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Dr. Jennifer Glass Featured in Austin American-Statesman

Wed, Nov 27, 2013

Dr. Jennifer Glass is a Special Contributor for the Austin American-Statesman and addresses the effects of social research funding cuts in a recent article.


Sociology Majors Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Mon, Nov 25, 2013

The Sociology Department congratulates the four sociology majors who were recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa at its fall meeting.


High School Students Forge Stronger, More Positive Friendships in Shared Classes, Study Shows

Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Teenagers continue to roam in cliques in high school, as they have for generations. Yet according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin and Michigan State University, high school students are not choosing friends from certain categories, such as “jocks,” “goths” or “A-listers.” Instead, they are forging friendships in the types of courses they’re taking.


Dr. Debra Umberson Receives Award from National Institute on Aging

Thu, Nov 14, 2013

The project “Relationships and Health: Comparing Union Types” will assess how marriage influences health for different types of marital unions.


Graduate Student Wins Outstanding Paper Award

Mon, Nov 11, 2013

Anima Adjepong is the winner of the 2013 NASSS Barbara Brown Student Paper Award.


Recent STEM News in US News & World Report Features Dr. Jennifer Glass and Dr. Chandra Muller

Mon, Nov 4, 2013

A roundup of recent news about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and employment compiled by the US News & World Report features the work of Dr. Jennifer Glass and Dr. Chandra Muller.


Dr. Robert Hummer to Present Penn State's 8th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography

Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Dr. Robert Hummer will present Penn State’s 8th annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography on Thursday, November 14.


Dr. Michael Young Featured on Fox News Latino

Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Dr. Michael Young is featured in a recent Fox News Latino story on the new generation of immigration advocates.


La violencia en los márgenes. Una maestra y un sociólogo en el conurbano bonaerense (Argentina: Katz Editores, 2013)

La violencia en los márgenes - Violence at the Margins

Tue, Oct 15, 2013

Book co-authored by Dr. Javier Auyero was released by Katz Editores in June 2013.


Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson Inducted into UT's Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Wed, Oct 9, 2013

On October 7, UT’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers inducted Professor Sheldon Ekland-Olson and three other new members into its ranks.


Texas Policy Evaluation Project Findings Submitted to Federal Court This Week

Tue, Oct 8, 2013

Findings of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, headed by Dr. Joseph Potter, have been submitted to federal court this week.


Sociology, Economics Researchers Receive Grant to Study How STEM Education Contributes to Workforce Success

Tue, Oct 8, 2013

University of Texas at Austin sociologist Chandra Muller and economist Sandra Black have received a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education contributes to career success.


Sociology Junior Faculty Search

Tue, Oct 1, 2013

The Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level to begin Fall 2014.


Dr. Nestor Rodriguez Cited in Wall Street Journal

Tue, Sep 24, 2013

Professor Nestor Rodriguez is cited in a Wall Street Journal article on the debates surrounding U.S.-Mexico border security and immigration policies.


Graduate Student Is 2013 Louise Johnson Scholar

Thu, Aug 29, 2013

Sociology graduate student Mieke Beth Thomeer is the 2013 Louise Johnson Scholar.


Graduate Student Katie Jensen Featured in Liberal Arts Life & Letters

Wed, Aug 28, 2013

Sociology graduate student Katie Jensen talks to Liberal Arts Life & Letters about what she did during her summer vacation.


Dr. Jennifer Glass to Appear on CBS Sunday Morning This Sunday

Wed, Aug 28, 2013

Dr. Jennifer Glass will appear on CBS Sunday Morning's lead story on telecommuting this Sunday, September 1.


Williams is given the Mentoring Award and a superhero cape at the SWS banquet at ASA, surrounded by students and colleagues.

Dr. Christine Williams Wins 2013 Feminist Mentor Award

Mon, Aug 19, 2013

Sociologists for Women in Society honors Professor Christine Williams with the 2013 Mentoring Award.


Professor Kelly Raley Elected to Board of Directors for Population Association of America

Fri, Aug 16, 2013

Dr. Kelly Raley has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Population Association of America.


Texas Public Policy Evaluation Project Cited in Texas Tribune

Wed, Aug 14, 2013

Dr. Joe Potter's Texas Public Policy Evaluation Project is cited in The Texas Tribune.


