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Students publish in Journal of Marriage and Family

Jeremy Uecker and Charles Stokes present new findings on link between age and marriage

Mon, Dec 8, 2008

As the median age at first marriage in the United States continues to rise, researchers interested in family life have turned their attention toward explaining why young adults are not marrying in early adulthood. But UT graduate students Jeremy Uecker and Chuck Stokes ask a different question in their article "Early Marriage in the United States." In an effort to bring better balance to our understanding of family formation, Uecker and Stokes report the number of young adults who do marry early--despite reduced costs of delayed marriage in our society like growing and now widespread acceptance of premarital sex and cohabitation--and explain who continues to marry young. Uecker and Stokes analyze data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a study that followed more than 15,000 respondents as they moved from adolescence to young adulthood, and find that although they receive little attention in scholarly research and the popular media, married young adults are fare

Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport

Mon, Dec 1, 2008

The cultural ubiquity, political prominence and economic significance of contemporary sport present fertile terrain for its critical socio-cultural analysis. From corporate and media dominated mega-events like the Olympic Games, to state programmes for nation-building and health promotion, to the cultural politics of "race", gender, sexuality, age and disability, sport is so profoundly marked by relations of power that it lends itself to critique and deconstruction.

Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport brings together leading experts on sport to address these issues and to reflect on the continued appeal of sport to people across the globe, as well as on the forms of inequality that sport both produces and highlights. Including a Foreword by Harry Cleaver and Afterword by Michael Berube, this book assesses the impact of this work on the fields of 'mainstream' Marxism and cultural studies. Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport is centred on three vital questions:

2008-9 PhD Placements

Sociology students obtain tenure-track positions at universities

Mon, Dec 1, 2008

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REU spotlights

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program faculty and student spotlights

Mon, Nov 17, 2008

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program offers undergraduates interested in research an opportunity to acquire advanced research skills and hands-on experience at the University of Texas at Austin.

Crime on the rise?

Public perception of crime remains out of sync with reality, criminologist contends

Thu, Nov 13, 2008

When the FBI and Department of Justice release their annual reports on crime in the United States, Dr. Mark Warr's phone starts ringing. His voicemail fills with interview requests from reporters seeking the criminologist's expertise for stories on rising crime.

But the angle of many news stories based on FBI data--that violent crime is a growing national problem--is frustrating, the professor of sociology says, because it's inaccurate.

"Many people don't realize that while reported crime may appear to go up in a given year, that doesn't mean real crime rates are on the rise," Warr says. "Based on data from a variety of measurement tools, the overall trend is actually quite good. In fact, the homicide rate in the western world has actually been declining for more than 700 years."

Warr has studied social reaction to crime for three decades, published dozens of studies on crime, public opinion and victimization, authored a book on delinquency and served a

Dr Mark Regnerus featured in The New Yorker

Regnerus' research on religion, sex and teen pregnancy sheds light on important questions

Mon, Nov 3, 2008

Migration, Homeland, and Belonging in Eurasia

Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Edited by Cynthia J. Buckley, Blair A. Ruble and Erin Trouth Hofmann, Published by Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Copublished by Johns Hopkins University Press

Fall 2008 PhD Graduate Reception highlights

Oct 23, 2008, at the Texas Natural Science Center

Mon, Oct 27, 2008

Sociology undergraduates receive Rapoport Scholarship

Mazen Elfakhani and Marcelo A Bohrt-Seeghers awarded prestigious thesis scholarship

Wed, Oct 15, 2008

Sociology seniors Mazen Elfakhani and Marcelo A Bohrt-Seeghers have each been awarded a Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship for the 2008-9 academic year. Mazen will be writing his thesis under the direction of Dr Christopher Ellison; Marcelo will be writing his thesis under the direction of Dr Sharmila Rudrappa.

The Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarships honor Audre and Bernard Rapoport and Robert D. King, former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Audre and Bernard Rapoport of Waco, Texas have provided an endowment that enables the College of Liberal Arts to provide scholarship and research support for those students who are writing a thesis in one of the Departmental Honors Programs the year they apply.

Professor elected as Chair of ASA section

Professor Robert Hummer elected Chairperson of Population Section of American Sociological Association

Tue, Oct 7, 2008

Dr Robert Hummer was recently elected to Chair the Population Section of the American Sociological Association. This section is one of the largest at ASA, with over 1,000 members. The purpose of the section is to foster the development of the study of population within the context of sociology. The section holds annual meetings, publishes a newsletter, and maintains a website and list-serve for its members. It also presents awards to recognize and honor outstanding research by its members.

