papers

The Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology invites session proposals and papers for the annual conference, "Clinical and Applied Sociology: Doing It Our Way!" Oct. 4-6, Milwaukee. Keynote Speaker: Prof. William Julius Wilson (Kennedy School, Harvard). Hyatt Regency Downtown, 1-888-421-1442, code "AACS". Email submissions to: Prof. Tina Quartaroli.


AASRC - Call for Papers

The International Conference, "Business Intelligence in a Volatile Economic and Information Technology Environment," of the American Academic and Scholarly Research Center will be held Sept. 5-6, Istanbul, Turkey. Abstracts accepted from Social Sciences and Humanities.
Deadline: April 30

UMN Women's Health - Call for Papers / Posters

The annual Women's Health Research Conference, "A Focus on Mature Women's Health," Mon. Sept. 24, McNamara Center, issues a call for papers. For questions, contact: Mikow Hang (612)626-1125.
Abstract Deadline: April 30
Poster Deadline: July 9

April 19, 2012 Volume 42, Number 15

4/20 - Sociological Research Institute
4/20 - Inequality and Methods Workshop - Canceled
4/23 - Dissertation Defense - Maureen Clark
4/23 - MPC Seminar
4/27 - Inequality and Methods Workshop - Steve Morgan
5/1 - Sociology Workshop
5/7 - Faculty Meeting

SRI - TOMORROW Friday April 20

The 22nd Annual Sociology Research Institute, "Insiders, Outsiders and Social Boundaries," will be held all day tomorrow, Friday, April 20, Humphrey Institute Center Conference Facility. This celebration of scholarship and intellectual community provides an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research and an occasion for all of in the department to share the ideas and interests that spark the sociological imagination. Keynote speaker Prof. David Garland (New York University), will present "America's Death Penalty: A Problem for Sociological Explanation." The complete program lists exciting student research. Advance registration required.


Dissertation Defense - Maureen Clark

Maureen Clark will defend her dissertation, "The Social Construction of Urban American Indian Teen's Identity: How to be an Indian," Mon. April 23, 3:00-5:00 pm, 614 Soc Sci Bldg. The public portion of the defense will be 3:00 pm. Her Advisor is Prof. Penny Edgell. In anticipation of a successful defense, the graduate program is planning a small celebration for Maureen, to be held 5:00 pm, 614 Soc Sci. All current department members are welcome to attend.

Peter Wruck - Accepts Position

Graduate Student Peter Wruck has accepted a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at South Central College, North Mankato. Prof. Rob Warren is his Advisor. Congratulations, Peter!

MPC Seminar

Members and Staff of MPC present "Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America Papers," Mon. April 23, 12:15-1:15 pm, MPC Conference Room, 50 Willey Hall.

Inequality and Methods Workshop

Prof. Steve Morgan (Sociology, Cornell) presents "Stutter-Step Models of Educational Achievement and Attainment," Fri. April 27, 12:15-1:30 pm, MPC Conference Room, 50 Willey Hall. Co-sponsored by Life Course Center.
Prof. Morgan (PhD, Harvard University; MPhil, Oxford University) studies Labor Markets; Education; Methodology; and Race and Ethnicity. Books include: On the Edge of Commitment: Educational Attainment and Race in the United States (Stanford University Press, 2005); Counterfactuals and Causal Inference: Methods and Principles for Social Research, with C. Winship (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research from Sociology and Economics, with D. Grusky and G. Fields (Stanford University Press, 2006); and Inequality: Structures, Dynamics and Mechanisms, with A. Kalleberg, J. Myles, and R. Rosenfeld (Elsevier, 2004).

Sociology Workshop

Graduate student Gulseren Kozak-Isik presents "Reproduction and Change in Counter-Hegemonic Law: A Case Study of Islamic Law in the U.K.," Tues. May 1, 4:00 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg.

Human Rights for the 21st Century - Speaker Series

The Human Rights Program, Humphrey School, and Immigration History Research Center present a talk by Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha (Law and Public Policy, Harvard), "Moving Children: Human Rights Dilemmas in Contemporary Child Migration", Wed. May 2, 7:00-8:30 pm, Heritage Gallery, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE.

Faculty Meeting

The next Faculty Meeting will be held on Mon. May 7, 2:30 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg.

