Dr. Vania Brightman Cox successfully defends

Vania Brightman Cox successfully defended her dissertation, "An Ethnograhic Discourse Analysis of Anti-Trafficking Activism," on May 18, 2015. Her advisors are Professors Teresa Gowan and Elizabeth Boyle.

Sarah Lageson is a Ph.D.!

Sarah Lageson successfully defended her dissertation, "Digital Punishment in an Era of Online Crime Reporting," on May 13, 2015. Her advisor is Prof. Chris Uggen. In Fall 2015, Sarah will begin her career as an Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. Congratulations, Dr. Lageson!

Nyseth Brehm awarded Best Dissertation

Hollie Nyseth Brehm (Ph.D. 2014) has been awarded the 2015 University of Minnesota Graduate School's "Best Dissertation Award" in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Moen Receives Dean's Medal

Moen for blog.jpgJoin us in congratulating Phyllis Moen who was awarded the CLA Dean's Medal for 2015, an annual award given to an outstanding member of the faculty on the basis of excellence in scholarship or creative activity. Phyllis has spent her career researching occupational careers, gender, families, and well-being over the life course, including the frequently obsolete social, cultural, and policy ecologies in which lives play out.
We will miss Phyllis as she heads to Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences as a residential fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. The Center brings together scholars currently engaged in using behavioral science to address important problems as well as those who are grappling with intellectual issues that can provide the context for translational behavioral science.

Violence Againt South African Migrants

Since her op-ed CNN piece, Cawo Abdi, has been interviewed by Al Jazeera 's TV program The Listening Post when they focused on South Africa and how the violence against migrants was covered by diverse media outlets; the South African Broadcast Corp. radio station (SAfm Current Affairs) on the flow of migration through the Mediterranean and South Africa and the resulting humanitarian crisis; and by a radio station in Korea, This Morning, Seoul.

Hartmann MSS President

Hartmann for blog.jpgDoug Hartmann is beginning his term as president of the Midwest Sociological Society (MSS). Approximately 1200 scholars, students and practicing sociologists in universities, government and business belong to the organization. MSS encompasses nine states - Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota. More than one-third of the members are from other parts of the nation and the world. As president-elect, Doug was charged with the successful coordination of the annual meetings held in Kansas City in March, 2015.

Deadly Attacks Against African Migrants

Cawa Abdi's CNN op-ed piece on the turmoil in South Africa stresses how migrants are scapegoated for the persistent legacy of apartheid in the post-liberation era.

Arturo Baioccho (Ph.D. 2014) will begin a new position as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Work at California State University Sacramento.

SRI - Friday, April 17

SRI is our annual spring forum for sociology students to present their research on panels, in discussion groups, or with poster presentations. Attend or Participate!2015 SRI logo.jpg

Stigma of Mental Illness

Cawo Abdi contributed to an article in the StarTribune regarding the stigma of mental illness and skepticism of mental-health treatment among Somali-Americans.

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