Department News at a Glance -- October 23, 2015

Just the Headlines
 

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Swider who has published a book entitled "Building China, Informal Work and the New Precariat".  The book is based on her ethnographic research in China on the migration of peasants to construction workers in the cities.  The book, released just this month, has received excellent reviews and may be best summarized by Dr. Rina Agarwala from The Johns Hopskins University as follows:  "In Building China, Sarah Swider provides a fascinating, in-depth, and deeply empathetic view into the diverse range of labor structures emerging in modern China. This book makes male migrant construction workers visible, drawing the reader into the complex texture of their daily lives through clear, almost novelistic, prose and extremely rich and persuasive empirical research."   

Grants, Grants and more Grants

Dr. David Fasenfest and PhD Candidate Ted Pride received a grant from the ACLU of Michigan to analyze the impact of the Emergency Manager designation for eight Michigan cities. 

Dr. Heather Dillaway and a team of three University of Detroit-Mercy faculty members recently received a R15 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Academic Research Enhancement (AREA) Award for their research project, "Social Determinants of Primary Care Utilization among Urban Community Mental Health Center Patients with Serious Mental Illness." 

The Humanities Center has awarded a grant to continue with the "Sustainability Scholars Forum," an interdisciplinary group at WSU organized by Dr. David Fasenfest, Rahul Mitra in Communication, Alisa Moldavanova in Political Science, Jeffrey Ram in Physiology, and Tam Perry in Social Work.  The first forum was held on September 11, 2015.


In the Media

Dr. Heather Dillaway was interviewed for a podcast called The Broad Experience, for a podcast episode on "Our Bodies, Our Work". The episode is specifically about menstruation and menopause in the workplace.  You can listen to the podcast at the following link:  http://www.thebroadexperience.com/listen/2015/10/18/episode-71-our-bodies-our-work


 Articles/Publications/Conferences
 

Dr. R. Khari Brown, together with Dr. Ronald E. Brown (Political Science) presented "Understanding Policy Attitudes about Social Inequality," on October 14, 2015 as part of the Humanities Center Brown Bag Series.  

Upcoming sociology Brown Bag lectures are:  Sarah Swider on December 8, 2015, Michelle Jacobs on February 10, 2016 and Krista Brumley on March 23, 2016.

 

 

2015 MSA Conference 

Several sociology graduate students are presenting at the Michigan Sociological Association 2015 Annual Conference that will be held at the University of Michigan-Flint on October 23 - 24, 2015.  The conference theme is Sociology and Civic Engagement.  Wayne State sociology participants are:

Brigit Dyer
Sandra King
Heather Mooney
Kaleema Sumareh
Randall Wyatt
Michael Sabbagh -
Faciltator 

In addition, alumna Sasha Drummond-Lewis, assistant professor of sociology at UM-Flint will be presenting as well.

 

 

 

 

 Off Topic

 

Academic Advisor Stacie Moser is facilitating a toy drive with the Academic Staff Steering Committee of WSU and Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation to benefit hospitalized children and their families during the holiday season.  The toy drive is called SNOWPILE and they are seeking toy donations from newborn to 18 years of age.  The toy drive will officially begin in November and the Sociology Department Main Office at 2228 FAB will be a drop off site.  So if you can help, please do. Thank you!


 

 Upcoming Dates/Events
 

  • Sociology Cares @ Focus Hope
    Nov 21. 9am-12N.  


 


Call for Papers

Deadline
Publication/
Conference
Date & Location
Oct. 232016 SWS Winter Meeting, Feminisms: Race, Place and JusticeFeb, 5-7 Memphis, TN
Nov. 30Michigan Family Review, topic:  Race, Ethnicity and Families 

 


 

Sociology Graduate Student Organization (SocGSO) Up Coming Meetings

 

Date/TimeLocation
Nov. 13 @ 4:30PMGreat Lakes Coffee
3965 Woodward Ave.
Dec. 11 @ 4:30PMStarbucks in the Student Center

 

 

    Department News at a Glance -- September 23, 2015

Just the Headlines

Several students and faculty traveled to Chicago to participate and present at the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) annual meetings during the week of August 20th. 

