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Workshop Series
During fall and spring semesters, graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars present their research.

Inequality & Methods Series (PDF)
This forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to present ongoing research that is methodological in character and/or that deals with some aspect of inequality.

Life Course Center Co-Sponsored Events (PDF)
An interesting array of presentations held throughout Spring Semester co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology's Life Course Center.

Teaching Talks
Teaching Talks are scheduled throughout the year, offering opportunities to talk explicitly about teaching (and learning) in the practical and philosophical sense.


  • Liying Luo, third PhD in June!

    Liying Luo successfully defended her dissertation, "Age-Period-Cohort Analysis: Critiques and Innovations," on June 9, 2015. Her advisor is Professor Rob Warren. In Fall 2015, she begins her career as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Delaware-Newark. Congratulations, Dr. Luo! June 12th, 2015
  • Another doctor in the house!

    Wen Fan successfully defended her dissertation, "Children of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Disrupted Education, Send-Down Experiences, and Midlife Health," on June 2, 2015. Wen is advised by Professor Phyllis Moen. In July, she begins her career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College. Congratulations, Dr. Fan!

    June 4th, 2015
  • Congratulations Dr. Liao!

    Wenjie Liao successfully defended her dissertation, "Remembering the Faces of Law: Collective Memories and Legal Consciousness in Traditional China," on June 2, 2015. Wenjie is advised by Professors Elizabeth Boyle and Joachim Savelsberg. In Fall 2015, she begins her career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Congratulations, Dr. Liao!

    June 4th, 2015
  • Dr. Vania Brightman Cox successfully defends

    Vania Brightman Cox successfully defended her dissertation, "An Ethnograhic Discourse Analysis of Anti-Trafficking Activism," on May 18, 2015. Her advisors are Professors Teresa Gowan and Elizabeth Boyle.

    May 21st, 2015
  • Sarah Lageson is a Ph.D.!

    Sarah Lageson successfully defended her dissertation, "Digital Punishment in an Era of Online Crime Reporting," on May 13, 2015. Her advisor is Prof. Chris Uggen. In Fall 2015, Sarah will begin her career as an Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. Congratulations, Dr. Lageson!

    May 14th, 2015
  • Nyseth Brehm awarded Best Dissertation

    Hollie Nyseth Brehm (Ph.D. 2014) has been awarded the 2015 University of Minnesota Graduate School's "Best Dissertation Award" in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

    May 12th, 2015

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Park receiving faculty mentoring awardLisa Park receiving Faculty Mentoring Award from grad students Scott DeMuth, Stephen Suh & Sarah Lageson