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Robert Kaufman, Professor & Chair
Hello and welcome to our annual Spring newsletter! I am almost at the end of my sixth and final year as Department Chair. I cannot express how pleased and grateful I am that this position is passing into the very capable and energetic hands of Professor Kimberly Goyette. Later in this newsletter you can read a profile to learn about Professor Goyette and her plans and accomplishments.
In addition to briefly touting the many achievements of our faculty and students this past year, I want to take this opportunity to highlight a few things accomplished during my tenure as chair. None of these would have been possible without the willingness of my colleagues to not just suggest ideas but to take on the necessary work to bring them to fruition. In particular, our graduate program structure continues to evolve, and we have seen improvements in the time it takes for students to move through the stages of the program (prelims, proposal defenses, dissertation completion). At the same time, we have created a better funding system to support our doctoral students, lengthening the time we can offer them guaranteed funding from 3 years to 5 years. We have also had great success in recognizing and rewarding the efforts of our faculty in research, teaching and service by fostering their tenure and/or their promotion. During the past six years, four of our tenure-line Assistant Professors were tenured and promoted to Associate Professor and 4 of our teaching/instructional Assistant Professors were promoted to Associate Professor. We also initiated a system to provide multiyear contracts for our teaching/instructional faculty. Coming to Temple has also afforded opportunities for my own professional development. I was able to complete a book published by Lynne Rienner publishers and to write another published by Sage in its "Green Book" series. Some of my colleagues might add that I have also been able to develop my professional skills as a baker, providing sustenance to the department during department meetings. But enough of that.
The department has had a busy and productive year. We were joined by a new cohort of 7 talented graduate students in our masters and doctoral programs. And at the other end of the cohort lifecycle, 5 students completed their PhDs and 1 was awarded an MA since our last update. As detailed elsewhere in this newsletter, our faculty were very active in publishing and presenting their research in 2014-15. 4 new books were added to the display in our showcase – with a number more in contract or in progress. In addition, 7 faculty published 14 articles in scholarly journals or edited collections on a wide range of topics. Noteworthy service and awards this last year included: Professor Pablo Vila's receipt of the Temple University Research and Creative Achievement Award and Professor Michael Altimore's receipt of the CLA Eleanor Hofkin Award for Teaching Excellence.
Not to be outdone, our graduate students were also very research productive this last year. 14 of our students presented papers at national or regional conferences. Moreover, 5 students published or had accepted for publication a journal article or book chapter. And I would like to recognize Dr. (recently defended) Sarah Pollock's receipt of a CLA Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award. Congratulations to everyone!
Our colloquium series featured engaging presentations by both outside speakers and our own faculty. And we just enjoyed the presentations at our annual student conference highlighting current research by both graduate and undergraduate students in the department.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those alumni who have responded generously to our fundraising appeals in this and earlier years. Your donations help support current and future research in the department by faculty and graduate students alike.
Finally, we are delighted to welcome Associate Professor Robert L. Wagmiller Jr. who is joining us beginning Fall 2015. And we wish Professor Anne Shlay success as she moves to Georgia State University to become department chair.
Keep reading for updates and details on our student associations, our undergraduate and graduate programs, and other news about our faculty and students.
Kimberly Goyette, Associate Professor
I am delighted to be the new chair of the Department of Sociology! I have been at Temple fifteen years, coming straight from my PhD at the University of Michigan. Temple was my first home as a professor, and I am happy to be able to take on a new role here.
I am fortunate to be taking on this position after a series of very strong (and organized) chairs. I am lucky to be able to assume this position at a time when the department seems robust and energetic. I am hoping we continue that way under my tenure. I have outlined a few priorities that I will support as best I can to keep us moving forward.
Over the past fifteen years of teaching undergraduates, I have been proud of the program we have for them. It is rigorous and it is heavily focused on research, more than many other undergraduate sociology programs. For many years now, we have been promoting our innovative health track certificate. These are strengths that we can further enhance. Based on ideas from members of this department, I think we should work to advertise these strengths further and to give students ways to connect them to their future careers. Certificates awarded for taking "clusters" of particular classes, like research methods or globalization, can provide students with ways to distinguish themselves to future employers or when applying to graduate programs. Creating new courses in the health track, some more closely tied to the MCAT exams for medical school, will enable students to more easily achieve this certificate and prepare for the next stage of their careers in medicine. We are also developing a 4+1 master's program with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Urban Education that we can advertise to students who are interested in careers in education after they graduate. All of these initiatives, and I hope many others that we come up with over the next several years, better connect sociology students with careers and enhance our visibility in the college and university.
