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Jessica Calarco

Calarco receives ASA Early Career Award

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

Dina Okamoto

Okamoto receives Wells Endowed Professorship

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.

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Rojas and Ray named editors of Contexts

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

Sheldon Stryker

Remembering 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:

Bernice Pescosolido

Pescosolido elected to National Academy of Medicine

Distinguished Professor Bernice Pescosolido was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and a reflection of her outstanding professional achievements in these areas.

Elaine Hernandez

Pathway to Academia brings together Latino faculty and students

Congratulations to Sociology professor Elaine Hernandez discussed her experiences in higher education at an event for Latino students organized by graduate student Denise Ambriz.

Roshan Pandian

Pandian receives Master’s Thesis Award

Congratulations to Roshan Pandian, whose MA paper, "Does Manufacturing Matter for Economic Growth in the Era of Globalization?" has been awarded the University Graduate School Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for 2016.

Brian Powell

IU Bloomington faculty, students recognized by American Sociological Association

Indiana University Bloomington sociologist Brian Powell received a Distinguished Career Award and other faculty members and graduate students in the Department of Sociology were recognized for books and articles during the recent annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Sarah Hatteberg

Hatteberg receives Distinguished Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Sarah Hatteberg (IU PhD, 2015), whose dissertation, “Institutional Stress and Compromised Social Support in Collegiate Athletics: The Student-Athlete Experience,” has been selected as a winner of Indiana University Graduate School Distinguished Ph.D. Dissertation Award for 2016.

Dina Okamoto

Okamoto receives ASA Book Award

Dina Okamoto’s book Redefining Race: Asian American Panethnicity and Shifting Ethnic Boundaries is a recipient of the ASA Asian and Asian American Section Book Award.

Brea Perry

Perry receives ASA Distinguished Article Award

Congratulations to Brea Perry, whose article (with Ed Morris) “Suspending Progress: Collateral Consequences of Exclusionary Punishment in Public Schools,” is the recipient of distinguished paper awards from two ASA sections.

Brian Powell

Powell receives ASA Distinguished Career Award

Brian Powell is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association's Family Section, recognizing his groundbreaking work on GLBTQ families.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship winners

IU one of three departments to have three NSF Graduate Research Fellowship winners. Congratulations to Maritza Mestre, Nolan Greenup, and Jasmine Davis.

Jane McLeod

McLeod Named Provost Professor

Jane McLeod has been named a Provost Professor. This highly prestigious award recognizes professors who have achieved local, national, and international acclaim both for their research and teaching.

Jess Calarco

Calarco receives Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Jess Calarco is a recipient of Indiana University’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award – the most prestigious award for assistant professors at IU – in recognition of her research, teaching, and service.

Brian Powell

Powell receives Distinguished Faculty Award

James H. Rudy Professor and Department Chair, Brian Powell, is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award from the Indiana University College of Arts & Sciences.

Scott Long

Long awarded Leamer-Rosenthal Prize

Scott Long is one of two recipients of the Leaders in Education Prize/Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science. This is a new award that recognizes the importance of “openness, integrity, and transparency” in social science research. Scott is being recognized for his important and indispensable writing on reproducibility—most notably The Workflow of Data Analysis Using Stata.

Bill Corsaro

Bill Corsaro receives honors for “world-leading research” in the sociology of childhood

IU Emeritus Professor Bill Corsaro was just awarded an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden. It recognizes Bill’s ground-breaking contributions to our understanding of children’s perspectives and socialization practices in school and family life.

Bernice Pescosolido

Pesocoslido awarded 2015 NARSAD Investigator Grant

We are delighted to share the good news that Bernice Pescosolido has been awarded the 2015 NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Distinguished) Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Bernice will be using funds from the grant to field an upcoming wave of the National Stigma Study. This study will monitor changes in both the levels and correlates of public stigma regarding mental illness since the 1996 and 2006 national studies led by Bernice, and is designed to bring new findings to our understanding of stigma.

Congratulations to Bernice!

Lisa R. Miller

IU sociologists examine workplace stress, parenting trends, voter ID laws and more at annual meeting

Research by IU graduate student Lisa Miller attributes transgender health disparities to experiences of major discrimination and everyday microaggressions:

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IU study identifies health consequences of discrimination among transgender adults

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington faculty members and graduate students presented research findings at the 110th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, a five-day meeting in Chicago that concludes today. Several of their studies are highlighted.