Dr. Harel Shapira Discusses the Minutemen on BBC's "Thinking Allowed"

Thu, Aug 8, 2013

BBC talks to Harel Shapira about the right wing activists who patrol the US-Mexico border in search of illegal immigrants.


Sociology Welcomes Three New Assistant Professors in Fall 2013

Thu, Aug 1, 2013

Daniel Fridman, Ken-Hou Lin and Harel Shapira will join the Sociology Department beginning this fall.


Rundberg Restoration Underway

Mon, Jul 29, 2013

With the help of a million dollar federal grant, the Austin Police Department collaborates with Dr. David Kirk to reduce crime in Austin's Rundberg area.


Dr. Robert Hummer and Dr. Elaine Hernandez Examine Educational Attainment and Adult Mortality in United States

Mon, Jul 15, 2013

In a recent Population Bulletin by the Population Reference Bureau, Sociology Professor Robert Hummer and PRC Postdoctoral Fellow Elaine M. Hernandez look at the relationship between educational attainment and adult mortality in the United States.


Graduate Student Joins ASA Minority Fellowship Program Cohort

Wed, Jul 10, 2013

Sociology PhD candidate Jessica Dunning-Lozano received the ASA Council Minority Fellowship.


Dr. Ben Carrington with students in Leeds, England, 2013.

Longhorns in Leeds

Mon, Jul 1, 2013

Dr. Ben Carrington takes students to Leeds, England, for a Maymester course to learn about English identity through the prism of sports.


Dr. Harel Shapira Podcast on Minutemen's Pursuit of America

Wed, Jun 19, 2013

KERA News talks to Dr. Harel Shapira about his research at the Arizona-Mexico border with the controversial paramilitary group the Minutemen for his new book Waiting for José: The Minutemen’s Pursuit of America.


Dr. Jacqui Angel Wins ASA Outstanding Publication Award

Tue, Jun 4, 2013

Dr. Jacqui Angel is a winner of the 2013 Outstanding Publication Award from the American Sociological Association section on Aging and the Life Course.


The Health Toll of Immigration

Mon, May 20, 2013

Dr Robert Hummer speaks to The New York Times about how life in the United States can lead to poor health for immigrants.


Liberal Arts Junior Wins Prestigious Summer Research Fellowship from the American Bar Foundation

Wed, May 15, 2013

Ayesha Akbar, a junior majoring in government, psychology and Arabic language and culture, has received a 2013 Montgomery Summer Research Fellowship in Law and Social Science from the American Bar Foundation.


Students Tom Guerra and Jasmine Vu.

Sociology Bids Farewell to Work-Study Students Jasmine Vu and Tom Guerra

Tue, May 14, 2013

The Sociology Department bids farewell to work-study students Jasmine Vu and Tom Guerra.


Dr. Nestor Rodriguez Receives ASA Latina/o Section Distinguished Career Award

Fri, May 10, 2013

Dr. Nestor Rodriguez has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 American Sociological Association Latina/o Section Distinguished Career Award.


The CWGS Annual Spring Reception. From left: Mollie Marchione, Brandon Robinson, Victoria Dominguez, Rebecca Besaw, Rebecca Rossen, Sue Heinzelman, and Zazil Elena Reyes Garcia.

Graduate Student Wins Lora Romero Award

Thu, May 9, 2013

Graduate student Brandon Robinson received the 2013 Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender.


Graduate Student Receives Harry and Bernice Moore Fellowship

Thu, May 9, 2013

Congratulations to David Glisch-Sanchez, who was awarded the Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship for Doctoral Research by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.


Dr. David Kirk on Restore Runberg Project

Thu, May 2, 2013

Watch a video of Dr. David Kirk discussing his involvement in the Restore Rundberg project.


The Austin Summit on LGBT Families

Wed, Apr 24, 2013

The Austin Summit on LGBT Families takes place at The University of Texas at Austin on Friday, April 26.


Dr. Mark Warr on Discrepancy Between Decreasing Crime Rate and Public Perception

Mon, Apr 15, 2013

In an Associated Press article Dr. Mark Warr weighs in on the issue of self-defense in the ongoing gun debate.