Our graduate program has been thoughtfully redesigned over the last several years, resulting in strong cohorts of students. As a department, we can continue to think about improving upon our graduate program by further focusing on the experiences of master's students, potentially enrolling more of these students. We may also consider ways to further solidify the research skills we provide to both our master's and PhD students. Publishing papers is very important to both students who plan academic and non-academic careers. We are beginning to discuss ways that we might encourage students to develop publishable papers, perhaps over several courses.
I will also work to enhance the visibility of our department and all of the wonderful research that we produce. My colleagues (who are more skilled in social media than I am) are working to find ways to communicate our accomplishments through video, webpages, Facebook, Twitter, and to connect with alumnae through LinkedIn. I hope to be able to encourage and support these efforts as much as possible.
As a department, we are interested in ways to increase our own revenue, and I will continue to explore efforts to do this though on-line and summer courses, courses offered during non-traditional terms, and courses that we may be able to offer to the community. I will try to find ways to better support those who seek grants, and I am working on developing relationships with alumni through the College of Liberal Arts Alumni and University Institutional Advancement offices.
As a faculty, we are strong in many areas and I hope to continue to build those strengths by advocating for future hires in subfields like globallzation, health and science, and culture, as well as methods like ethnography. As we get to know new colleagues, I would like to encourage ideas that make the department a fun and exciting place to hang out. Please approach me with any ideas you may have, but I am thinking about, in addition to our academic talks, sub-field roundtables, teaching discussions, and more socially-oriented wine and cheese events where we celebrate each other's work or discuss our sociological interests.
I need help with all of this. Please let me know if there are particular areas you would like to pursue or ideas that you would like to see come to fruition. I very much appreciate the support and encouragement I have received so far and I am thankful for this opportunity to take on a new challenge.
The Sociology Department Celebrates Robert Kaufman's Chairship
At the end of the Spring semester, faculty, staff, and graduate students gathered to celebrate and express thanks for Robert Kaufman's extensive work as chair of the department. It all began with a toast by Judith Levine:
"Bob, we just wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you have done for the department and for us personally over the last six years.
It is not easy to come into a department as chair but you struck a wonderful balance of listening and leading – or maybe of leading by listening.
We have also benefited from your remarkable organizational skills. I have never witnessed such efficiently run meetings and I don't think there was ever a letter that had to be written or a piece of paper that had to be filed that didn't get submitted on time.
You represented us well and with great success with upper administration, most notably getting us a position every year even in these tough economic times.
But above all else, you are a mensch, which means "a person of integrity and honor." You always do the right thing and you are always supportive.
When we hired you, two friends of mine –- one a former student of yours and one a former colleague of yours -- each congratulated me. Interestingly, while trying to find the words to capture your transparent and open leadership style, they both said the same thing: I cannot imagine anyone else I'd rather go through the tenure process under than Bob. They each went on to describe you as straight-forward, fair, and supportive. I could not agree more.
I thank you personally for all of the support you have given me and I know we all thank you for the humanity you have brought to your role as chair."
More from the party:
Matt Wray, Undergraduate Director
These are challenging times for the liberal arts. While those with bachelor's degrees continue to strongly outearn those without, the kinds of bachelor's degrees that students are choosing is undergoing some kind of change. In brief: Enrollments in business and engineering majors are up and liberal arts majors are down.
This is true at Temple and it is true for our department. We still teach about the same number of students that we have taught in recent years, but the number of Temple students majoring and minoring in sociology has dropped significantly. Is this a short–term trend, reflecting economic uncertainty about the market value of liberal arts degrees? Or does it signal a more lasting realignment in students' educational priorities? That is a great question to ask a sociologist, but the truth is, it is just too early to tell.
In response, we've focused new energy this year on recruiting students to join our department. For the eight college-wide recruitment events held in fall and spring, we paired faculty members with outstanding majors--Nicholena Honors, Robyn Moore, and Haritha Reddy--to greet prospective students and share with them what it is like to be part of TempleSoc. In February, our Health Track majors Samta Amin and Michael Kovich represented the department at the annual Pre-Professional Health Resource Fair, which catered to the needs of pre-med students in particular.