Mondale Law School - Faculty Works in Progress

Prof. Ross Levine (Economics, Brown University) presents "Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us," TODAY Thurs. April 19, 12:15-1:15 pm, Lindquist and Vennum Conference Room, 385 Mondale Hall. Open to the public. RSVP to: Stephanie McCauley, (612)625-9073.

University of Chicago - Research Analysts

The Urban Education Institute, Consortium on Chicago School Research, University of Chicago, invites applications for Research Analysts: Sociological Practice/Applied/Other.
Visit the ASA Job Bank. Job ID: 8233

Youth-Nex - Researchers

Youth-Nex (University of Virginia) is a new trans-disciplinary center devoted to promoting healthy youth development through focused research, training and service. Applications are invited for researcher positions. Apply online.
1. Senior Scientist - Posting Number 0609080
2. Research Scientist - Posting Number 0609141
3. Research Technician - Posting Number 0608967
Deadlines: Immediate. Open until filled.

Youth-Nex - Postdoctoral Program

The University of Virginia's Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, Youth-Nex, has open positions for up to four (4) incumbents to join the Youth-Nex Postdoctoral Training Program. Apply online. Posting Number 0609402
Deadline: Immediate. Open until filled.

ARNOVA - Dissertation Award

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action invites nominations for the Gabriel G. Rudney Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research. The annual award is for a dissertation completed and/or defended in the three years prior the award (2009, 2010, and 2011), that contribute to the advancement of theory, conceptualization, research, or practice closely related to nonprofit organizations or voluntary action are eligible. Cash prize: $1,000. To apply, author's advisor or author should email, as a single PDF document, advisor's letter and extended 5-page abstract. Full dissertation may be requested.
Deadline: May 15

Tubman - Interns and Volunteers

Tubman community center is accepting applications for summer internships and volunteer positions. Training starts May 19. Fall training starts Aug. 25. For questions, contact Joanie Braun, (612)767-6680 or Katie Massie (651)789-6752.
Deadline: May 1

April 12, 2012 Volume 42, Number 14

4/13 - Luncheon - Chinese Study Group
4/13 - Inequality and Methods Workshop - Paula Fomby
4/16 - MPC Seminar - Sarah Burgard
4/20 - Sociology Research Institute
4/22 - GIGSS Event
4/23 - Dissertation Defense - Maureen Clark

Luncheon - Chinese Study Group

Prof. Yanjie Bian and the Chinese Study Group host a luncheon on Fri. April 13, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg. Both Chinese and American food will be served. All are welcome to join guest speaker Prof. Jieming Chen (Xi'an Jiaotong U; Chair, Sociology and Pyschology, Texas A & M-Kingsville); and departmental visiting scholars: Prof. Yaming Hao (Xi'an Jiaotong U); Prof. Yaming Hao (Nankai U); Xiaoxian Guo (Xi'an Jiaotong U); Cheng Cheng (Xi'an Jiaotong U); and Hui Zhu (Peking U). All are welcome to enjoy delicious homemade Chinese food and learn about ongoing research in China! RSVP Mary Drew.

Inequality and Methods Workshop

Prof. Paula Fomby (Sociology, University of Colorado-Denver) presents "Family Instability in Adolescence and the College Experience," Fri. April 13, 12:15-1:30 pm, MPC Conference Room, 50 Willey Hall. Co-sponsored by Life Course Center.
Prof. Fomby (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) studies Family; Immigrants and Immigration; Poverty; Public Policy; Data Analysis; Statistics; and Child Behavior. She primarily researches the association between family organization and child well-being in the United States and how repeated changes in family structure influence children's behavior and their adjustment to school. Dr. Fomby teaches quantitative analysis, social inequality, and population change. She has published in national journals such as: Journal of Marriage and Family; Social Science Research; American Sociological Review; and Child Indicators Research.

MPC Seminar

Prof. Sarah Burgard (Sociology; Michigan-Ann Arbor) presents "Gender and Time for Sleep Among American Adults," Mon. April 16. Co-sponsored by the Life Course Center.

SRI - Departmental Premier Event Next Week!

The 22nd Annual Sociology Research Institute, "Insiders, Outsiders and Social Boundaries," will be held all day Friday, April 20, Humphrey Institute Center Conference Facility. This celebration of scholarship and intellectual community provides an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research and an occasion for all of in the department to share the ideas and interests that spark the sociological imagination. Keynote speaker Prof. David Garland (New York University), will present "America's Death Penalty: A Problem for Sociological Explanation." The complete program lists exciting student research. Advance registration required.