SSSP presenters included PhD Candidate Jenny Lendrum, "Gendered Space in the Informal Economy;"  Master's Candidate Amanda Levitt, "Redefining Gender:  A contextual analysis of fat femininity, visibility and shame," PhD Candidate Sandra Lee King, "Identifying Social Capital Indicators Among Women at High Risk for a Child Born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders," 2015 alum Christina Miller-Bellor, MA, "Rape in the Military, the Article 32 and Victim Blaming," Dr. Heather E. Dillaway, "Hope Deferred or Right on Time:  A Life Course Exploration of Reproductive Trajectories after Spinal Cord Injury," and "Menopause and Midlife in Detroit:  Uncovering Race, Class, and Place in Women's Experiences," PhD Candidate Anabel Stoeckle, "Body/Sex/Work - Surrogacy as a New Form of Intimate and Embodied Labor;" Dr. Zachary W. Brewster, "An Empirical Test for Subtle Forms of Race-Based Restaurant Service," and PhD Candidate Theodore Pride, "Community-Based Organizations and Community Conflict in the Age of Neoliberalism:  A Case Study of a Detroit Neighborhood.Jenny Lendrum and Dr. Michelle R. Jacobs also presided at sections.  Also attending was  Dr. David Fasenfest who is on the editorial and publications committee of SSSP and on the 2016 Program Committee, which will take place in Seattle next year.   


ASA presenters were Dr. Heather E. Dillaway with Dr. Catherine Lysack, "Most of Them Are Amateurs:  Women Discuss the Lack of Disability Training among Healthcare Provides," Dr. Michelle R. Jacobs and Dr. David M. Merolla, "Being Authentically Native-American:  Identity Non-Verification, Identity Change, and Social Structure among New Indians," and PhD Student Anthony McDuffie, Paul Draus (U-M), Juiette Roddy (UM-Dearborn), "We're Garbage People:  Austerity, Possibility, and the Daily Routines of Detroit's Submerged Workers."  Session participants included Dr. Sarah C. Swider, Dr. Janet Hankin, along with presider and participant Dr. Jennifer Haskin.


Alumni News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhD Alumni, Dr. Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury (2013) and Dr. Omari Jackson (2014) returned to campus on September 17th to speak at the 2015 King-Chavez Parks (KCP) Distinguished Visiting Professors Forum on Career Development.  After the luncheon they visited with some of their dissertation committee members.    Dr. Bailey-Fakhoury is pictured below with Dr. Khari Brown and Dr. Jackson is pictured with his advisor Dr. David Merolla.  


Dr. Cheryl L. Neely
(2009) published a book "You're Dead, so what? Media, Police, and the Invisibility of Black Women as Victims of Homicide," which was based on her dissertation topic and research.  The book was published through Michigan State University Press and was released on August 1, 2015.  Neely is a full-time tenured sociology professor at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, MI. 
 

Gilbert Thibault, PhD (1972) gave a talk on campus, September 3, 2015 entitled, "I Am The World's Oldest-Known Living Tree," promoting his book by the same name. The talk was sponsored by Wayne State's Department of Geology and the Environmental Science Program.  He is pictured alongside Dr. Janet Hankin, who attended the talk.

 


 
Articles/Publications/Conferences

 

Jenny Lendrum, PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant, was invited to speak at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands to present at the Program Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Seminar Conference:  Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods.  Lendrum presented a talk entitled "Detroit's Informal Economy:  Neighborhood Networks and Spatial Arrangements" to an international group of conference participants on September 9, 2015. 

 

Adjunct professor Dr. Errol Liverpool published an article on August 27, 2015 in Adventist Today entitled "Separate by Equal:  A Pastor's Reflections on the 2015 GC Session." 
 