Dr. Javier Auyero Receives Raymond Dickson Centennial Teaching Fellowship

Fri, Apr 12, 2013

Dr. Javier Auyero has been selected by the College of Liberal Arts to receive a Raymond Dickson Centennial Teaching Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Students present the Friar award to Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson in class. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson Wins 2013 Friar Teaching Award

Thu, Apr 11, 2013

Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship Award.


Graduate Student Jessica Dunning-Lozano Wins ASA MFP Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Thu, Apr 11, 2013

The American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) has recommended Jessica Dunning-Lozano for an MFP pre-doctoral fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Graduate Student Mieke Thomeer Receives 2013 Norval Glenn Prize

Wed, Apr 10, 2013

Graduate student Mieke Thomeer is the 2013 winner of the Norval Glenn Prize for her paper "Marital Processes around Depression: A Gendered Perspective."


Graduate Student Anima Adjepong Receives Three-Year Ford Foundation Fellowship

Thu, Apr 4, 2013

Graduate student Anima Adjepong has been awarded a three-year Predoctoral Fellowship sponsored by the Ford Foundation.


Graduate Student Carmen Gutierrez Awarded Three-Year NSF Fellowship

Thu, Apr 4, 2013

Graduate Student Carmen Gutierrez has won a three-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Sociology Graduate Students to Present at IUSSP Conference in South Korea

Tue, Apr 2, 2013

This August six Sociology graduate students will present their research in Busan, South Korea, in the 2013 International Union for the Scientific Study of Population Conference.


Graduate Student Wins Paper Competition

Mon, Apr 1, 2013

Ph.D. candidate Esther Sullivan is the 2013 winner of Law & Social Inquiry's Graduate Student Paper Competition.


APD to Implement Solutions Based on Project Rundberg in 2014

Mon, Mar 25, 2013

Austin Police Department will begin working next year with Dr. David Kirk's team to implement research-based solutions to reduce crime rate in city's Rundberg area.


Dr. Jennifer Glass' Op-Ed Piece Featured in New York Times

Fri, Mar 8, 2013

In an article for The New York Times Opinion Pages in defense of telecommuting, Dr. Jennifer Glass says "it's about the work, not the office."


Dr. Swearingen Receives Course Development Award

Thu, Mar 7, 2013

Partnering with the Center for Core Curriculum, the Office of Sustainability awarded Dr. William Scott Swearingen, lecturer in Sociology, a $6,000 Course Development Award.


Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson Is 2013 Outstanding Graduate Adviser

Thu, Feb 28, 2013

Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson received the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award.


Dr. Jennifer Glass on Telecommuting and Work-Life Balance on Marketplace

Wed, Feb 27, 2013

Dr. Jennifer Glass shares her thoughts on telecommuting and work-life balance on Marketplace Tech.


Dr. M. Maya Charrad Gives Keynote Address at the State Department.

Wed, Feb 27, 2013

Dr. Maya Charrad discusses the history of gender politics and current debates following the Arab Spring.


Dr. Javier Auyero's Research Featured in Cover Article of Contexts

Wed, Feb 13, 2013

ASA's Contexts magazine features Dr. Javier Auyero on the front cover.


Dr. Pamela Paxton and students

Signature Course Class Gives Away $100,000

Wed, Feb 6, 2013

What would you do if you had $100,000 to give to charity? Last semester, students in a sociology signature course had that opportunity.


Dr. Javier Auyero's Research on Violence Featured in Argentina's Main Paper

Thu, Jan 31, 2013

Argentina's Clarin interviews Dr. Javier Auyero on violence and poverty.


Dr. Nestor Rodriguez Talks About U.S. Border Security in Washington Post

Thu, Jan 31, 2013

Dr. Nestor Rodriguez was quoted on the front page of The Washington Post today on issues of U.S. immigration and border security.


The Liberal Arts Building (CLA)

We've Moved!

Thu, Jan 10, 2013

Beginning Jan. 7, 2013, the Sociology Department will be located in CLA.


Dr. David Kirk Talks About Restoring Rundberg on Good Day Austin

Tue, Jan 8, 2013

APD was given a grant by the U.S. Department of Justice to address crime problems in the Rundberg area in North Austin. Dr. David Kirk and APD Commander Mark Spangler sat down with Good Day Austin to talk about the restoration project.


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