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2014 Newsletter

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Program Updates

Chair's Corner

Robert Kaufman, Professor & Chair


Hello and welcome to our Spring newsletter! It is a little hard to believe this is now my fifth year in the department as Chair. It simultaneously seems as if I just got here and as if I have been here a long time. The department has had an engaging and productive year. This past academic year we were joined by a new cohort of five talented graduate students. And at the other end of the cohort lifecycle, 4 graduate students completed their PhDs since our last update. As detailed elsewhere in this newsletter, our faculty continued to be very active in publishing and presenting their research in 2013-14. Six new books were added to the display in our showcase, with a number more in contract or in progress. In addition, nine faculty published 17 articles in scholarly journals or edited collections on a wide range of topics, with at least five more forthcoming. And our faculty made nearly 25 presentations at national /regional conferences or at universities around the world, setting the stage for future publications. Noteworthy service and awards this last year included: Matt Wray's receipt of the CLA Distinguished Teaching Award; Professor Dustin Kidd's selection for the Provost Teaching Academy; Professor Lu Zhang's receipt of Summer Research and Grant-in-Aid for Research Awards from the Provost office; and service on ASA, ESS and other professional associations' committees and task forces or as conference organizers by Professors Espinal, Goyette, Klugman, Levine, Waidzunas, Wray and Zhang (not to mention the many editorial boards on which our faculty serve).


Not to be outdone, our graduate students were also very research productive this last year. Eighteen of our students presented papers at national or regional conferences, and two of them (Colin Hammer and Christina Stewart) won awards for their conference papers. Moreover, six students published or had accepted for publication a journal article or book chapter. And two students--Valerie Bonner and Sarah Pollock--are serving on ASA Section councils or committees. 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 in the midst of a search for senior scholar in the area Urban Sociology and hope to introduce you to a new faculty member next year.


Keep reading for updates and details on our student associations, our undergraduate and graduate programs, and other news about our faculty and students.

Undergraduate Program Update

Matt Wray, Undergraduate Director


2013-14 was a year of transitions for the undergraduate program. As the newly appointed director of undergraduate studies, I worked with faculty to develop a few initiatives which we hope will position our majors to thrive in the uncertain years ahead. Among those initiatives is the renewal of our highly regarded Health Track program, which offers a major, a minor, and a certificate in the social determinants of health (SDOH).


What are the social determinants of health, you ask? Pretty much any of the non-medical or biological factors that affect our chances for a happy and healthy life. Poverty, for example, is one SDOH that has a big, negative effect on both premature mortality (whether or not you live to reach the average age of death) and morbidity (whether or not you get sick). Surprisingly, we see the health disadvantages of class not just for the poor. We see it across every class level, such that the higher your level of income and education, the longer and healthier you live.


We’re renewing this program with added classes, revamped syllabi, especially, new faculty because in 2015, the Medical College Admission Test--the big exam every med school hopeful must pass to have a shot a career as a doctor, will be including a major new section of the exam that focuses expressly on SDOH. Thanks to some hard work and planning, we will be ready to help Temple students face the rigors of this exam by equipping them with the knowledge and research experience they need to excel.


Other transitions this year include a rebooting of the undergraduate student group and a rotation of faculty advisors. We are currently finding student leaders to revitalize the group, which, as in the past, will be called SUMMA, the Sociology Undergraduate Majors and Minors Association. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting new development. For next year, our new faculty advisors will be Prof. Judith Levine and Prof. Amanda Czerniawski. I look forward to working with new students and new faculty next year as we find ways to strengthen and grow our program. When you need advice about what courses to take, how to finance Study Abroad, or how you can sell your sociology skills on the job market, Judith, Amanda and I will be there to help!


