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Youngjoo ChaYoungjoo Cha’s recent ASR article on the rise in overwork and its effect on the gender wage gap has received a great deal of media coverage, including: Time, Businessweek, Forbes, Huffington post, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, The Nation, Boston Review, and the Council on Contemporary Families Brief Report.

Jessica Calarco

Jessica Calarco’s ASR article on how social class makes a difference in how children tackles classroom problems has been featured New York Magazine, Huffington Post, and Education Week, among others:

Brian PowellBrian Powell among IU experts discussing federal court rulings regarding the same-sex marriage ban.

A recent study by Sibyl Kleiner and Eliza Pavalko published in Social Forces on the health effects of a spouse’s work hours on one’s health has been covered in a range of media outlets including Science Blog, The Daily Mail-, HealthNewsDigest- and Medical Express News-

A recent study published in ASR by Clem Brooks and his co-author Jeff Manza has been cited by Slate and the Atlantic as helping to explain the current government shutdown.  For more information see:

Dan Rudel and Natasha Yurk's study examining student loan debt and college experiences is featured in "Inside Higher Education" and on Wisconsin Public Radio.  

Fabio Rojas and Joe DiGrazia's research on the link between tweets and votes in elections is getting lots of coverage in the media including NPR, MSNBC (video), the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Economic Times.  Additional coverage by Business Standard,, Business News Daily, The Verge, SmartPlanet, and iPolitics.

Brian Powell's expertise on Americans' changing definitions of family has been very much in demand this week as the U.S. Supreme Court considers two cases challenging prohibitions on gay marriage. An interview with Wisconsin Public Radio can be found here (scroll down to 3/25/2013, 6:00 AM), and coverage by WNDU is available here. A tip sheet for reporters has also been released and a blog post.

UPDATE: Read Professor Powell's comments on the DOMA ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court here and here.

Bernice Pescosolido

Bernice Pescosolido's research on mental illness stigma has been cited by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and actress Glenn Close at the National Conference on Mental Health and has influenced a series of public services announcements.  Read more on the IU Health & Vitality blog.

Congratulations to IU Sociology alum, Walt Jacobs. Walt will be taking a position as the Founding Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Please see the following press release for more information. Congratulations Walt!

Laura Hamilton’s research on parental financial support has been featured in the New York Times.


Jessica CalarcoJane McLeod's study finds behavior problems, not depression, are linked to lower grades for depressed adolescents. Read the press release here.

Additional coverage of the study by U.S. News, Education Week, Healthline, ScienceBlog, health 24, and the IU Health and Vitality blog.

Bernice PescosolidoCongratulations to Bernice Pescosolido for being awarded the 2012 Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association.  A press release on this important award can be found at

Martin WeinbergMartin Weinberg coordinates visit by Chaz Bono to IU.

Jessica CalarcoJessica McCrory Calarco's research (on social class and parents training children to advocate for themselves in the classroom) is generating attention from the press. Her interview with the BBC's Radio 5 Live is here (starts at the 2:54:04 mark), and an article on The Globe and Mail's site featuring her research is here.

IU researchers discuss education, civic involvement, crime and more at national ASA meeting. Read the news releases here.

Oren Pizmony-Levy and Patricia McManus' report "Global Survey of Non‐Governmental Organizations Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers" is the subject of an IU News Room article.

Timothy Hallett

Congratulations to Tim Hallett on his work being heavily featured in a New York Times article on research about gossip.

Eric GrollmanCongratulations to Eric Grollman! His article, "Multiple Forms of Perceived Discrimination and Health among Adolescents and Young Adults" in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior has received some media attention:

IU News Room:

American Sociological Association:

and the ASA blog, Speak for Sociology:

Several Spanish-language media outlets: La Opinión (, Hoy (, and La Raza (

Bernice PescosolidoBernice Pescosolido will chair an international Advisory Council for Bring Change 2 Mind, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to confronting the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

Read the full press release here. And a more recent release here.

Additional coverage on the IU Health & Vitality blog::

And the Huffington Post:

The One Mind for Research conference organizers have also released a YouTube video recap:


Stephen BenardCongratulations to Stephen Benard. His recent work on gender pay equity and merit pay is now also the focus of a Harvard Business Review article.