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New Yorker cartoons reveal attitudes toward parenting

Jaclyn Tabor and Jessica Calarco tap a novel data source to track changing attitudes toward parenting during the 20th and early 21st centuries: cartoons in the New Yorker magazine.

“We find that portrayals of children and child-rearing are both more varied and more fluctuating than existing research would suggest,” said Tabor, an Indiana University Bloomington doctoral student in sociology. "Contemporary cartoons celebrate children but also recognize the significant challenges children create for parents. Cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s -- when rates of childlessness were also high -- reveal a similar set of mixed attitudes.”

In recent decades, parenting seems to have become an increasingly all-consuming project, particularly in affluent and highly educated families, said Tabor and Calarco, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. Yet those same decades have also seen a dramatic increase in the number of adults -- and especially affluent and highly educated adults -- who are choosing to forgo parenthood entirely.

Their paper investigates that paradox of modern, privileged parenting, using a content analysis of New Yorker cartoons from 1925 to 2006 to examine portrayals of children and child-rearing.

In light of the findings, Tabor and Calarco argue that, when child-rearing poses particularly high costs to parents, and when those costs are widely recognized, reluctance about parenting can easily lead to opting out. They discuss the implications of these patterns for research on children and childhood, research on popular parenting patterns and research on changing demographic trends.

Tabor and Calarco presented their study, “The Parent Trap: What New Yorker Cartoons Reveal About Competing Trends in Childrearing, 1925-2006,” today during a roundtable on researching concerning children and youth. (Read more on the IU Newsroom site.)

Eliza Pavalko

Eliza Pavalko named IU Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs

Eliza Pavalko, a sociologist whose research areas include work-life issues and the relationship between career, family and health, has been named Indiana University Bloomington vice provost for faculty and academic affairs.

Pavalko is the Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. An IU faculty member since 1991, she chaired the Department of Sociology from 2009 to 2014. She succeeds Tom Gieryn, who has retired after serving as vice provost since 2009.

Pavalko’s research interests lie in the areas of the sociology of the life course, aging, health, work, gender and social change. With funding from the National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Mental Health, and in collaboration with numerous graduate students and colleagues, her attention has centered on paid and unpaid work careers, health trajectories and how they are framed within institutional policies and practices, historical context and gender regimes.

She has served as editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and secretary-treasurer and section chair for the American Sociological Association Section on Aging and the Life Course. She served as director of graduate studies for the Department of Sociology and has received several teaching honors including the IU Trustees Teaching Award and the Graduate Student Mentor Award.

She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from Florida State University and was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina.

In accordance with the Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University Bloomington, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs plays a lead role in fostering a culture that promotes a scholarly community across the arc of faculty members’ careers. It provides support for mentoring, active engagement with colleagues and students, and opportunities for professional development, helping faculty members achieve professional excellence. It supports faculty in their career paths, sponsors awards and competitions to nurture and to recognize excellence, and provides resources for living and working in Bloomington. 

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IU faculty and grad students win multiple ASA awards

The most recent newsletter from the American Sociological Association Section on Social Psychology includes articles about four IU Sociology graduate students. Bianca Manago is the recipient of the Graduate Student Investigator Award, and Long Doan, Annalise Loehr, and Lisa Miller received the Graduate Student Paper Award. In addition, graduate student William McConnell was awarded the Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award for distinguished research in the areas of mental health, self-concept and health, or deviance from the Medical Sociology section.

IU Sociology faculty also earned accolades. Jennifer Lee and her co-author, Jun Xu (an IU alumnus), are the recipients of the 2015 Research Paper Award from the ASA Section on Asia and Asian Americans for their 2013 Social Forces article entitled, “Marginalized Model Minority? An Empirical Examination of the Racial Triangulation of Asian Americans.”

In addition, Youngjoo Cha and her coauthor Kim Weeden are the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Article Award from the ASA’s Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section for their article, “Overwork and the Slow Convergence in the Gender Earnings Gap,” published in the American Sociological Review in 2014. Congratulations to all of our award winners!

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.