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Department of Sociology Newsletter

Issue 1: September, 2018

Welcome Back!

Dear Colleagues,
I’m delighted to welcome you back to our Fall 2018 semester.  I hope you all had a productive and restful summer. I enjoyed seeing many of you at the ASA meetings in Philadelphia.
As my first initiative as chair, I’d like to establish a department newsletter; welcome to the inaugural issue!  I hope that this newsletter will keep us all abreast of our many fine accomplishments, both within the academy and beyond, and informed of upcoming events and alumni activities.  I am extremely happy and proud to share this first issue with you, with SAS, and with the wider community. Please take a minute to read through the impressive list of achievements and congratulate one another. 
This fall semester will be a busy and exciting time for Rutgers Sociology.  We are thrilled to welcome two new faculty members, Lei Lei and Quan Mai, to our department.  Be sure to stop by their offices on the ground floor and say hello.  Brittany Friedman will soon join us in January 2019, and we look forward to her arrival.  We will have an active semester as we continue our hiring efforts with two searches:  a junior search in social movements and a senior search in sociology of health and illness.  I anticipate some dynamic job talks over the fall semester and an exciting colloquium series in the spring, organized by Ali Chaudhary, Chip Clarke, Laurie Krivo and Quan Mai.  Stay tuned. 
Please don’t miss the welcome luncheon on September 5 and the Sociology Department retreat on September 7.  I hope to see many of you at our Happy Hour to be held at Clydz in New Brunswick on September 26.  As we used to do in the past, our annual log cabin event will take place in early May to mark the end of a great year and kick off summer.
My door is always open to you all.  Please stop by with any concern or thought, or even better, just to shoot the breeze.  I look forward to a productive year ahead and wish you all the best for a good fall semester. 
Julie Phillips
Department Chair

A Warm Welcome to our New Faculty
Lei Lei, whose research and teaching interests include health, family, demography, and urban sociology, joins our faculty after completing a post-doc at the University of Maryland. Her current research focuses on how male out-migration influences the health and nutrition of left-behind wives and children in India. Lei will be teaching undergraduate courses in global health and statistics this year. 
Quan Mai joins our faculty after recently completing his PhD in Sociology at Vanderbilt University.  His research and teaching interests include work & occupations, social stratification, social movements, research methods, and environmental sociology. His current projects explore various consequences of nonstandard employment for workers’ labor market outcomes and socioeconomic well-being. Quan will be teaching undergraduate courses in social problems and a graduate course in statistics this year. 

Paul McLean Promoted to Full Professor
Be sure to congratulate Paul McLean on his promotion to Full Professor in June 2018.  Paul will be on a well-earned sabbatical this year after completing a three-year term as chair.  While chair, Paul began our rebuilding efforts and oversaw the hiring of three fantastic new faculty. We wish him all the best during his year away.

Graduate Student Awards
Congratulations to Brooklynn Hitchens!
  • The recipient of the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, American Society of Criminology (ASC).
  • Her article, “Girl Fights and the Online Media Construction of Black Female Violence and Sexuality.”, won the Matilda White Riley Published Article Award, Rutgers University and first place in the 2018 Graduate Student Paper Award, Association of Black Sociologists (ABS).

Congratulations to Steph Pena-Alves on winning the 2018 Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award from the SSSI for her paper entitled “Say it with Doors: Object-Mediated Communication in Everyday Life.”!
Faculty Awards
Hana Shepherd won a $150,000 grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her project, “Understanding Local Labor Law Enforcement: A Comparative Organizational Study of City Labor Standards Enforcement Agencies.” She’ll be the Co-PI on the project with Janice Fine from the School of Management and Labor Relations.
Laurie Krivo was named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. Laurie will be presented with this honor at the American Society of Criminology meeting in November in Atlanta.

Four New Faculty Books Just Published

Norah MacKendrick's new book, Better Safe than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxins, was published by University of California Press in May 2018.  You can hear Norah talk about this research on NPR Wisconsin and New Book Project.

Arlene Stein's new book, Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity, was published by Pantheon in June  2018. It was reviewed in the New York Times, Harper’s and other venues. 

