August 2010 Archives

Books Recently Released

In Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders, Teresa Gowan vividly depicts the lives of homeless men in San Francisco and analyzes the influence of the homelessness industry on the streets, in the shelters, and on public policy.

Eric Grodsky and Michal Kurlaender are the editors of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: The Past and Future of California's Proposition 209. This book provides a crucial assessment of one of the most important issues facing higher education.

In Classic and Contemporary Perspectives in Social Psychology, Sharon Preves and Jeylan Mortimer's reader allows students to experience the foundational work of influential sociologists and psychologists through the lens of cutting-edge issues.

In Crime and Human Rights: Criminology of Genocide and Atrocities, Joachim Savelsberg provides a much-needed criminological insight to the subject, exploring explanations of and responses to human rights abuses.

Rachel Schurman and William A. Munro's Fighting for the Future of Food details how the anti-biotech movement managed to alter public perceptions about genetically modified organisms in the world food supply.

Longhofer Published in ASR

Sociology graduate student Wesley Longhofer has been published in one of sociology's top journals, the American Sociological Review. Longhofer co-authored the paper, "National and Global Origins of Environmental Association," with former UMN faculty member Evan Schofer. The publication is presented in the August, 2010 ASR edition. Congratulations, Wesley!

PERISHIP Fellowship for Alaniz

Sociology graduate student Ryan Alaniz has been awarded a 2010 PERISHIP Dissertation Fellowship in Hazards, Risk, and Disasters. The award is sponsored by a partnership between The National Science Foundation, Swiss Re, The Public Entity Risk Institute, and the University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center. The award recognizes and supports dissertation work in all aspects of natural and human-made hazards, risk, and disasters in all disciplines. Congratulations, Ryan, on winning one of the six PERISHIP Fellowships awarded nationally this year!

From Minneapolis to Mogadishu

Assistant Prof. Cawo Abdi was recently featured in an interview on Al Jazeera English TV about Somali youth leaving America to join radical groups in Somalia.

Johnson and Rechitsky awarded 2010 Fulbright Fellowships

Andrew Johnson and Raphi Rechitsky were selected as Fulbright Fellows to support their dissertation research/writing during the 2010-1011 academic year. Congratulations, Andrew and Raphi!

Melissa Weiner is Published

Former UMN sociology graduate student Melissa Weiner (Ph.D. 2006) has been published just four years after graduating. Rutgers University Press has issued the first edition of Weiner's book titled, "Power, Protest, and the Public Schools: Jewish and African American Struggles in New York City." Weiner is currently an Assistant Professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Her first book is based upon the research she conducted for her dissertation. Great job, Melissa!

Mani Successful in Disssertation Defense

Dalhia Mani successfully defended her dissertation, "Seeing Both the Tree and the Forest: An Analysis of the Indian Intergenerational Network," on July 29, 2010. Her advisor is Prof. David Knoke. Dr. Mani recently accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Division of Strategy and Business Policy at one of the world's foremost business schools, École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (HEC-Paris). Dalhia and her family will be moving to France in August. Congratulations, Dalhia, et bon chance!

Hawkinson Fellowships Captured by Soc Students

Two UMN sociology graduate students have been honored in 2010 with Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation Fellowships. Hollie Nyseth and Shannon Golden were awarded the fellowships based upon their demonstrated deep commitment to furthering peace and justice in the world. In 2009 Sociology graduate student Ryan Alaniz was also awarded a Hawkinson Fellowship. It is terrific to see the tradition of engaged sociology continuing in our department and being recognized by others. Congratulations Shannon and Hollie!

Kang Wins MCAA Paper Contest

Sociology graduate student Jin Woong Kang has been awarded the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Percy Buchanan Graduate Prize in the area of Northeast Asia for his paper "North Korea's Post-War Militant Nationalism and People's Everyday Lives: Past and present." Mr. Kang will present his paper at the MCAA Annual Meeting in October 2010 at Ohio State University where he will also be formally presented with his award. Congratulations Jin Kang!

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