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Shirley A. Jackson, chair of Black Studies Department at Portland State University has been selected to serve on the Oregon Department of Education's Ethnic Studies Advisory Group to develop ethnic studies standards for adoption into existing social studies standards and curriculum for Oregon’s K-12 students. Shirley A. Jackson also appeared on the talk show, Afternoon Live! on Channel KATU (Portland, OR) on January 15, 2018 for a segment on Martin Luther King, Jr. and on February 9, 2018 for a segment on Black History Month that focused on Women in the Civil Rights Movement.

Marisela Martinez-Cola accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Utah State University and recently published her article, "Sympathetic Symbols, Social Movements, and School Desegregation" in the December 2017 edition of The Journal of Law and Society.  

Barbara Katz Rothman (City University of New York, previous President SSSP) has been awarded a Fulbright-Saastamoinenen Foundation Distinguished Chair in Health Sciences, 2018-19.  There will be two one-month visits to Finland over a period of two academic years.

Charlotte Ross, recently published the following article: Ross CA, Berry NS, Smye V, Goldner EM.  (2017). A critical review of knowledge on nurses with problematic substance use: The need to move from individual blame to awareness of structural factors.  Nursing Inquiry, 2017 Aug 17. doi: 10.1111/nin.12215.

Hadi Khoshneviss (University of South Florida) and Robert Benford, recently published the chapter “Social Movements” in Sage’s Handbook of Political Sociology (828-844. Sage Publications, 2018).    

Bin Xu, Emory University, recently published a new book, The Politics of Compassion: The Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Alexandra Cox, University of Essex in England, recently published Trapped in a Vice: The Consequences of Confinement for Young People (Rutgers University Press, 2018).

John Dale (George Mason University) published two new co-authored book chapters on Myanmar: “The Risky Business of Transformation: Social Enterprise in Myanmar’s Emerging Democracy” (with David Kyle, University of California - Davis) in Melissa Crouch, ed., The Business of Reform: Law Reform, Development, and Economics in Myanmar (Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 81-121; and “International non-governmental organizations and advocacy,” (with Samantha Samuel-Nakka, George Mason University) in Adam Simpson, Nicolas Farrelly, and Ian Holliday, eds., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Myanmar (New York and London: Routledge, 2018). Professor Dale is currently serving as the SSSP’s Chair of the Transnational Initiatives Committee and as the SSSP’s Human Rights Liaison to the Science and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

Walter S. DeKeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. Walter S. DeKeseredy's new book Abusive Endings: Separation and Divorce Violence Against Women (with Molly Dragiewicz and Martin D. Schwartz) received the 2017 Robert Jerrin Book Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division on Victimology.


David Lane, University of South Dakota, was recently featured in the Sioux City Journal for his research on the culture of tattoo artists. To read the full article please click here.

Frankham, University of Wisconsin–Madison, recently published "A Modified Framework for Identifying Stigma: News Coverage of Persons With Mental Illness Killed by Police" in Stigma and Health. 

Jean Beaman, Purdue University, recently published her first book, Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France, with the University of California Press in September 2017.

Caitlin Mize, University of Tennessee, won the 2017 Extraordinary Community Service Award. This award is given to faculty, staff, student organizations, and students that exemplifies extraordinary community service to the University of Tennessee community and beyond. This individual goes out of his/her way to contribute through volunteering, community service projects, and other projects outside the realm of his/her regular duties. For more information click here.

Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee, won the 2017 Dr. Marva Rudolph Diversity and Inter-Culturalism Unit Excellence Award. The award is given to an office, program, department, or college that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made consistent contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion at UT. For more information click here

Stephen J. Morewitz, CSUEB and San Jose State University, won two San Jose State University Faculty Author awards for his new books, Runaway and Homeless Youth: New Research and Clinical Perspectives (New York: Springer, 2016) and Handbook of Missing Persons (co-edited with Caroline Sturdy Colls) (New York: Springer, 2016). 

Lynn Green was promoted to Professor of Sociology at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the end of August, 2016.

Hadi Khoshneviss PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida has a forthcoming article: “Accountability in a State of Liminality: The Experience of Iranian Students at American Airports.” in Mobilities

Davita Silfen Glasberg has been appointed Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut.

William Cabin will present a paper based on his ongoing research at the America in Aging conference sponsored by the American Society on Aging. The presentation is titled “They Don't Listen; They Don't Care: The Lived Experience of Medicare Home Care Patients & Caregivers” and will be presented on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Jennifer Randles, Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University, Fresno, recently authored the book Proposing Prosperity?: Marriage Education Policy and Inequality in America. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2017.

Mark Bird, professor of sociology at the College of Southern Nevada, authored 750 Laws in Sociology. This 2016 book is organized into 72 chapters. "Laws" refer to factors or principles on common intro topics. You can see the Table of Contents or to request a faculty copy. Additionally, feel free to to obtain sample chapters. 

Joachim J. Savelsberg, University of Minnesota, recently published/was awarded:

  • Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur, Oakland: University of California Press, 2015.
    • A German translation appeared with Vittorio Klostermann Publ. Frankfurt, 2017.
    • The book received the
      • 2016 Best Book Award of the SSSP Division for Social Problems Theory.
      • 2016 Outstanding Book Award of the ASC International Division.
  • “Representing Mass Violence in Darfur: Global, National and Field Factors.” Zeitschrift für Genozidforschung, Vol. 14/2016, Nos. 1-2, pp. 62-79.
  • (with Terence Halliday, Sida Liu, Calvin Morrill, Carroll Seron, Susan Silbey). “Law & Society Review at Fifty: A Debate on the Future of Publishing by the Law & Society Association.” Law & Society Review, Vol. 50/2016, No. 4, pp. 1017-36
  • (with Hollie Nyseth Brehm). “Global Justice, National Distinctions: Criminalizing Human Rights Violations in Darfur.” American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 121/2015, No. 2, pp. 564-603
  • University of Minnesota, Provost’s Office. Grand Challenges Exploratory Research Proposal: Ensuring Just and Equitable Societies -- Human Rights Collaborative and Faculty-Student Human Rights laboratory to promote equitable civil society by creating bridges between the academic community to public policy and non-governmental actors (with Barbara Frey, Fionnualla Ni Aolain, and Jim Ron) ($110,000), 201
  • Grand Challenges Human Rights Collaborative, “Ex-combatants, Memory and Re-integration: The Case of Northern Ireland” (with Michael Soto), 2016.
  • Two Undergraduate Research Opportunity grants and one Freshmen Research Opportunity grant, with Prashasti Bhatnagar, Elli Stencel, and Abby Vogel to conduct research on denialism and representations of the Armenian genocide, 2016.


Christopher Dum, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kent State University, recently authored the book Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Motel, NY: Columbia University Press, 2016. He discussed the work on NPR's Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal and The Doc Project on CBC Radio.