Also this year, through the leadership of our outstanding seniors Katia Gibson and Maggie Kruger, we successfully relaunched SUMMA, the undergraduate student group. Katia and Maggie, among others, worked tirelessly to organize regular officer’s meetings and to host 3 social events for TempleSoc majors and minors. Also, for the first time, SUMMA took part our Spring advising workshop to help students plan course scheduling and study abroad. And they successfully hosted an academic event open to the entire Temple student body: a faculty panel discussion and film screening of the movie Mean Girls, focused on gender and sexuality stereotypes in pop culture across race, class, and ethnic groups. SUMMA officers look forward next year to recruiting new members, coordinating with other student groups, and establishing a more active campus and social media presence.
Without SUMMA's energetic revival, I don't think we would have been able to succeed as wildly as we did with the year's most ambitious recruitment effort: the Sociology Ambassador's Program. This is a new program, facilitated by the indefatigable Prof. Amanda Czerniawski, designed to reach out to undergraduates in our lower level and general education courses and encourage them to meet with faculty advisors about making TempleSoc their major or minor. We teach a lot of these courses--40 sections or more each semester--and my hope was that we might find student volunteers to visit a third or perhaps half of these sections. Instead, our Ambassadors program yielded 11 highly motivated student volunteers who pitched the program to nearly 75% of these courses, reaching somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500+ Temple students with the simple message that sociology is a great program and they should come check us out. Major kudos to all of the Ambassadors and to Prof. Czerniawski for making this debut such a smashing success!
This update would be incomplete without a shout out to our annual student award winners. Their achievements are the pinnacle of undergraduate success and they, along with other college award winners, will be celebrated at various award ceremonies this May. Join us in congratulating them!
• Emily Auerbach--Phi Beta Kappa
• Katia Gibson--Nelsi Beato Award
• Nicholena Honors--Benjamin & Irma Robboy Award
• Samadhi Fisher--Phi Beta Kappa
• Lilly Freedman--Robert K. Merton Prize
• Maggie Kruger--Sociology Prize
• Christopher Persaud--Othella R. Vaughn Award and Allan D. Gilmour Scholarship
Graduate Program Update
Dustin Kidd, Graduate Chair
We began the year with 45 enrolled graduate students--39 PhD students and 6 MA students. In the academic year 2014-2015, 6 students have defended their dissertations: Valerie Bonner, Sarah Jacobson, Daniel Schermond, Jennifer Kim, Sarah Pollock, and Michael Norton. Dr. Bonner is now a full-time consultant with National Economic Research Associates. Dr. Jacobson is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster. Dr. Schermond is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mercer County Community College. Dr. Pollock has accepted a position as Visiting Professor at UNC-Charlotte. Dr. Kim will be a visiting scholar with the Center for the Humanities at Temple. Dr. Norton is currently working for Research for Action.
Since the start of the year, 1 student has completed a terminal MA degree. Amber Goldberg is currently working as a statistician with the School District of Philadelphia. Another student is completing her terminal MA degree this semester. Amber Hahn is currently interning with LIFT-Philadelphia and hoping to leverage the internship to start her career in the non-profit sector.
Our MA program is being actively invigorated thanks to a new streamlined curriculum, new internship opportunities, and growing relationships with local employers. We are excited about new prospects created by a new 4-course GIS certification offered by Geography & Urban Studies. Students can now elect to pursue an MA in Sociology with a Certification in GIS. The certification is also available to PhD students.
This fall, we will welcome 4 new PhD students and 3 new MA students. We will also offer a new methods course on interviewing taught by Michelle Byng. We are very excited about the new things happening in the graduate sociology programs here at Temple!
Spotlight on the Sociology Student Research Conference
On April 1st, three undergraduate and three graduate students presented papers at the annual sociology student conference held in the Weigley Room of Gladfelter Hall. Each paper included a response from a graduate student or faculty member, followed by a general question and answer session at the end. The event was a very rich and productive intellecual exchange, with presentations on a range of topics!
Kashonda Mann: "Family Analysis: Class and a Narrative"; Discussant: CiAuna Heard
Anna Karin Tollin: "Taken by Violence: Rape and Gender Equality in Sweden"; Discussant: Jim Bachmeier
Nicholena M. Honors: "The Business of Meaning Making: Economic Decline and Creative Freedom in the Independent Music Industry"; Discussant: Amanda Turner
Colin Hammar: "Bad Science: A Discipline's Response to Controversy"; Discussant: Tom Waidzunas
Katia Gibson: "Reported Health Outcomes for Minority Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence"; Discussant: Sarah Pollock
Shannon Hitchcock: "The Effect of Race and Acculturation on Levels of Familism in Children of Immigrants"; Discussant: Rebbeca Tesfai
Michael Altimore was awarded the Temple College of Liberal Arts Elanor Hofkin award for teaching excellence.
