Stein, Arlene

Book Unbound reviewed by New York Times, Harper's, The New Yorker, Kirkus, Bookmarks, Washington Post, Men and Masculinities. Excerpted in Lit Hub, ​Daily Beast. Interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio, WNYC, Doing Decimal, CSPAN, Bay Area Reporter, Nursing Clio

Jason B Phillips Memorial Lecture

The department has established the Jason B Phillips Memorial Lecture in memory of Jason Phillips. Each year, a graduate student preparing to defend their dissertation will be invited to share their work with the department and will receive an honorarium for their talk. We believe this is a perfect way to recognize Jason’s collaborative spirit and active engagement in our community. If you would like to make a contribution to the memorial fund in Jason’s name, please make out a check to Rutgers University and send to the attention of Lisa Iorillo, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, 26 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

O'Neill, Karen M.

Associate ProfessorDepartment of Human Ecology Email: karen.oneill@rutgers.eduPhone: 848-932-9208Curriculum Vitae Karen M. O’Neill is a sociologist who studies how policies about land and water affect government power, the status of experts, and the well-being of various social groups. She has researched biodiversity protections in the urban plans of large cities around the world, local slow growth and pro-growth movements and policies in small towns, river flood control, and coastal storm vulnerability and hazard reduction. Karen has written or co-edited books on the rise of the U.S. program for river flood control and growth of government power (Duke University Press), on race and Hurricane Katrina (Rutgers University Press), and on changes in institutions in response to Hurricane Sandy (Rutgers University Press). She is a member of teams in two international competitions for coastal resilience designs, one for the New Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy, under the Rebuild by Design competition (finalist team), and the second to use the Mississippi River to replenish coastal land in Louisiana, under the Changing Course competition (one of three winning teams).

Phillips, Julie

Penned an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled “The Dangerous Shifting Cultural Narratives around Suicide” Sunday, March 24, 2019. Research featured in the New York Times, “How Suicide Quietly Morphed into a Public Health Crisis”, June 8, 2018. Interviewed on NPR’s Hidden Brain about American Masculinity and Loneliness, March 19, 2018.

Roos, Patricia A.

Claire Cain Miller. 2017. “More Men are Taking ‘Women’s’ Jobs, Usually Disadvantaged Men.” New York Times, March 9, 2017 Spoke at the N.J. Senate Commerce Committee: Lilo H. Stainton. 2019. “New Jersey Comes Closer to Approving Mental-Health Parity Law.” NJ Spotlight, January 18, 2019. Patricia A. Roos. 2017. “My son died of a heroin overdose. Trump’s commission could help the crisis-if he listens.” Star Ledger, November 12, 2017.

Zerubavel, Eviatar

On “Thinking Allowed” (BBC Radio 4) about Taken for Granted On “The Tel Aviv Review” about Taken for Granted On “The Diane Rehm Show” about The Elephant in the Room

Kempner, Joanna

Research featured in Jill Buchner, 2019. “Doctors Ignored This Woman’s Suffering for Years. Why Is Women’s Pain So Often Dismissed?” Reader’s Digest-Canada. In this video, Quartz, the video arm of The Atlantic, draws on Kempner’s research to argue that stigma contributes to the delegitimation of migraine. “Why don’t we have a cure for migraine?” A documentary film entitled Out of My Head that explores migraine, featuring Kempner’s research alongside an intimate portrayal of her life with migraine.

MacKendrick, Norah

MacKendrick’s book Better Safe Than Sorry featured in the Washington Post, “Scientists know plastics are dangerous. Why won’t the government say so?” September 12, 2018. Interviewed on National Public Radio, (Madison, WI). Should We Be More Worried About Chemicals in Food and Consumer Products? June 12, 2018. A multi-media article on global plastics consumption that highlights Norah MacKendrick’s research on precautionary consumption.

Salime, Zakia

Research featured in the New York Times, “In a Fight for land: A Women’s Movement Shakes Morocco.” May 7, 2017. Interviewed by the New York Times about the public reception of Moroccan actress in her role as a sex work in controversial movie, “Loubna Abidar, Moroccan Actress, Finds Fame Tinged with Fury.” February, 12, 2016. Summary of workshop at the Eliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University in Washington Post, Monkey Cage, “The changing face of women’s political participation in the Middle East”. May 10, 2016.

Friedman, Brittany

Sat down with Chuck Mertz of 89.3 FM Chicago to discuss the carceral state and the unequal punishment of black militant prisoners behind bars. A talk with legendary black journalist Glen Ford of Black Agenda Radio about the political uses of solitary confinement. Research discussed in Rutgers Today in a media feature titled “Poor People Pay for Criminal Justice System.”

Chaudhary, Ali R.

Research on immigrant voting in Europe featured by the International Migration Institute at Oxford University. Interviewed about New Jersey Supper Clubs as a strategy to reduce inter-group tensions between natives and immigrants in the Asbury Park Press and USA Today Network.

Carr, Patrick

Featured on the Lenny Lopate Show on WNYC talking about the book Hollowing Out the Middle. The show discussed the issue of rural brain drain and ways that it can be tackled. This invited op-ed for the Root showcases research completed in Philadelphia where over 150 young people from high crime neighborhoods were asked to explain the Stop Snitching phenomenon and when, if ever, it is permissible to call and/or cooperate with the police. Featured on Here and Now July 24, 2012 talking about how immigration has the potential to arrest small town decline.

Gerson, Judith

Audio recording of the March 15, 2018 Ina Levine Lecture presented by Judith Gerson at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Description of the 2019 Silberman Faculty Seminar at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, co-taught with Professor Robin Judd of the Ohio State University.

