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Congratulations to Aldon Morris, the 2018 recipient of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior, presented by the Center for the Study of Social Movements at Notre Dame. The award is given to “a person who has made major contributions not only through her or his own research, but also through teaching and mentoring other, more junior, scholars as they have developed their own research and scholarly identities.” Aldon will be receiving the award, and delivering a public address, at the ninth annual Young Scholars in Social Movements Mini-Conference at Notre Dame on April 13-14, 2018.

Christine Percheski’s research has been featured for making a compelling case for paid family leave.

Professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes has been appointed as Associate Vice President for Research at Northwestern. Celeste will be working in the Office for Research while continuing her faculty appointments in Sociology and African American Studies.

Northwestern sociologists are well represented in the pages of the September 2017 issue of the American Journal of Sociology. Congratulations to both Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz and Craig Rawlings on their articles, as well as Wendy Espeland on the review of her recent book.

Breaking News: Cultural sociology at Northwestern in the spotlight

Northwestern sociologists claim awards at the American Sociological Association meeting

Our department members left the annual meeting of the ASA (held in Montreal in August 2017) with ample recognition of their accomplishments:

Robert Braun won prizes for his work from three sections of the ASA: Religion, Comparative-Historical Sociology, and Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity.

Alka Menon (Ph.D. candidate) received the Graduate Student Paper Award from the Body and Embodiment Section.

Kellie Owens (Ph.D. 2017) received the Graduate Student Paper Award from the Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section

Hannah Wohl (Ph.D 2017) received the Student Paper Award from the Consumers and Consumption Section.

In addition, two recent Northwestern Ph.D.’s, Robert Vargas and Nicole Van Cleve, were presented with book awards for work based on their dissertations, and Nicole along with Armando Lara-Millán, another recent Ph.D., won an article award.

Congratulations to our colleagues!

Research spotlight: Lincoln Quillian’s study of hiring bias against African-Americans featured

Meta-analysis of field experiments shows no change in racial discrimination in hiring over time

Congratulations to Carla Shedd (pictured above), who has won the 2016 C Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems for her book Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice, Russell Sage Foundation.

Postdoctoral Project in Paris

Juliette Galonnier has received a 2-year postdoctoral position in Paris in the collective project "Global Race," led by French scholars of race, ethnicity and discrimination Patrick Simon and Daniel Sabbagh.

Hacker-Mullins Award

Kellie Owens will be this year's recipient of the Hacker-Mullins Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association's section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. The article being recognized, “Too Much of a Good Thing? American Childbirth, Intentional Ignorance, and the Boundaries of Responsible Knowledge,” has recently been published in Science, Technology, & Human Values.

Nicholas C. Mullins Award

Kellie Owens will be this year’s recipient of the Nicholas C. Mullins Award, the graduate student paper award from the Society for Social Studies of Science. The article being recognized, “Too Much of a Good Thing? American Childbirth, Intentional Ignorance, and the Boundaries of Responsible Knowledge,” has recently been published in Science, Technology, & Human Values.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Columbia University

Congratulations to Hannah Wohl for accepting a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University!

2017- 2018 External Fellowship/Grants

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Talia Shiff has been awarded the

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

The Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, Division of Social and Economic Sciences

Phi Beta Kappa

Alison Pelczar (Sociology and Statistics), Rita Hirami (Linguistics and Sociology), and Arielle Zimmerman (Sociology) were among the graduating seniors who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. Paul Salamanca (Sociology and MMSS) was elected as a junior. Congratulations to these outstanding undergraduate students!

Graduate Student Paper Award

Congratulations to Alka Menon who will be receiving the Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA’s Body and Embodiment Section for her article, “Reconstructing Race and Gender in American Cosmetic Surgery.” She will be presented with the award at the ASA meeting in Montreal this summer.

Weinberg Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

We are pleased to announce that Zach Sommers is the recipient of the 2017 Weinberg Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Congratulations, Zach!

National Academy of Sciences

The Department of Sociology would like to congratulate John Hagan on his election to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that a scholar in any field can receive.

SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development

We are pleased to announce that Morgan Clark ("'Skanks Need to Pay with Their Lives': Sexual Harassment in Online Communities") and William Richardson ("The Urban Settler Colonial Present: Racial Residential Segregation and White Settlers' Relationship to Land") have been selected as participants for this years' Social Science Research Council program on dissertation proposal development for their projects.  

Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania

Congratulations to Kellie Owens on accepting a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

2017 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship 

Congratulations to Northwestern graduate student Kenneth Pass, who was recently named a winner of the 2017 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. The goal of Kenneth's research is to use mixed methodological approaches to investigate how infectious disease laws are undergirded by sociopolitical and scientific constructions of race, sexuality, disease, and criminality. Furthermore, he wants to study the relationship between the expansion of the prison industrial complex and rise of infectious disease laws in the United States.

2017-18 National Humanities Center Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Wendy Griswold has been named a National Humanities Center Fellow for 2017-18.

2017 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Department of Sociology would like to congratulate Stefan Vogler on winning the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2017-18 for his dissertation, Ruling Sexuality: Law, Expertise, and the Making of Sexual Knowledge.

2017 Presidential Fellowship

The Department of Sociology would like to congratulate Anya Degenshein on winning a Northwestern Presidential Fellowship starting next academic year.

2017 ACJS Book Award

Northwestern Sociology Alumnus Robert Vargas, PhD., has received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Book Award for his book Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio.

Graduate Student Featured in an Article

Northwestern Sociology PhD Candidate, William Richardson, has been featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education called "When a Grad Student Called on Black Academics to Vent, Hundreds Answered."