Allan V. Horwitz's new book, PTSD: A Short History, was published earlier this year by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Eviatar Zerubavel's new book, Taken for Granted: The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable, was published earlier this year by Princeton University Press.
Recent and Forthcoming Article Publications
Chaudhary, Ali R. (2018), Voting here and there: political integration and transnational political engagement among immigrants in Europe. Global Networks, 18: 437-460.
(A pre-publication version of this paper won the 2016 Rinus Pennix Best Conference Paper Award for IMISCOE).

Chaudhary, Ali. R. 2018. “Downwardly Global: Women, Work, and Citizenship in the Pakistani Diaspora” By Ameeriar, Lalaie.  Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. 47(4):429-431.

Crawley, Kayla; Hirschfield, Paul. (2018).  "Examining the School-to-Prison Pipeline Metaphor." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Henry Pontel (Ed)  [June 2018]

Daghagheleh, Aghil. "Ambivalent Voting Behavior: Ideology, Efficacy, and the Socioeconomic Dynamic of Voter Turnout in Iran, 1997–2005." 2018. Published online in Sociological Forum.

Friedman, Brittany with Mary Pattillo. "Statutory Inequality: The Logics of Monetary Sanctions in State Law".  Forthcoming in 2019 in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences special edition on Criminal Justice Contact and Inequality. 

Hirschfield, Paul. “Trends in School Social Control in the U.S.: Explaining Patterns of Decriminalization”  The Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance and Social Control Deakin, Jo, Taylor, Emmeline, Kupchik, Aaron (Eds.)  [June 2018]

Forthcoming. Hitchens, Brooklynn K. 2018. “Girl Fights and the Online Media Construction of Black Female Violence and Sexuality.” Feminist Criminology. DOI: 10.1177/1557085117723705.

Lauren Krivo with Ruth D. Peterson and Katheryn Russell-Brown, special issue editors. 2018. “Color Matters: Race, Crime, and Justice in Uncertain Times.” Du Bois Review, Volume 15 (1). 

Lauren Krivo with Ruth D. Peterson and Katheryn Russell-Brown. 2018. “Color Matters: Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice in Uncertain Times—Editorial Introduction.” Du Bois Review 15(1):1-11. 

Krivo, Lauren J., María B. Vélez, Christopher J. Lyons, Jason B. Phillips, Elizabeth Sabbath. 2018. “Race, Crime, and the Changing Fortunes of Urban Neighborhoods, 1999-2013.” Du Bois Review 15(1):47-68. 

Lauren J. Krivo and Phillips, Julie A. 2018. “How Does Immigration Affect Suicide? An Analysis of U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” Social Science Quarterly. Online first: DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12517.

Mai, Quan, Terrence Hill, Luis Vila-Henninger, and Michael Grandner. Forthcoming. “Subjective Employment Insecurity and Sleep Disturbance: Evidence from 31 European Countries.” Journal of Sleep Research. [Impact Factor: 3.43]

Hankivsky, Olena, Kristen W. Springer, and Gemma Hunting. Forthcoming. “Beyond Sex and Gender Difference in Funding and Reporting Of Scientific Research.” Research Integrity and Peer Review.
Himmelstein, Mary S., Brandon L. Kramer, and Kristen W. Springer. Forthcoming. “Man Card Revoked: Cortisol Reactivity to Masculinity Threat as a Function of Precarious Manhood Beliefs.” Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

Presentations and Addresses
Congratulations to all students and faculty who presented their work at the ASA meetings in Philadelphia.  Rutgers Sociology was well represented.  Take a moment to check out the interesting work here.

Our graduate students deserve special recognition for their ASA presentations this year: Brittany Battle, Robert Duffy, Haruki Eda, Victoria Gonzalez, Adrian Good, Endia Hayes, Jorie Hofstra, Tali Jaffe-Dax, Ying Chao Kao, Amanda Kaplan, Brandon Kramer, Teja Pristavec, Jessica Poling, Eunkyung Song, Lior Yohanani

Aghil Daghagheleh's paper entitled "Rebellious Conversion? Shia-Sunni Conversion Among Arab Minority in Iran" has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of Middle East Studies Association (November 2018)

Brooklyn Hitchens gave two invited talks: “Street Participatory Action Research: Doing Research & Activism with The Streets of Black America,” Racial Democracy Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN), Newark, NJ (with Yasser A. Payne and Darryl Chambers) and “State of our Union: Black Women and Girls in Delaware,”  Wilmington Community Advisory Council, Wilmington, Delaware.