Shepherd, Hana

Research featured in the New Yorker about the role of norms in social change. Research featured in a CNN Health article specifically about Shepherd’s anti-peer harassment field experiment in 56 NJ middle schools.

Hirschfield, Paul

Penned a piece in the Huffington Post explaining why the United States has the highest rate of deadly force by police in the industrialized world. Research featured in a Salon article by Charlie May entitled “We may have a treatment for our police shooting epidemic we’re just not using it.” Interviewed by Tasnim News (Iran) on the role of racism in America’s deadly force epidemic and challenges and utility of forging a multi-racial coalition to confront the issue.

Jones, Leslie Kay

Silva, Katelyn. 2017. The New Salon: Leslie Jones on the intersection of Black feminism and social media.

Lee, Catherine

Discusses the role of families in U.S. immigration policies, past and present.

APPENDIX A: M.A.–Ph.D. Timeline 2. 2013-2018 COHORTS

APPENDIX A: M.A.–Ph.D. Timeline 2. 2013-2018  COHORTS Year 1    Fall Spring 501 Research Methods (M) 516 Contemporary Theory (M) 515 Classical Theory (M)  541 Stat Method in Soc I (M) Elective Course Elective Course Elective Course* Elective Course* Proseminar  Proseminar      Year 2   Fall Spring Stat Methods in Soc II (P) Second Methods Course (P) Elective Course Elective Course Elective Course Elective Course Elective Course* Elective Course* Proseminar  Proseminar    By March 15: Proposal for QP#1 approved     Year 3   Fall Spring Writing Seminar (P) Elective Course Elective Course Elective Course Research Credits Research Credits December 15: Qualifying paper #1 completed and approved By March 15: Proposal for qualifying paper #2 approved         Year 4   December 15: Qualifying paper #2 completed and approved Work on the dissertation proposal Writing seminar (second and subsequent enrollment for research credits) Research credits       Year 5 And Beyond   December 15, Year 5: Dissertation proposal written and successfully defended Research credits, writing and defending the dissertation   * Students may elect to take a fourth course. (M) - Specific course required for the M.A. (P) - Specific course required for the Ph.D.   < Previous Section: Appendix A. M.A.-Ph.D. Timeline 1. 2019 Cohort and Thereafter – the 3-6-9 Plan  |  Next Section: Appendix B: Guidelines for Graduate Participation in Faculty Recruitment >


We are a mixed-methods department, recognizing the wide variety of social research questions sociologists may pose and the different methods required to address those questions. The department has significant breadth and depth in methodological expertise and training.   Comparative-Historical Approaches Comparative-historical approaches in sociology are research methods to study social formation and transformation. Comparative studies examine and contrast social structures and processes across countries or regions to identify general patterns. Historical studies examine social processes over time, highlighting contexts and contingencies that influence specific changes while looking for general patterns. Both methods aim to understand complexities and identify causal mechanisms. Affiliated Faculty: Borocz, Brooks, Brechin, Clarke, Dinzey-Flores, Friedman, Gerson, Lee, McLean, Salime Courses: Sociology 520 (Historical/Comparative Methods)   Digital Sociology Digital sociology focuses on understanding the use of digital media as part of everyday life, and how these various technologies contribute to patterns of human behavior and social relationships. Varied approaches, both quantitative and qualitative, are used to investigate people’s use of digital media, including data scraping, time-series analysis, and textual analysis. Affiliated Faculty: Cerulo, Jones, Kempner   Experimental Research Design Experiments, a common research approach in psychology, are increasingly used by sociologists to study human behavior. Viewed as the gold standard for identifying cause and effect, the key features of experimental research design include manipulation of some key independent variable (treatment) and controlled testing. Affiliated Faculty: Hirschfield, Mai, Shepherd, Springer Courses: Sociology 571 (Biosocial Experiments)Biosocial Experiments)   Qualitative Methods Qualitative researchers collect and work with non-numerical data, seeking to find meaning and interpretation that shed light on social life. Qualitative research is often focused on the micro-level of social interaction and includes techniques such as ethnography, focus groups, interviews, observations, and content analysis. Affiliated Faculty: Borocz, Brechin, Carr, Cerulo, Chaudhary, Clarke, Dinzey-Flores, Friedman, Gerson, Hirschfield, Jones, Kempner, MacKendrick, McLean, Salime, Shepherd, Stein Courses: Sociology 615 (Qualitative Methods); Sociology 573 (Ethnography); Sociology 571/512 (Narratives); WGS 603 (Feminist Knowledge Production)   Quantitative Methods Quantitative researchers apply a variety of statistical techniques to quantitative forms of data, often gathered by nationally representative surveys administered to large numbers of respondents. Other forms of secondary data such as census data, government statistics or health system data are also used in quantitative analysis. Rutgers Sociology faculty have expertise in a variety of quantitative analytic techniques, including survey analysis, event history analysis, hierarchical linear modelling, categorical data analysis, and age-period-cohort analysis among others. Affiliated Faculty: Bzostek, Chaudhary, Hirschfield, Krivo, Lei, Mai, McLean, Phillips, Roos, Shepherd, Springer, Smith Courses: Sociology 541 (Statistical Methods in Sociology I); Sociology 542 (Statistical Methods in Sociology II); Sociology 570 (Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis)   Social Network Analysis Social network analysis adopts a relational approach to the study of social life. It uses networks and graph theory to characterize structures in terms of nodes (individual actors within the network) and the ties, edges, or links (relationships or interactions) that connect them. Affiliated Faculty: Clarke, Jones, McLean, Shepherd Courses: Sociology 570 (Network Analysis)  

Generally Speaking: The Logic and Mechanics of Social Pattern Analysis

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