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Dr. Hui Liu Receives National Council on Family Relations Professional Paper Award

October 16, 2012

Dr. Hui (Cathy) Liu has been selected to receive the National Council on Family Relations Professional Paper Award for her paper entitled "Marital Dissolution and Self-Rated Health: Age Trajectories and Birth Cohort Variations" published in the the Family and Health Section journal of Social Science & Medicine in 2012.

Trans-Kin: A Guide to Family and Friends

October 4, 2012

Congratulations to Cameron T. Whitley, current sociology Ph.D. student at Michigan State University and Eleanor A. Hubbard, Senior Instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, longtime friends that have co-authored this anthology: a unique sampling of Trans-Kin voices as they tell their life experiences and a resource for SOFFA's (Significant Others, Family members, Friends and Allies) as they come to terms with the transgender status of loved ones.

Yesterday’s brutally repressive former USSR is today’s wracked with greed Russia

Yesterday’s brutally repressive former USSR is today’s wracked with greed Russia

September 13, 2012

The brutally repressive Soviet Union MSU sociologist professor Vladimir Shlapentokh left behind 33 years ago may have opened its borders to the world, but today’s Russia has become wracked with greed, corruption and mass emigration that threaten the nation’s future.

 

 

Witch hunts are common and sometimes deadly in the tea plantation of Japaiguri, India.

Witch hunts are common and sometimes deadly in the tea plantation of Japaiguri, India.

September 4, 2012

Dr. Soma Chaudhuri, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, spent seven months studying witch hunts in her native India and discovered that the economic self-help groups have made it part of their agenda to defend their fellow plantation workers against the hunts. (read full news article)

Mortality From the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919: The Case of India

July 18, 2012

Sociology graduate student, Jennifer Wray, along with Siddharth Chandra, and Goran Kuljanin, published an abstract on the estimates of worldwide mortality from the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which vary widely, from 15 million to 100 million.

Marriage has different meanings for blacks and whites

Marriage has different meanings for blacks and whites

July 17, 2012

Hiu Liu, along with Corinne Reczek of the University of Cincinnati, conducted a large national study finding that black people who are married don't appear to live any longer than black couples who simply live together, suggesting marriage doesn't boost longevity for blacks the way it does for whites.

Leigh-Anne Goines and Angela Nurse recipients of ASA/SAGE Award

July 13, 2012

Congratulations to two of our graduate students Leigh-Anne Goines and Angela Nurse who are recipients of the 2012 ASA/SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award!
 

Secret Ink: Tattoo’s Place in Contemporary American Culture

June 7, 2012

Alumni Derek John Roberts has published an article in the Journal of American Culture, 35:153-165. 2012.

Long considered a hallmark of American deviance, the tattoo has undergone drastic redefinition in recent decades. No longer the preview of bikers, punks and thugs, tattooing is increasingly practiced and appropriated by mainstream, middle class individuals.

This is Not the Birmingham of 1962; 2012 is Here

This is Not the Birmingham of 1962; 2012 is Here

May 23, 2012

The challenge of addressing Birmingham's safety concerns is great, to say the least. The city's demographics tip the racial discussion up front. The situation is layered with teachable moments. First, this is a complex situation that includes drugs, cultural diversity, potential violence and challenges to authority by youth culture, says Dr. Carl Taylor, sociology professor at Michigan State University.

Guest Commentary: Addressing the crisis of crime and urban terrorism in Detroit

Guest Commentary: Addressing the crisis of crime and urban terrorism in Detroit

May 22, 2012

Surges of serious crime terrorizing Detroit's middle class communities threaten a balance of power leaving a discomfort that disconnects many from a once stable and safe city, according to Carl S. Taylor, a professor of sociology and African American Studies at Michigan State University.

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