One final note: As I write, graduation is approaching and we are excited that we have so many majors receiving special awards and nominations for their outstanding academic achievements. A big shout out to graduating seniors Andrew Baggaley, Rachel Hough, Devynne Nelons, and Laura Williams, who were all elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest, most prestigious, and most selective honor society. They are joined by junior Lily Freedman, who deserves special recognition for being elected as a junior, which is a rare feat. Congratulations to these outstanding young scholars, who not only had straight As in their sociology courses, but who also maintained extraordinarily high GPAs across all of their classes in foreign languages and mathematics.


All in all, this has been a year of transitions and proud achievements and we look forward to building on these in the years to come. Have a great summer and see you next fall!


Graduate Program Update

Dustin Kidd, Graduate Chair 


Our graduate students have been winning awards! Lauren Ross, Sahar Sadeghi and Daniel Schermond all won the Dissertation Completion Grant from the Graduate School. Jennifer Kim won the CLA Advanced Graduate Scholar Award from the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). Christina Stewart won the 2013 Geis Student Paper Award from the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium. Colin Hammar won the Geis Student Paper Award for 2014. CiAuna Heard, Danielle Johnson, Sheena Sood, and Jorge Ballinas won the First Summers Research Award for 2013. Robert Roach and Amanda Turner won the First Summers Research Award for 2014.


Our graduate students have also been publishing their research in scholarly journals, news outlets, and institute reports. They have been presenting papers at major international, national, regional, and thematic conferences. The graduate student updates listed below highlight their impressive credentials.


Most importantly, our graduate students are getting hired. Sahar Sadeghi, who is defending her dissertation this semester, has accepted an appointment at Muhlenberg College. Corinne Castro just finished her first year at Texas Lutheran University. Sarah Jacobson has joined the faculty at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus. Michael Norton is working for Research for Action, an education policy research agency. Bessie Flatley is working with Veterans Justice Programs (VJP) at the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans at the University of Pennsylvania. Our students are building careers in both academic and policy settings.


My current advice for students is to embrace the new ways that social media can help you build your career networks. Follow the American Sociological Association on Twitter (@ASAnews) and joined the ASA network on LinkedIn. Follow other sociologists and related scholars from your field. Look for Facebook groups that are building conversations around sociological topics like the ASA Body & Embodiment Group (run by our own Sarah Pollock) or the Men & Masculinities page run by Tristan Bridges. Look for blogs by major sociologists, or groups of sociologists, like Family Inequality ( or Sociological Images ( You’ll even find sociologists doing interesting work on Pinterest and Spotify.


Finally, I am very excited that Dr. James Bachmeier has agreed to offer a new course for the graduate program this fall called “Demography & Immigration.” The course offers an exciting combination of demographic methods training and thematic investigation into the subject of immigration. It marks the return of demography to our course offerings and will be offered regularly.


Spotlight on New Faculty

Sherri Grasmuck


The Sociology Department is fortunate to have two new faculty members join us this year. Both are trained as demographers with interests in immigration but each focuses on distinct sub-fields of immigration and brings many new exciting research endeavors to our department. Professor Rebbeca Tesfai’s work focuses on how race, nativity and ethnic enclaves impact the socioeconomic experiences of immigrants, as well as their mental and physical health. Professor James Bachmeier’s research has concentrated on assessing and interpreting the integration of the U.S. Mexican-origin population, using social-demographic data as well as assessing methods of measuring immigrant legal status.


Rebbeca Tesfai began as a public health major at Johns Hopkins University. A work study position and internship there were crucial in her shift to sociology, as was a professor who turned out to be right when he proclaimed to her: “I’m going to turn you into a demographer.” After completing her MPH, Rebbeca solidified her interest in further graduate training in demography, health and immigration while working for two years at the Health Resources and Service Administration of the federal government. She earned her Ph.D. in demography and sociology at University of Pennsylvania.



