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Two new faculty join the Department of Sociology

New faculty members Dr. Ning Hsieh and Dr. Aaron Ponce have joined the Department of Sociology as scholars who study health and medicine, and migration, respectively. 

Dr. Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her research examines disparities in health and social resources within and between national and cultural contexts. Before arriving at Michigan State University, Dr. Hsieh was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a M.A. in economics from National Tsing Hua University and a B.A. in finance from National Taiwan University.

Likewise, Dr. Ponce is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. His work addresses core questions at the intersection of political sociology and global social change, focusing on international migration and immigrant reception. Dr. Ponce earned his PhD in Sociology at Indiana University. He also holds a JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in International Studies from the University of Miami. He has worked as a Research Associate at the Pew Research Center in Washington DC, served migrant workers in the Upper Midwest with Legal Action Wisconsin, taught English to students in Ibaraki, Japan with the JET Program, and interpreted and translated for overseas patients at the National Institutes of Health.

We welcome both Dr. Hsieh and Dr. Ponce to our department.