Felix Elwert honored with Romnes Faculty Fellowship.
March 14, 2017
The Sociology Department is proud that two faculty members received the Romnes Faculty Fellowship this year! The award recognizes exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years. Felix studies how families, neighborhoods and social networks determine later outcomes in life. | Read more...
Jason Fletcher awarded Romnes Faculty Fellowship
March 13, 2017
Jason Fletcher, a professor in the Department of Sociology and the La Follette School of Public Affairs, was one of eleven faculty members who received this award. He teaches courses in social network analysis, biodemography and policy analysis. Congratulations Jason and Felix! | Read more...
Jane Collins Awarded WARF Professorship
March 9, 2017
Jane Collins, Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology, was one of ten UW-Madison faculty members appointed to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) named professorships. Congratulations Jane! | Read more...
Joan Fujimura wins Outstanding Women of Color Award
March 7, 2017
Joan was selected as one of six Outstanding Women of Color at UW-Madison. Joan is Professor of Sociology and an affiliate of the Holtz Center for Research on Science and Technology Studies. The women are being honored for their work toward social justice, service, research and community building. Congratulations Joan! | Read more...
Wisconsin Longitudinal Study part of UW-Madison Microbiome Research
March 5, 2017
The Wisconsin State Journal had a front page story about the future of the study of microbiomes. This area of research is predicted to be a scientific growth area with the possibility of finding answers to improve health and the environment.
Pam Herd, Director of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, reported how 78% of the participants in this study agreed to provide stool samples so that their gut miccrobiome can be studied in the microbiology lab of Professor Federico Rey. | Read more...
Eric Grodsky Contributes to Study by NAS Committee
March 3, 2017
Professor Eric Grodsky was one of 3 UW-Madison faculty members who contributed to a study for the National Academies of Sciences which evaluates evidence on undergraduate research experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). | Read more...
Grunewald Receives Distinguished Teaching Award
February 28, 2017
Ralph Grunewald, Assistant Professor for the Center for Law, Society, and Justice is one of twelve faculty members honored with the UW-Madison'w Distinguished Teaching Award. A ceremony will be held March 16 at the Fluno Center. Congratulations Ralph! | Read more...
Bo Hee Min Wins Award for Research
February 23, 2017
Graduate student Bo Hee Min was given the Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award for Outstanding Research in the Social Studies for her paper, “Snap Interactions and Programmed Panic: Risk and Vulnerability
in Hi-Tech Finance.” Congratulations Bo Hee! | Read more...
Honorable Mention Award to Jinho Kim
February 23, 2017
Graduate student Jinho Kim received an honorable mention for this year's Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award. This award recognizes doctoral students in the social studies who have demonstrated outstanding research and scholarly writing accomplishments. Congratulation Jinho! | Read more...
Graduate Students Part of Health Policy Scholars Program
December 14, 2016
Amy Jones and Josefina Flores Morales, fifth year and first year doctoral students, are part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars Program. This program provides leadership development and funding for 5 years of research support. Members are from various disciplines with the common goal of advancing health equity, health policy, and population health. Only 3 Sociology PhD students were selected to the group. Congratulations Amy and Josefina! | Read more...
"Evicted" Named to New York Times Best Books List of 2016
December 3, 2016
The book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" written by Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and University of Wisconsin-Madison Sociology Department alumnus (PhD 2010) was named as one of the best books of 2016 by the New York Times. This book was also selected for Go Big Read, the UW-Madison's common-reading program to promote campus dialogue on social justice. | Read more...
Felix Elwert Delivers Sewell Memorial Lecture
December 2, 2016
In our annual lecture to honor the memory of the 1960 Department of Sociology chair, William H. Sewell, Professor Felix Elwert spoke on how neighborhoods shape children.
His research focuses on contextual drivers of inequality including neighborhood, network and family effects. He also analyzes the demography of inequality. His work takes a theorydriven approach to casual inference. | Read more...
Joan Fujimura selected as Honored Instructor
December 2, 2016
Professor Fujimura was selected as a Fall 2016 University Housing Honored Instructor. Each semester University Housing residents have the opportunity to recognize outstanding classroom instructors. Students who are enrolled in the instructor's course nominate the candidates. A celebration to thank the instructors for their dedication and hard work was held on December 2. | Read more...
Patrick Brenzel wins University Staff Excellence Award
November 16, 2016
Congratulations to staff member Patrick Brenzel for being one of the few selected for this year's L & S University Staff Excellence Award! This award recognizes the outstanding contribution that Patrick has made to our department and the UW-Madison, and especially for the creation of the course "Forward? The Wisconsin Idea, Past and Present". This innovative course includes both a student lecture and campus public lecture. | Read more...
Sociology Alumnus Matthew Desmond Back on Campus
November 2, 2016
Matthew Desmond spoke at the Go Big Read event on Tuesday November 1. "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" tells the story of eight Milwaukee families faced with losing their homes and the plight of those living in poverty. Desmond spoke more about his research the next day with a small group of sociology graduate students and faculty. | Read more...
Office of Multicultural Arts Initiative Honors Joan Fujimura
November 1, 2016
Nominated by a student in the First Wave Scholar program at UW-Madison, Joan Fujimura was selected by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) to receive their Outstanding Faculty Award.
The First Wave program promotes artistic, academic and career development for students during their four undergraduate years. This award acknowledges the contribution of faculty to provide support to students and to create a sense of belonging within the First Wave campus community.
