News & Events
2013 SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER (click for link)
New Books & Upcoming Events
Discover Sociology. William Chambliss and Daina Eglitis (Sage, 2013).
From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit” with Gregory D. Squires. Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at noon at the AFL-CIO headquarters office, 815 16th St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006
Religion, Politics, and Polarization How Religiopolitical Conflict Is Changing Congress and American Democracy. William V. D'Antonio, Steven A. Tuch, and Josiah R. Baker (Roman & Littlefield, 2013).
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Fran Buntman was awarded CCAS’s Excellence in Undergraduate Department Advising Award for the 2012-2013 academic year. She has just published “Supermaximum Prisons in South Africa” in The Globalization of Supermax Prisons (co-authored with Lukas Muntingh, ed. Jeff Ross, Rutgers U. Press, 2013). She was recently featured on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show speaking about hunger strikes, and was also a panelist discussing two theater productions: Folger Shakespeare Library’s presentation of The Robben Island Bible, and Theater J’s performance of After the Revolution. She is the director of GW’s new interdisciplinary Law and Society minor, housed in the Department of Sociology.
William Chambliss published Discover Sociology with Daina Eglitis (Sage) in 2013, and in 2012 he published Criminology: Connecting Theory, Research, and Practice with Aida Hass (McGraw-Hill). In November 2013 he will present a paper at the American Society of Criminology on “Criminal Conspiracies,” co-authored with two undergraduate Honors students: Hunter Scott and Kelli Golitis. Professor Chambliss received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, and in 2013 the Society for the Study of Social Problems established an annual award in his name: The William J. Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award.
Robert J. Cottrol published The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere (University of Georgia Press, Studies in the Legal History of the South series, 2013) and "Positive Discrimination/Affirmative Action with Respect to Gender and Race," (co-author Megan Davis) in Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law, edited by Mark Tushnet, Thomas Fleiner and Cheryl Saunders (New York, Routledge, 2013).
Hiromi Ishizawa was awarded a GW Selective Excellence Fellowship. She also received a George Washington University Facilitating Fund grant for her project, “Civic Participation among Young Adults across Immigrant Generations.” She was selected as a 2009-10 Policy Research Scholar at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy for the project, “Trajectories of Civic Engagement among Children of Immigrants.”
Antwan Jones received a New Connections grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for his project "Residential Instability and Adolescent Obesity: The Role of the Built Environment."
Michelle Kelso presented a talk in November 2011 for the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies entitled "Post-Communist Construction of Holocaust Memory: A Case Study of Romanian Roma."
Peter Konwerski was named Dean of Students and Senior Associate Vice President for the Division of Student and Academic Support Services in 2010.
Daniel Martínez, who joined the department this year, is teaching a new course, Transnational Crime, which he developed for undergraduates concentrating in either sociology and criminal justice. He was also recently highlighted in the GW Arts & Sciences magazine for his work on the impact of U.S. border policies.
He was recently selected to travel with a group of GW students to Nicaragua on an Alternative Break trip in January.
Greg Squires received the 2013 Lester F. Ward Distinguished Contributor to Applied and Clinical Sociology Award from the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology. His new book, From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit, co-edited with Chester Hartman, was released by New Village Press (2013). Professor Squires served as a moderator for a forum on his book at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC on November 21, 2013.
Steven Tuch recieved a 2013-14 University Facilitating Fund award for his project "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Residential Preferences in 'Post-Racial' America." His book Religion, Politics, and Polarization, coauthored with William D'Antonio and Josiah Baker, was published in 2013 by Rowman & Littlefield. In November 2013 he will give an invited talk at the symposium on "Student Perception of Race Relatoins at the University of Alabama: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives" in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Ron Weitzer received a grant from the British Academy to conduct comparative research on the regulation of prostitution in four European cities. The first round of the research took place in July 2013. In October 2013, he gave an invited lecture at the University of Chicago on the social organization of European red-light districts. He also appeared in a documentary on human trafficking, Don't Shout Too Loud, released in September 2013.
Congratulations to undergraduates Jacqueline Hackett (Human Services), Chris Diaz (Criminal Justice), Caitlin Carroll (Sociology), and Sarah-Jo Lawrence (Sociology) who were awarded Presidential Administrative Fellowships.
Undergraduate student Andrea Israel, is the recipient of a Gamow Fellowship for her project, "The Current State of Mind of Washington D.C.'s Homeless Community." Greg Squires will serve as her supervisor.
Alumni News & Placements
Recent graduate students Claire Cook, Allison Helmuth, and Kenneth Leon presented papers at the 2013 Eastern Sociological Society meetings in Boston.
Nicole Brandon (MA, Crim '12) is working with juvenile offenders in the Department of Probation and Parole in Fairfax County, VA.
Sydney Fields (MA, Crim '13) is an Energy and Environment Security Intern at the Atlantic Council of the United States.
Scott Grether (MA, Soc '12) has entered the doctoral program in Sociology at North Carolina State University.
Amanda Hayes (MA, Soc '12) has entered the Law School at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Allison Helmuth (MA, Soc '13) has entered the doctoral program in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Jee Jee Kim (MA, Soc '12) has entered the doctoral program in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Kenneth Sebastian Leon (MA, Crim '13) has entered the doctoral program in Justice, Law, and Society at American University in Washington, DC.
Heidi Steinour (MA, Soc '12) has entered the doctoral program in Sociology at the University of Florida.
Clara Hanson (BA, Soc '12) has entered the MLA program in Gastronomy at Boston University.