Amanda Czerniawski's book Fashioning Fat: Inside Plus-Size Modeling was published in January 2015 by New York University Press and featured at this year’s Eastern Sociological Society’s annual meeting in an author-meets-critics panel. Her ethnographic study examines the standards of work and image production in the plus-sized model industry. She also wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post. Czerniawski has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including New York Magazine, The Globe and Mail, NPR’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle, and PBS' To the Contrary.
David Elesh and PhD alum Jen McGovern were part of a research team publishing an article in the journal Environment and Planning A titled, "Permeability Across a Metropolitan Area: Conceptualizing and Operationalizing a Macro Level Crime Pattern Theory." This piece theorizes the relationship between a municipality's permeability (the amount of movement facilitated by the arrangement of various transportation networks and barriers to travel) and changes in property and violent crime. See Elizabeth R. Groff, Ralph B. Taylor, David B. Elesh, Jennifer McGovern, and Lallen Johnson. “Permeability Across a Metropolitan Area: Conceptualizing and Operationalizing a Macro Level Crime Pattern Theory.” Environment and Planning A 46: 129-152, 2014.
Kimberly Goyette, in addition to preparing to become the new chair of the department, is first author on an article "Moving for the Kids: Examining the Influence of Children on White Residential Segregation" with John Iceland and Elliot Weininger in City and Community 13(2):158-178.
Judith Levine’s book Ain’t No Trust: How Boyfriends, Bosses, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters (2013, University of California Press) won Honorable Mention for the William J. Goode Award for Best Book given by the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. The book was also featured in two Author Meets Critics sessions, one at the American Sociological Association meetings and one at the Southern Sociological Society meetings. Levine presented a new paper called "Welfare Recipients and the Roots of Distrust" extending the book by examining the association between distrust and childhood trauma at the Southern Sociological Society meetings. Levine presented another paper, co-authored with her Temple Sociology colleagues Valerie Bonner and Joshua Klugman, called "Infectious Moods: A Beeper Study Analysis of Spillover and Gendered Crossover between Spouses" at the Work-Family Researchers Network bi-annual meeting. She was also invited to be the keynote speaker at the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition’s Annual Conversation with Elected Officials. In November 2015, Levine appeared for a second time on WHYY’s Radio Times hosted by Marty Moss-Coane, this time to discuss trends in women’s labor force participation. In February 2015, Levine joined the faculty board of the Temple University Press.
Pablo Vila has won the prestigious Faculty Research Award from Temple University for 2015. He has published two books this year. First, he edited the volume, Music and Youth Culture: Identity Construction Processes from New York to Buenos Aires through Oxford University Press. In this book, Vila wrote the Introduction, and the first chapter: "Narrative Identities and Popular Music, Linguistic Discourses and Social Practices." In the second book, The Militant Song Movement in Latin America: Chile, Uruguay and Argentina (published byLexington Books) he wrote the introduction and two chapters: "Atahualpa Yupanqui, The Latin American Precursor of the Militant Song Movement," and "A Brief History of the Militant Song Movement in Argentina," His article "Usos y (sobre todos) abusos del espanol en el Suroeste de los EE. UU." appeared in the Argentinian journal Todavia. Pensamiento y Cultura en America Latina. He also pusblished two pieces in the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume IX. Genres: Caribbean and Latin America, Edited by David Horn et al. These entries are "Rock Nacional" and "Bailanta."
Tom Waidzunas' forthcoming book, The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality, is scheduled for publication in November 2015 from University of Minnesota Press. The book traces debates over sexual reorientation therapy attempts in the United States from the 1950s to the present, explaining how social movements, professionals, and historical context have shaped how scientists measure "sexual orientation," drawing the line between "gay" and "straight." He has also published a paper co-authored with Steven Epstein on a critical history of the "phallometric test" in the journal Social Studies of Science tited, "'For Men Arousal is Orientation': Bodily truthing, technosexual scripts, and the materialization of sexualities through the phallometric test." He continues to work with colleague Erin Cech of Rice University on a study of workplace experiences and organizing efforts of LGBT and allied professionals at NASA.
Matt Wray's chapter "White Trash: The Social Origins of a Stigmatype," appeared in an anthology on racial identities and his commentary on race and class in Philadelphia appeared in the Winter issue of Contexts, a quarterly magazine for public sociology. In November, he published an article on suicide prevention in The Conversation, a new media outlet devoted to content sourced from the academic and research community. In addition, he is active in service to the profession as a Council member of the ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, as co-chair of the ASA Social Media Task Force, as contributing editor for Public Books and as founding editor for the new journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, which published its first issue in Spring 2015.
