Faculty Books

  • Imperiled Innocents - Essential Writings of Thorstein Veblen

  • Money and Credit - Risk Across Borders

  • Sustaining Faith Traditions in America - The Fifth Freedom

  • The Struggle for Water - Three Shots at Prevention

  • Tiny Publics - Regression Models for Categorial Dependent Variables Using Stata

  • Cultures and Socities in a Changing World - Justice in the Balkans

  • For the Sake of the Children - Foundations of Multimethod Research

  • Complex Inequality - Oppositional Consciousness

  • Handbook of Employment Discrimination Research - Theoretical and Empirical Studies of Rights

  • Remaking Modernity - Black on the Block

  • The Land of Too Much - The New Welfare Bureaucrats

  • Symbols, Selves and Social Reality


Department News

Careers with a Sociology Major

WCAS "let's get started" - First-Year Focus

What is Sociology and Why Study It?

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A big welcome to our first-year graduate student cohort!











From left to right:

Front row: Antonio Nanni, Anna Michaelson, Mallory Fallin, Niamba Baskerville, Dominique Adams-Romena, Kadek Urwasi
Back row: Omri Tubi, Mariana Oliver, Emily Handsman, Angel Escamilla Garcia, Erica Banks, Jun Fang, Lisa Buchter

Congratulations to the 2015 Winch Award Winners!

Outstanding Teaching Assistant: Megan Bonham, Jane Pryma, Zachary Sommers (Honorable Mention: Hannah Wohl, Robin Bartram, and Christopher Robertson)

Outstanding Grad Student Lecturer: Robin Bartram, Christopher Carroll (Honorable Mention: Gemma Mangione)

Outstanding Presented or Published Paper: Diana Rodriguez-Franco

Outstanding Second-Year Paper: Magda Boutros

2015 Undergraduate Award Winners

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce the winners of this year's undergraduate awards:

Senior Thesis with Distinction: Elis Acosta-Torres, Natalie Berkeley Bess, and Yujin Maeng

Best Senior Thesis: Stephanie Shapiro

William H. Exum Award: Claire Kissinger

William H. Exum Award (Honorable Mention): Emily Park

Outstanding Service to the Undergraduate Program Award: Jordan Conwell, Jess Meyer, and Svyatoslav Nakonechny

Congratulations to our award winners and to all of our 2015 graduating seniors!

Fiona Chin was interviewed on WBEZ on May 18, 2015, along with Northwestern faculty Jeffrey Winters and Ben Page.

Her segments begin at 8:10, 23:00, 29:25, 39:00.


Africa Misperceived Graduate Student conference was organized by volunteers from the Africa Seminar (AfriSem) through the Program of African Studies.

The conference organizers are PhD candidates from Anthropology, Political Science and Sociology:
Vanessa Watters (Anthropology)
Marco Bocchese (Political Science
Sasha Klyachkina (Political Science)
Priscilla Adipa (Sociology)
Kofi Asante (Sociology)
Sakhile Matlhare (Sociology) Continue

Fulbright Award (2015)

Iga Kozlowska, PhD. Candidate

Iga Kozlowska, received the Fulbright Award 2015-16 to complete her dissertation work in Poland. The title of her dissertation is "Polish Memory Entrepreneurs and the Invisible Iron Curtain."


Presidential Fellowship Award (2015)

Juliette Galonnier, PhD. Candidate

Juliette’s dissertation provides a comparative analysis of the experiences of “white” converts to Islam in France and the United States. The objective of her project is to highlight the role of religion in the social construction of race in these two countries. Juliette’s research shows that white converts to Islam often spark off reactions of astonishment, incredulity and fear because of the perceived discrepancy between the color of their skin and their religious choice. Continue ...



Alka Menon has been elected Student Representative to the Council of the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the ASA.

John Robinson
was selected as a recipient of the Horowitz Foundation Social Policy grant, and awarded the Special Trustees award for Most Outstanding project submitted this award year, for his dissertation
project: "Poverty and Portfolio: Social Finance and the Changing Politics of Neighborhood Inequality." The Horowitz Foundation provides grants to PhD students at the dissertation level. It supports policy-oriented research in the social science community, and alerts major foundations and academic institutions to the importance of social science scholarship with policy outcomes.

The Sociology PhD candidates received a Buffett Institute Dissertation Research Travel Award to support their dissertation project.

Kofi Asante: project title, “Collusion, Collaboration and Conflict: How Indigenous Gold Coast Merchants shaped Colonial State Formation, 1850-1950.

Robin Bartram: project title, “Housing Court, Building Inspections and the Social and Physical Characteristics of Building Code Violations.

Joseph Guisti: project title “Transforming Institutions in Latin America: Drug Treatment in the Age of La Guerra Del Narco.” EDGS - Buffett Grant

Marie Laperriere: project, “Intersectionality and Gender-Based Violence: Tensions, Narratives and Claims.

Kangsan Lee: project, “How success travels: Producer’s status transitivity and audiences’ taste network in international art markets, New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Seoul between 1998-2012.

Alka Menon: project, “Constructing the “Ethnic” Body: Race and Identity in Cosmetic Surgery in Multiethnic Societies.