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Sociology Student wins Social Justice Award
September 28, 2016
Cheyenne Coot, a Senior majoring in Sociology, was honored by the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center with its Excellence in Social Justice Award. She is featured on the College of Letters and Science's "Student Spotlight" webpage. | Read more...
Data Collection by UW Survey Center Critical to Eviction Research
September 16, 2016
Asking questions is not as simple as it might seem, and Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and Sociology Department alumnus (PhD 2010), turned to the UW Survey Center for help to collect data on evictions in the city of Milwaukee. He created a survey that became part of the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, and obtained guidance on how to reach understudied groups. A recent article highlights the challenges of good data collection. The UW Survey Center is directed by Professor of Sociology Nora Cate Schaeffer. | Read more...
Sociology Alumna Making a Difference
September 15, 2016
Kat Becker, who got her MA in Sociology in 2006, was recently featured in the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association's Project 72 for Marathon County. This campaign features alumni in each of the state's 72 counties, highlighting how UW-Madison benefits society outside the classroom. Becker and her husband, Toni Schultz who is also a UW-Madison alumnus, run a highly diversified, certified organic farm that offers a community-supported agriculture program. | Read more...
18th Annual Bike Tour for Graduate Students
September 14, 2016
Professor Erik Wright and new graduate students are pictured here on their bike tour held September 11. Each year Professor Wright leads this event so incoming graduate students can explore various neighborhoods and learn about Madison's geography, history and culture.
2016 ASA Award Winners from Wisconsin
August 30, 2016
Several UW-Madison Sociology graduate students, former grads, and faculty received awards at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.
Congratulations to all! Click on the link for a complete list. | Read more...
Maynard receives Engel Research Award from AACH
June 29, 2016
The 21st George Engel Award was given by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare to Professor Doug Maynard for his outstanding research contributing to the theory, practice and teaching of effective health care communication. Congratulations Doug! | Read more...
Matthew Desmond Interview
June 23, 2016
Madison's local newspaper, Isthmus, recently featured an interview with Sociology Department alumni Matthew Desmond where he discussed his field work research and writing his critically acclaimed book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City". | Read more...
Christine Schwartz Receives Two ASA Awards for Paper
June 16, 2016
Professor Christine Schwartz and former UW-Madison doctoral student Hongyum Han are recipients of two awards from the American Sociological Association for their recent paper, "The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution." The Population Section gave it their Distinguished Paper Award and the Family Section named it their Article of the Year.
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Douglas Maynard Receives Honorary Doctorate
June 16, 2016
Helsinki University recently bestowed an honorary doctorate upon Professor Douglas Maynard. He is pictured here being given the ceremonial hat and sword: the hat represents freedom of thought and the sword represents the quest for knowledge and truth. Congratulations Doug! | Read more...
ASA Award to Nate Ela for Paper
June 13, 2016
Congratulations to Nate Ela for being co-winner of the American Sociology Association's Sociology of Law Section's distinguished graduate student paper award for 2016. The paper, “Litigation Dilemmas: Lessons from the Marcos Human Rights Class Action,” is forthcoming in Law & Social Inquiry. | Read more...
Aliza Luft wins ASA Award for Paper
June 7, 2016
Aliza Luft received the 2016 Elise Boulding Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association. Her paper is titled, "The Sounds of Silence: Explaining French Bishops’ Support for the Statut des Juifs." Good work Aliza! | Read more...
Mike Massoglia receives Romnes Faculty Fellowship
June 1, 2016
Selected by a Graduate School Committee and supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Romnes awards recognize exceptional faculty members who have earned tenure within the last six years. Massoglia is a Professor of Sociology and teaches classes on criminology, delinquency and deviance. He was one of twelve awardees for 2016. | Read more...
Desmond Praises Department of Sociology
May 27, 2016
In a recent interview with the UW-Madison Graduate School, alumnus Matthew Desmond talked about the mentoring of his career in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Research on Poverty. He also discussed his passion to apply his training to address poverty in America. | Read more...
"Evicted" Selected as Go Big Read
April 28, 2016
A book on poverty and its impact on families and communities of color, written by Sociology Department alumnus Matheww Desmond was selected for Go Big Read, UW-Madison's common-reading program. It is hoped that 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City' will allow for campus dialogue on social justice. | Read more...
Michael Halpin wins SSSP Graduate Student Paper Award
April 15, 2016
The Society for the Study of Social Problems has awarded Ph.D. candidate Michael Halpin with it’s Theory Division Student Paper Award. Michael’s paper, “Science and Sociodicy: Neuroscientific Explanations of Social Problems” provides a critical analysis of the construction of neuroscientific claims about problems. Congratulations Michael! | Read more...
UW2020 Project Winners
April 13, 2016
A research team consisting of Sociology faculty Nora Cate Schaeffer and Marcy Carlson has been awarded funding by the UW2020 project, a new initiative designed to jump-start innovative interdisciplinary projects at UW-Madison. The project titled “Wisconsin Study of Family Complexity and Public Policy” was one of just 14 proposals selected.
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Myra Ferree Receives Faculty Advising Award
April 5, 2016
Myra Ferree, Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology, has won the College of Letters & Science Faculty Advising Award for her service as a graduate advisor. She will be recognized at an awards reception to be held on May 12 at 3:30pm in the Fluno Center. Congratulations Myra! | Read more...