Percentage of Students Held Back Falls by Half

Rob Warren's recently published findings, Patterns and Trends in Grade Retention Rates in the United States, 1995-2010, were the focus of an article by the Huffington Post on the decline in student retention rates.

Outdated Idea of Nine-To-Five

In a recent Atlantic article, Phyllis Moen was interviewed regarding how the sharing economy is altering when and how people earn money.

Caren Arbeit successfully defends!

Caren Arbeit successfully defended her dissertation, "The Context of Parental Job Loss on Children's Educational Attainment," on November 14, 2014. Her advisor is Professor Rob Warren. Dr. Arbeit is a Research Analyst at the Education and Workforce Development Division, RTI International in San Francisco. Congratulations, Dr. Arbeit!

Racist Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement

In a recent NY Times op-ed, Chris Uggen's (with alumni Angie Behrens & colleague Jeff Manza) AJS article, "Ballot Manipulation and the 'Menace of Negro Domination': Racial Threat and Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 1850-2002" was used to provide historical context to the laws that permanently denied people convicted of crimes the right to vote.

Child Care Tax Benefits Unchanged Since 1986

In a recent New York Times article, Erin Kelly was interviewed and her article on child care policy, The Strange History of Employer-Sponsored Child Care, referenced. Dependent Care Accounts legislated in 1986 were not indexed for inflation unlike other such accounts. The $5,000 limit would now be $10,859.08.

Congratulations, Dr. June Msechu!

June Msechu successfully defended her dissertation, Intergenerational Relationships and Eldercare in Rural Tanzania: A Life Course Perspective on the Implications of Social Change on Families on November 3, 2014. Dr. Msechu is advised by professors Ron Aminzade and Cawo Abdi. She will return to her position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Best wishes Dr. Msechu.

Another Dr. in the House - Dr. Vandormael

Alain Vandormael successfully defended his dissertation, "The Preventive and Survival Benefits of Antiretroviral Use in a Rural South African Community," on September 19, 2014. Alain is advised by Professor Ann Meier.

MN Ties to Terrorism

Cawo Abdi was recently interviewed for a report in the Pioneer Press regarding terrorist organizations recruitment of women. She would like to see a law enforcement initiative that "takes out the allure of this war," by showing the reality of the conflict in Syria: "The madness of the number of innocent civilians being slaughtered every day."

Congratulations, Dr. Isik!

Gulseren Isik successfully defended her dissertation, "Institutional Reproduction: Reproduction of a Politico-legal Institution in a Contested Setting," on August 25, 2014. Her advisors are Professors Joachim Savelsberg and Robin Stryker (University of Arizona-Tucson).

Park and Pellow Win Book Award

Congratulations to Lisa Park and David Pellow on receiving the Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, given by the ASA's Environment & Technology section for best book published from 2011-2013, for The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden (NYU Press 2011).

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