Dr. David Merolla co-published an article in the September, 2015 issue of Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare:  Christie-Mizell, C. André, Whitney N. Laster, Benjamin D. Tyndall, and David M. Merolla.  2015. “Race-Gender Differences in the Impact of History of Heavy Drinking on Current Alcohol Consumption during the Transition to Adulthood.”  Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 42(3):137-158

 


Student Success


Heather Mooney
passed the Racial Inequality prelim and has filed for PhD Candidacy. 

Jenny Lendrum was named the new Managing Editor of Gender & Society Journal, effective September 1, 2015.  


Amanda Levitt
was quoted in an article about a new body trend at dailydot.com.   http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/thigh-brows-hashtag-photos/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty News

 

Associate Professor Dr. Krista M. Brumley has taken over the role of  Graduate Director as of September 2, 2015. 

 

 

 


 

 

Please Welcome... 

Adjunct Instructor, John Girdwood who is teaching SOC 5400, The Family.  

2015-16 Graduate Teaching Assistant Salam Aboulhassan who is teaching Social Problems, SOC 2020.  

 

Rumble Fellow Allison Jendry.  Allison earned her Bachelor's Degree from UM-Flint and her Master's in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University. 

 

Peer Mentors for SOC 2000 Learning Community, left to right:  Laftifa Dourra, Fatima Eid, Christopher Crabb and Aashna Sahi. 

 


Upcoming Dates/Events

  • Christian Genesky to defend his Master's Thesis on Oct. 2nd at 12N
     
  • Sociology Cares @ Focus Hope
    Nov 21. 9am-12N.  


 


Call for Papers

Deadline
Publication/
Conference
Date & Location
Sept. 30Michigan Sociological Association:  Sociology and Civic EngagementOct. 23-24, 2015 
UM-Flint
Oct. 15
April, 2016
Univ. Pittsburgh
Oct. 232016 SWS Winter Meeting, Feminisms: Race, Place and JusticeFeb, 5-7 Memphis, TN
Nov. 30Michigan Family Review, topic:  Race, Ethnicity and Families 

 


 

Sociology Graduate Student Organization (SocGSO) Up Coming Meetings

 

Date/TimeLocation
Oct. 9 @ 4:30PM

The Bottom Line
4474 Third Street

Nov. 13 @ 4:30PMGreat Lakes Coffee
3965 Woodward Ave.
Dec. 11 @ 4:30PMStarbucks in the Student Center

 

 

    Department News at a Glance -- August 18, 2015

 The Summer of Defenses 

During the Spring/Summer session, the Sociology Department had four Dissertation Defenses (Rondrell Taylor, Rola Bazzi-Gates, Victoria Velding and Jennifer Haskin), five Proposal Defenses (Anabel Stoeckle, Megan Petersen, Joe Byle, Kaleema Sumareh and Monita Mungo) and one Master's Thesis Defense (Salam Aboulhassan--see below) -- all successful! 
 

Salam Aboulhassan defended her Master's Thesis, "Shifting Perspectives on Domestic Violence?  Perceptions of 2nd Generation Arab American Women on Domestic Violence" on August 5, 2015, thereby earning her Master's Degree.  Salam's Advisor is Dr. Krista M. Brumley and her committee consisted of Drs. Heather E. Dillaway and David M. Merolla.  Congratulations Salam! 

 

 

 

 


Articles/Publications/Conferences

Professor and Department Chair. Janet R. Hankin attended the iHEA 11th World Congress:  "DeGustibus Disputandum Non Est!" Health Economics and Nutrition, July 13, 2015 in Milan, Italy.  Her paper, co-authored with Sara Goodman and Allen Goodman and titled "Mosquito Nets Prevent Malaria:  A Benefit-Cost Analysis for a Burkinabe Village," was presented in the Evaluating Prevention session.  In addition, Dr. Hankin chaired several sessions on the Impact of the Affordable Care Act during the conference. 
 

 PhD Candidate Jenny Lendrum presented a paper "Motivations and Limitations:  Experiences of Marathoning Women" at the 2015 International Sport and Society Conference held in Toronto, Canada on July 31, 2015.  Lendrum was also named a Sport & Society Graduate Scholar.  In addition to presenting her paper, she chaired/ moderated three sessions at the conference.

