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Department of Sociology Newsletter

Issue 2: November 3, 2018


Thanks to everyone who contributed items to this newsletter, most especially to the alumni who responded.  I loved hearing from you. Congratulations to you all on your fine accomplishments. Please keep the news coming!

We are looking forward to campus visits in November by four outstanding candidates for our junior position in social movements.  A big thank you to the search committee, Zaire Dinzey (Chair), József Böröcz, Norah MacKendrick, and Arlene Stein, along with student rep Jomaira Salas, for all their efforts in identifying a terrific slate.  

Wishing you all the best as we head into the holiday season.
Julie Phillips
Department Chair

Faculty Retirements
The department recognizes the many distinguished accomplishments and dedicated service of two faculty members, Allan Horwitz and Helene White, who are retiring from Rutgers at the end of the year.  We extend our congratulations on their well-earned retirements and look forward to celebrating their careers together with them over the next few months.
Allan Horwitz
Board of Governor and Distinguished Professor Allan Horwitz retires from Rutgers at the end of the year. Over the course of his career, Allan authored or co-authored nine highly regarded books and roughly 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  He is recognized as a pioneer who played an influential role in developing social constructionist approaches to understanding a range of mental health conditions including depression, grief, and anxiety. Allan's work has been recognized through multiple book and career achievement awards, including those bestowed by the American Sociological Association’s sections on Mental Health and Medical Sociology. In his more than 40 years at Rutgers, Allan enthralled literally thousands of undergraduates in his “Normality” and “Mental Health” lecture classes, successfully mentored and encouraged generations of doctoral students in sociology, and played a pivotal role in the careers of postdoctoral fellows who participated in the NIMH-funded training program that he directed at the Institute for Health. The Sociology department, SAS, and the Institute for Health are also indebted to Allan for his dedicated and forward-looking leadership, in his capacity as Department Chair, Dean of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Interim Director, respectively.  Allan was awarded the prestigious Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award in 2012-13 in recognition of his “triple threat” contributions to research, teaching, and service.  
Helene Raskin White
Distinguished Professor Helene Raskin White retires from Rutgers at the end of the year.  Over the course of her career, Helene amassed an impressive record of distinguished scholarship, leadership in the field of alcohol studies, and exemplary record of external funding from major NIH divisions including the National Institute for Drug Abuse.  As a Distinguished Professor of Sociology with a joint appointment in the Center for Alcohol Studies, Helene led high visibility, policy-relevant research initiatives on the life course antecedents of substance use, youth violence, delinquency, crime and mental health problems. Her research productivity is remarkable, encompassing well over two hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, four decades of continuous external funding, and major recognitions for her leadership, research, and mentorship in alcohol studies. Helene has played a pivotal role in establishing and shaping the study of substance use in the discipline of sociology, having organized the founding of the Section on Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco of the American Sociological Association and serving twice as section chair. 
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Faculty Member
Brittany Friedman
We are delighted to welcome Brittany Friedman as our newest faculty member. Brittany recently earned her PhD from Northwestern and will begin as an assistant professor in January, 2019. Her research focuses on incarceration conditions, punishment severity, and the prison social system. Brittany is currently writing a book about the systematic targeting of black militant prisoners for extreme punishment and the means through which prisoners mobilize in response.  This project draws on her related studies examining the Black Guerilla Family in California and the experience of long-term confinement.  She is a member of the Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions, an eight state study comparing the effects of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system on reentry and racial and socioeconomic inequality.  Brittany will teach courses in punishment, criminology, and racial inequality.
Recent Dissertation Defenses
Dr. Lilia Raileanu
Lilia Raileanu successfully defended her dissertation "Indeterminate Waiting: Social Experiences, Politics, and Visualizations" on September 18, 2018.  Lilia worked with Sarah Rosenfield (Chair), Norah MacKendrick, Arlene Stein, and Deborah Carr.  In what may very well be a department first, Lilia defended her dissertation sitting in her childhood bedroom in the house she grew up in, a small village in Moldova!
Our congratulations to Dr. Raileanu!
Dr. Hwa-Yen Huang
Hwa-Yen Huang successfully defended his dissertation, "Why Me? Reflexive Practices In Illness Memoirs? on September 21, 2018. His committee members are Judith Gerson (chair), Joanna Kempner, Richard Williams, and Eviatar Zerubavel. Robert Zussman, who served as the external reader, traveled from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst to attend with several graduate student colleagues. In his opening presentation, Hwa-Yen expertly summarized his narrative analysis of 40 illness memoirs. Emphasizing the concept of reflexivity, Hwa-Yen’s research demonstrates how adult-onset of chronic illness compels those who write to rethink the limitations of their privileged status as they reconstruct the meanings of life and death. A lively discussion about agency, narrative, and qualitative methods followed. Since his defense, Hwa-Yen is hard at work revising his dissertation for publication. To better understand the cultural configurations that inform memoir writing and illness accounts, Hwa-Yen’s long-range research plans include a comparative study of illness memoirs published in Taiwan and the U.S.
Our congratulations to Dr. Huang!
Graduate Student Awards
Brandon Kramer has been named a David Mechanic Scholar by the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.
Faculty Awards
Joanna Kempner has received the 2018 Award for Excellence for Education for Cluster Headaches from ClusterBusters, a national organization representing people with cluster headache.
Recent and Forthcoming Article Publications