Her dissertation, “The Economic Lives of Black Immigrants,” examines how black immigrants may be redefining what it means to be black in the United States. Using U.S. census data, this work explores the economic outcomes, home asset accumulation and locational attainment of foreign-born blacks. Unlike previous research, her analysis revealed that these immigrants actually earn significantly lower wages than U.S.-born blacks. However, at the same time, they tend to be less residentially segregated because they are able to gain access to neighborhoods closed off to U.S. born blacks. Rebbeca is currently engaged in publishing a series of articles based on this research and is also beginning three new projects. The first is a comparative project on black immigrants in the U.S. and Canada where she will explore the impact of being a black immigrant in national contexts with and without a large black minority population The second is a collaborative project related to measuring the effectiveness of a frequently used survey on child development for diverse populations in Philadelphia. Rebecca’s participation involves examining its effectiveness with African immigrant populations. The third project, also collaborative, will utilize a spatial analysis to explore the impact of ethnic enclaves on neighborhoods. This project is still in an exploratory phase.


Among the challenges of being a new professor at Temple are balancing the demands of teaching with staying on top of her research projects. Rebecca has taught two general education courses this year: quantitative methods and ethnicity and immigration and, in the process, learned “to take nothing for granted” about beginning students. In the near future she will be teaching more advanced courses that integrate her interests in health and immigration.


Rebbeca enjoys the trees and neighborhood feel of West Philadelphia where she lived throughout graduate school. When not doing sociology, Rebbeca loves international travel. Recent travels include trips to Malawi, Turkey, Israel, Costa Rica and numerous European cities.




Having grown up in North Dakota into a very athletic family (with a father in the Olympic wresting trials) James Bachmeier went to college on a golf scholarship, double majoring in philosophy and literature at St. Mary’s University. Unable to find work in related fields, he began working in a market research firm in Portland, Oregon during a time of rapid growth in the Mexican immigrant population there. He then decided that sociology’s combination of a strong theoretical tradition and research methodological training was the best way to pursue his interest in methods and immigrant populations. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine, and writing a dissertation entitled, “The Changing Patterns of Labor Migration and the Incorporation of Mexican Immigrants to the United States,” Jim then worked for two years as a post-doctoral research associate at the Population Research Institute at Penn State University.


Jim is also currently engaged in three research projects. The first is concerned with immigrant destinations; it seeks to understand how local contexts, including migrant social networks and ethnic communities, labor markets, and immigrant enforcement policies, have shaped patterns of Mexican immigration in the United States over the past two decades. The second project focuses on the legal and citizenship status of immigrants in the U.S.; this project is both concerned with how to improve survey methods used in measuring the legal status of immigrants and with how legal status is associated with the social and economic integration of contemporary immigrants into American society. In his third research endeavor Jim will examine inter-generational patterns of incorporation among members of the U.S. Mexican-origin population. The project will assess how the distinctive social and historical contexts out of which the Mexican-origin population has grown have influenced the economic mobility and educational attainment of today’s Mexican-American population. He feels fortunate to have participated in graduate school in research communities which offered safe spaces for the “first trial of ideas,” including bad ones, and hopes to be part of, or create, something similar at Temple.


Like Rebbeca, Jim has found the struggle of balancing teaching new courses, and figuring out a new institution with ongoing research involvements among his central first-year challenges. He lives in Ardmore with his family, all of whom are adjusting to changes on many fronts of their lives. They are all excited about exploring Philadelphia, its art scene and the explosion of cuisines in so many neighborhoods. Jim enjoys listening to music (and is a self-described awful guitar player), running and spending time with his wife and seven year-old-daughter and their two very large dogs.

Faculty Updates


Kimberly Goyette's coedited book with Annette Lareau, Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools, was published by Russell Sage Press in March 2014.  It includes chapters by experts in the fields of residential segregation, housing, and school choice, as well as two by the authors. She has also been busy as Director of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society.  The Center has brought two scholars from Vietnam to do research in the U.S. and funded three scholars from the U.S. to do research in Vietnam.  The Center also organized two conferences, one graduate student conference on Vietnamese Culture in March 2014 and another on Gender and Development in Vietnam in May 2014.  She traveled to Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam to present a talk called "Engaging Vietnam through the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society" in December 2013. She also continues to serve on the editorial board of Sociology of Education and as an elected council member for the ASA Sociology of Education section. 