Lu Zhang's book Inside China's Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance was published this year by Cambridge University Press. In this book, Zhang explores the current conditions, subjectivity, and collective actions of autoworkers in the world's largest and fastest-growing automobile manufacturing nation. Based on years of fieldwork and extensive interviews conducted at seven large auto factories in various regions of China, Zhang provides an inside look at the daily factory life of autoworkers and a deeper understanding of the roots of rising labor unrest in the auto industry. Combining original empirical data and sophisticated analysis that moves from the shop floor to national political economy and global industry dynamics, the book develops a multilayered framework for understanding how labor relations in the auto industry and broader social economy can be expected to develop in China in the coming decades. She has given talks on her book since its publication at the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the University of Michigan. In addition, Zhang has pubished "The Chinese Auto Industry: Challenges and Opportunities for Management and Labor" in the journal Perspectives on Work. She has also given presentations for the Sociology of Development Section of ASA, the International Sociological Association, The Labor and Employment Relations Association, and an Automotive Research Conference at University of Michigan.
Shanyang Zhao has continued his research on the reconceptualization of the self based on the reexamination of the classics in sociology and social psychology on self and identity. He published his first article on this topic last year in Theory & Psychology, entitled "Self as an Emic Object: A Re-reading of William James on Self." His second article on this topic will come out this May in Symbolic Interaction, entitled "Reconceptualizing the Self Phenomenon: Toward an Emic Conception of the Self," in which he extended his critical analysis from the works of William James to works of Charles Cooley and George Mead. Shanyang Zhao has also continued his research on the sociology of the Internet. He delivered a keynote speech at a symposium organized last August by the Communication and Information Technology section of the American Sociological Association. He published an article this year with Professor Rosario Espinal examining the gender gap in online political participation in Latin America. During spring break, he was invited to serve as a Distinguished Professor-in-Residence by the Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad (MICA) in India, where he ran a workshop on "New Media and Digital Philosophy," attended by media scholars from different regions.
Graduate Student Updates
Jorge Ballinas presented a talk "Colorblind Racism as News" at the American Sociological Association conference in San Francisco. He also won a travel grant to present his talk, "Mexican American College Student Narratives" at the Eastern Sociological Association, and won a Student Forum Travel Award from ASA.
Valerie Bonner successfully defended her dissertation, titled "Explaining changes in women's earnings and employment from 1970 to 2010: A quantitative analysis of discrimination and labor force hypotheses." After completing her PhD, she is now a full-time consultant with National Economic Research Associates.
Jessica Brathwaite won a Dissertation Completion Grant from Temple for Spring 2015.
Robert DePhillips presented his paper at the American Sociological Association conference, "Quantifying Neoliberalism: Factor Analysis of Two Indexes of 'Economic Freedom'."
Kelly Feighan has authored and co-authored several reports evaluating math science partnership, including presentations at the American Educational Research Association. She is also Secretary of the Board for the Eastern Evaluation Research Society and on the EERS Proposal Review Committee.
Bessie Flatley will defend her dissertation early this summer, titled "What moves the masses? Community response to Marcellus Shale development in Western Pennsylvania." She also presented a paper at the Association of Applied & Clinical Sociology titled "'We have local energy, why not use it?’ Conflict in Western Pennsylvanian communities experiencing natural gas development."
Chuck Galli presented a paper with Gretchen Condran at the Population Association of America Conference titled "The Role of Water Filtration on Mortality in US Cities in the Early 20th Century."
Amber Goldberg completed her MA degree, and is currently working as a statistician with the School District of Philadelphia.
Colin Hammar presented and won Best Graduate Paper for "West Side Story and the Intersections of Identity: Race, Gender, Sexuality" at the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium Conference held at Villanova University.
CiAuna Heard presented "Public and Private Food: Integrative and Multicultural Cultural Spaces in a Nationally Diverse Neighborhood, an Ethnoscape" at the American Sociological Association Conference.
Shannon Hitchcock presented her paper "Racial Differences in Levels of Familism for Children of Immigrants" at the ESS, in addition to "Physical and Social Environmental Exposure and Subsequent Risk for Pediatric Asthma Sufferers" at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting.
Sarah Jacobson successfully defended her dissertation. She is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster.