 


Student Success

PhD Candidate Kaleema Sumareh passed her proposal defense on July 7,2015.  Her proposed dissertation title is "Exploring the Processes of Long-Term Activism Among Older Adults in Local Welfare Rights Movement."  Her advisor is Dr. R. Khari Brown and committee members are Drs. Zachary Brewster, Krista M. Brumley and Natalie Ruiz-Junco from Auburn University (not pictured). 
 

PhD Candidate Monita Mungo passed her proposal defense on July 16, 2015.  Her dissertation title is "Closing the Gap:  Greater Retention and Achievement Through Service Learning."  Monita's advisor is Dr. David M. Merolla and her committee members are Drs. Krista M. Brumley, D. Carl Freeman (Senior Faculty Advisor Honors, Department of Biological Science) and Zachary Brewster. 

 


Doctoral student Charles Bell was quoted in Aljazeera America about his views on zero tolerance policies and their costs on African American youth. Charles recently published an article "The Hidden Side of Zero Tolerance Policies:  The African American Perspective" in Sociology Compass.  Click on the photo to read the Aljazeera article.
 

Congratulations MA Candidate Robin West Smith who will be teaching principles of sociology at Monroe County Community College this Fall 2015. 

 

Wayne Connect Email / Office 365

Everyone now should have the new Wayne Connect email,Outlook along with Office 365.  Please click here for an overview and instructions if needed. 

 

Upcoming Dates/Events

  • Graduate Student Orientation
    Sept. 9th, 4-6pm; #3339 FAB with social hour immediately following at an off campus location TBA.  Please stop by and meet our incoming grad students.
     
  • Sociology Picnic
    Sept. 11th, 5-9pm, Hankin Home.  Bring your family, friends and stuff to grill. 
     
  • Sociology Graduate Open House
    Sept. 19th, 11am-3pm, 289 Student Center.  Please email janet.hankin@wayne.edu if you would like to participate in a presentation.
     
  • Sociology Cares @ Focus Hope
    Nov 21. 9am-12N.  Faculty requiring service learning hours, please add to your course syllabus.

 

Call for Papers

Deadline
Publication/
Conference
Date & Location
Sep 11
Humboldt Journal of Social Relations Special Issue:  Sexuality in the Post-Marriage Equality Era
Spring 2016 Special Issue
Oct. 15
April, 2016
Univ. Pittsburgh

 

 

    Department News at a Glance -- June 25, 2015

 Just the Headlines
 

 

Congratulations to Rondrell Taylor who successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation "Affirming Expectations:  African American Men's Perceptions of Trust in Physicians" today!  The new Dr. Taylor's advisor is Professor R. Khari Brown and his committee consists of Dr. Heather Dillaway, Dr. Nicole Trujillo-Pagan and Dr. Richard Raspa (English Department).   Taylor is currently an adjunct professor at Baker College, Auburn Hills.

 

Amra Poskovic was granted her Master's Degree in April when she successfully defended her Essay "Barriers to Health Care Among Latino and Asian American Immigrants in United States."  Dr. Nicole Trujllo-Pagan and Dr. Shirin Montazer were on her committee together with her advisor, Dr. Janet Hankin.   

 

 

 

 


Articles/Publications/Conferences
 

Blog Posts:

Brown, R.Khari, Robert J. Taylor and Linda M. Chatters.  "American is not losing its religion - population trends mean that it is simply becoming more religiously diverse."  The London School of Economics and Political Science.  Web.  June 3, 2015.  http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2015/06/03/america-is-not-losing-its-religion-population-trends-mean-that-it-is-simply-becoming-more-religiously-diverse/ 

 

 

PhD Candidate Jenny Lendrum published in the June 2015 issue of Sport and Society.  Her article "Motivations, Limitations and Guilt:  Women Who Marathon," is based on her Master's Thesis.  In addition, Lendrum received a Graduate Scholar Award from Sport and Society and will be presenting her work at the Sport and Society conference in July 2015.