GIGSS Event - Prof. Pellow

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies and Prof. David Pellow host Dr. Joey Mogul (College of Law, DePaul University), who will present "Queer Injustices: Violence against Transgender People, the Criminal Legal System, and the Case of CeCe McDonald," Sun. April 22, 4:00-6:00 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg. Dr. Mogul will discuss her book, "Queer (In)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States."

Dissertation Defense - Maureen Clark

Maureen Clark will defend her dissertation, "The Social Construction of Urban American Indian Teen's Identity: How to be an Indian," Mon. April 23, 3:00-5:00 pm, 715 Soc Sci Bldg. The public portion of the defense will be 3:00-3:30 pm. Her Advisor is Prof. Penny Edgell. In anticipation of a successful defense, the graduate program is planning a small celebration for Maureen, to be held 5:00 pm, 715 Soc Sci Bldg. All current department members are welcome to attend.

Mondale Law School - Faculty Works in Progress

Prof. Nicola Lacey (London School of Economics) presents "From the Consulting Room to the Court Room? Taking the Clinical Model into the Legal Realm," TODAY Thurs. April 12, 12:15-1:15 pm, Lindquist and Vennum Conference Room, 385 Mondale Hall. Open to the public. RSVP to: Stephanie McCauley, (612)625-9073

UMN Human Capital Research Collaborative - Brown Bag

Rob Grunewald (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis) and Michelle Englund (Insitute of Child Development, UMN) present "Who Graduates from High School? Measurement Issues and Development Linkages," Tues. April 17, 12:00-1:00 pm, The Commons, Room 205, Humphrey Institute.

Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature - Book Review

CSCL sponsors a discussion by Dr. Gigi Roggero (Department of Politics, Institutions, and History, University of Bologna, Italy) of his book, "The Production of Living Knowledge: The Crisis of the University and the Transformation of Labor in Europe and North America," (Temple University Press), Tues. April 24, 5:00 pm, 325 Nicholson Hall.

UMN Women's Faculty Cabinet - Retreat

WFC is hosting a free retreat for women faculty of color on Thurs. April 26, 3:00-6:00 pm, Minneapolis Woman's Club, 410 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP. Co-sponsors are the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Women's Center, and the Office of the Sr. VP for Academic Affairs and Provost. For more information, contact: Catherine London

April 5, 2012 Volume 42, Number 13

4/6 - Inequality and Methods Workshop - POSTPONED
4/9 - Teaching Lunch
4/9 - MPC Seminar - Kathleen Mullan Harris
4/10 - Sociology Workshop - Yanjie Bian
4/13 - Lunch - Chinese Study Group
4/13 - Inequality and Methods Workshop - Paula Fomby
4/20 - Sociological Research Institute

Doctoral Dissertation Grant - Wenjie Liao

Wenjie Liao received a Doctoral Dissertation grant from the National Science Foundation. Wenjie will use this funding to complete a survey on law and collective memory in Chengdu, China. She will be conducting the survey and follow-up interviews this summer. Liz Boyle is the Co-PI. Congratulations, Wenjie!

President's Service Award - Shannon Golden

Shannon Golden has been awarded the UMN President's Service Award for her outstanding service during the past year. Among other things in 2011, Shannon worked with community members in three Ugandan villages to determine specific village needs and then conducted fundraising to support the projects that were developed. Shannon's engagement in the communities where she conducts her research is inspirational. Congratulations, Shannon!

Inequality and Methods Workshop POSTPONED

This Friday, April 6, the Workshop is POSTPONED due to tornado damage in southern states to American Airlines airplanes. Prof. Chandra Muller will present later on Fri. May 11.

Teaching Lunch

The third and final Teaching Lunch on Pedagogy and Sociology will be held on Mon. April 9, 11:00 am-12:15 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg. A discussion about research methods in the undergraduate curriculum will be led by Profs. Carolyn Liebler, Erin Kelly, and Ron Aminzade, and graduate student Meghan Krausch.

