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Graduate Students are Representing in the
American Sociological Association!

Doctoral candidate Loren Wilbers has been elected by the ASA Section on Disability and Society to be the Graduate Student Representative for 2014-15.

M.A. student, Maria Duenas, was elected to serve a two-year term as Graduate Student Board Member for the ASA's Student Forum Advisory Board.

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Congratulations to Brenda Mason who is the second doctoral student to defend a dissertation since the inception of the program in 2009. Her research is titled "Beauty is Precious, Knowledge is Power, Innovation is Progress: Widely Held Beliefs in Policy Narrative about Oil Spills". The department celebrates this milestone achievement and wishes Dr. Mason all the best in her future endeavors!.


USF Sociology Faculty in the News!


Dr. Sara Crawley was featured in WalletHub’s recent study examining 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Football Fans.

An article in the Nation about French Muslim communities discusses the work of former USF graduate student, Natalie Deckard and Dr. David Jacobson.

An opinion piece about the political scene in Turkey by
Dr. Sinem Adar is featured in Al Jazeera America.

Dr. Elizabeth Vaquera is featured in USF News for her research on adolescents and obesity.

Check out the CNN op-ed piece about immigration reform co-authored by Dr. Elizabeth Aranda and undergraduate student Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez!

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman was invited to present her research in the 17th Annual Brazilian Sociology Conference. On July 21, 2015, she will give a talk in Porto Alegre, Brazil entitled, “A Cor do Amor: Socialização Racial e Afeição em Famílias Brasileiras Negras” / The Color of Love: Racial Socialization & Affection in Black Brazilian Families.

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman received a grant from the American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline to use towards her second book project, "Second-Class Daughters: Informal Adoption as Neo-Slavery in Brazil". She was also granted a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Brazil as well as an award from the Ruth Landes Memorial Fund. Dr. Hordge-Freeman will spend March 2016-August 2016 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil conducting research related to her book.

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Dr. Maggie Kusenbach gave two talks at the International Sociological Association World Congress in Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014 titled:

Between Lifestyle and Necessity: Senior Mobile Home Living in Florida
and
"Look At My House!":Home-Making and Identity in an Urban Mobile Home Park

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Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman for being the recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching Award AND the Outstanding Community-Engaged Teaching Award! Both awards are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and recognize excellence in teaching and community collaboration.

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Dr. Rob Benford was interviewed by ABC ActionNews about the effectiveness of hashtag activism.

Check out the CNN op-ed piece co-authored by Dr. David Jacobson!

Dr. Mustafa Gurbuz wrote a brief report published by Rethink Institute
titled "The Long Winter: Turkish Politics after the Corruption Scandal.
Click here to read.

Kudos to our postdoc, Dr. Sinem Adar, who had an opinion piece published about the recent elections in Turkey.

Click here to read!

 

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Dr. Will Tyson's PathTech project seeks to understand the academic and employment pathways in advanced technologies. Read more about his work with the National Academy of Engineering.

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Two of our undergraduate students, Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez and Jena Keenan won first prize for their paper"Undocumented Youth: Identity Negotiations and their Impact on Personal Well-being" at the 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the Graduate Association of Political Scientists. They also presented their project at the 2014 USF Undergraduate Research and Arts Colloquium.

Congratulations!

 

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The 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients Announced

Five outstanding doctoral students have been selected by the Graduate Committee as recipients of the Sociology department's Distinguished Teaching Award:

Maggie Cobb

Damien Contessa

Katherine Kassner

Mary Catherine Whitlock

Loren Wilbers

The recipients were honored at the "First 50" banquet on Friday, April 11 at 6pm at the USF Alumni Center.

Congratulations to our students who presented posters at the
6th Annual Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium:

Hilary Dotson
"Enduring Stigma?: Obesity Histories and Romantic Relationship Involvement in the Transitioning to Adulthood"

Blake Martin
“Food Work Isn't Always Work: Food Identity in the Family Kitchen”

Kaitlyn Robison
“Motherhood Bound by State Supervision: An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of Mothers on Parole and Probation”

Special Acknowledgment to:

Amber Gregory
“Re(defining) Muslim Women: The Adaptation Strategies of Female Muslim International Students at American Universities”

One of the winners for best poster in the Social Science category!

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The Undergraduate Committee has awarded Wallace scholarships to the following students:

Elizabeth Joy Fuller

Olivia Johnson

Isabel Rodriguez

Brianna Vice

The scholarship recipients were honored at the department's "First 50" Open House at 1:30pm.

CONGRATULATIONS!

USF Sociology Faculty Sharing Their Research at Other Universities!

Dr. Maggie Kusenbach
University of Northern Illinois
April 17, 2014
"Uneasy Places: Belonging, identity, and Community in Florida Mobile Home Parks"

Dr. John Skvoretz
Cornell University
April 18, 2014
"Status Orders in Task Groups as Emergent Tournaments"

 

Congratulations to Academic Advisor, Dr. Christie Rinck, whose article
"Applying Choice Theory to Academic Advising" is published in The Mentor!

 

Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth Sheela Fernandez
for being one of the recipients of the
2013 USF Outstanding Staff Awards!

 

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman was awarded the 2013 USF Faculty Diversity Award.

 

Check out the op-ed pieces by
Dr. Elizabeth Aranda and Dr. Elizabeth Vaquera
published in the Tampa Tribune and the Orlando Sentinel!

 

Congratulations to Dr. David Jacobson whose article titled "The U.S. End Game in Afghanistan" was recently published in Foreign Policy magazine!

Congratulations to Department Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Aranda, for the publication of her new book
"Making a Life in Multiethnic Miami: Immigration and the Rise of a Global City".

Read the introduction.

