Passing of Alumnus Robert Lang

We are sad to share the news that Robert Lang, a graduate of our program and a nationally recognized authority on urban growth, economic development and population dynamics, died on June 21. We send our sincere condolences to his family.

Ali R. Chaudhary delivers guest lecture at European Research Centre on Migration, Ethnic Relations, and Multiculturalism

Faculty member Ali R. Chaudhary delivered a guest lecture on June 7th, 2021 entitled "Ascriptive Categories and Boundary-Making in Everyday life." His talk was presented via zoom at the European Research Centre on Migration, Ethnic Relations, and Multiculturalism based at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

New article on Asian-American civic engagement during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections co-authored by faculty members Ali R. Chaudhary and Quan D. Mai

"Educational Place, Simultaneity, and Civic Participation in Asian America"
Ali R Chaudhary, Quan D Mai (2021) RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, April 2021, 7 (2) 111-128; DOI:

Article Abstract: Educational attainment is widely assumed to be positively correlated with civic participation in the United States. Yet Asian immigrants represent a civic paradox because they often report low rates of civic participation despite having


Karen A. Cerulo featured on "Thinking Aloud" on BBC 4

Professor Karen A. Cerulo was a guest on “Thinking Aloud,” a radio show broadcast on BBC 4. Professor Cerulo was interviewed at length on May 5, 2021 about her study “Scents and Sensibilty: Olfaction, Sense-Making and Meaning Attribution.” The article was published in the American Sociological Review in 2018. You can hear the program at:

Changhye Ahn's research wins first replace in NYAAPOR-PANJAAPOR Young Public Opinion Stars Competition

Changhye Ahn's first QP project, "Acceptance of Prostitution: Support for Gender Equality and Prostitution Policy," won the first place at 2021 NYAAPOR-PANJAAPOR Young Public Opinion Stars Competition hosted by NY-PA-NJ Chapters of American Association of Public Opinion Research. The study analyzes the ways in which state policies on prostitution affect the relationship between individuals' support for gender equality and their views on prostitution, using the World Value Survey data from 39


Niina Vuolajarvi receives the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for 2021

Niina Vuolajarvi has been recognized by the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies (SGS) for her groundbreaking research through an Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for 2021. The Outstanding Doctoral Student Award recognizes excellence in doctoral research and scholarship, with award criteria including outstanding achievements in academic research and scholarship, importance of research to a given field of study, and track record of academic and professional excellence.

Jomaira Salas Pujols Receives Ford Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Jomaira Salas Pujols, who was recently awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship! After completing her Ford fellowship, Jomaira will join the Department of Sociology at Bard College.

Melissa Aronczyk and Maria Isabel Espinoza publish article in The Washington post

Dr. Melissa Aronczyk, affiliated faculty, wrote a piece in The Washington Post where she provides an overview of her upcoming book “A Strategic Nature: Public Relations and the Politics of American Environmentalism,” co-authored with Maria Isabel Espinoza, a graduate student in our department.

Marisa Isabel Espinoza publishes new article in Big Data & Society

Sociology graduate student Maria Isabel Espinoza and Melissa Aronczyk (Rutgers School of Communication and Information) published an article in Big Data & Society that finds that “Data for good” initiatives around climate change are more about corporate PR and risk management than achieving global environmental sustainability goals.

“Big Data for Climate Action or Climate Action for Big Data?” Big Data & Society 8.1 (2021).

Spring 2021 Colloquium Series

Join us for our Spring 2021 Colloquium Series, featuring:

Abigail Saguy, UCLA - "Come Out, Come Out Whoever You Are" Ann Morning, NYU - "Rethinking Race in Italy" Dana Fisher, University of Maryland - "American Resistance" Vesla Weaver, Johns Hopkins University - "The State from Below"

For more information and to join the colloquia via Zoom, download the Spring 2021 Colloquium Series PDF flyer or visit our events calendar.

Congratulations to Brooklynn Hitchens!

Congratulations 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


Norah MacKendrick won the 2020 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award

Congratulations to Norah MacKendrick, who is the winner of this year's Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, given out by the Environmental Sociology Section of the ASA, for her book Better Safe than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics.

Passing of Professor Patrick Carr

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Professor Patrick Carr died on April 16, following a nine-year battle with multiple myeloma.

Passing of Professor Emeritus 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.

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!  

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!

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!

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

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