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Thomas Meyer Publishes Security Studies Article and Serving Those Who Served
May 21, 2013 Congratulations to Sociology graduate Thomas Meyer on two new publications! While a Sociology undergrad, Thomas was awarded the Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship to support his work, and on graduation in 2011 he headed to Cambridge for a year as a Fox International Fellow. His article on role-switching in the military and violence in state-building projects, "Flipping the Switch: Combat, State Building, and Junior Officers in Iraq and Afghanistan", is now available in the journal Security Studies. He also authored a new guidebook on charitable giving for those who hope to make a difference for veterans and their families, Serving Those Who Served: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Assisting Veterans and Military Families. Thomas is currently at The Philanthropy Roundtable as manager of the veterans program, where he continues his work on military and veterans’ issues.
Rob Robinson Co-Winner of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards
May 5, 2013 Nancy Davis and Rob Robinson’s (Yale Soc Ph.D) book, Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare in Egypt, Israel, Italy, and the United States (Indiana University Press, 2012), is the co-winner of the gold medal in the Religion category of the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The “IPPY” awards recognize books published by university and independent presses. The book also received the 2013 Scholarly Achievement Award of the North Central Sociological Association.
Andrew Udelsman (Yale '10) will be an NYU-Abu Dhabi Global Academic Fellow
March 11, 2013 In the coming academic year, Andrew Udelsman (Yale '10) will be an NYU-Abu Dhabi Global Academic Fellow. He departs for Abu Dhabi in August 2013. Best of luck, Andrew!
“The Twittersphere's Pick for Best Picture” Elizabeth Butler Breese for the Huffington Post
February 22, 2013 Elizabeth Butler Breese, (Yale Sociology PhD, 2012), has written for the Huffington Post blog, a piece on the 2012 Oscar nominees for Best Picture, as analyzed from the volume of discussion on Twitter. To read the complete article, click here >>.
Roy S. Bryce-Laporte, Yale Sociologist Who Led Black Studies, Dies at 78
August 10, 2012 Roy S. Bryce-Laporte, a sociologist who led one of the nation’s first African-American studies departments here at Yale in 1969, died on July 31 in Sykesville, Md. He was 78. Sidney Mintz, chairman of the committee that created the curriculum, called Professor Bryce-Laporte “the first manager of the futures” of the outstanding black students drawn to Yale. Read more>>
Anthony Spires Receives Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award
June 8, 2012 Anthony Spires has won the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award from the Political Sociology Section of the ASA, for his article, “Contingent Symbiosis and Civil Society in an Authoritarian State: Understanding the Survival of China's Grassroots NGOs”, in the American Journal of Sociology. This award is offered annually for the outstanding recent article in political sociology. Link to article >>
Inaugural "21st Century Dissertation Prize" to Malik Martin, Ph.D. '08
April 30, 2012 Yale Sociology has created a new award, The 21st Century Dissertation Prize, given from time to time, at the discretion of the department, to a distinguished sociology dissertation that contributes to public policy or the public interest. The inaugural winner is Malik Martin (Ph.D. 2008), for his thesis "The Conqueror's Prize: Revenue, Information, and Conflict in British Bengal, 1765-1819." Congratulations, Malik!
Bartmanski Wins ISA R16 Junior Theorist Prize
March 9, 2012 Dominik Bartmanski (PhD '11) has been awarded the Junior Theorist Prize of the International Sociological Association (R16: Sociological Theory) for his article "How to become an iconic social thinker: The intellectual pursuits of Malinowski and Foucault" in the European Journal of Social Theory. He will receive the prize at the 2012 ISA meeting in Trento, Italy. Congratulations, Dominik!
