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•President's Office Selects Interns From Sociology - Spring 2011 •
President Sullivan chose the Sociology Department to initiate a new program of student internships in the President's office. Kayla Harman, Kevin Mernin, and Saara Zaman will use the skills that they have learned in sociology courses in the practical operations of a large formal organization such as the University of Virginia. Click here for more info.
•The Sociology Department is sad to announce the death of
Steven L. Nock on Sunday, January 20, 2008•
Eulogy Given by Paul W. Kingston
Read a tribute from Social Science Research editor, James D. Wright.
NOCK directed the Marriage Matters
Project which studies covenant marriages. He offered his expertise to the Family Foundation, which formed a commission to develop policy recommendations for the Commonwealth of Virginia concerning marriage and divorce. A Washington Post article discusses his
research and views on marriage, cohabitation, and divorce.
Steven Nock won the Distinguished Scholar Award posthumously at the 2008 ASA. The award is given to that scholar who has made outstanding scholarly contributions to the sociological study of the family. He was recognized yet again for his record of extraordinary productivity, his profound grasp of the institution of marriage and the family, and his selfless service to the discipline.
•"The Boomer Century 1946-2046" - PBS Special with Steven Nock•
•Memory studies •
- Josipa Roksa has been awarded the University Teaching Fellowship. The UTF Program aims to help UVA's most intellectually sound and successful junior faculty members develop into exceptionally fine teachers. Thus the selection committee—comprised of award-winning faculty—seeks to choose each year junior faculty members who show promise of becoming both eminent researchers and inspiring teachers. Go to the UTF website for more info on the program or view the UVA Today article.
- Prof. Roksa has been named the National Forum Fellow. As a Fellow, she will participate in the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education funded by the Teagle Foundation. The three-year program is designed to identify and prepare a core national group of emerging academic leaders to guide the future of the liberal arts. For more information on the Forum, click here.
- Prof. Roksa has also been
selected as one of ten "Mead Honored Faculty" for 2010/11. This program identifies and celebrates outstanding teachers. The award will allow her to develop a special program in conjunction with students. You can can find out more about the Mead Endowment and the program it supports at MeadEndowment.org
- Josipa Roksa collaborated on a new book with Richard Arum, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. Click here for more info.
•Religion, Family and Sexuality•
- Wilcox's essay, "The Evolution of Divorce," in the
inaugural issue of the new journal, National Affairs. Wilcox's essay reports
that divorce rates are dropping for the wealthy and the highly educated, but
rising steadily among the poor and the working class. How did we end up with
a class-based divorce divide? And what can be done to strengthen marriage in
America? View the essay here.
- Prof. Brad Wilcox's study on churchgoing men is featured in an articles from UVa Today. His brief can also be seen online at the Center for Marriage and Families website. Just prior to Father's Day 2008, he discussed the effect of religion on fatherhood and families in the Wall Street Journal.
- Brad Wilcox shares his views on religion and teen sexuality in a paper [view .pdf] for the Russell Sage Foundation. His argument is also discussed in an article from the Washington Post, and he was mentioned in the Nov. 2, 2007 issue of Time Magazine.
- Brad Wilcox is one of many sociologists and psychologists commenting on teenage marriage in an article from the September 4, 2008 New York Times after recent discussion in the news on the issue.
- Brad Wilcox offers his insight in a new article appearing in the Boston Globe discussing conservative thinkers and the Republican party.
- Professor Wilcox is also mentioned in another article in the New York Times, reporting on how financial problems relate to divorce rates. View article here.
- See Prof. Wilcox's other articles in the Wall Street Journal discussing religion, government and the rise of secularism in America, how marriage, divorce, and co-habitation affects children, or young and nonmorital childbearing.
- The results of a new study by Prof. Wilcox are outlined a Washington Post article. "Those to Pray Together Stay Together" - Read the results here.
- Science of Generosity Initiative - Prof. Brad Wilcox received a $150,000 grant from Notre Dame/Templeton for The Foundations of Marital Generosity Project (FMG). This money will go to fund a new survey of young married adults in the U.S. on the cultural and social sources of generosity in marriage.
- Brad Wilcox collaborated on an article in the Wall Street Journal discussing falling religious and marital fortunes of American working class. View more info here.
•Families as consumers •
- Allison Pugh discusses parents and children as consumers in relation to their economic status in an article from the Washington Post. Her research was also featured in an article from UVA's Research News . She discusses how advertising and peer relationships influence children's wants and parental reaction to consumer culture in an article from UVA Magazine.
- Prof. Pugh was awarded a United States Study Center Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, to spend the 2010-2011 year at the University of Sydney in Australia. The postdoctoral program brings to the Centre emerging academic leaders for a year of research and writing about the US. They choose 6 people from the social sciences and humanities, from an international applicant pool. For more information, click here.
- Prof. Pugh's latest book from the University of California Press, Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture, seeks to make sense of explosive spending on children in recent decades. It won the 2010 Distinguished Contribution from the Children and Youth section of the ASA, and earned an honorable mention for the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book, administered by the ASA's culture section.
- Prof. Allison Pugh, while on a fellowship at University of Sydney’s US Studies Centre, has been mentioned in an article from the Austrialian, which boasts the country's largest circulation. The article discusses her recent research on how the workplace affects family life. View article here.
- ALLISON PUGH - congratulations on winning a Bankard Research Award for 2011-12.
•Gender and Work •
- Elizabeth Gorman and Julie Kmec (Washington State University) published an article in Gender & Society (vol.21: 828-856),
"We (Have to) Try Harder: Gender and Required Work Effort in Britain and the United States."
the news story about their research in UVA Today, Surveys of British and American Employees Conclude Women Must Work Harder.
- Professor Liz Gorman has an article in the March 2009 issue of the American Journal of Sociology. Her article, Hierarchical Rank and Women’s
Organizational Mobility: Glass Ceilings
in Corporate Law Firms, is a collaboration with Julie Kmec of Washington State University. View Article Here.
•Immigration Law •
- Profs. Tom Guterbock & Milton Vickerman collaborated on a study by the Center for Survey Research which reviews the Prince William County, VA immigration policy. View full article from Washington Post or full report from CSR.
- THOMAS GUTERBOCK is leading an investigation on a controversial Prince William County law in which police may question detained suspects about their immigration status.
Guterbock made a brief appearance on CNN talking about Prince William County, VA's immigration policy.
•Private Life in Public Sphere•
Professors Krishan Kumar & Katya Makarova collaborated on an article in Sociological Theory where they discuss how the nature of private home life connects socially to the public sphere and why private experiences are increasingly showing up in the pubic domain. View their article, "The Portable Home: The Domestication of Public Space", from December 2008.
•Nations and Empires •
Professor Krishan Kumar has an article in Theory and Society Vol 39, no 2 (2010), pp. 119-143 where he discusses how nation-states and empires can be more similar than previously viewed. View the PDF article.
•Economic Sociology •
- Simone Polillo and English Professor Brad Pasanek are guest editors on a special issue of the Journal of Cultural Economy which published select papers from the Fall 2009 "Beyond Liquidity" conference on metaphors, the social dynamics, and the social history of money - a conference that drew fifteen panelists from Economics to History, from Anthropology and Sociology to English, and both from UVa and from across the United States and the Atlantic. The issue was released in January 2011.
•Notes From the Field •
•2012 Election •
- UVA PhD graduate Dr. Deborah Rexrode's Fall 2012 methods class, SOC 3120 Sociology Research Workshop, in conjunction with the Center for Survey Research, surveyed a sample of Virginians about the November 2012 election. More info here.
Faculty & GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENTING AT ANNUAL MEETINGS