It is a great pleasure to write to you as interim chair of Sociology, as I fill in for Sarah Babb, who is on sabbatical this semester. This was another exciting and productive year for the Sociology Department! I hope you enjoy a look at some of the highlights:
- Brian Gareau and Shawn McGuffey both taught popular Complex Problems Core Pilot Courses. Sara Moorman and Juliet Schor will be adding two more sociology offerings next year.
- Gustavo Morello won a $511,000 grant to study religion in urban Latin America and published The Catholic Church and Argentina's Dirty War (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Eve Spangler published Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict (Sense Publishers, 2015).
- Sara Moorman was named a fellow of the Gerontological Society.
- PhD candidate Jeff Stokes '08, MA'09, won a best MA thesis prize from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools for his work on how parental deaths affect marriages, and Alexandra Moscovitz '15, a former Undergraduate Research Fellow, won a Fulbright.
In other news, this year we welcomed two new members to the department, Andrew Jorgenson and Wen Fan. Andrew works on global inequality, greenhouse gas emissions, and the relationship between well-being and resource use. Wen, a sociologist of health, uses "natural experiments" to see how major social changes affect health outcomes. In December, we hired Julia Chuang, who will join us this fall.
If you want to help us do more of the wonderful work being done by Sociology students and faculty, you can participate here.
Please be in touch, and let us know what you are doing.
Chair, Sociology Department