Catone, Andrea M. Forthcoming. "Using Sociology to Build and Organize Movement Networks." Sociological Forum

Chaudhary, Ali. R. 2018 "Organizing Transnationalism and Belonging among Pakistani Immigrants in London and New York."
Migration Studies 6(3):420-447.

Kempner, Joanna. 2018 “Building a Socially-Just Neuroethics of Inequalities in Pain Treatment.” Pain Neuroethics. In Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics, Volume 1. Daniel Buchman and Karen Davis, eds. London: Routledge.

Lei, Lei; Desai, Sonalde; and Vanneman, Reeve. Forthcoming. “Village Transportation Infrastructure and Women’s Non-agricultural Employment in India: The Conditioning Role of Community Gender Context.” Feminist Economics.

Schroeder, Rachel A., Dawn C. Buse, Jan Brandes, Anne Calhoun, Katharina Eikernmann-Haerter, Katie Golden, Rashmi Halker, Joanna Kempner, Nasim Maleki, Maureen Moriarty, Jelena Pavlovic, Robert E. Shapiro, Amaal Starling, William B. Young, and Rebecca A. Nebel. 2018. "Sex and Gender Differences in Migraine: Evaluating Knowledge Gaps" 27(8).

Yang, Tse-Chuan; Lei, Lei; and Kurtulus, Aysenur. 2018. “Neighborhood Ethnic Density and Self-rated Health: Investigating the Mechanisms through Social Capital and Health Behaviors.” Health and Place 53:193-202.

Tong, Yi  and Julie A. Phillips. 2018. “Understanding Changes in Attitudes toward Suicide between 1980s-2010s in the United States.”  Social Science Quarterly
Yi Tong was a 2016 participant in Project L/Earn, for which she won the 'Peter J. Guarnaccia Award for Intern of the Year.'  Her Social Science Quarterly publication is based on the research she produced while in Project L/Earn, working with Julie Phillips as her mentor. Yi's parents emigrated from China to the United States shortly after Yi was born, settling in the New York area and working in the restaurant industry.  Yi joined them when she was 4 years old and is the first in her family to go to college (her brother now joins her as a freshman year at Rutgers). While an undergraduate at CUNY Queens College, Yi studied psychology and worked at a suicide hotline.  These experiences, along with her time at Rutgers, helped her decided the career path to pursue. Yi is now a first year medical student at SUNY downtown, with plans to pursue an MPH as well! 
Presentations and Invited Talks
Ali Chaudhary gave an invited lecture at the Graduate Center -CUNY in the Department of Sociology's Immigration Seminar Series on September 24th. His talk was titled:  "Constrained Capacities: Ascriptive Stigma and Pakistani Immigrant Organizations in London, Toronto, and New York."
Undergraduate News
Alumni News

Susan Bodnar-Deren was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University (Department of Sociology).