 

Please join us for our next Sociology Colloquium
(co-sponsored by the USF Citizenship Initiative):

IMMIGRATION POLITICS AND IMAGES OF NATIONAL IDENTITY

Friday, March 21 at 12:15pm

USF Library, Grace Allen Room, 4th Floor

Speaker:

Dr. Rhys H. Williams

Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, Loyola University
Director, McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion

Click here to see/download colloquium flyer

 

CRITICAL DIAGLOGUE EVENT:
SOCIOLOGY AND NATURAL DISASTERS

The 2012 & 2013 doctoral students of USF’s Sociology Department invites you to attend a critical dialogue on how professional sociologists use their epistemologies to think and converse about natural disasters.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

12:15 - 1:45 pm

Cooper Hall, Room 119

Click here to see/download flyer

 

A few of our wonderful graduate students presented papers at the
2014 Sociologists for Women in Society Winter Meeting:

Mathilde Ippolito
"'You must be brave, crazy or just plain stupid':An Autoethnography on Hitchhiking, Rape Resistance and Empowerment"

Blake Martin
“Managing Family Food Consumption”

Kaitlyn Robison
“Motherhood Bound by State Supervision: An Exploratory Study of Mothers on Parole and Probation”

Mary Catherine Whitlock
“Raising Proper Southern Revolutionaries: Narrativizing Youth Organizations at the Feminist Bookstore”

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Congratulations to Dr. John Skvoretz whose article titled "Diversity, Integration, and Social Ties: Attraction versus Repulsion as Drivers of Intra- and Intergroup Relations" was recently published in the American Journal of Sociology!

Congratulations to one of our very own undergraduate majors, Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez. Isabel has just been selected a 2013 Status of Latinos (SOL) student award recipient. Nice work, Isabel!

Loren Wilbers, our PhD student, was selected to serve on the USF Graduate Council for the 2013-2014 academic year. Thank you for your service, Loren.

 

LATINO COMMUNITIES IN OLD AND NEW DESTINATIONS:MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF LEGAL REFORMS

Vinoy Renaissance Saint Petersburg Resort and Golf Club

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Conference organizer: Dr. Aranda

Keynote Speakers:

CECILIA MENJÍVAR
Cowden Distinguished Professor, T. Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University

EDIBERTO ROMÁN
Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law

Click here to see/download conference flyer

 

Congratulations also go out to two of our faculty members on their recent elections to council at ASA: Dr. Crawley has been elected to council for the sex and gender section and Dr. Vaquera has been elected to council for 2 sections: Latino/a and children and youth.

Dr. Hordge-Freeman was selected to serve as the Faculty Facilitator for the UNCF 2013 Mellon International Seminar in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  The ten-day seminar will take place in July 2013 and is entitled, "Afro-Aesthetics in Brazil ... and Beyond: Exploring Transnational Blackness and Beauty. Way to go, Dr. Hordge-Freeman!

Maggie Kusenbach begins her term as president-elect of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism (SSSI) in August 2013, and her term as SSSI president will start in August 2014. Congratulations, Dr. Kusenbach!

 

Dr. Sinem Adar, our incoming Postdoctoral Fellow, just published an article on the recent developments in Egypt. Read more:

http://muftah.org/state-authoritarianism-in-egypt-the-military-al-azhar-coptic-church-triad/

 

Congratulations go out to two of our faculty members on their recent elections to council at ASA: Dr. Crawley has been elected to council for the sex and gender section and Dr. Vaquera has been elected to council for 2 sections: Latino/a and children and youth.

Dr. Hordge-Freeman was selected to serve as the Faculty Facilitator for the UNCF 2013 Mellon International Seminar in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  The ten-day seminar will take place in July 2013 and is entitled, "Afro-Aesthetics in Brazil ... and Beyond: Exploring Transnational Blackness and Beauty. Way to go, Dr. Hordge-Freeman!

Maggie Kusenbach begins her term as president-elect of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism (SSSI) in August 2013, and her term as SSSI president will start in August 2014. Congratulations, Dr. Kusenbach!

 

ASA/SSSI/SSSP 2013
Graduate Student Presentations

Dotson, Hilary M., Elizabeth Vaquera and Solveig Argeseanu Cunningham
"Directing Meal Time: Understanding Pre-school Teachers' Food Parenting Styles"
ASA roundtable

Brenda Mason
“Exploring Culture in Policy Using Narrative Analysis”
SSSI session

Loren Wilbers
“A Personal Narrative from the Daughter of a Mother with Chronic Pain”
ASA roundtable

Faezah Bahreini
“Political Justification of Nation through the Rhetorical Production of Womanhood: The 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran”
ASA session

Pangri Mehta, Heather Kozar and Keren Moaney
“I am educated, and I do have something to say: Racialized Stereotypes about Intelligence and Ability”
SSSP session

Donileen Loseke and Janine Beahm
“This is About Women and Children Who are Suffering: Welfare Reform as Compassion”
SSSI session

Skyler Lauderdale
“Home in Transition: Place Attachment and Identity Work by First-year University Students"
SSSI session

Jasmón Bailey
“The ‘Elephant-in-the-Room’ Called Race: Attitudes and Perceptions within Racial Discourse”
SSSP session

Jeffrey Hilbert
“Internet Memes and Symbolic Interactionism”
SSSI session

Morgan Sanchez
“Beyond the Door: Disability and Sibling Relationships”
ASA roundtable

Dina Vdovichenko
"’You Don't Know Who's Coming Into the Bathroom:’ The Transgender Experience of Public Restrooms”
SSSP session

Maria Duenas
“Rebuilding After Katrina: The Role of Latino/as in Post-Katrina New Orleans”
SSSP session