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Faculty Retirements

Faculty Retirements

March 28, 2013

A major change took place in the Department of Sociology with the retirement of four of its most eminent faculty. At the end of the spring 2012, a grand retirement reception was held for Drs. Janet Bokemeier, Stan Kaplowitz, Thomas Conner and Harry Perlstadt, who together contributed more than 150 years of service to MSU and the Department of Sociology.


Gelbard Wins TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Fellowship

Gelbard Wins TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Fellowship

March 28, 2013

The Ruth Simms Hamilton Fellowship honors the memory and work of former Sociology Professor Ruth Hamilton and supports cutting-edge, graduate-level research that futhers the study of African Diaspora.  The Sociology Department is honored to announce that one of this year’s recipients is Alexandra P. Gelbard.  Ms. Gelbard is a Ph.D. candidate who is examining the social function of music within African Diaspora communities.

First John and Ruth Useem Endowment Awarded

First John and Ruth Useem Endowment Awarded

March 28, 2013

One of the most exciting Departmental accomplishments in 2012 was the successful establishment of an endowment that recognizes the contributions and legacy of former department faculty John and Ruth Useem.  More than fifty former students, colleagues and family members made contributions to the endowment. Dr. Ann Cottrell, who received her Ph.D. from MSU in 1970 and who is a Professor Emerita at San Diego State University, played a crucial leadership role in moving the endowment forward by giving her own gift and encouraging others to do so.  The Department was pleased to host Dr. Cottrell last year when she gave an outstanding presentation on “John and Ruth Hill Useem: The Sociologists and their Third Culture Legacy.”

Dr. Hui Liu’s study on same-sex cohabitation and health receives media attention

Dr. Hui Liu’s study on same-sex cohabitation and health receives media attention

March 4, 2013

Same-sex cohabitors report poorer health than their different-sex married counterparts at the same levels of socioeconomic status—according to a new national study led by Dr. Hui Liu.

Professor Yu Xie talked about his new book “Is American Science in Decline?”

February 4, 2013

Professor Yu Xie from University of Michigan gave a talk on his new book  “Is American Science in Decline?”  on February 1, 2013 to faculty and students  at MSU. Professor Xie is Otis Dudley Duncan Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Public Policy, at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica, and the National Academy of Sciences.   The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Soma Chaudhuri interviewed on Indian witch hunts

January 31, 2013

Aljazeera English, 25 January 2013, features a documentary on Indian witch hunts. Dr. Chaudhuri was interviewed to make sense of the incidents as well as comment on some of the rationalist approaches toward eradicating hunts. View the documentary here.

“Organizing in a Precarious World of Work: The Self Employed Women’s Association of India”

January 28, 2013

Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives is proud to present Dr. Soma Chaudhuri, Department of Sociology, MSU, Friday, February 8, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. in the MSU Museum Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the MSU Asian Studies Center, MSU Center for Gender in Global Context and the MSU Women's Resource Center.


International Distinguished Scholar Dr. Ioannis Papageorgiou to Speak on January 30th, 2013

January 22, 2013

Dr. Ioannis Papageorgiou, internationally distinguished scholar, will present and lead a subsequent discussion in the MSU Sociology Department's graduate seminar on International Inequality and Development, Wednesday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106B Berkey Hall.

Dr. Ioannis Papageorgiou is Associate Professor of European Politics, Migration and Refugee Issues in the School of Politics at the Aristotle University of Thessalonica, Greece.

The title of his brown bag presentation to our graduate students is "Current Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Problems, Patterns and Policies in Greece and the EU."

On Thursday January 31 at 12:00 noon Dr. Papageorgiou will talk on "Greece: The Crisis - Root Causes and European Solutions" at the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies in the MSU International Center.



Shu-Fen Kao publishes article on controversies in Taiwan

January 9, 2013

Kao, Shu-Fen (2012). "EMF Controversy in Chigu, Taiwan: Contested Declaration of Risk and Scientific Knowledge Have Implications for Risk Governance." Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics 12: 81-97. ( read here)

Teri Swezey, Sociology PhD 2004, walks and bikes 2,255 miles

December 6, 2012

Teri Swezey, (PhD 2004) recently returned to Chapel Hill, NC after walking and riding her bicycle 2,255 miles from Wrightsville Beach, NC to Flagstaff, AZ on behalf of vulnerable elderly and their caregivers as part of SOAR Feat 2012 .

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