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New faculty for 2008-09

We are thrilled to welcome four outstanding scholars to our faculty. Cawo Abdi, Eric Grodsky, Lisa Sun-Hee Park, and David Pellow will all be joining us Fall 2008!

Professor Yanjie Bian Arrives - Fall 2006

Yanjie Bian received his Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Albany (1990). He joined the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota in 1991 and attained tenure and associate status in 1997. In 2001 Prof. Bian left the U. of M. to work for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, establishing the first Chinese version of the General Social Survey. Prof. Bian has received multiple honors, a number of large grants, and published a series of distinguished research articles and books (one monograph) on Chinese society in English and in Chinese. His specialty is social stratification in China, approached through the analysis of social networks, social capital and social exchange. The department warmly welcomes his return.

Professor Joel Samaha Joins Sociology Faculty

Joel Samaha received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1972. He began his academic career after completing a law degree, briefly practicing law and writing headnotes for the National Labor Relations Board. He taught U.S. and World History in the Chicago Public Schools, and Tudor History at UCLA before coming to the “U? in 1971 with a joint appointment in the Departments of Criminal Justice Studies and History. He served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies (before it was merged with Sociology), became a member of the History Department faculty, and has for 35 years taught courses in criminal justice, criminal law, and criminal procedure in the Department of Sociology. Prof. Samaha has published numerous scholarly works on the history of criminal justice, including a monograph, "Law and Order in Historical Perspective: The Case of Elizabethan Essex"; and articles in the Historical Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Minnesota Law Review, William Mitchell Law Review, and Journal of Social History. He has also written three widely used textbooks, Criminal Law (8th edition 2005); Criminal Procedure (6th edition 2005); and Criminal Justice (7th edition 2006). After years of providing exceptional instruction in sociology classes, the Department of Sociology is pleased that he has now made Sociology his home.

Professor Joshua Page arriving in spring 2007

Joshua Page will receive his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006 and join our faculty in the Spring of 2007 after completing research on prison officer unions in New York. His dissertation, "The Toughest Beat: Prison Officer Unionization, Crime Victims, and the Politics of Punishment in California," supervised by Loic Wacquant, examines the factors that contributed to the remarkable success of the prison officers' unionization in California over the last three decades. Most recently, he examined the political rhetoric around federal legislation that denied Pell Grants to incarcerated individuals. This paper was published in Punishment and Society. Other research involves a life history analysis of the life and writing of Edward Bunker and a cross-national comparative study of victim's rights groups.

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