2016 CASTAC Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Kellie Owens has been awarded the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing at the American Anthropological Association's Graduate Student Paper Prize for her paper "Too Much of a Good Thing?: American Childbirth, Intentional Ignorance, and the Boundaries of Responsible Knowledge."

2016 AHS Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Aldon Morris's book, The Scholar Denied, has been selected as co-winner for the Association for Humanist Sociology 2016 Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award!

Open Position: Associate or Full Professor in Applied Quantitative Sociology


Open Position: Assistant Professor in Applied Quantitative Sociology


2016 Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that David Peterson has been awarded the 2016 Hacker-Mullins Student Paper Award by the Science, Knowledge and Technology Section of the ASA for "All That is Solid: Bench-Building at the Frontiers of Two Experimental Sciences." American Sociological Review 80(6): 1201-25 (2015)

2016 Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Fellowship

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Stefan Vogler has been awarded a 2016 Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Fellowship by the Sociology of Sexualities Section of the ASA for his dissertation on “Legal Bureaucracies and the Production of Sexual Knowledge.”

2016 ASA Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Assistant Sociology Professor Michael Rodriguez-Muñiz, who has received the 2016 ASA Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "Temporal Politics of the Future: National Latino Civil Rights Advocacy, Demographic Statistics, and the 'Browning' of America"!

2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow

The Department of Sociology would like to congratulate Anthony Johnson on winning a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow.

2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow

The Department of Sociology would like to congratulate Jordan Conwell on winning a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow.

Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Bruce Carruthers has been named the Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Atinuke (Tinu) Adediran has been awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.  The Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded to individuals who, in the judgment of the reviewers, 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.

Presidential Fellowship

The Department of Sociology would like to congratulate Robin Bartram on winning a Northwestern Presidential Fellowship starting next academic year.

Charlotte W. Newcombe & Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Jaimie Morse has been awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship along with a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies for 2016-17.

Graduate Student Publications

Two of our graduate students had articles published recently. Hannah Wohl had the lead article in Sociological Theory, "Community Sense: The Cohesive Power of Aesthetic Judgment." Diana Rodriguez-Franco had an article in the American Sociological Review, "Internal Wars, Taxation, and State Building."

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Margarita Rayzberg and Alka Menon have both received Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants from the Science, Technology, and Society program of the NSF.

"Investigating Conversions to Islam: Which Approaches in the Social Sciences?" Conference

Northwestern graduate student Juliette Galonnier co-organized a major international conference entitled "Investigating Conversions to Islam: Which Approaches in Social Sciences?" held on February 15th and 16th, 2016 at Sciences Po, in Paris, France. The bilingual (French and English) conference welcomed researchers and PhD students from a wide range of Western countries: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia. 

Aldon Morris Receives 2016 Prose Award for The Scholar Denied

Washington, DC; Feb. 4, 2016 – Winners of the PROSE Awards (#PROSEAwards) were announced during the annual Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Conference in Washington, DC. Winning the highest honor, the R.R. Hawkins Award which includes a $10,000 prize for the author, was the University of California Press for The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology by Aldon D. Morris.

The Scholar Denied is a groundbreaking volume that re-writes our understanding of the founding and organization of one of America’s most important disciplines in the social sciences,” said Ilene Kalish, Executive Editor, Social Sciences, New York University Press, and Sociology & Social Work judge for the 2016 PROSE Awards.  “Through meticulous and compelling research, Aldon Morris shows how race and racism worked to deny the accolades of scholarship to a sociologist who managed to produce field-defining research that, even a hundred years later, has much to tell us about race, class and opportunity.”

Chosen from the year’s Award for Excellence selection of winners, the top R.R. Hawkins prize recognizes outstanding scholarly works in all disciplines of the arts and sciences. The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology won the Award for Excellence in Social Sciences.

Alumni Funds for Second Year Paper Research

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce the recipients of our newly established Alumni Funds for Second-Year Paper Research. This award was officially established in 2015 by the Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies and is directly funded by continuous and new contributions from our alumni. See our Alumni page for our award recipients’ descriptions of their research.

San Bernardino Commentary

Northwestern Sociology Ph.D Faiza Mushtaq, who studied Pakistan's Al Huda seminaries for her doctoral dissertation, was quoted in a December 8, 2015 Los Angeles Times article regarding the religious background of Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino shooters. She was also quoted in the New York Times (December 7) and appears at 1:37 in a CNN interview (December 8). 

Professor John Hagan Wins Beccaria Medal

Prof. John Hagan received the Beccaria Medal in Gold from the German Criminological Society on September 24, 2015.

Professor Aldon Morris in the News

Prof. Aldon Morris and his new book The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology" were featured on September 16, 2015 in the Chicago Tribune.

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. Duties include teaching six quarter-long courses per academic year divided evenly between Political Science and Sociology. The successful candidate will be a key participant in the cross-disciplinary training in quatitative methodology and statistics for social scientists at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Minimum qualifications include Ph.D. in Political Science or Sociology, which must be conferred by September 1, 2016. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience working with diverse student communities.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, teaching portfolio (course syllabi and evaluations), and three letters of recommendation (one or more of which should address teaching). Review of application materials will begin on November 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit all materials through the interface accessible at https://facultysearch.weinberg.northwestern.edu/apply/index/MTcw. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

ASA 2015 in Chicago

The 2015 American Sociological Association conference will take place August 22-25 here in Chicago.

Politics of Income Inequality

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.