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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Year 2013

Sociology Department

Gustavo MorelloSociology Professor Gustavo Morello, an Argentinian and a Jesuit priest, was interviewed by NECN about his reaction to the election of Frances I, the first Jesuit pope and the first to be elected from the Americas.

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Amanda FreemanSociology graduate student Amanda Freeman is writing three articles on women and poverty in the U.S. for the Newsweek Women in the World website (See The Face of American Poverty Today and Life on the Brink).

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Philip McHarrisSociology undergraduate major Philip McHarris won BC’s 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (see Chronicle and Heights articles). Sociology majors Patrick Williamson and Steven Jefferson were also finalists for the award.

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Faculty Announcements

Sharlene Hesse-BiberThe ASA gave a free research Webinar featuring Sociology Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber on June 11. The webinar, which is still available for viewing, focuses on alternative tools for qualitative data analysis.
Temperature-dependent GlobeBrian Gareau’s analysis of the challenges facing global environmental governance appears on e-International Relations.
Lisa DodsonLisa Dodson has been invited to the Massachusetts State House to present her coauthored new study, which shows that teens whose parents have low-income jobs are at greater risk for obesity, dropping out of school and prolonged poverty.
Paul SchervishPaul Schervish, director for the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, discussed how the budget deal affected rates of giving after the fiscal cliff on WGBH Boston Public Radio.

David KarpDavid Karp received the 2012 George Herbert Mead Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI). The award was given at the Annual Meetings of the Society in Denver at their annual awards banquet on  August 18.

Bill GamsonBill Gamson received the 2012 ASA W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, honoring scholars who have shown outstanding commitment to sociology and whose cumulative work has contributed in important ways to the advancement of the discipline.

Kimberly HoangNew sociology faculty member Kimberly Hoang received the American Sociological Association’s “best dissertation” award for her doctoral dissertation on sex work in Vietnam. Kimberly will join the department in academic year 2013.

Paul SchervishPaul Schervish has been selected to receive the 2013 Distinguished Career Award presented by the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association.

Grad Announcements
Sarah WoodsideSociology PhD student Sarah Woodside received a Program on Negotiation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2013-14.
Cristina LucierThe Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has selected sociology grad student Cristina Lucier as the recipient of this year's Engelhard Pingree Research Award.
Autumn GreenSociology Ph.D. student Autumn Green has recently won two fellowships: an American Association of University Women’s American (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship, and the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship. Autumn's dissertation project is tentatively called Surviving and Striving: Supporting low-income mothers in the pursuit of higher education.
Emily BarkoDavid HarkerEmily Barko and David Harker are this year’s winners of the Donald White Teaching Award.
Selen YanmazLara BirkSelen Yanmaz and Lara Birk are this year’s winners of the Bruyn Award.
Shelley WhitePh.D. alumna Shelley White received the Professor of the Year Award at Simmons College. The award, nominated and selected by the senior class, is presented each year to a faculty member who is outstanding in teaching, advising and providing support and guidance to students.

Undergrad Announcements

Sophia TrinhSociology and biology major Sophia Trinh has won a Gilman scholarship, which helps out with study abroad expenses. She will be studying at the University of Glasgow.
Rayana GraceSociology undergrad student Rayana Grace received the Donald Brown Award, awarded by the Office of AHANA Student Programs.
Megan CannavinaSociology major Megan Cannavina won the Junior Year Award, given to "the junior who embraced the changes embedded in the junior year experience” and who was instrumental in creating community.
Steven JeffersonSociology major Steven Jefferson has been selected as 1 of 8 juniors selected out of a pool of over 400 applicants from across the country to the Graduate Prep Academy of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.

Margaret (Maggie) O’Neill received the John D. Donovan Paper Award for her paper, “When Baklava Meets Bratwurst: Exploring the Historical, Cultural, and Structural Obstacles of Turkish Integration in Contemporary Germany.” Her adviser was Paul Gray.

Megan Wagner won the William Gamson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociology.

Genevieve DiSpirito (“On Subjectivity and Embodiment: Women vs Psychoanalysis”) and Franca Luna Godenzi (“The Dual-Career Family of the 21st Century”) shared the Lynda Lytle Holmstrom Paper Award.

The David Karp Senior Thesis Award was won by Alexandra Haggerty in recognition of her thesis, “Identity and Environmentalism: Attitudes and Behaviors Among Socially Involved Students.” Her advisor was Brian Gareau.


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