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News & Events

Event Series

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.

News

  • Percentage of Students Held Back Falls by Half

    Rob Warren's recently published findings, Patterns and Trends in Grade Retention Rates in the United States, 1995-2010, were the focus of an article by the Huffington Post on the decline in student retention rates.

    December 11th, 2014
  • Outdated Idea of Nine-To-Five

    In a recent Atlantic article, Phyllis Moen was interviewed regarding how the sharing economy is altering when and how people earn money.

    December 1st, 2014
  • Caren Arbeit successfully defends!

    Caren Arbeit successfully defended her dissertation, "The Context of Parental Job Loss on Children's Educational Attainment," on November 14, 2014. Her advisor is Professor Rob Warren. Dr. Arbeit is a Research Analyst at the Education and Workforce Development Division, RTI International in San Francisco. Congratulations, Dr. Arbeit!

    November 26th, 2014
  • Racist Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement

    In a recent NY Times op-ed, Chris Uggen's (with alumni Angie Behrens & colleague Jeff Manza) AJS article, "Ballot Manipulation and the 'Menace of Negro Domination': Racial Threat and Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States, 1850-2002" was used to provide historical context to the laws that permanently denied people convicted of crimes the right to vote.

    November 25th, 2014
  • Child Care Tax Benefits Unchanged Since 1986

    In a recent New York Times article, Erin Kelly was interviewed and her article on child care policy, The Strange History of Employer-Sponsored Child Care, referenced. Dependent Care Accounts legislated in 1986 were not indexed for inflation unlike other such accounts. The $5,000 limit would now be $10,859.08.

    November 13th, 2014
  • Congratulations, Dr. June Msechu!

    June Msechu successfully defended her dissertation, Intergenerational Relationships and Eldercare in Rural Tanzania: A Life Course Perspective on the Implications of Social Change on Families on November 3, 2014. Dr. Msechu is advised by professors Ron Aminzade and Cawo Abdi. She will return to her position in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Best wishes Dr. Msechu.

    November 4th, 2014

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