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Dr. Simone Browne on Academia and Twitter

Thu, Dec 20, 2012

Dr. Simone Browne was quoted in the Times Higher Education on Twitter and how it impacts academia, knowledge and access.

Dr. Javier Auyero Receives Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship

Wed, Dec 12, 2012

Dr. Javier Auyero has been awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013.

KEYE-TV Interviews Dr. Christine Williams on Walmart Black Friday Employee Walk Out

Wed, Nov 21, 2012

Watch the video clip of KEYE-TV's Tuesday night lead story here.

School Exclusion Policies Stigmatize Arrested Teens and Contribute to Educational Failure, New Study Shows

Fri, Nov 16, 2012

“Zero- tolerance” policies that rely heavily on suspensions and expulsions hinder teens who have been arrested from completing high school or pursuing a college degree, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin.

Researchers Receive $3.2 Million Grant to Study Development Across Human Lifespan

Wed, Nov 14, 2012

The University of Texas at Austin sociologist Chandra Muller and economist Sandra Black have received a $3.2 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the effects of cognition on health, mortality, education, and employment from high school and beyond.

Sociology Graduate Student Named 2012 Powers Fellow

Mon, Nov 5, 2012

Sociology Ph.D. candidate Esther Sullivan has been named a Powers Fellow for 2012-13 for her research on the social impacts of residential relocation and eviction.

Sociology Panel on Minority Issues Featured in Daily Texan

Wed, Oct 31, 2012

A panel hosted by the Department of Sociology on the marginalization of minority students at the University is featured in The Daily Texan.

The Hard Tuth about Telecommuting

Mon, Oct 29, 2012

Half to two-thirds of work employees do at home pushes work hours above 40, indicating in most cases "telecommuters" are just adding overtime to their work, researchers find.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? Wins Hamilton Book Award

Wed, Oct 17, 2012

Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson's book Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? won the runner-up prize prize of the 2012 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award.

"New Ways of Working, Same Old Gender Inequality": Sociologists Examine New Work Barriers for Women

Tue, Oct 16, 2012

While recent work transformations in the face of globalization, downsizing and other economic challenges may seem progressive, they can in fact belie progressive aims and undermine female employees.

Researchers Chronicle Early Impacts of Texas Family Planning Cuts

Mon, Oct 8, 2012

Sociology and PRC researchers find cuts to Planned Parenthood and others dismantle safety net for women’s preventative care.

Mortality Rate of Women with Less Than a High School Diploma Is Increasing

Mon, Oct 8, 2012

The mortality rate of women with less than a high school diploma is on the rise, Dr. Mark Hayward finds.

"Changing the Reputation of Rundberg": APD Hires Sociology Professor in Community Reclamation Project

Mon, Oct 1, 2012

Dr. David Kirk will work with Austin Police Department to study, monitor and improve North Austin neighborhood.

CLA 4th floor exterior.

New CLA Building Near Completion

Mon, Oct 1, 2012

Sociology faculty, lecturers and staff tour the new Liberal Arts Building under construction.

Study by Recent UT Graduate Links Lower Education Levels and Decreased Lifespans Among Whites

Tue, Sep 25, 2012

Study on link between education and lifespan by Jennifer K. Montez, RWJ Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and recent UT-Austin graduate, is featured in The New York Times.

"All Violence Is Paid For": Urban Violence in Buenos Aires

Tue, Sep 18, 2012

Dr. Javier Auyero and elementary school teacher Fernanda Berti examine new forms of urban violence in Buenos Aires.

Religions Play Positive Role in African AIDS Crisis

Thu, Sep 13, 2012

While the Western press often targets religious groups for their roles in handling the African AIDS crisis, these groups tend to play positive—and critical—roles in fighting the epidemic, according to sociologists Alexander Weinreb and Jenny Trinitapoli.

Responding to Disaster: Dr. Ronald Angel and Dr. Holly Bell on Disaster, Displacement and Government Response

Fri, Sep 7, 2012

Angel and Bell speak about the disproportionate effects disasters like Katrina have on low-income people, and why a big government response is necessary to mitigate the damages.

Oxford University Press Publishes "Religion and AIDS in Africa"

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Drs. Alex Weinreb and Jenny Trinitapoli present a comprehensive account of the impact of religion on the AIDS epidemic.

Study Presented at ASA Reveals Link Between Marriage and Alcohol Consumption

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

New research finds long-term marriage linked to lower alcohol consumption in men, but higher consumption in women.

Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson Receives 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Professor Sheldon Ekland-Olson is a recipient of the 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.

Sociology Doctoral Candidate Awarded Moore Fellowship to Study Forced Relocation

Mon, Jul 9, 2012

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded the $20,000 Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship to Esther Sullivan, a doctoral candidate in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Alcohol Abuse Might Be the Cause – Rather than the Effect – of Social Isolation and Poor Grades Among Teenagers, Study Shows

Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Rather than gaining “liquid courage” to let loose with friends, teenage drinkers are more likely to feel like social outcasts, according to a new sociology study from The University of Texas at Austin.

UT-Austin Sociology Graduates Ready to Change the World

Fri, Jun 8, 2012

PhD graduate speaks about how his experience at UT helped him prepare for the future.

The Obamas and the New Politics of Race

Wed, Jun 6, 2012

New research explores to what degree Obama's election has signaled the end of racism in US politics.

Graduate Student Receives Prestigious Research Award

Wed, May 30, 2012

Graduate Student Aida Ramos has received a Constant H. Jacquet Research Award from the Religious Research Association.

Dr. Maya Charrad Invited to Speak at White House and UN

Tue, May 29, 2012

Dr. Maya Charrad presents her research on Muslim women and families at the White House and the United Nations.

