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Katie Kenny’s article published in the Journal of Sociology

Katie Kenny has the lead article in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Sociology. Her article, “The Biopolitics of Global Health: Life and Death in Neoliberal Time” is on-line here:

http://jos.sagepub.com/content/current

Congratulations, Katie!

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Dilara Yarbrough awarded Human Rights Fellowship

Dilara Yarbrough has been awarded a human rights fellowship from the UCSD Center on Global Justice and the UC Human Rights Program for her research with the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness. This is a fellowship that recognizes academic/NGO collaboration to advance human rights. Kudos to Dilara!

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Postdoc for Joan Donovan at UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics

Grad student Joan Donovan has been awarded a postdoc in Public Participation in Science and Technology, a project based at the Institute for Society and Genetics at UCLA. Congrats to her on this highly competitive award!

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Ling Han accepts post-doc at Stanford U.

Ling Han has received a post-doc at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Congratulations to Ling for landing this terrific post!

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Alexandra Vinson accepts postdoc at Northwestern U.

Alexandra Vinson has accepted a two year postdoctoral position at Northwestern University. She will be working with a NSF funded science studies project called the “Learning Ethnographies of New Engineers.” Congratulations to Alexandra.

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Sabrina Strings accepts position at UC Irvine

Congrats to Sabrina Strings who has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Irvine.

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Cristina Lacomba’s paper accepted for publication in Ethnicities

Congratulations to our recent PhD Cristina Lacomba, whose paper “Mobilizing Abroad Across Ethnic Lines: Home-Country Politics and Immigrant Political Engagement in Comparative Perspective” has been accepted for publication in Ethnicities.

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Stacy Williams’ article accepted for publication in Social Movement Studies

Many congratulations to grad student, Stacy Williams! Her article, “Hiding Spinach in the Brownies: Frame Alignment in Suffrage Community Cookbooks, 1886-1916,” has been accepted for publication in Social Movement Studies.

ABSTRACT: Recent studies have examined how the conventions of cultural genres help advance frames. This line of scholarship can be used to study how activists might popularize radical frames that fundamentally challenge widespread beliefs. In this article, I analyze how the gendered character of suffrage community cookbooks aids in frame alignment. I determine how community cookbooks advance ‘femininity frames’ that draw on widespread beliefs about femininity (and thus are more likely to resonate with a broad audience). I also examine how community cookbooks advance ‘republican citizenship frames’ that argue that women should vote because they can be exemplary republican citizens. Republican citizenship frames challenge widespread beliefs about femininity (and thus are likely to be viewed as more radical). I find that the embrace of domestic femininity in community cookbooks amplifies femininity frames by intensifying traditional beliefs about women. On the other hand, the gendered character of community cookbooks extends republican citizenship frames to the average housewife by proving that women could incorporate new practices into their lives without abandoning their traditional feminine roles. This study enriches our understanding of the role of cultural genres in framing, and it demonstrates how activists may try to popularize radical frames.

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Natalie Aviles paper accepted for publication in Social Studies of Science

Congrats to grad student Natalie Aviles, whose paper “The Little Death: Rigoni-Stern and the Problem of Sex and Cancer in Twentieth Century Biomedical Research,” has been accepted for publication in Social Studies of Science!

Abstract:
Approaches to the organization and conduct of cancer research changed dramatically throughout the twentieth century. Despite marked differences between the epidemiological approaches to establishing etiology that characterized the first half of the century and molecular techniques that gained dominance in the 1980s, prominent twentieth-century researchers investigating the link between sexual activity and anogenital cancers continuously invoked the same 1842 treatise by Italian surgeon Domenico Rigoni-Stern. In this paper I investigate references to Rigoni-Stern as one instance of a broader phenomenon whereby scientists develop narratives of venerated ancestors, or originators, that construct their work in the context of past achievements. Explaining the shifting interpretations packaged in originator narratives in light of their authors’ cultural context and research practices allows us to reimagine references previous scholars have treated as specious rhetorical maneuvers as meaningful cultural symbols. In this case, references to Rigoni-Stern as originator of the problem of establishing a causal link between sex and cancer provide an interpretive anchor whereupon American scientists construct continuity between their work and a diverse historical legacy of cancer research.

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Jane Lilly López’ paper accepted for publication by Law & Policy

Congratulations to grad student Jane Lilly López, whose paper “ ‘Impossible Family’: How the Law Shapes the Lives of Mixed Citizenship Status Couples” has been accepted for publication by Law & Policy.

Her study explores the complex and contradictory relationship between citizenship in the law and the immigrant reality of mixed-citizenship family life through in-depth interviews with individuals in mixed-citizenship marriages. An examination of mixed-citizenship marriage exposes the inadequacies of approaching citizenship as an individual-centered concept. The data indicate that, though both immigration and citizenship laws focus on the individual, the repercussions of those laws have family-level effects. Because of their spouses’ immigrant status, many citizens are obliged by the law to live the immigrant experience in their own country or to become immigrants themselves.

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