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Dr Marc Musick receives ARNOVA book award

Thu, Nov 19, 2009

Marc Musick and co-author John Wilson receive best book award.

Dr Javier Auyero receives book award

Wed, Nov 18, 2009

Dr Auyero and Debora Alejandra Swistun's book garners 2009 award.

Four Sociology Majors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Wed, Nov 11, 2009

The Department of Sociology is proud to congratulate the four majors who were recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr John Butler receives prestigious Tech Innovation Special Achievement Award

Tue, Oct 27, 2009

The Austin Business Journal has announced that it will present a Tech Innovation Special Achievement Award to IC2 Institute Director John Sibley Butler at the 2009 Tech Innovation Awards on October 14.

Dr Benjamin Carrington receives Teaching Excellence Award

Wed, Sep 30, 2009

Dr Carrington is recipient of 2009-2010 President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award.

Undergraduates awarded prestigious Hibbs Scholarship

Jacqueline Hablizel, Laura Hudson, Erich Riepen, and Preeti Vaghela received Hibbs Scholarship for 2009-10

Wed, Jun 24, 2009

Sociology undergraduates Jacqueline Hablizel, Laura Hudson, Erich Riepen, and Preeti Vaghela have each been awarded a Hibbs Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Dr Bailey R Collins/Ellene Collins Ward/Mary Sue Collins Hibbs Scholarship Fund was created through a bequest from the estate of Mrs Hibbs in memory of her brother, her sister and herself. Because of Mrs Hibbs' generosity, the scholarship was able to be established in several undergraduate departments in the College of Liberal Arts.

Graduate student Danielle Dirks receives prestigious fellowship

Dirks awarded Harrington Fellowship for 2009-10

Wed, Jun 24, 2009

Graduate student Danielle Dirks has been awarded the Donald D. Harrington Graduate Fellowship, one of the highest awarded to graduate students at the University of Texas, for the academic year 2009-10.The Donald D. Harrington Graduate Fellows Program was established by Sybil Harrington as a tribute to her late husband. She envisioned a program that would support gifted and ambitious young scholars at The University of Texas at Austin, at a level that would equal or exceed the levels of prestigious longstanding programs at other institutions around the world. These talented students would, in turn, share their knowledge and success with future generations, perpetuating the legacy and memory of Don Harrington for all time. The University of Texas at Austin is privileged to be the home of this preeminent graduate research program. The Harrington Fellows Program is designed to attract outstanding master's and doctoral candidates from around the world.

First issue of Sociological Insight out now

Refereed undergraduate journal publishes first issue

Mon, Jun 1, 2009

Sociological Insight was created in July 2008 at The University of Texas at Austin with the goal promoting original and high-quality undergraduate research in the social sciences. As the only fully refereed national undergraduate social science journal in the United States, Sociological Insight was founded on the conviction that engaging young scholars in academic research is not only crucial to their personal intellectual and professional development, but also to the social progress of the United States. Undergraduates can bring unique perspectives to understanding society and can recognize and appreciate social trends that sometimes escape even the most veteran of academics. As such, undergraduates who have strong training in theory and methods can bring vibrant new ideas to academic discourse, essential to the functioning of a healthy democracy capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Graduate students honored at Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Awards ceremony

Cati Connell and Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa attended reception at Four Seasons Hotel in Austin

Wed, May 13, 2009

Dr Sheldon Ekland-Olson receives teaching award

Dr Ekland-Olson is selected as the recipient of Distinction in Teaching by Phi Beta Kappa

Thu, May 7, 2009

Dr Sheldon Ekland-Olson has been unanimously selected as the recipient of the Sixth Annual Award for Distinction in Teaching presented by Phi Beta Kappa for the Alpha of Texas Chapter.

The award will be announced at the PBK annual spring induction program at the AT and T Center Grand Ballroom on Sunday, May 10th, at 4 pm.


Mazen Elfakhani Awarded Best Undergraduate Paper at 2008 SDA Meeting

Fri, May 1, 2009

2008 REU student Mazen Elfakhani received the award for best undergraduate paper at the annual meeting of the Southern Demographic Association (SDA), held recently in Greenville, South Carolina.

Mazen, an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, was a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) participant at the PRC during summer 2008, during which he was mentored by PRC graduate trainees, Jeremy Uecker and Jennifer Montez and PRC faculty research associates, Robert Hummer and Christopher Ellsion.

His paper, entitled "Explaining the Rise of Religious Nonaffiliation in American Society, 1974-2006", uses pooled data from the General Social Survey to identify the social factors driving the rise of religious nonaffiliation. From 1974 to 1990, roughly 7 percent of Americans reported having no religious preference; but by 2006, this demographic had more than doubled to 16.5 percent. Mazen analyzed the effects of cohort replacement, denomination, fami

Sociology graduate students win prestigious awards

Congratulations to Megan Reid, Cati Connell, Nicole Angotti, Jeremy Uecker, Nicolette Manglos, Corinne Reczek, Danielle Dirks, and Jennifer Karas Montez

Mon, Apr 27, 2009

The UT Center for Women's and Gender Studies 2009 Dissertation Awards were given to two sociology graduate students this year. Cati Connell won the award for her dissertation, a study of gay and lesbian teachers in Texas and California, analyzing the social, legal, and cultural context of the workplace "coming out" process. Megan Reid won for her dissertation on the housing policies in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and how they impacted single mothers. In addition, Cati Connell received the Sally Hacker Award and the Martin Levine Award from the American Sociological Association, and Megan Reid received a Hogg Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Congratulations, Cati and Megan!