Sherri Grasmuck had two recent publications related to her former ethnographic work on race, class and gentrification in new anthologies on ethnographic research (one a reflection on the challenges of doing fieldwork that blurs personal and work boundaries):

“Just don’t take notes at any of my games or do anything weird: Ethnography and Mothering across Adolescence” in Tamara Mose Brown and Joanna Dreby (eds) Artificial Divide: Family and Work in Everyday Ethnography. 2013. Temple University Press.


“The Clubhouse and Class Cultures” in Mitch Duneier, Philip Kasinitz and Alexandra Murphy (eds) The Urban Ethnography Reader. 2014. Oxford University Press,

She has been shifting her immigration focus away from Latin America and toward Turkey and toward “privileged migrants” who move to global cities in less affluent societies. As a consequence she spent five months in Turkey gathering interviews and began a new related collaborative research with Annika Hinze (Turkish Berlin), resulting in a co-presented paper at the Urban Affairs Association meetings. She also was an invited critic for an Author Meets Critic Session at ESS on Colin Jerolmack's fascinating new book: The Global Pigeon, an ethnography about animal-human encounters and their sociability basis.



Bob Kaufman’s longtime research and teaching interest in the issue of errors structures in regression models resulted in a monograph in Sage's Quantitative Applications in the Social Science series, Heteroskedasticity in Regression: Detection and Correction, published in June 2013. He presented a part of this work at the Workshop on Quantitative Applications in Sociology at Rutgers last year. Other professional activities included facilitating a roundtable on "Conducting Performance Evaluations with Early Career Faculty” at the 2013 ASA Chairs Conference and co-presenting with Dustin Kidd two workshops on the job market for our graduate students.



Dustin Kidd published a new book, Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society, with Westview Press. The book examines the relationship between identity and popular culture, with chapters on race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and nationality. Although film and television are featured, the book also investigates music, fiction, and the internet. The book focuses on demographic analyses of both the content of popular culture and the labor force of the culture industries, as well as a number of perspectives on how identity shapes the experiences of audiences. Pop Culture Freaks has a variety of online and social media companions including a blog ( and a Twitter account (@PopCultureFreak). His other accomplishments include joining the CLA grad committee, joining the CHAT advisory board, and selection to the Provost's Teaching Academy.



Joshua Klugman published three articles this year. In May 2013 his article on the Advanced Placement Arms race and how it drives inequalities in access to educational opportunities came out in Teachers College Record. In June 2013, his collaboration with Temple sociology colleagues Gretchen Condran and Matt Wray looking at the validity of county-level suicide rates came out in Social Science Quarterly. In December 2013 he co-authored a paper examining how being in a school with co-ethnics can benefit the test scores of Latino children of immigrants, which was also published in Social Science Quarterly.



Judith Levine’s book Ain’t No Trust: How Boyfriends, Bosses, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters was published in 2013 by the University of California Press. Based on qualitative interviews with low-income mothers both before and after welfare reform, Levine argues that distrust is a palpable and enduring aspect of life in poverty that undermines policy and, because trust is valuable, is itself a form of inequality. Levine has given talks on the book this year at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, and University of Michigan and will soon be speaking at the University of Chicago. She has also written about the book for the Boston Review ( and appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, WHYY’s Radio Times hosted by Marty Moss-Coane, NBC News’ website feature In Plain Sight: Poverty in America, and various other media outlets. Levine organized the Social Policy sessions at the 2013 ASA meetings and serves on the Distinguished Career Award committee of the Family Section of the ASA.