Isaac Reed Publishes Interpretation and Social Knowledge
October 2, 2011 Isaac Ariail Reed, Yale Ph.D. 2007, has just published Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences with The University of Chicago Press. Isaac is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Jeff Swanson Is Joint Recipient of the 2011 Carl Taube Award
August 27th, 2011 Jeffrey Swanson, (Yale Sociology PhD, 1985), and Marvin Swartz, MD, have been selected as joint recipients of the 2011 Carl Taube Award, an honor given by the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The prestigious award is presented to scholars who have made significant career contributions in the field of mental health research and treatment. On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Dr. Swanson and Dr. Swartz will receive the award at the annual APHA meeting in Washington, DC, and will present their research to attendees. Dr. Swanson is a medical sociologist and Professor in the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry at Duke University. Read more >>
Dorceta E. Taylor Wins the 2010 Allan Schnaiberg Award
April 27th, 2011 Dorceta E. Taylor (Yale PhD ’91) is the winner of the 2010 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award from the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association for her book Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s-1900s: Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change (Duke University Press 2009). This award is given in alternate years for publications of special noteworthiness in the field of environmental sociology. Dorceta is currently Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, where she has developed and directed minority environmental leadership programs since 2002.
“Strip Vision of the End,” performed by John Hall and Philip Schuyler
April 21st, 2011 Sociology undergraduate major John R. Hall (Saybrook, ‘68) and African Studies major Philip D. Schuyler (Saybrook, ‘68) have posted on YouTube the much-awaited video of the performance drawn from their digital and textual collaborative composition, “Strip Vision of the End.” The performance took place at the University of Westminster conference, “The Apocalypse and its Discontents,” held in December 2010. Hall, a professor of sociology at the University of California – Davis, and Schuyler, a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle, hold to the view that new times require new prophecy, and although they are both committed scholars, in this video, they seek to move outside the boundaries of conventional scholarship to explore other bases for arriving at knowledge.
In Memoriam: Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen, July 20, 1938-April 17, 2011
April 20, 2011 Andrew A. Sorensen '62 B.D., '71 Sociology Ph.D., and a member of the Yale Divinity School Board of Advisors, died suddenly on Sunday, April 17, 2011. He was senior vice president for development at The Ohio State University, president of The Ohio State University Foundation, and special assistant to the president for advancement.
Yale Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge, in a message on Monday to the YDS community, said, “We are sorry to report that a beloved member of our Board of Advisors, Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen (BD ’62), passed away very suddenly yesterday. His contributions to the School included the establishment of the Margaret Lindquist Sorensen Lectureship....We will remember him for his thoughtful advice and support during his time of service on the Board. Please remember Andy, his wife Donna and their family in your prayers.”
E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University, called Sorensen “one of the country's most distinguished leaders in higher education.” He said Sorensen “brought enormous energy, wisdom, and wit to his work, and his passion for public higher education made him an uncommonly effective advocate for the University.”
Prior to arriving at Ohio State, Andy was president of the University of South Carolina, president of the University of Alabama, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Florida, executive director of the AIDS Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. At South Carolina, he was also Distinguished Professor of the University and Distinguished President Emeritus, University of South Carolina; Professor of Medicine in its School of Medicine; and President of the Institute for the Advancement of Health Care, University of South Carolina/Greenville Hospital System Academic Health System.
Andy earned a bachelor's degree in ethics, and master's and doctoral degrees in medical sociology from Yale University, a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan. He received honorary doctoral degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Queensland (Australia), and the University of South Carolina.
Andy Sorensen was the author or editor of eight books, and more than 100 journal articles, with his primary research interests in health policy, the education of health professionals, and the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Bernice Pescosolido will receive the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal
January 7th, 2011 Bernice Pescosolido (Yale PhD '82) will receive the highest award of the Yale Graduate School, the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, on October 4, 2011. The medal is given annually by the Graduate School Alumni Association to a small number of distinguished alumni. It recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship, teaching, academic administration and public service, areas in which the legendary Dean Cross excelled. Bernice Pescosolido is currently Distinguished and Chancellor's Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. The entire department congratulates Bernice on this prestigious award, and we all look forward to the ceremony and to Bernice's visit this October. More news to follow!