Article on Health Insurance Coverage Among Older Women Receives Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize

Thu, May 24, 2012

Dr. Jacqueline Angel, Dr. Ronald Angel and Dr. Jennifer Karas-Montez's article is awarded the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for best paper published in Women's Health Issues in 2011.

Sociology Undergraduate Elected Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar

Thu, May 24, 2012

Sociology student Robiel Abraha has been elected as one of 15 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars for 2012.

Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez (left) with Sociology Chair Dr. Christine Williams (right)

Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez Receives Women's and Gender Studies Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award

Mon, May 14, 2012

Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez was presented with the Lucia, John, and Melissa Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award honoring her outstanding record of undergraduate and graduate teaching in Women's and Gender Studies courses.

Sociology Graduate Students Receive Fellowships

Mon, May 14, 2012

The following Sociology graduate students have been awarded fellowships.

Sociology Majors Receive Prestigious Awards

Wed, May 9, 2012

The following Sociology undergraduate students have received awards.

Sport, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Deeply Divided Societies

Mon, May 7, 2012

On April 27 sociologist John Sugden presented "Sport, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Deeply Divided Societies: Between Idealism and Fatalism." Sugden spoke about sport-related interventions that have contributed to peace processes across the world.

Sociology Professor and PRC Director Mark Hayward Appointed to National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Population

Mon, May 7, 2012

Sociology Professor and PRC Director Mark Hayward has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Population.

Measuring the Effects of Texas Family Planning Cuts

Mon, May 7, 2012

The Texas Tribune highlights the work of Dr. Joe Potter, Dr. Kristine Hopkins and graduate student Amanda Stevenson in a piece on policy changes in the Texas family planning budget.

The Daily Texan's Q&A with Dr. Ben Carrington

Fri, May 4, 2012

Dr. Ben Carrington discusses a variety of topics with The Daily Texan, from UT's slow integration process to the Rooney Rule, to what the University athletic department can do to distinguish itself as a beacon of diversity.

Dr. Mark Warr Named American Society of Criminology Fellow

Wed, Apr 25, 2012

Professor Mark Warr has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Dr. Debra Umberson Wins Investigator Award in Health Policy Research

Mon, Apr 9, 2012

With the need for innovative health policy more apparent than ever, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research are encouraging scholars to tackle some of America's most difficult health concerns to better inform policy on these issues.

Does Marriage Make People Happy?

Fri, Mar 23, 2012

Dr. Debra Umberson's research on marriage and well-being is featured in the U.S. News & World Report.

Jean Nava with his mother.

Sociology Students Named Distinguished Graduates of 2012

Wed, Mar 21, 2012

Sociology undergraduate students Stephanie Greeson and Jean Nava have been selected as Distinguished Graduates of 2012.

Graduate Student Amy Lodge Receives 2012 Norval Glenn Prize

Wed, Feb 29, 2012

Graduate student Amy Lodge is the 2012 winner of the Norval Glenn Prize for her paper "All Shook Up: Sexuality of Mid- to Later-Life Married Couples."

2011-12 PhD Placements

Sat, Feb 25, 2012

Dr. Kelly Raley Named Editor of Journal of Marriage and Family

Thu, Feb 23, 2012

The NCFR Board of Directors announces the appointment of Dr. Kelly Raley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, as editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family.

Urban Ethnography Lab Opening in Summer 2013

Fri, Feb 17, 2012

The Sociology Department and the Population Research Center announce the planned opening of a new Urban Ethnography Lab.

Dr. John Mirowsky receives Pearlin Award

Wed, Feb 15, 2012

Dr. John Mirowsky is the 2012 recipient of the Leonard I. Pearlin Award for distinguished contributions to the sociological study of mental health.

"Contraception Issue More than Just Politics"

Mon, Feb 13, 2012

Dr. Jennifer Glass writes in op-ed for CNN.

Quality Day Care Predicts Later Parental Involvement in School

Fri, Feb 10, 2012

According to Dr. Robert Crosnoe's study, mothers whose kids attended good day care were more involved in their children's schools later on.

Sociology PhD Alum Receives Early Career Award

Thu, Feb 9, 2012

Sociology 2006 PhD alum and Assistant Professor at University of Kansas, ChangHwan Kim, received the 2012 Midwest Sociological Society Early Career Scholarship Award.

Dr. Ronald Angel Receives Award for Excellence in Research on Aging

Thu, Feb 2, 2012

Dr. Ronald Angel is the winner of the 2012 Pearmain Prize from the Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California.

The Lost Battalion: Sociology Professor Establishes New Scholarship in Honor of Father's Legacy

Tue, Jan 31, 2012

Texans proudly "remember the Alamo," but few remember the importance of the Battle for the Lost Battalion. Arthur Sakamoto, Professor of Sociology and Population Research Center affiliate at The University of Texas at Austin, wants to change that.

Kate Prickett accepts awards at the 2011 GSA meeting.

Sociology Graduate Student Kate Prickett Accepts Award at 2011 Gerontological Society of America Meeting

Fri, Jan 20, 2012

At the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Kate Prickett received the Student Poster Award from the Taskforce on Minority Issues in Gerontology, and Student Poster Award from the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization.

Educational Disadvantages Associated with Race Still Persist in Brazil Despite Improvements, New Study Shows

Thu, Jan 19, 2012

Despite notable improvements in educational levels and opportunity during the past three decades, disadvantages associated with race still persist in Brazil, according to new research at The University of Texas at Austin.

2011-12 PhD Placements

Fri, Jan 6, 2012

Sociology students obtain tenure-track positions at universities.

Sociology Alumna Dana Britton Appointed to Head Rutgers Center for Women and Work

Thu, Jan 5, 2012

Professor Dana Britton, who received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995, has been appointed Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University.

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