She will also be presenting work from her dissertation, entitled: The gendered spatial arrangements and social networks within the haircare industry: a Detroit neighborhood case study as part of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Seminar Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods Delft University of Technology, Delft, 9-10 September, 2015.

 

 

Incoming MA Student, Eboni N. Turnbow published an article "In her Own Words:  New Professionals Battle Ageism and Sexism in Career Success," in the April 2015 issue of Women in Higher Education.    Myricks Williamson, Sharee L. and Eboni Turnbow. IN HER OWN WORDS: New Professionals Battle Ageism and Sexism in Career Success. Women in Higher Education 24(4), 16-17. 
 

 

PhD Candidate Ted Pride will be presenting a paper from his dissertation, entitled: Community-Based Organizations and Community Conflict in the Age of Neoliberalism: A Case Study of a Detroit Neighborhood, at the SSSP annual meeting in Chicago, August 2015.

 

 

 

Wayne State Sociology @ North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) 2015 Annual Meeting

Dr. Khari Brown and several sociology students presented at the NCSA 2015 Annual Meeting --"New Visions of Human Flourishing" in Cleveland during April.  Dr. Brown moderated the Race and Ethnicity Inequality Section and presented a paper, "Race, Racial Attitudes, and Racial Profiling Attitudes," with Dr. Ronald Brown (Political Science) and MA Student Catina Polk.  Other presenters were:

  • Megan Petersen who presented two papers --  "Hegemonic Masculinity and The Teaching/Research Nexus through the Lens of Institutional Ethnography" and "Utilization of Journals as Formative Assessment"
  • Sandra King and Grace Ficker - "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Comparative Analysis of At-Risk Women at National, State and Local Levels"
  • Anthony McDuffie, Juliette Roddy and Paul Draus -- "Adapting to Disaster:  Narrative Accounts of Detroit's Ongoing Deconstruction" 

In addition, L.M. Anabel Stoeckle, Megan Petersen and Heather Mooney served as facilitators fro the workshop "Addressing "isms" Outside of Academia:  How to Confront Sexism, Racism, Classism, Homophobia and Other "isms" Effectively." 
 


 

Off Topic

 

Ready or Not....

Academica is replacing Pipeline on July 31.  Please follow the Department of Sociology stream for important news, events and deadlines or if you want to share information quickly and easily with others. Please also encourage students to subscribe. 

  

Upcoming Dates/Events

  • Graduate Student Orientation
    Sept. 9th, 4-6pm; #3339 FAB with social hour immediately afterward (location TBA).  Please stop by and meet our incoming grad students.
  • Sociology Picnic
    Sept. 11th, 5-9pm, Hankin Home.  Bring your family, friends and stuff to grill. 
  • Sociology Graduate Open House
    Sept. 19th, 11am-3pm, 289 Student Center.  Please email janet.hankin@wayne.edu if you would like to participate in a presentation.
  • Sociology Cares @ Focus Hope
    Nov 21. 9am-12N.  Faculty requiring service learning hours, please add to your course syllabus.

 

Call for Papers

DeadlineConferenceDate & Location
July 64th INSPIRE Virtual Student ConferenceAug. 17-19
Virtual
July 159th Annual Student Rountables Emerging Issues in Sociology; 2015 ABS Annual MeetingAug. 22
Chicago, IL
July 1645th Conf. Assoc. of Black Sociologists;  Race and Inequality in the Obama Era and BeyondAug. 20-22
Chicago, IL
July 16Spaces and Flows ConferenceOct. 15-16
Chicago, IL
Oct. 15Doing the Body in the 21st CenturyApril, 2016
Univ. Pittsburgh

  

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

  • Rola Bazzi Gates on July 10
    Advisor--R.K. Brown
  • Victoria Velding on July 29 
    Advisor--H. Dillaway
  • Jennifer Haskin on August 7
    Advisor H. Dillaway

 

 

 Student Success

 

Four PhD Candidates recently passed their proposal defense recently:  Jenny Lendrum, Anabel Stoeckle, Joseph Byle and Megan Petersen. 

