David Knoke's book, Economic Networks, was recognized by the sociology subject editors of Choice Magazine as one of their 25 Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013. This prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary attention from the academic library community.
Congratulations to Mary Drew as one of the recipients of the CLA Outstanding Service Award for contributions to the Sociology Department. A celebration was held on January 22 at the McNamara Alumni Center.
We sadly announce that former faculty member, Bertram Ellenbogen, passed away at age 96 in Minneapolis. He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from the U of WI-Madison. His first professorship was at Cornell where he was tenured, and in 1966 he came to the U of MN as Professor of Sociology. He was chair of the Latin American Studies Program (1967-68). In 1968, he took a leave to become Prof and Chair of the Dept. of Soc & Anthro at Colorado State U. In 1972 he returned to the U of MN where he remained until his retirement in 1986.
Join us in congratulating Erin Kelly who has been named Scholar of the College for 2014. This award was established to acknowledge outstanding achievement by faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and are chosen on the basis of their past accomplishments and the promise of future achievement. This award includes three years of financial support for her research and creative work.
Peter Wruck successfully defended his dissertation, "It takes a Village? Neighborhoods and Children's Readiness for School," on January 10, 2014. Peter was advised by Dr. Rob Warren. Dr. Wruck is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at South Central College in Mankato, MN. Congratulations Peter!
Rachel Schurman received a Global Spotlight Research Seed Grant for her project, The New Green Revolution and the Politics of Agricultural Policy Making in Tanzania; and Valentine Cadieux received a Global Spotlight Research Major Grant for her project, Building Popular Food Security Institutions: Developing Policy-Oriented Curriculum for Translating between Political Agro-Ecology Practice and Policy Reform in Nepal, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the E.U. The GPS Alliance's biennial focus is on a region of the world and a pressing global issue. In 2012-2014, the focus or spotlight is on the region of South Asia and the issue of Global Food Security.
Ryan Moltz successfully defended his dissertation, "Dealing with Totalitarian Legacies: The Politics of Lustration in Post-Communist Europe," on December 16, 2013. His advisor is Professor Ron Aminzade. Congratulations Dr. Moltz!
Rachael Kulick defended her dissertation, "Home Birth in the U.S. and The Netherlands: Understanding Women's Experiences of Stigma, Nature and Trauma," on December 5, 2014. Rachel was advised by Professor Kathleen Hull. Great work Dr. Kulick.
Dawna Reandeau defended her dissertation, "In God Do We Trust? An Analysis of Trust Reformation in a Catholic Parish," on December 3, 2014. Dr. Reandeau is advised by Professor David Knoke. Congratulations Dawna!