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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...


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, will present his talk: "Understanding Personal Networks: The Limits of Big Data and the Perils of Common Sense." His talk description: When people seek emotional support, how do they decide whom to talk to? Network analysis and common sense would both suggest that people will go to those they are closest to. Based on in-depth interviews with graduate students in one university and nationally representative survey data on adults 18 and older, I find reason to question that belief. Shifting from what people say to what they actually do, I find that people are far more willing to turn to others they are not close to, even near-strangers, than either conventional wisdom or network theories would suggest. Examining why, I show that widely-agreed upon assumptions about the nature of strong ties do not stand up to qualitative empirical scrutiny-do not accord with how people in their ordinary lives interact with those they are close to. The findings suggest that, in the big data era, qualitative research has become more, not less important. The lecture will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:30 PM in Indiana Memorial Union, University Club, President’s Room. A reception will follow the lecture. Contact: Jane McLeod (

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