Pablo Vila had a productive year with the publication in 2013 of his book Cumbia! Scenes of a Migrant Latin American Music (Duke University Press), co-edited with Hector Fernandez L’Hoeste, for which he also co-wrote the introduction and another chapter. He also published a chapter in in Voces hibridas : reflexiones en torno a la obra de Garcia Canclini, 2013, edited by Eduardo Nivon Bolan (Siglo XXI Editores and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Division de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades).  In addition, he presented conference papers at ICSA-UACJ (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico), Conference on Musica Popular e Narrativas (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Conference Border Religion at the Borderlands: Conceptualizing “Borders” Through The Study Of Religion (St. Gallen, Switzerland), and Department of Sociology-CUNY-Queens College (New York). He also was a visiting professor at Escola de Comunicacoes e Artes, Departamento de Cinema, Radio e Televisao. Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil) in June 2013 where he taught a graduate seminar, “Musica Popular y Procesos Identificatorios.”



Matt Wray's edited reader, Cultural Sociology: An Introductory Reader, was published by W. W. Norton in 2013, including an introductory chapter and section introductions which he wrote.


His research in medical sociology and suicide resulted in a co-authored paper (Joshua Klugman, Gretchen Condran and Matt Wray) on geographic variation in suicide rates, which appeared in Social Science Quarterly, and in a sole authored Sidebar piece on suicide prevention in Contexts. He also published an invited commentary (with Rachael Volberg) in Addiction Research and Theory. In addition, he is active in service to the profession as a Council member of the ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, a member of the ASA Social Media Task Force, the Book Reviews Editor for Contexts, and is an editorial board member for Temple University Press, ASA's Rose Series in Sociology, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (founding member).



Lu Zhang recently published a chapter entitled, “Whose Hard Times? Explaining Autoworkers Strike Waves in Recent-Day China” in by L. Fink, J. Sangster, and J. A. McCartin (eds.), 2014, Workers in Hard Times: A Long View of Economic Crises (University of Illinois Press,). She presented papers at the Association for Asian Studies 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego and the Social Science History Association 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago. She gave an invited talks on her forthcoming book at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and the Political Theory Workshop at Temple University. Dr. Zhang co-organized the mini-Conference on China for the Eastern Sociological Society 2014 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, and organized panels for the Conference on “Labor and Global Solidarity--The US, China and Beyond” and the Left Forum, both held in New York city. She also received Summer Research Award and Grant-in-Aid for Research Award from the Office of the Provost at Temple University for 2013.



Shanyang Zhao’s highly varied interests are reflected in his forthcoming publications on topics ranging from a rereading of William James on the self (Theory & Psychology), to content analyses of Facebook pages (Sage Cases in Methodology), to the ethnographic study of social causation (Quality & Quantity).


Graduate Student Updates


Jorge Ballinas has two recent presentations, one a round table session at the 2013 ASA meetings, and the other a regular session at the 2014 ESS meetings. The former presentation, "Understanding the Smartphone" is being reworked for publication and is a content analysis of 55 smartphone commercials focusing on how women and racial minorities are represented and the extent to which these representations fit in with the historical and contemporary narrative of technology and progress being predominantly white and male domains. The latter presentation, "The Invisible Work of the US News Media," analyzed four news stories about racism in relation to the variation of coverage across news networks and newspapers thought to be ideologically distinct: MSNBC, CNN, FOX, NY Times, and USA Today.  He also has an upcoming presentation from the same news project which is more theory focused, "Colorblind Racism as News", for this year's upcoming ASA meetings in a regular session.  Both news presentations are part of the same project being prepared for publication. He also won the 2013 First Summers Research Award.



Valerie Bonner is serving as the student representative on the ASA Familiy Section council.



Esther Hio-Tong Castillo has presented papers in the Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers in Los Angeles in April 2013, the Left Forum in New York in June 2013 and RC21 Conference on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association in Berlin, Germany in August 2013. She has also been selected as one of the 25 participants in an international summer school organized by Research Committee 21 (RC21) of the International Sociology Association, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), and the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS). 


