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Graduate Student Lauren Olsen Wins ASA Award

Lauren Olsen, PhD candidate at the UCSD Department of Sociology, has won the 2018 Louise Johnson Scholar Award of the ASA Medical Sociology Section. Selection for the Louise Johnson Scholar Award is based on academic merit and the quality of an accepted ASA paper related to medical sociology.

The Louise Johnson Scholar fund was established in memory of Louise Johnson, a pioneering medical sociologist whose mentorship and scholarship the American Sociological Association is pleased to honor. As the Scholar recipient, Olsen will receive travel funds up to $500 to present at the annual ASA meetings in Chicago and attend section events. Her award will be presented at the section awards ceremony at ASA.

Congratulations Lauren!

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David FitzGerald Receives ASA Distinguished Scholarly Book Award

The American Sociological Association proudly announced the recipients of the major awards for 2017, one of which was David FizGerald of the Sociology Department for his work  Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, which is given for a single book or monograph published in the three preceding calendar years.

The ASA awards are conferred on sociologists for outstanding publications and achievements in the scholarship, teaching, and the practice of sociology. Award recipients are selected by committees appointed by the ASA Committee on Committees and the ASA Council.

All scholars will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Montreal. The Awards Ceremony will immediately precede the formal address of the ASA President Michèle Lamont. All registrants are invited to attend an Honorary Reception immediately following the address to congratulate President Lamont and the award recipients.

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Isaac Martin’s Study Featured on The Atlantic’s CityLab

The risk of displacement falls largely on renters, writes Richard Florida in the Atlantic’s CityLab, covering a recent study by Isaac Martin of the UCSD Department of Sociology. The Study titled “Gentrification, Propert Tax Limitation, and Displacement” was published on Urban Affairs Review and is now covered in the CityLab article titled “Gentrified has Virtually No Effect on Homeowners.”

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Lane Kenworthy’s New Article on Income Inequality

UCSD professor at the sociology department, Lane Kenworthy, has a new article out on contemporary sociology. The piece, titled “Why the Search in Income Inequality?” discusses the rise of the top 1 percent and poses the following questions:

What has caused the surge in top-end income inequality? Is it a product of changes in the economy? Or, as Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal and Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s Winner-Take-All Politics contend, have the key shifts been in America’s politics and policies?

The article is freely accessible on SAGE Journals.

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Prof. Ribas awarded Distinguished Scholarly Book Award

Professor Vanesa Ribas‘ book On the Line: Slaughterhouse Lives and the Making of the New South received the Labor and Labor Movements Distinguished Scholarly Book Award by the American Sociological Association’s Labor and Labor Movements section.

“How does one put into words the rage that workers feel when supervisors threaten to replace them with workers who will not go to the bathroom in the course of a fourteen-hour day of hard labor, even if it means wetting themselves on the line?”—From the Preface

In this gutsy, eye-opening examination of the lives of workers in the New South, Vanesa Ribas, working alongside mostly Latino/a and native-born African American laborers for sixteen months, takes us inside the contemporary American slaughterhouse. Ribas, a native Spanish speaker, occupies an insider/outsider status there, enabling her to capture vividly the oppressive exploitation experienced by her fellow workers. She showcases the particular vulnerabilities faced by immigrant workers—a constant looming threat of deportation, reluctance to seek medical attention, and family separation—as she also illuminates how workers find connection and moments of pleasure during their grueling shifts. Bringing to the fore the words, ideas, and struggles of the workers themselves, On The Line underlines how deep racial tensions permeate the factory, as an overwhelmingly minority workforce is subject to white dominance. Compulsively readable, this extraordinary ethnography makes a powerful case for greater labor protection, especially for our nation’s most vulnerable workers.

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Andrew Scull wins ASA Award for Best Publication in Mental Health

The American Sociological Association has announced the 2016 Winner of Best Publication in Mental Health as Professor Andrew Scull for his book, Madness in Civilization.


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“It’s on the MCAT for a Reason” Lauren Olsen published in Teaching Sociology

Graduate Student Lauren Olsen‘s publication “It’s on the MCAT for a Reason”: Premedical Students and the Perceived Utility of Sociology has been highlighted in the American Sociological Association newsletter.

Ms. Olsen’s article appeared on Teaching Sociology, April 2016. Her paper is based on student’s experiences in our new undergraduate course SOCI 70: General Sociology for Premedical Students.

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Prof. FitzGerald’s book wins ASA International Migration section award

Professor David FitzGerald’s book, Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas, won the ASA International Migration Section’s Thomas & Znaniecki Book Award. Congratulations David!

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Queenie Zhu wins ASA Sociology of Education award

The  ASA Sociology of Education David Lee Stevenson Award has been given to UCSD Sociology Alum, Queenie Zhu for her paper titled, “On Common Ground: How Spatial Layout Facilitates Schools’ Power to Segregate Students.” Congratulations!

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Professor FitzGerald’s book wins ASA Distinguished Contribution award

The ASA Political Sociology Section’s Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Book) Award Committee has announced that Professor David FitzGerald’s book, Culling the Masses  is a co-winner with National Colors of this year’s award. Congratulations!

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