Congratulations to Brooklynn Hitchens!

Brooklynn HitchensCongratulations to Brooklynn Hitchens who defended her dissertation "Stress and Street Life: Black Women, Urban Inequality, and Coping in a Small Violent City” on July 21, 2020! Brooklynn’s committee members were, Lauren Krivo and the late Patrick Carr (co-advisors), Dana Britton, and Yasser Payne. Dr. Hitchens will be joining the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland as a post-doctoral scholar for the 2020-2021 academic year and then as a tenure track Assistant Professor beginning in the fall semester of 2021.

Brittany Friedman, Paul Hirschfield, and Alexis Karteron (Law) receive grant to establish the “Project on Covid-19 and New Jersey Prisons"

Brittany Friedman, Paul Hirschfield, and Alexis Karteron (Law) received a grant from the Rutgers Center for Covid-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness to establish the “Project on Covid-19 and New Jersey Prisons.” The project will track the changing conditions of confinement in New Jersey and is a collaborative effort between the Department of Sociology, the Constitutional Rights Clinic, and the Center for Security, Race, and Rights.

Ruth D. Peterson and Lauren J. Krivo Graduate Student Scholar Award

The American Society of Criminology has established a graduate student award in Laurie Krivo's name. Congratulations to Laurie on this honor and well-deserved recognition of her career of dedicated mentorship of graduate students!

Ruth D. Peterson and Lauren J. Krivo Graduate Student Scholar Award

The ASC’s Division of Communities and Place Ruth D. Peterson and Lauren J. Krivo Graduate Student Scholar Award recognizes the best paper or book published (online or in print) in the past two years by graduate student division members. Papers or books can be sole-authored, or co-authored, as long as the nominated graduate student (i.e., the applicant) is the first author. There is no restriction on the rank or number of co-authors. One submission per applicant is permitted. Letters of support are not required.

Passing of Professor Emeritus Ben Zablocki

Ben Zablocki

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Ben Zablocki, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and beloved colleague, passed away on April 6 after a fifteen-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Dr. Robert E. Lang and the Lincy Institute in UNLV received a $5 million donation

Congratulations to Rutgers Sociology alumnus, Dr. Robert E. Lang. As a professor of urban affairs and executive director of The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West in UNLV, Robert and the Lincy Institute received a $5 million donation to support their public policy research. Please join me in congratulating Robert on this wonderful recognition!

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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.

Karen Cerulo won the 2019 Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article

Congratulations to Rutgers sociologist Karen Cerulo! Her ASR article, "Scents and Sensibility: Olfaction, Sense-making, and Meaning Attribution." won the 2019 Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article awarded by the Culture Section of the ASA.  Please join me in congratulating Karen on this wonderful recognition!

Norah MacKendrick won Best First Book Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society

Congratulations to Rutgers sociologist Norah MacKendrick! Her book, "Better Safe than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics," won Best First Book Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society!  

Eviatar Zerubavel awarded 2019 Charles Horton Cooley Award and 2019 Susanne K. Langer Award

Congratulations to Rutgers sociologist Eviatar Zerubavel! His book, "Taken for Granted: The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable," has received two important awards: The 2019 Charles Horton Cooley Award for Best Book, from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) and the 2019 Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form, from the Media Ecology Association. Congratulations to Eviatar on this outstanding recognition of his work!

New Faculty Position Opening: Sociology of Data and Technology

The Sociology Department at Rutgers University seeks to hire a junior scholar in the area of data and technology in social life. We seek a scholar with research and teaching interests in the role of large-scale data and digital technologies within or across social and institutional domains including the economy, politics, healthcare, criminal justice/punishment, and/or culture. Preference will be given to candidates who understand the mechanics of digital technologies and computational methods and use them in their research within a substantive area of focus. The ability to secure external funding is desirable. This is a tenure track position at the assistant professor level to begin September 1, 2020. We will start reviewing applications on October 1, 2019. Applications received after that date cannot be assured full consideration. Please upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-2 writing samples and three references to

Three recommendation letters are also required, to be sent directly to
The Sociology Department is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and welcomes applications from women and historically underrepresented populations. Offer is contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Lisa Iorillo awarded the SAS Staff Excellence Recognition Award

IorilloCongratulations to Rutgers sociology Department Administrator Lisa Iorillo! She has been announced as a recipient of the SAS Staff Excellence Recognition Award, which recognizes staff who have distinguished themselves in service excellence, dedication to the School of Arts and Sciences and to faculty, students and constituents.  Her contributions were recognized at an awards ceremony in February.

József Böröcz awarded a 2019-20 Fulbright Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Rutgers sociologist József Böröcz! He has recently been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship to Poland for the 2019-20 academic year.  His host institution will be the Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Research of the University of Warsaw.

Rutgers Sociology Spring 2019 Colloquium Series

SOC flyer 2019 forPrint

Jennifer Reich (University of Colorado, Denver) - Feb. 27th
Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines

Chinyere Osuji (Rutgers Camden) - Mar. 6th
Boundaries of Love: ‘Interracial Marriage’ from Los Angeles to Rio De Janeiro

Prema Kurien (Syracuse University) - March 13th
Race, Religion, and Citizenship: Indian American Political Advocacy

Francesca Polletta (University of California, Irvine) - April 10th
The Trouble with Stories

Cynthia Feliciano (Washington University in St. Louis) - May 1st
From Adolescence to Middle Adulthood: Cultural Change and Socioeconomic Mobility among Children of Immigrants

Sociology Seminar Room, Davison Hall, 11:30AM to 1:00PM
Time and Location for all above Colloquia

Joanna Kempner awarded 2016 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award

Congratulations to Rutgers sociologist Joanna Kempner! Her book Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health has been awarded the 2016 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the ASA's Medical Sociology Section!

Professor József Böröcz published two books in Hungarian during the 2017-18 academic year

Professor József Böröcz published two books in Hungarian during the 2017-18 academic year. Hasított fa . . . is a cross section of his writing in English about the post-state-socialist transformation and global structures; Az EU és a világ. . . is the Hungarian translation of his 2009-10 Routledge (UK) book The European Union and Global Social Change: A Critical Geopolitical Economic Analysis 

Brooklynn Hitchens Awarded 2018-19 Bevier Fellowship

Brooklynn Hitchens has been awarded a highly competitive 2018-19 Bevier Fellowship by the School of Graduate Studies, and has also been selected as a 2018-19 recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship through the ASA's Minority Fellowship Program.

Two articles published by new faculty member Ali Chaudhary on immigrant politics in Europe

Ali Chaudhary has recently published two articles on immigrant politics in Europe. The first published in journal Global Networks analyzes the relationship between political integration and homeland politics across several immigrant groups in Europe. The second, published in the journal Migration Studies, examines the determinants of long-distance politics for Latin American migrants in Spain and Italy. Both pieces have been published in Early VIew and are available to read and download by clicking on the following links:

Voting Here and There - Global Networks

Migrants' Transnational Political Engagement - Migration Studies