In 2013 Gorkem Dagdelen worked on a topic that he had not been interested in before: the labor movements in China and Turkey. With regard to this topic, the term paper he prepared in the course, Globalization and Development, resulted in two products: a paper at a side-conference of 2013 ASA meeting in New York and an article in a peer-reviewed journal in Turkey:

“Cin Emek Hareketinin Yapisal ve Orgutsel Dinamikleri” (Diaries of Resistance at the Workshop of the World: Structural and Associational Dynamics of Chinese Labor Movement), Praksis, 2014, No. 34.

“Neoliberal Utopia and the Puzzle of Class Formation: Labor Unrest in the Export Processing Zones of China and Turkey,” Mini-Conference: Labor and Global Solidarity, August 12, 2013, New York.

2013 also brought Gorkem a chance to rework on the findings of a fieldwork on Turkish immigrants in the USA that he got involved in 2008. First, with his colleague, Zeynep Karakilic, he participated in the writing process of a paper on researcher experiences in migration studies in Turkey. Here they discussed their one-month fieldwork experiences in New York in 2008. This collectively written article will be published as the conference booklet of Graduate Student Symposium on Migration Studies that took place in April, 2013, in Izmir, Turkey. In addition, he plans to submit his recently paper on Turkish immigrants entitled as “Segmented Transnationalism among Turkish Immigrants in the United States” to a peer-reviewed journal in this May. Last but not the least, this year, besides academic products, he started publishing short articles on literature and painting in art journals and online magazines. His article, Leger: The Painter of Modern Metropolis, which is based on his impressions of Leger exhibition that took place in Philadelphia Museum of Art, was published in the monthly art journal, Evrensel Kultur. Also, his book reviews on Mo Yan’s Red Sorghum and Uwe Timm’s Morenga appeared on a newspaper book review magazine, Birgun Kitap, and on an online literature news magazine, Edebiyat Haber, respectively.



Kelly Feighan presented two papers at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) held here in Philadelphia in April, 2014. Her first paper, entitled "The Relationship between Middle School Teachers’ Mathematics Knowledge and Student Outcomes" explores whether New Jersey students from disadvantaged backgrounds are taught by teachers exhibiting less content knowledge. The second paper, "Anticipated Retention and Occupational Stress among Beginner Teachers in Urban Secondary Schools" explores the physical and emotional manifestations of occupational stress in novice teachers. Both papers are available at the AERA website. (See and search Feighan in the program portal or email Kelly for the full papers and Power Point presentations).


Kelly also presented at three other conferences this past year in her role at Research for Better Schools, Philadelphia's longest-running educational research firm. First, she presented findings from an evaluation of a high school credit-recovery program at the Pennsylvania Educational Research Association. She collaborated with Dr. Dan Weinles from the Christina School District in Wilimington, Delaware and called the paper, “The Effectiveness of Credit Recovery Schools in High School Drop-out Prevention: Evidence from the Field.” Second, she presented an invited talk at the Urban Teacher Residency United Symposium in Chicago and shared findings about high school students' perceptions of their teachers' effectiveness. Kelly and a colleague from the Philadelphia Education Fund called that presentation, “Secondary Students’ Experiences with Philadelphia Teacher Residents." Finally, Kelly spoke to the American Evaluation Association about how to conduct high-quality evaluation work on limited budgets. Her presentation is entitled, “Confessions of an Educational Evaluator: Producing Publishable Results on a Shoe-String Budget.” For copies of any of these Power Point presentations, please feel free to email Kelly at



Bessie Flatley recently presented a chapter of her dissertation research at ESS.  Entitled “‘We’re not activists’: Collective response to Marcellus Shale development in Western Pennsylvania”, the chapter examines why and how residents in two rural Pennsylvanian counties are collectively organizing in response to shale gas drilling.  She also received a full time position beginning in July 2013 as Program Analyst for Veterans Justice Programs (VJP) at the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans and the University of Pennsylvania (  VJP identifies Veterans involved in the criminal justice system and engages them in VA services and treatment to prevent their homelessness and end their contact with the criminal justice system.