Health gap between married and unmarried people narrows, study shows

Debra Umberson and Hui Liu's recent findings published in Journal of Health and Social Behavior and New York Times

Tue, Sep 23, 2008

A long-standing sociological tenet is that marriage enhances health, a study by a recent Ph.D. graduate, Hui (Cathy) Liu, and professor Debra J. Umberson finds that the health gap between married and unmarried people has changed over the past three decades. Based on 32 years' National Health Interview Survey data, they find that the self-rated health of the never-married has improved over the past three decades. Moreover, the gap between the married and the never married has narrowed over time for men but not for women. In contrast, the self-rated health of the widowed, divorced, and separated worsened over time, relative to the married and the widening health gap between the married and the previously married is more pronounced for women than for me. These results highlight the importance of social change in shaping the impact of marital status on self-reported health and challenge long-held assumptions about gender, marital status, and health. The findings are in the September issue

Professor Robert Woodberry discusses his work with PAA

The Population Association of America interviews Dr Woodberry in the fall newsletter

Mon, Sep 15, 2008

Dr Robert Woodberry's research focuses on how colonialism and missionary activity shaped societies.

Hearty congratulations go to Meredith Worthen whose outstanding work was recently recognized

Future Faculty Grants Award from the Academic Keys Foundation in the amount of $1000

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

Hearty congratulations go to Meredith Worthen whose outstanding work was recently recognized with the Future Faculty Grants Award from the Academic Keys Foundation in the amount of $1,000.

Meet the new Sociology faculty members

The Sociology Department welcomes Javier Auyero, Nestor Rodriguez and Tetyana Pudrovska to the faculty

Wed, Aug 27, 2008

Three new faculty members have joined the Department of Sociology: Professor Javier Auyero, Professor Nestor Rodriguez, and Assistant Professor Tetyana Pudrovska.

Sociology student to compete in 2008 Summer Olympics

Senior Ian Crocker to compete in Swimming in Beijing

Thu, Aug 14, 2008

Ian Crocker (Sociology senior) earned his third trip to the Olympics in August 2008 after finishing second in the 100-meter butterfly finals at the Olympic Trials. He represents the United States in the 100-meter butterfly. He also earned two gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal during the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games. Crocker competes on August 13-15.

Professor Ari Adut's new book out in August

Dr Adut's book, On Scandal, is part of Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences series by Cambridge

Mon, Jul 28, 2008

Scandal is the quintessential public event. Here is the first general and comprehensive analysis of this ubiquitous moral phenomenon. Taking up wide-ranging cases in society, politics, and art, Ari Adut shows when wrongdoings generate scandals and when they do not. He focuses on the emotional and cognitive experience of scandals and the relationships among those who are involved in or exposed to them. This perspective explains variations in the effects, frequency, elicited reactions, outcomes, and strategic uses of scandals. On Scandal: Moral Disturbances in Society, Politics, and Art offers provocative accounts of the Oscar Wilde, Watergate, and Lewinsky affairs. Adut also employs the lens of scandal to address puzzles and questions regarding public life. Why is American politics plagued by sex scandals? What is the cause of the rise in political scandals in Western democracies? Why were Victorians sometimes very accommodating and other times very intolerant of homosexuality? W

Graduate student receives outstanding student paper award

Jeremy Uecker receives McNamara award from ASR

Wed, Jul 16, 2008

Sociology graduate student Jeremy Uecker was awarded the 2008 Robert J. McNamara Student Paper Award from the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) for his paper, "Religious and Spiritual Responses to 9/11: Evidence from the Add Health Sample." He will present the paper at the ASR meeting in July, and it is forthcoming in a special issue of Sociological Spectrum on the sociology of religion.

Assistant Professor to join investigation in virtual communities

Dr Simone Browne joins Humanities, Art, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory this fall

Mon, Jun 23, 2008

Dr Simone Browne has recently joined HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), a group of MacArthur-funded scholars working on issues related to virtual communities and harnessing communication technologies for classroom use.

She will be working with other scholars in piloting a class activity exploring issues of race, gender, and presentation of self in the virtual world in fall, 2008.

With age comes a sense of peace and calm, Population Research Center study shows

Professors Ross and Mirowsky publish findings Social Science and Medicine

Sat, Jun 14, 2008

Aging brings a sense of peace and calm, according to a new study from the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Starting at about age 60, participants reported more feelings of ease and contentment than their younger counterparts.

Catherine Ross and John Mirowsky, professors of sociology, have published the findings in "Age and the Balance of Emotions" in the May 19 issue of Social Science and Medicine. The research was funded in part by the National Institute on Aging.

The findings reveal aging is associated with more positive than negative emotions, and more passive than active emotions, Ross said.

Previous research on emotions associated with aging focused on negative emotions, such as depression. However, a second dimension underlying emotions is an active versus passive dimension, which is less studied, but may be important in explaining how emotions shift as people age, according to the researchers.

