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Fall 2017 Department of Sociology Newsletter

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"On behalf of all our colleagues in the Department of Sociology, we are delighted to present the inaugural edition of our new series of newsletters..."

Nicholas Smith Selected for National Leadership Program to Build Health Equity

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith, a Sociology department graduate student at Indiana University will join a diverse group of scholars from across the country to collaboratively tackle persistent health challenges by creating innovative solutions through their research. The Health Policy Research Scholars program is led by George Washington University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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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...


Preparing Future Faculty Conference

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Friday, February 09, 2018
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Indiana Memorial Union in rooms: Alumni Hall, Whittenberger Auditorium, State East and West, Persimmon, and Dogwood.

The PFF conference is a one-day professionalization event designed to provide graduate students from all disciplines and at all phases of their educations with important information about preparing for their future academic careers. This year the conference will consist of four sessions (three panels and one round table) addressing different issues of concern to graduate students. Topics will range from navigating the job market, to the rights and responsibilities of faculty members in the 21st century classroom, to exploring the variety of professional opportunities available inside (and outside) of academia, among other subjects.

The conference is free and open to all Indiana University graduate students, but please register early for the luncheon. Registration closes Monday, February 5, 2018.

Register here: Contact: Eric Wright Contact Email: Website:

Gender, Race and Class (GRC) Workshop Lecture

Adia Harvey

GRC and PEC welcome Adia Harvey Wingfield, Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM in KSISR 100. Professor Wingfield’s talk title is: Professional Work in a ‘Postracial' Era: Black Health Care Workers in the New Economy. She specializes in research that examines the ways intersections of race, gender, and class affect social processes at work. In particular, Wingfield is an expert on the workplace experiences of minority workers in predominantly white professional settings, and specifically on black male professionals in occupations where they are in the minority.

Politics, Economy, and Culture (PEC) Workshop Lecture

Florencia Torche

PEC welcomes Florencia Torche, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:00 PM in KSISR 100. Professor Torche’s talk title is: “Anti-Immigration Law and Infant Health: The Case of Arizona’s SB1070”. She is a social scientist with substantive interests in social demography, stratification, and education.

The 2018 Karl F. Schuessler Lecture

Michael Sobel

2018 Karl F. Schuessler Lecture welcomes Michael Sobel, Professor in Department of Statistics at Columbia University in the City of New York on April 6, 2018. Professor Sobel’s research interests are Causal Inference, fMRI, and Social Statistics. A reception will follow the lecture, time TBA.

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