Chuck Galli has completed a 2-year research project under the Office of Naval Research in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University, East Carolina State University, and Rhode Island College. His role was to test for accuracy a network analysis software package (ORA) being developed by Carnegie Mellon for the US Navy. From this work, he contributed to The Historical Dictionary of Sudan, 4th Edition (2013 Scarecrow Press; ISBN 0810861801). He is currently reviewing the book The Post-Colonial State and Civil War in Sudan (2013 I.B. Tauris; ISBN 178076085X) by Dr. Noah Bassil for the Sudan Studies Association Bulletin as an epilogue to his work on this research initiative.



Colin Hammar presented the two papers listed below, winning the Geis Student

Paper award for the second.


Hammar, Colin. October 2013 Music, Symphony Orchestras, and Gender Inequality. Association for Humanist Sociology Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

Hammar, Colin. April 2014. West Side Story and the Intersection of Identities: Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium Conference, Villanova University.


CiAuna Heard presented one paper. She was a First Summers Research Fellow in 2013. She will spend this summer working as a graduate researcher for the project “Immigrant-Native Relations in 21st-Century America: Intergroup Contact, Trust, and Civic Engagement”, Michael Jones-Correa, Helen Marrow, Dina Okamoto, and Linda Tropp as Principal Investigators.


2013. Heard, CiAuna. "Creating Identity from Social Movement Frameworks: The Case of Jack and Jill of America Inc." Association for Humanist Sociology.


Sarah Jacobson has completed her first year as a tenure track professor at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus.



Danielle Johnson was a First Summers Research Fellow in 2013. She presented the following paper:


Danielle Johnson, 2013, Proximity to Community Health Centers and the Effect on Self-Reported Health, 3rd Annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference.


Jennifer Kim was awarded the CLA Advanced Graduate Scholar Award from the Center for Humanities at Temple (CHAT). She is presenting a paper, "Transgressive Discourses and Representations of Race in Sketch Comedy," at the Center for Cultural Sociology Conference at Yale University in April. 



Karen Kohn is currently working a book which will be titled I am currently working a book which will be titled Collection Evaluation: A Practical Guide for Librarians, forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield.



Ethan Levine published a scholarly paper, presented at a conference, and published an essay online.


Levine, Ethan Czuy. 2014. “United Nations Policy and the Intersex Community.” Ch. 10 in Disability, Human Rights, & Humanitarianism, edited by Michael Gill and Cathy Schlund-Vials. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.


“Sexual Violence and the Persistence of Gendered Legislation” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, 2013.


Levine, Ethan Czuy. 2014. “Popping the question: 'Darling, will you share my health insurance?'" (


Kimberly Lok presented at The Left Forum, New York, NY on June 8, 2013. The presentation titled, "Aquaponics in the Urban Landscape: Community, Solidarity and The Right to Food Production" discussed ongoing research that she has conducted during the last two summers examining urban gardens and aquaponics spaces in Chicago.



Ryan P. Murphy had an article accepted for publication in the December 2014 issue of Social Compass.  The article, titled “Promises Unfulfilled: American Religious Sisters and Gender Inequality in the Post-Vatican II Catholic Church,” examines the experiences of American Catholic nuns in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Ryan presented an earlier version of this paper at The Irrepressible Energy of the Spirit: Vatican II and Beyond Conference at Chestnut Hill College in April 2013.  Along with colleague Emily Schademan, Ryan has also had his presentation “Moving Beyond the ‘Like’ Button- New Ways to Engage in Social Change” accepted to two national conferences: IMPACT at Valparaiso University in February 2014 and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference in June 2014.  Ryan plans to incorporate feedback on this presentation as he develops it into a publishable full-length article for college faculty and administrators. 