MPC Seminar

Prof. Kathleen Mullan Harris (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) presents "Trends and Implications of Health Disparities from Adolescence to Adulthood," Mon. April 9, 12:15 pm, MPC Seminar Room, 50 Willey Hall. Co-sponsored by the Life Course Center.
Prof. Harris (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology, and a Faculty Member of the Carolina Population Center. Her research areas include Social Demography, Poverty, Family, and Public Policy. Dr. Harris' book, "Teen Mothers and the Revolving Welfare Door," received the Otis Duncan Book Award from the American Sociological Association for the most significant contribution to the field of social demography. Her current work examines the impact of maternal employment and welfare receipt on outcomes for children in poor families and the long-term consequences of child care for children. Dr. Harris is the Deputy Director and Co-PI of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health).

Sociology Workshop

Prof. Yanjie Bian, Lei (Frank) Zhang, and visiting scholar Xiaoxian Guo present "Social Closure and Social Capital in China and Britain," Tues. April 10, 4:00-5:15 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg.

Lunch - Chinese Study Group

Prof. Yanjie Bian and the Chinese Study Group will host a luncheon on Fri. April 13, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, 1114 Soc Sci Bldg. Both Chinese and American food will be served. Participants will include Profs. Jieming Chen (Chair, Sociology and Psychology, Texas A & M-Kingsville); Jianke Yang (Xi'an Jiaotong U); and Yaming Hao (Nankai U); departmental Visiting Scholars Xiaoxian Guo (Xi'an Jiaotong) U, Cheng Cheng (Xi'an Jiaotong U), and Hui Zhu (Peking U); and departmental Chinese graduate students. All are welcome to enjoy delicious homemade Chinese food and learn about ongoing research in China!

Inequality and Methods Workshop

Prof. Paula Fomby (Sociology, University of Colorado-Denver) presents "Family Instability in Adolescence and the College Experience," Fri. April 13, 12:15-1:30 pm, MPC Conference Room, 50 Willey Hall. Co-sponsored by Life Course Center.
Prof. Fomby (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) studies Family; Immigrants and Immigration; Poverty; Public Policy; Data Analysis; Statistics; and Child Behavior. She primarily researches the association between family organization and child well-being in the United States and how repeated changes in family structure influence children's behavior and their adjustment to school. Dr. Fomby teaches quantitative analysis, social inequality, and population change. She has published in national journals such as: Journal of Marriage and Family; Social Science Research; American Sociological Review; and Child Indicators Research.

Obesity Prevention Center - Symposium

The Obesity Preventtion Center, UMN School of Public Health, presents "Home-Based Parenting Interventions to Promote Child Health," May 14, 9:30-11:00 am, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute. Free. Register online.

Mondale Law School - Faculty Works in Progress

Prof. Hedrick Hartog (Princeton) presents, "Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age," TODAY Thurs. April 5, 12:15-1:15 pm, Lindquist and Vennum Conference Room, 385 Mondale Hall. Open to the public. RSVP to: Stephanie McCauley, (612)625-9073

Mondale Law School

The Mondale Law School and the Department of Political Science host a joint talk by Prof. Nicola Lacey (Visiting Scholar, Oxford) and Prof. David Soskice (Political Science, Duke). "American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment and Political Economy," Mon. April 16, 4:00-6;00 pm, Lindquist and Vennum Room, 3rd Floor, Dean's Office, Mondale Law School.

St. Cloud State - Immigration Conference

The Faculty Research Group On Immigrant Workers in Minnesota presents the Annual SCSU Signature:Global Goes Local Conference, "The Social Conditions of Immigrant Workers and Families in Minnesota," April 9-11, Atwood Student Center, St. Cloud State University. Free and Open to public. Co-sponsored by UMN Immigration History Research Center and other organizations.

St. Cloud State - Adjunct Instructors

The Sociology Program, St. Cloud State University, invites applications for Adjunct Instructors. To apply, cover letter indicating courses in our catalog you are prepared to teach, CV, transcripts (copies acceptable for initial screening), most recent course evaluations, sample syllabi, and names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references to: Dr. Elizabeth School, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Stewart Hall 262, 720 4th-Ave. So., St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498.
Deadline: Open Until Filled.

STAR Journal

Social Thought and Research, a peer reviewed journal edited by graduate students at the University of Kansas, announces a call for papers for Volume 33. Special themes this issue include: social inequality; economic sociology; and comparative-historical sociology.
Deadline: June 15

ANZSOC Conference

Call for Abstracts for "Public Criminologies: Crime, Power, and Marginalization," for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, Nov. 26-29, Auckland, New Zealand. Register online.
Early Bird Deadline: Before Sept. 30
Standard Deadline: Oct. 1