Fabio RojasFabio Rojas was chosen as one of the expert sources for IU's Decision 2012 website, a media guide to IU election resources.

Fabio Rojas was a guest on At Issue with Ben Merens on Wisconsin Public Radio. Listen to the broadcast here (4:00 p.m. edition for 2/27/2012).

Kathleen Oberlin and Oren Pizmony-Levy are featured in IU News Room coverage of their study of free health care services. Their full report is available here (PDF).

Fabio Rojas is featured in an article on regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published a piece by two Sociology graduate students, Shiri Noy and Kathleen Oberlin on handling Q&A at  This piece developed from one of Sociology's "Preparing Future Faculty" workshops.  Shiri and Kathleen collaborated with the PFF program to organize a faculty panel on "Q&A on Q&A." The feedback was so positive to the panel that they decided to write up the advice and submitted to the Chronicle.  

Yougjoo ChaYoungjoo Cha's study on gender gaps in overwork is featured on IU Home Pages.

Dr. Rashawn Ray (who received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University) has written an article about racial differences in spanking entitled, "Peer Pressure, and Support" featured in the New York Times.

IU researchers discuss wage gap, violence, public assistance and more at ASA meeting. See IU News Room article.

Dr. Rashawn Ray (who received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University) has written an article about racial differences in spanking entitled, "Peer Pressure, and Support" featured in the New York Times.

Bernice Pescosolido

Bernice Pescosolido along with IU grads Janice McCabe, Emily Fairchild and Liz Grauerholz are getting media coverage for their recent Gender & Society article on gender in children's literature.  For the press release, see

For additional coverage in several different outlets, see!5798565/boys-rule-the-animal-kingdom-too

Fabio RojasFabio Rojas's antiwar research has recently received wide coverage in the media, including Fox News, Washington Times, The Atlantic Magazine, Antiwar Radio, KPFA Radio, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, ABC News, Inside Higher Education, and The American Sociological Association's Contexts Magazine (Winter, 2011).

Brian PowellBrian Powell has written an op-ed piece on Proposition 8 in California in Sunday's LA Times

Brian's work, from his recent book Counted Out that includes several of our former grad students as coauthors, and is based on SRP data, has been heavily featured in the press this fall (see below for more). 

Ho-fung HungHo-fung Hung was once again featured in a recent article on China in The Guardian (UK).


Brian PowellBrian Powell's research from his book Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans' Definitions of Family is currently being heavily featured in the news media, including ABC News, NPR, the New York Times and MSNBC.

Bernice PescosolidoBernice Pescosolido's research on stigma is in the public spotlight. See the press release here.

Professor Pesocoslido is also featured in the IU Home Pages for the honors seminar she is co-teaching with Professor of Music Glenn Gaas (and rock star Todd Rundgren)!

Oren Pizmony-LevyOren Pizmony-Levy's sustainability study is featured on the IU News Room site.

Ho-fung HungHo-fung Hung was interviewed and quoted by The Guardian (UK) on Feb 17, 2010 on China’s selling of US Treasuries.

Ho-fung Hung was featured in New York Times “Room for Debate” section on Dec 13, discussing issues related to racism and minorities in China.

Ho-fung Hung's recent article in New Left Review has been featured in U.S. Public Radio and several international news outlets:

-- interviewed in Suzi Weissman’s Beneath the Surface show at KPFK (audio here)

-- interviewed by Brazil’s largest national newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.

-- the NLR article was featured in the business page of South China Morning Post on Dec 1.

-- interviewed by Expresso, one of the largest newspaper in Portugal on Dec 12.

-- featured in The Economic Observer, a leading economic newspaper in China on Jan 11, 2010.


Stephen BenardStephen Benard's NSF/Department of Defense grant award featured in IU News Room article.

Timothy HallettTimothy Hallett, Donna Eder, and Brent Harger's research on gossip in the workplace covered by the IU News Room.


Timothy Hallett also did a feature interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) Radio about how power functions in the workplace. It can be heard here, under Part Two.

Brian PowellBrian Powell quoted in AP article: "Eastern Indiana County Tops Nation in Divorce Rate."





IU Research at the American Sociological Annual Meeting