Sarah Pollock presented a paper at the ASA meetings. She is serving on the communications committee of the ASA Body & Embodiment section (she helped launch their Facebook page). She is also serving on the distinguished article award committee of the ASA Sex & Gender section.


Pollock, Sarah. 2013. “Fitness as a Field: How Popular Magazines Compete by Claiming Expertise.” ASA Annual Meeting. New York, NY. August 10-13.


Robert Roach co-authored a paper with Erwin De Leon for the Urban Institute.  “Immigrant Legal-Aid Organizations in the United States.” Available at He also won the 2014 First Summers Research Award.


Lauren Ross was awarded a Dissertation Completion Grant. She has a new publication coming out soon.

Ross, Lauren M. and Danilo Pelletiere. Forthcoming. “Chile’s New Rental Housing Subsidy and its Relevance to US Housing Choice Voucher Program Reform.” Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research.


Sahar Sadeghi was awarded a Dissertation Completion Grant and will defend her dissertation in April.


Daniel Schermond was awarded a Dissertation Completion Grant. He presented papers at the ASA and ESS meetings.

Schermond, Daniel T. (August 2013), “Fitting Under the Umbrella: Visibility and Marginalization Within the LGBTQ Community.” American Sociological Association 2013 Annual Meeting, New York NY.

Schermond, Daniel T. (February 2014), “Locating Queer Space: Finding and Constructing LGBTQ Spaces through Social Networking and User Generated Online Content”, Eastern Sociological Society 2014 Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD


Sheena Sood presented a paper at the ASA meetings. She also received a 2013 First Summers Research Award.

August 2013, “Color-Blind Racism in the Media: Mindy Kaling as an ‘Honorary White’?” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, (Roundtable at the Section on Asia and Asian America), New York, NY.


Christina Stewart won the Geis student paper award at the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium for the paper “Narrative Archetypes of Non-Offending Pedophiles.”



Xiaoyang Sun co-presented a paper at the AERA meetings.

Rhoads, Robert A., and Xiaoyang Sun. (2014, April). “Ethnic Diversity in China and the Role of Minzu University: Analyzing Organizational Narratives of Change.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia.


Amanda Turner presented at the ASA meetings. She also won the 2014 First Summers Research Award.

Turner, Amanda. “Play to Pay?: Games Matter for STEM Choice.” Paper presented at Section on Children and Youth Paper Session. Digital Youth: Young People, New Media and Social Change at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY. August, 2013.


Corey Waters published a paper and presented several conference papers.

Waters, Corey. 2013.  "Boundaries Both Blurred and Bright: Complexities of a Mexican Taquería in Philadelphia."  Schuylkill Graduate Journal 11(1):20-34.


Waters, Corey. "Deconstructing Privilege: Veganism, Whiteness, and Narrative Co-Construction." Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Waters, Corey. "Deconstructing Privilege: Veganism, Whiteness, and Narrative Co-Construction." American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.


Waters, Corey. "Boundaries Both Blurred and Bright: Complexities of a Mexican Taqueria in Philadelphia." Global Temple Conference.


Waters, Corey. "Accommodating the Target: Veganism, Healthfulness, and Hegemonic Masculinities." Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.


AJ Young published two essays online and presented a paper at the AHS meetings.

Young, Andrew J. 2014. “Are You Doing Your Work? White Transmen Holding Ourselves Accountable to Audre Lorde’s Legacy,” The Feminist Wire, February 20. Web.

Young, Andrew J. 2014. “Grantland's Triple Bogey: How Grantland Botched More than Trans Politics in the Dr. V Controversy,” GPhilly, January 27. Web.

Young, Andrew J. “Just One of the Gays? A Qualitative Study of Transmen’s Experiences in Becoming Gay Men.” Association of Humanist Sociology Annual Meeting.

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