Analena Bruce:
  • is the Principal Investigator on a new Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture. She also led the writing of a food systems initiative at Indiana University Bloomington that was recently funded.
  • Published, with Maynard, Elizabeth L.; Farmer, James R.; and Carpenter, Jonas, in 2018. Indiana High Tunnel Handbook. Purdue University Extension. 

Horowitz, Mark, Anthony Haynor, and Kenneth Kickham. 2018. “Sociology’s Sacred Victims and the Politics of Knowledge: Moral Foundations Theory and Disciplinary Controversies.” American Sociologist 1-37. 

Noel Byrne is now Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University (SSU). Noel traces his time at Rutgers back to 1971. He recalled that his girlfriend mistakenly threw away his dissertation in 1978! As one might imagine, this precipitated a certain trauma with his committee, which Peter Berger chaired. He was first tenured at SSU in the School of Business Administration and then in the Sociology Department. He regards his time at Rutgers Sociology as a highlight of his life. Thank you for the note, Noel!  

James Katz holds the Feld Professorship of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University and is also a distinguished professor at the School of New Media, Peking University. His latest book, on truth in journalism, is expected to be published in 2019 under the Oxford University Press imprimatur.

Sherry Larkins directs two federally-funded substance use, mental health and HIV capacity building, workforce development and evaluation grants in Vietnam, Thailand, Lao, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Indonesia, and co-directs one in Ukraine. She also directs a substance use pevention/early intervention pilot study looking at the role of community coalitions in conducting screening for substance use. Sherry also supervises the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs’ international trainee program. Sherry lives with her three children and husband in Manhattan Beach, CA

Dawne Mouzon was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Rutgers University).

King-To Yeung was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at California State University, San Bernardino (Department of Sociology).
Affilitated faculty member Carol A. Boyer will retire from Rutgers at the end of the year. Carol served energetically as the associate director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research for a number of years, and we will miss her. She will begin a new position as a Senior Scholar at the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research (Indiana University, Bloomington).

Andrea Catone was featured in an SAS news article which highlighted her presentation at the recent "Defending Democracy: Making a Difference in the Midterm" workshop and role as co-founder of Action Together Network (ATN). 

Work on public apologies, published by faculty member Karen A. Cerulo and graduate alumna Janet Ruane, was featured on the October 10th episode of Freakonomics "How to Optimize Your Apology."   

Joanna Kempner is a Scattergood Ethics Visiting Scholar in the Department of Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania for Fall 2018.

Affiliated faculty member, Naa Oyo A. Kwate, recently had two books go under contract:
  • Kwate, N.O.A.  (under contract).  The Spice of Racism:  Anti-blackness in Restaurant Branding.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, Forerunners Series.
  • Kwate, N.O.A., (Ed.) with photographs by Camilo J. Vergara.  (under contract).  American Inequality: A Photographic Field Guide in the Streets of Camden.  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press.

Norah MacKendrick's book "Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics" was discussed in a recent Washington Post article on human exposure to plastics.

Arlene Stein's book "Unbound: T
ransgender Men and the Remaking of Identity" was recently profiled in a Washington Post article on identity politics.
The department's new book display is beginning to take shape!


Job Talks

The department is pleased to announce the following job talks for the social movements position. All talks will take place in the Seminar Room.

Wednesday, November 7th, 11:30am-1pm
Monday, November 12th, 12-1:30pm
Wednesday, November 14th, 11:30am-1pm
Wednesday, November 28th, 11:30am-1pm

Professionalization Workshop

"Building Working Relationships with your Adviser."  
November 7 at 1pm in the Seminar Room. 

Teaching Dinner

The Teaching Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00PM in the Seminar Room.

Department Tea

Before we all disperse for the Thanksgiving break, please join us for tea in the library.
Monday, November 19th at 3:00PM.


Holiday Party

The holiday party is coming on....Stay tuned for a save-the-date shortly.

And please don't forget to participate in the Rutgers Against Hunger Adopt-a-Family Campaign.  Speak to Eleanor LaPointe for more details.

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