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Calarco receives ASA Early Career Award

Jess Calarco

Assistant Professor Jessica Calarco is the 2017 recipient of the Doris Entwisle Early Career Award from the Sociology of Education Section of the ASA…

Okamoto receives Wells Endowed Professorship

Dina Okamoto

Dina Okamoto has been selected as a recipient of the Herman B. Wells Endowed Professorship for research excellence and commitment to advancing the understanding of race and ethnicity among IU faculty and students...

Rojas and Ray named editors of contexts

CONTEXTS magazine cover

IU Sociology's Professor Fabio Rojas and alumnus Rashawn Ray have been selected as the new editors of Contexts..."

Remembering Sheldon Stryker

Sheldon Stryker

As many of you know, the Department of Sociology sponsored an event at the ASA meetings in honor of Sheldon Stryker, who passed away earlier this year. IU alum Richard Serpe, along with several of his colleagues at Kent State, arranged for the event to be filmed. The film has been uploaded to the IU Sociology channel on YouTube:


Social Psychology, Health, and the Life Course (SHeL)
Workshop and Public Sociology

Debra J. Umberson

Debra J. Umberson, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin will present her talk: “Black Deaths Matter: Race, Relationship Loss, and Effects on Survivors.” Her research focuses on social factors that influence population health with a particular emphasis on aging and life course change, marital and family ties, and gender and racial variation in health disparities. The lecture will be held Friday, September 8, 2017 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM in Indiana Memorial Union, Maple Room. Contact: Elaine Hernandez (

The 2017 Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Lecture

Mario Luis Small

Mario Luis Small, Ph.D., Grafstein Family Professor at Harvard University, is the author of numerous award-winning books and articles on urban poverty, support networks, qualitative and mixed methods, and other topics. His latest book is Someone To Talk To (Oxford). A study of how people decide whom to approach when seeking support, the book is an inquiry into human nature, a critique of network analysis, and a discourse on the role of qualitative research in the big-data era. The lecture will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 mid-afternoon in Indiana Memorial Union, University Club, President’s Room. Start time will be announced. A reception will follow the lecture. Contact: Jane McLeod (

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