"The passi

Professors Muller and Umberson invited to join the Sociological Research Association

Chandra Muller and Debra Umberson new members of prestigious organization

Wed, Jun 11, 2008

Dr Chandra Muller and Dr Debra Umberson have recently been invited to join the Sociological Research Association (SRA). Founded in 1936, the SRA's mission is to recognize and promote excellence in sociological research. Currently, its membership numbers about 425 (some of whom are emeriti). Invitations to membership are extended to a limited number of sociologists each year, based on their long-term careers of distinguished research.

Sociology Graduate Coordinator receives UT Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award

Evelyn Porter awarded Outstanding Graduate Coordinator for 2008

Mon, Apr 28, 2008

Sociology Graduate Coordinator, Evelyn Porter, has received the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies. Congratulations!

Sociology graduate students receive University fellowships

Jeremy Uecker, Chris Pieper, Erin Hamilton each awarded a fellowship from the University

Tue, Apr 22, 2008

Sociology graduate students Jeremy Uecker, Chris Pieper, and Erin Hamilton each received a University fellowship for the academic year 2008-2009. Mr Uecker was awarded the University Continuing Fellowship; Mr Pieper and Ms Hamilton were both granted an Endowed Graduate School Fellowship. All of the fellowships include a full stipend, as well as tuition and insurance assistance. Congratulations to all!

College of Liberal Arts: Life and Letters new issue

Winter 2007-8 issue of Life and Letters is out now

Mon, Apr 7, 2008

The winter 2007-8 issue of Life and Letters, the Liberal Arts magazine that profiles faculty research, accomplished alumni and students who excel both in and out of the classroom, is available now. This special issue is dedicated to 'Gateway to the Americas, and Changing US Demographics', and features the work and research of the faculty of the Department of Sociology. Copies are available in BUR 336.

Former Sociology Chairperson and Professor Emeritus Charles Bonjean passes away at age 72

Fri, Mar 28, 2008

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Bonjean, 72, a long-time Austin resident, retired sociology professor and third executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas, passed away on February 20, 2008, in Florida of natural causes. He moved from Austin to Florida in December 2007 to be near family.

Bonjean is survived by a brother, Spence Bonjean of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; a sister, Sandra Bonjean Crouse of Huntsville, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Photos from Sociology Recruiting 2008

The Scholz Garten Reception March 5th

Tue, Mar 11, 2008

Recruiting festivities enjoyed by all who attended our Spring/Winter event.

Sociology professors featured on UT homepage

Debra Umberson, Mark Hayward, Kelly Raley, and Norval Glenn discuss their research

Tue, Feb 19, 2008

Professors Debra Umberson, Mark Hayward, Kelly Raley, and Norval Glenn are interviewed in the University feature story, "Til Death Do Us Part?' now displayed on the UT home webpage. They share their research findings and views on the diverse health consequences of marriage and divorce.

Dr Mark Regnerus featured on UT 'Take 5'

Video snapshots from university faculty offer a glimpse into lecture halls and labs across campus

Fri, Jan 25, 2008

Dr Mark Regnerus explores the attitudes and actions of evangelical teens toward sex. For the feature video, go to the link below.

Research Experience for Undergraduates program now accepting applications

Thu, Jan 17, 2008

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Minority Group Demography offers undergraduates interested in social science research an opportunity to acquire advanced research skills and hands-on experience at The University of Texas at Austin.

Summer 2008 REU Program Highlights:
• 10 weeks on the UT Austin campus engaged in academic coursework and applied research apprenticeships, focusing on the social scientific study of minority group experience in the U.S.

• Earn 3 hours college credit for an upper-division sociology course on the methods and materials of demographic research, the scientific study of human populations

• Gain valuable professional experience by writing a scholarly paper and presenting it at a professional conference in the fall semester following the REU program

The program pays for tuition, room and board, computer expenses, books; REU students also receive a stipend.

Past participants of th

Placements for recent PhDs

Sociology 2008 PhD graduates obtain tenure-track positions at universities

Sun, Jan 13, 2008

Professor Marc Musick's new book out

Volunteers: A Social Profile

Mon, Jan 7, 2008

Making use of a broad range of survey information to offer a detailed portrait of the volunteer in America, Volunteers: A Social Profile, co-authored by Marc Musick and John Wilson (Duke University), provides an important resource for everyone who works with volunteers or is interested in their role in contemporary society. Musick and Wilson address issues of volunteer motivation by focusing on individuals' subjective states, their available resources, and the influence of gender and race.

"A much needed book for both scholars and practitioners. It covers a wide range of topics dealing with volunteering...A major contribution." --Virginia Hodgkinson, Center for Voluntary Organizations and Service

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