Jennifer Kim defended her dissertation, "The Merits of a Fool: Contending with Race and Racism through Sketch Comedy from the 1960s to the 2000s." She is second author on a paper with Dustin Kidd and Amanda Turner on "The Sociology of Popular Culture," in The Cambridge Handbook of
Sociology, edited by Kathleen Korgen.
Ethan Levine published a chapter, "United Nations Policy and the Intersex Community" in
Disability, Human Rights, & Humanitarianism, edited by Michael Gill and Cathy Schlund-Vials. He presented on this material at the Society for Disabilities Studies Conference. His paper "Sexual Violence Among Middle School Students: The Effects of Gender and Dating Experience" will also appear in Journal of Interpersonal Violence. He also co-presented at the National Sexual Assault Conference on "Fostering the Queer Sociopolitical Identity of Sexual Assault Advocates."
Michael Lynch was Recipient of Honors College Outstanding Faculty Award, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014.
Ryan Murphy has published a paper in the journal Social Compass titled, "Promises Unfulfilled: American Religious Sisters and Gender Inequality in the Post-Vatican II Catholic Church," 61(4):594-610. He has also presented "Reclaiming Their Prophetic Voice As Women: Feminist Consciousness and the Sisters of St. Joseph" at The Nun in the World: A Transnational Study of Catholic Sisters and the Second Vatican Council Conference, University of Notre Dame-London. His conference presentations also include "Facing the Gendered Other: Women, Leadership, and the Church" at Facing Another: The Gift and Challenge of an Encounter Symposium at Chestnut Hill College, and "Moving Beyond the 'Like' Button-New Ways to Engage in Social Change" at the NASPA 2014 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Conference.
Michael Norton has defended his dissertation, "Uneven Development & Secondary Mortgage
Markets." He has authored or co-authored various reports for Research for Action, and has presented at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Community Development Graduate Research Forum and at the Juvenile Court Judges Commission Annual Conference in Harrisburg.
Sarah Pollock defended her dissertation "Framing Fitness: Gender, Experts, Popular Magazines, and Healthism" and she has accepted a Visiting Professor at UNC-Charlotte. She received one of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Awards, and she has participated as a member of the Body & Embodiment Section Program Committee for the ASA.
Anne Roder authored or co-authored research reports for Public/Private Ventures and the Economic Mobility Corporation.
Lauren Ross co-authored an artcle "Chile's New Rental Housing Subsidy and its Relevance to US Housing Choice Voucher Program Reform" in the journal Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 16:179-192. She also published research reports for the Green Affordable Housing Coalition and the Network for Energy, Water and Health in Affordable Buildings. She presented "Financing: Resources and Partnerships for Energy Efficient, Affordable Housing and Sustainable Community Development" for the Energy Partnerships Conference in Washington, DC.
Daniel Schermond defended his dissertation "In the Margins or the Mainstream?: Gay and Lesbian Narratives About Urban Space, Place, and Daily Life." He now holds a position as tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mercer County Community College.
Christina Stewart presented "The Moral Pedophile" at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology annual conference.
Anna-Karin Tollin presented "Racists or Whistleblowers: Who are the Sweden Democrat Supporters?" at the ESS annual meeting.
Amanda Turner published "Play to Pay?: Adolescent Video Game Play and STEM Choice" in Volume 8 - Emerald Studies in Media and Communication: Communication and Information Technologies Annual Doing and Being Digital: Mediated Childhoods, edited by Laura Robinson, Shelia R. Cotton, and Jeremy Schulz. She is also third author on a piece with Dustin Kidd and Jennifer Kim, "The Sociology of Popular Culture" in The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, edited by Kathleen Korgen.
Corey Waters presented "To V or Not to V: Narratives, Networks, and Contingencies of Veganism" at the ESS Annual Meeting. He also presented "Boundaries Both Blurred and Bright: Complexities of a Mexican Taquería in Philadelphia" at the Migration without Boundaries conference at Michigan State University. Waters also won the Animals and Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies Human-Animal Studies Fellowship from Wesleyan University.
Rachel Wildfeuer presented "Income, Race and Beliefs on Income Inequality over Time" at a roundtable session of the ESS Annual Meeting. A version of this paper has also been accepted for a regular session presentation at the ASA annual meeting in August.
AJ Young published a book review of Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity in a Post Modern Age in the journal Men & Masculinities. He also co-authored a report for the University of the Sciences Diversity Commission, Sub-Committee on Cultural Competency. At the ASA conference, Young presented a paper, "Action, Impact, Beauty: The Lingerie Football League and the Pornography of Sport."