Sociology Department Colloquia

Spring 2018  

 11:30 AM - 1 PM      Davison Hall, Seminar Room 128

Jan 24 - Phil Kasinitz, Presidential Professor of Sociology, Graduate Center-CUNY

Philip Kasinitz is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has chaired the doctoral program in Sociology from since 2001-2011 and 2014-the present. Kasinitz graduated Boston University in 1979 and earned his doctorate from New York University in 1987. He specializes in immigration, ethnicity, race relations, urban social life and the nature of contemporary cities. Much of his work focuses on New York. He is the author of Caribbean New York for which he won the Thomas and Znaniecki Book Award in 1996. His co-authored book Inheriting the City: The Children of Immigrants Come of Age won the Eastern Sociological Society’s Mirra Komarovsky Book Award in 2009 and the American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award in 2010.




Feb 7 - Ellis Monk, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Princeton University

Ellis Monk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Associate of the Office of Population Research. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley; and he taught at the University of Chicago before relocating to Princeton in Fall 2016. His research interests include: ethnoracial categorization and stratification; political sociology; health, theory; the sociology of the body; social psychology and cognition; and Brazil. Additionally, he is interested in Geometric Data Analysis (otherwise referred to as Multiple Correspondence Analysis). His research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and Social Problems.

travis kong

March 21 - Travis Shiu Ki Kong, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong

Dr. Kong' s scholarship critically engages with contemporary Western theories in understanding notions of identity, masculinity, the body and intimacy in modern Chinese communities in the context of global cultures. He sees his work as part of the newly emerging Asian queer studies, which aims to understand the complex process of Western, local and inter-regional knowledge systems in shaping experiences, identities, and desires in specific sites in Asia.  His research specializes in Chinese homosexuality and masculinity, commercial sex in Hong Kong and China, social impacts of HIV/AIDS, and transnational Chinese sexuality.


March 28 - Paul DiMaggio, Professor of Sociology, NYU

Paul DiMaggio is Professor of Sociology.  He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.  DiMaggio’s research interests include the formal and informal organization, the sociology of economic markets, social implications of information technology, and theory and methods in the sociology of culture.   Recent papers have addressed the impact of network externalities on social inequality, the effects of Internet use on wages, applications of topic models to the study of culture, and the emergence of cultural hierarchy in 19th-century Chicago.  Current projects include analyses of heterogeneity in opinion data (with application to economic attitudes and nationalist sentiments in the U.S.; applications of machine-learning methods and sentiment analysis to the measurement of cultural change in societies and informal organizations; and research on the impact of social networks on social inequality. 


April 5th, John Levi Martin, Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago (SBS Dean's Lecture *** Thursday 1 PM***)

John Levi Martin received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was recently a professor, after being a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an assistant professor at Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick.  He is now a professor at the University of Chicago at Chicago, where he enjoys teaching classical theory and writing about himself in the third person. He is best known for his mathematical modeling of the occupational standing of imaginary animals in a single children’s book; he has also written on, and occasionally researched, the formal properties of belief systems and social structures, the constitutional convention of 1787, the rationalization of infantry war, and the use of race as a conceptual category in American sociology. He recently finished a book that he started ten years ago, and enjoyed it so much that he is seriously considering reading another one again sometime in the future. 


April 18, Filiz Garip, Professor of Sociology, Cornell

Filiz Garip’s research lies at the intersection of migration, economic sociology and inequality. Within this general area, she studies the mechanisms that enable or constrain mobility and lead to greater or lesser degrees of social and economic inequality. Her articles have been published in Population and Development Review, Demography, Social Forces and the American Journal of Sociology. Her book, On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-U.S. Migration is in print at Princeton University Press; it characterizes the diversity of the Mexican migrant population in the United States. Garip received her Ph.D. in Sociology and M.S.E in Operations Research & Financial Engineering both from Princeton University. She holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul.Dr. Garip received the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship at Princeton and was part of the Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows.  She serves as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology and Sociological Science.


April 25, Viviana Zelizer, '50 Professor of Sociology, Princeton

Viviana A. Zelizer is Lloyd Cotsen ‘50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. She has published books on the development of life insurance, the changing value of children, the place of money in social life and the economics of intimacy. She has also studied topics ranging from economic ethics to consumption practices. A collection of her essays appears in Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. In 2017 Princeton University Press published a new edition of her book The Social Meaning of Money, with a preface by Nigel Dodd and an afterword by Zelizer and Columbia University Press published a new edition of Morals and Markets: The Development of Life Insurance in the United States, with a preface by Kieran Healy.  Her most recent book is Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works (Princeton University Press, 2017) 



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