 

Jenny Lendrum (center) with her committee:  Advisor Dr. Sarah Swider, Dr. Andrew Newman (Anthropology), Dr. David Fasenfest and Dr. Heidi Gottfried.  Lendrum passed her proposal defense on April 28, 2015.  


 

 

 

L.M. Anabel Stoeckle (seated at right) with her committee:  Advisor Dr. Heidi Gottfried, Dr. Krista Brumley, Dr. John Corvino (Philosophy) and Dr. Sarah Swider via Skype.  Stoeckle passed her proposal defense on May 21, 2015.  

 

  

Joseph Byle (2nd from left) with his committee:  Dr. Shirin Montazer, Dr. R. Khari Brown and Dr. Sarah Swider (not pictured Dr. Mustarfar Mireselar, Western Michigan University). Byle passed his proposal defense on June 16, 2015.

 


 

 

   

Megan Petersen (seated) with her committee:  Dr. Zachary Brewster, Dr. Krista Brumley, Ben Pogodzinski (College of Education) and Advisor Dr. Heather Dillaway.  Petersen passed her proposal defense on June 23, 2015.  

 

 

 

PhD Candidate Kaleema Sumareh  was one of the selected doctoral students that received a BEST (Broadening Experiences in ScientificTraining) paid internship last summer. In the video below, Sumareh participates in a panel discussion regarding her internship experience.  Her portion is a the 2:20 mark.  

 

 


 

    Department News at a Glance -- April 14, 2015

Just the Headlines 

Christina Miller-Bellor
Takisha Lashore
Anthony Iafrate
Stacey Coleman

 

During the Month of March, three PhD candidates passed their proposal defenses and one MA student, Christina Miller-Bellor passed her final thesis defense.  Miller-Bellor defended her thesis titled "Attitudes toward Breatsfeeding:  A Content Analysis of Responses to Public Breastfeeding on Internet News Stories" on March 11, 2015.  Takisha Lashore passed her proposal defense on the same date, titled "Youth Negative Outcomes:  Manifestations of Exposure to Adverse Neighborhood Context."   On March 12, Anthony Iafrate passed his oral exam with his proposed dissertation titled "Does a Gendered Division of Gambling Exist?  A Sociological Examination of Changes in the Gendered Gambling Practices of Adult Ontarians."    Dr. Heather Dillaway is the advisor for the foregoing students. 

Dr. Janet Hankin's student, Stacey Coleman successfully passed her prospectus defense on March 26, 2015.  Coleman's dissertation title is "Marital attitudes, marital status and the differential impact of socio-demographic factors:  Comparison of Black and White Americans." 


Master's Showcase

Congratulations to Master's students Amanda Levitt and Kathleen Gersky who both received awards at the recent Master's Student Showcase.  Levitt received second place in the oral presentation category and Gersky third for her poster presentation.  Levitt's complete oral presentation can be viewed at https://youtu.be/FAp9XH8jm70. Other sociology presenters were Christina Miller-Bellor (poster presentation) and Salam Aboulhassan (oral presentation). 

Opening Day 

Dr. Michelle R Jacobs participated in two events sponsored by a Native-led, multiracial activist organization devoted to eliminating the Cleveland Major League Baseball team's "Indians" name and "Chief Wahoo" mascot in Cleveland this past weekend.  "I've been involved with the group since 2004, when I began collecting data on Indian mascots for my master's thesis.  This year is the 100 year anniversary of the team's use of the "Indians" name, so the group sponsored a march and protest outside the stadium on Friday for the team's home opener and a conference on racist imagery in popular culture.  I got to spend some time with Charlene Teters who is rather well known for her resistance to Indian mascots since the documentary In Whose Honor? first premiered on national television in 1997.  Charlene was one of the main subjects of the film due to her protest of Chief Illinewek, now retired mascot of the University of Illinois."