Brandon Kramer will present two papers at the Meetings of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Sydney, Australia, August 2018.
  • “Visualizing the Racialization of Testosterone in Biomedical Studies.”
  • “Hair, Hormones & Ghosts: How Race is Submerged in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.” (With L. Carlin). 
Eviatar Zerubavel
  • presented at the Science and Technology Studies program at Bar-Ilan University in Israel a talk titled “On Time and Society.” It was preceded by a 90-minute “intellectual biography” public interview. 
  • presented a keynote address titled “The Sociology of Time: A 45-Year Journey” at the tenth International Process Symposium conference in Halkidiki, Greece. 
  • presented a keynote address titled “Taken for Granted: Phenomenology Meets Semiotics” at The Roots and Branches of Interpretive Sociology conference in Philadelphia revolving around his book Taken for Granted: The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable, which was published in April by Princeton University Press. 
  • presented a paper titled “Formal Sociology and the Art of Identifying Social Patterns” at the ASA meeting in Philadelphia about a book he is currently writing. 
  • presented the keynote address on the art of scholarly writing at the “2018 Writing and Publishing Workshop” mini-conference organized by the Society for the Study of Social Problems in Philadelphia.
Undergraduate News

Welcome back, Scarlet Knights! We look forward to seeing you in our classrooms this semester.
Nathalia Gillespie will teach a Students in Transition Seminar (STS) this Fall to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences transfer students.  This 1 credit, 10 week course is developed specifically for transfer students and provides a thorough introduction to RU, SAS and the multitude of student resources available.  The course is designed to help students achieve academic success as they transfer from their previous institution to Rutgers, and to connect students to staff, faculty, transfer mentors, and other transfer students. For the next ten weeks, Nathalia will teach this course on Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 1:20pm.
Congratulations to the 2018 graduating class of Rutgers Sociology!  
Alumni News
Analena Bruce accepted a tenure track position as an assistant professor of food studies in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. 

Andrea Catone started a new position with Movement Voter Project (MVP) as Senior Resistance Advisor.

Pat Carr continues as the Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Rutgers.

Karen Cerulo

  • had her article on apologies coauthored with Janet Ruane written up in Psychology Today  and ... wait for it ... Playboy.   
  • had her ASR paper "Scents and Sensibilities" covered in the Science section of LeMonde.
  • with Janet Ruane is at work on Dreams of a Lifetime, and the 7th edition of Second Thoughts.
  • with Hana Shepherd and Vanina Lezschiner is working on a proposal for the Annual Review.

Brittany Friedman

  • had her work on solitary confinement featured in the Social Science Research Council's The Immanent Frame:  "Solitary Confinement and the Nation of Islam."
  • had her research featured on Think Outside the Cage KPFK 90.7 Los Angeles.  She was invited to participate in their on-air panel titled "Politics of Prison Abolition."

Lexi Gervis was elected Student Council Representative for the Economic Sociology Section of ASA. 

Laurie Krivo has sought to make the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network (RDCJN ) more financially stable as the first chair of the RDCJN fundraising committee. She and colleagues had their first success with the following grant:  William T. Grant Foundation. “Collaborative Research: Broadening Participation and Perspectives in the Study of Crime and Justice.” Co-Principal Investigator with Rod K Brunson and Jody Miller, Rutgers University-Newark. $49,970. May 2018-August 2019.

Julie Phillips' work on suicide was discussed in the New York Times and the NewScientist.

Arlene Stein 

  • had her co-authored book “Going Public” featured in a special session at the 2018 ASA, sponsored by the ASA's Public Engagement Advisory Committee.
  • organized the group "Evict Trump-Kushner from Jersey City,” which insures that local real estate developers do not unfairly benefit from political influence, and counts this among her proudest accomplishments.
Please join us for the welcome luncheon on Wednesday, September 5 at noon in the department library.
The Sociology Department Retreat will be held on Friday, September 7 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Kathleen Ludwig Learning Center.  Please make every effort to attend.  

Lilia Raileanu will defend her dissertation entitled "Indeterminate Waiting: Social Experiences, Politics, and Visualizations." on Tuesday, September 18 at 10 am  in the department library.

Hwa-Yen Huang will defend his dissertation entitled "Why Me?: Reflexive Practices in Illness Memoirs" on Friday, September 21 at 10 am in the department library.

Rutgers Sociology Happy Hour!  September 26 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at Clydz in New Brunswick.  Come and let loose.  We are almost to October.

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