Nevena Radoynovska: project, “Social Entrepreneurship in the Banlieues: Meanings, Ecosystems and Promise(s).

Talia Shiff: project, “A Critical History of Deportation Reliefs: Competing Notions of Membership and Illegality.


In addition, a Sociology PhD candidate received a Buffett Institute Crown Family Middle East Research Travel Award

Magda Boutros: project, “Exploratory dissertation research: Collective mobilization and legality in Egypt.



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Based on Student Assessment

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Awards, Prizes, Fellowships . . .

Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

Monica Prasad (Northwestern University) for The Land of Too Much: American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty and Robert Sampson (Harvard University) for Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect

This annual award is given for a single book or monograph published in the three preceding calendar years.

- See more at: http://www.asanet.org/footnotes/feb14/asa_awards_0214.html#sthash.qGSsw0dV.dpuf

Gemma Mangione was awarded an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for her dissertation project, "Making Sense of Things: Access and Interpretation in Museum Gardens and Galleries." The fellowship is designed to support graduate student scholars in various fields of study as they complete their dissertations. Awards are granted on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience, mentoring of women, and commitment to women's issues in a scholar's profession and the broader community.

Steven Epstein:
  Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Fellowship. 

Carol Heimer:  Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Leslie McCall:  Fellow, Advanced Research Collaborative at the City University of New York.  

Monica Prasad:  Guggenheim Fellowship; Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.

Michael Rodríguez:  University of Chicago Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholarship.

The Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award Committee has come to a decision and is delighted to select the following paper as the winner of the graduate student paper award, "Shining Stars, Blind Sides, and 'Real' Realities: Exit Rituals, Eulogy Work, and Allegories in Reality Television," by Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott, Clare Forstie and Savina Balasubramanian (all graduate students at Northwestern University). The paper recently appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. The award will be presented this summer at the Emotions Section Business Meeting in Chicago. Please join me in congratulating our winners!

Atinuke (Tinu) Awoyomi
received an honorable mention from the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program (2015). Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels and awarded in a national competition. In the judgment of the review panels,candidates have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Brittany Friedman
has received a Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities from the American Society of Criminology to conduct research in the area of correctional systems, criminal organizations, and political ideology. The fellowship is designed to encourage doctoral students of color to enter into the field of criminology and criminal justice. Brittany will accept the award in November at the annual ASC meeting in San Francisco, California. (2014)

Carol Heimer has received the Star-Nelkin Award from the Science, Knowledge and Technology (SKAT) section of American Sociological Association for her paper on "Inert Facts and the Illusion of Knowledge: Strategic Uses of Ignorance in HIV Clinics" (Economy and Society 41(1):17-41, published in February 2012) (2014)

Hannah Wohl has been awarded this year's Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award for "Modeling Judgement: Interacting Appropriately in an Erotic Arts Club." Drawing on interviews and two years of participant observation in a "sensual" figure drawing class, this paper examines the general phenomenon of how individuals act appropriately in face-to-face interactions when social rules never fully circumscribe the situation. (2014)

Alka Menon has been awarded a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Alka will participate in the dissertation development group on the topic of “Making the Biotech Body: Technologies, Knowledge, and Global Markets.” The fellowship includes funds for her to conduct preliminary research this summer to develop her prospectus. (2014)

Jordan Conwell received an honorable mention from the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program (2014). Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels and awarded in a national competition. In the judgment of the review panels,candidates have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Latest Faculty Books

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Wendy Griswold
Cultures and Societies
In A Changing World -
4th Edition
Sage Publications, 2012

Gary Fine
Symbols, Selves,
and Social Reality.

Oxford University
Press, Fourth Edition,

Monica Prasad
The Land of Too Much:
American Abundance and
the Paradox of Poverty

Harvard University
Press, 2012


Leslie McCall
The Undeserving Rich
American Beliefs about
Inequality, Opportunity
and Redistribution

Cambridge University
Press, 2013


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Political Science/Sociology joint Assistant Professor of Instruction Search

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S Departments of Political Science and Sociology invite applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Instruction, beginning September 1, 2016. Further details about the position are available online at http://www.sociology.northwestern.edu/news/news.html. 



Our faculty advisers can help you select Sociology courses, even if Sociology isn't your major or minor.

Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching provides a variety of programs and workshops for graduate students and faculty interested in developing their teaching practices. In addition, the Searle Center offers a variety of programs for graduate students seeking to develop their skills as Teaching Assistant (TA) and instructor , such as, a yearly conference for new TA's, a teaching certificate program and fellowship opportunities.



October 8, 2015: Sociology Colloquium - Professor Tamara Kay, The University of New Mexico. 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  More information.

October 15, 2015: Sociology Colloquium - Professor Kelly Moore, Loyola University. 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  More information.

October 22, 2015: Sociology Colloquium - Professor Laura Nelson, Northwestern University. 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  More information.

October 27, 2015: HDSP Colloquium - Professor Linn Posey-Maddox - University of Wisconsin-Madison . 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM  More information.

October 29, 2015: Sociology Colloquium - Professor Candace Jones, Boston College. 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  More information.


September 24, 2015