 Charlene Teters and
Michelle Jacobs

 

 


Articles/Publications/Conferences

 

Assistant Professor Zachary Brewster presented "Morality Goes to Work:  Organizationally Desirable Correlates of Employee Morality with co-presenters J. Bauer and M. Lynn at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in Kansas City, MO on March 29, 2015.  The Conference theme was Society and its Publics:  The Next Generation.

 

Several of our department presented at the 78th Annual Meeting of Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans, LA in late March.  Assistant Professor Krista M. Brumley served on the project committee and organized the work and occupation sessions.  MA Candidate Salam Aboulhassan presented "Shifting Perspectives on Domestic Violence:  Assimilation and Arab American Women," Visiting Professor Michelle R. Jacobs presented "Racial/Ethnic Socialization & Urban American Indian Children," and Shirin Montazer, Assistant Professor presented "Immigration, Level of Economic Development of Country of Origin, and Longitudinal Trajectories in Depression."

 

PhD Student, Adjunct Professor and Retention Coordinator at Delta College, Brigit Dyer hosted a screening of "The Invisible War" a powerful film depict6ing the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes and women's struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice at Deal College on March 26, 2015.  In addition she was a panelist for "Hunger in Michigan:  The Problem and Politics of Food Insecurity" also at Delta College on April 7th.

  

 

Associate Professor David Fasenfest presented "Social Sustainability and New Urban Repetoires, Reflections and Thoughts," on March 26, 2015 as part of the working group of the Humaities Center's Sustainability Scholars Forum.   He also distributed a Call for Abstracts for the September 11, 2015 Symposium on "Social Institutions & Sustainability" partnered with the Humanities Center and Critical Sociology journal.  Abstracts are due (500-600 words) by June 15, 2015. Details can be by clicking here.

 


 Faculty News 

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Penwell Barnett who has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Wright State University in Ohio.   Dr. Barnett will start Fall 2015 in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

 

  

Alumni News

Assistant Professor Dr. Deborah Charbonneau, WSU School of Library and Information Science, recently had two journal articles published about transforming consumer health reference services in the Affordable Care Act landscape. The articles appear in recent issues of Reference & User Services Quarterly and The Reference Librarian. Dr. Charbonneau also co-authored the book chapter entitled “The Health Insurance Reference Question: A Step-by-Step Approach,” along with Kelli Ham from the University of California-Los Angeles, to be published in The Medical Library Association Guide to Answering Questions about the Affordable Care Act (edited by Emily Vardell) forthcoming in Fall 2015.

 

Leonard "Len" Gordon passed away on March 4, 2015.  Gordon earned his PhD in sociology at Wayne State.  He moved to Arizona in 1967 where he worked tirelessly as a professor, chairman, and dean at Arizona State University.  

 

 

Congratulations to Egla Kishta, BA in sociology (12/14) has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa  Society.  

 


 

Advisor Corner

Undergraduate Advisor Stacie Moser met with several potential sociology students at the Spring Open House on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  Stacie noted an increased interest in our program meeting or speaking with approximately 60 high school students.  


 

 

Upcoming Volunteer Events 

Sociology Cares -- Volunteers are still needed for Forgotten Harvest on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1-4pm.  If you are interested, please register:  https://forms.wayne.edu/54d252ea8269a/.  

SocGSO -- The Northwest Brightmoor Renaisance on May 9, 2015 starting at 11am. 

 

 Student Success

PhD Student Charles Bell has been selected recipient of the 2015 Graduate Scholar Award for the 22nd International Conference on Learning.  This is the second time Bell has received this award!   