Sociology Majors Elected To Phi Beta Kappa

Ten Sociology majors join prestigious national honor society

Mon, Apr 13, 2009

The Department of Sociology is proud to congratulate 10 Sociology majors who were recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa at its Spring meeting. Upon joining, they will be inducted into the national honor society at the UT chapter's Spring reception on Sunday, May 10th, in the Ballroom of the ATandT Executive Education and Conference Center, when Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie will be the keynote speaker. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the United States; its three Greek letters translate to "love of learning is the guide of life." The newly-elected Sociology majors are:

Kate Rainey
Christine Tat
Erich Riepen
Elizabeth Copus
Judy Anzaldua
Lisa Newhouse
Saba Danawala
Melissa Gidley
Kinsey Johns
Hannah Neal


2009 College of Liberal Arts Dean's Distinguished Graduates

Two Sociology seniors among twelve Dean's Distinguished Graduates in 2009

Tue, Mar 31, 2009

The University of Texas at Austin celebrates spring commencement May 22-23. Each year, the College of Liberal Arts honors 12 seniors with the Dean's Distinguished Graduate Award for their leadership, scholarly achievements and service to the community.Sociology seniors Mazen Elfakhani and Austin Wright are among the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Distinguished Graduates of 2009.

New book by Dr Javier Auyero and Debora Alejandra Swistun

Flammable examines lived experiences of environmental suffering in Flammable, Argentina

Mon, Mar 23, 2009

Surrounded by one of the largest petrochemical compounds in Argentina, a highly polluted river that brings the toxic waste of tanneries and other industries, a hazardous and largely unsupervised waste incinerator, and an unmonitored landfill, Flammable's soil, air, and water are contaminated with lead, chromium, benzene, and other chemicals. So are its nearly five thousand sickened and frail inhabitants. How do poor people make sense of and cope with toxic pollution? Why do they fail to understand what is objectively a clear and present danger? How are perceptions and misperceptions shared within a community?

Based on archival research and two and a half years of collaborative ethnographic fieldwork in Flammable, this book examines the lived experiences of environmental suffering. Despite clear evidence to the contrary, residents allow themselves to doubt or even deny the hard facts of industrial pollution. This happens, the authors argue, through a "labor of confusion" enab

HIV/AIDS in Eurasia: Regional and Comparative Perspectives

April 20-21, 2009, The University of Texas at Austin

Wed, Mar 4, 2009

In collaboration with the Social Science Research Council and the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas is hosting a conference entitled "HIV/AIDS in Eurasia: Regional and Comparative Perspectives" in April 2009.

This event will feature scholars from across Russia and the United States engaged in social science research on topics related to HIV/AIDS in Eurasia. Panel presentations will include discussions on topics ranging from risk behavior, government response, sexual practices and stigma to the challenges of conducting field research on sensitive topics in Eurasia and the availability of data sources in the region. Additionally, one panel devoted to comparative perspectives on HIV/AIDS will explore issues relevant to the Eurasian experience with presentations on studies conducted in India, China and Brazil.

Panelists for th

Dr Wei-hsin Yu's new book out now

Gendered Trajectories examines gender inequality and employment in Japan and Taiwan

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

Gendered Trajectories explores why industrial societies vary in the pace at which they reduce gender inequality and compares changes in women's employment opportunities in Japan and Taiwan over the last half-century. Japan has undergone much less improvement in women's economic status than Taiwan, despite its more advanced economy and greater welfare provisions. Drawing on historical trends, survey statistics, and personal interviews with people in both countries, Yu shows how country-specific organizational arrangements and industrial policies affect women's employment. In particular, the conditions faced by Japanese and Taiwanese women in the workplace have a profound effect on their labor force participation at critical points in their lives. Women's lifetime employment decisions in turn shape the divergent trajectories in gender equality. This perceptive work demonstrates and underscores the importance of understanding gender inequality as a long-term, dynamic social process

Professor Ben Carrington invited to join the Editorial Board of Contexts

Ben Carrington new editorial board member of American Sociological Association journal

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

Dr Ben Carrington has just been appointed to the Editorial Board of Contexts, an American Sociological Association (ASA) journal, published by the University of California Press. Contexts is an important publishing venture of the ASA in seeking to disseminate the latest cutting-edge sociological work to a broader audience. The articles in Contexts synthesize key findings, weave together diverse strands of work, draw out implications for policy, and debate issues of controversy. The quarterly magazine includes feature articles, culture and book reviews, photography, as well as summaries of the latest findings from social science research and news within the field.

Graduate student Wasudha Bhatt publishes article in Development in Practice

"The gender dimension of migration in India: the politics of contemporary space in Orissa and Rajasthan"

Fri, Jan 23, 2009

Much internal migration in India, including the states of Rajasthan and Orissa, is distress-led. Previously issues pertaining to gender were overlooked, because migration tended to be viewed as chiefly a male movement, with women either residual in the process, or dependent followers. Contemporary migration is taking place in a world marked by a deeper belief in the importance of equality of opportunity across socio-political divides. This article stresses the need to analyse migration through the differential experiences of women and of men in the context of a highly gendered world.

Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis

Sat, Jan 17, 2009

Statistical Methods for Categorical Data Analysis is designed as an accessible reference work and textbook about categorical data (that is, data arising from counts instead of measurement. Examples include data about birth, death, marriage, and so forth). It integrates statistical and econometric approaches to the analysis of limited and categorical dependent variables, thereby offering a practical, mathematically uncomplicated approach to the topics of modern data analysis. The volume offers a comprehensive presentation of many different models in a one-volume format (with website).


"Powers and Xie present the methods that form the core of contemporary social statistics. It is the first introductory text to cover, in a single volume, models and methods for discrete dependent variables, cross-classifications, and longitudinal data. A great strength of the text is the authors' informal yet sophisticated approach, which combines the d

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