 

MA Candidate Amanda Levitt was interviewed in a New York Times article, "Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism " in December 2014 regarding her thesis.  The complete article can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/style/millennials-and-the-age-of-tumblr-activism.html?_r=0

 

In addition, in June 2015 Levitt will be facilitating the Abundant Bodies Media Track at the Allied Media Projects Conference that will be held at Wayne State University. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Department News at a Glance -- March 5, 2015

Just the Headlines 

 

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Anabel Stoeckle and Dennis Savard, both of whom received awards at the 6th Annual Graduate Exhibition on March 2, 2015.  Stoeckle received a first place award with her poster presentation "'Wombs for Rent':  Implications of Surrogacy for the Reconceptualization of Labor and Body," and Savard received a third place award with "The Gender Gap in Violent Victimizations:  The Role of Public Locales."   Also participating was PhD Candidate Kaleema Sumareh who presented "Collective Human Agency and Social Movement Activism:  Exploring Activists' Framing of Welfare Rights as Human Rights."    

Faculty News

  

Associate Professor Dr. R. Khari Brown was recently awarded a summer sabbatical to work at the University of Michigan's ICPSR program.  His primary task is to develop an online teaching module based upon the National Politics Study, the study on which all of his research is based.  It is also the study which he and others recently submitted proposals for funding.


Articles/Publications/Conferences

 

Associate Professor Dr. Heidi Gottfried was a featured speaker, presenting her paper "Why Worker's Rights are not Women's Rights," at the International Symposium: Women's International Human Rights in Contested Spaces, held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, sponsored by the Faculty of Law Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Research Center for Integration of Law in Israel, the Emile Zola Chair for Human Rights, and The Minerva Center for Human Rights.  She received a grant from the US Embassy in Israel to partially fund her participation in this international forum.

 

Dr. Sarah Swider presented her paper "Building China: The Rise of Informal Work and Spatial Politics" at UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, one of the country's premier labor research institutes.

 

Dr. Jessica Penwell Barnett and PhD Candidate Anabel Stoeckle presented papers at the Winter Meeting for Sociologists for Women In Society in February 2015.  Dr. Barnett's paper was entitled "(Dis)Abling gender harassment:  Intersections in policing embodiment" and Stoeckle's presentation was "Her Baby, My Body.  Conceptions of Surrogacy in the US and Germany."  The conference took place in Washington D.C. where department professors Heather Dillaway and Krista Brumley attended.  

 Assistant Professor Dr. Shirin Montazer gave her first Humanities Center Brown Bag talk at Wayne State University on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.  Dr. Montazer, who recently joined WSU Sociology in August 2014, presented her paper "Unequal Mental Health Outcomes:  the Depression Trajectory of Immigrants to Canada." 

 

 

 


 

 

Sociology Cares 

 

Sociology Cares volunteers packed an amazing amount of boxes -- 2,250  at Focus: HOPE on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  The group of 14 consisted of faculty Dr. Zachary Brewster, sociology alumna Malisha Green and several undergrad and graduate students.  A complete list of volunteers and photos are available at http://clas.wayne.edu/Sociology/Sociology-Cares.   Thank you to all that participated.  

Volunteers are still needed for Forgotten Harvest on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1-4pm.  If you are interested, please register:  https://forms.wayne.edu/54d252ea8269a/.  

 

Student Success

Nicole Little defended her Master's Thesis on February 27, 2015 titled "Student's Perception of School Counseling:  Does Race Matter?"  She is pictured at right signing her graduate paperwork.  Little's advisor is Associate Professor Dr. R. Khari Brown and her committee included Dr. David M. Merolla and Dr. Nicole Trujillo-Pagan.  Little plans to enter the PhD Program in the Fall.  Currently she is a school counselor with in the Washtenaw Intermediary School District.  

 

PhD student Charles Bell has yet another paper accepted for publication!  His essay titled "Detroit Change Starts at Wayne State University" has been accepted for publication in the March issue of The Griot.  The Griot is a quarterly resource newsletter of the Association of Black Sociologists.   

 

 

Rajia Rashed passed her doctoral dissertation proposal on February 24, 2015.  Her tentative dissertation title is:  "Workpace Structure, Gender, Tribalism and Workplace Power in Libya."  Rashed is pictured on the left with her dissertation committee.

Heather Dillaway, Rajia Rashed, Krista Brumley, David M. Merolla and Anne Duggan, Chair of CMLLC 

Undergraduate student Nick Perry has joined Prof. Sarah Swider's research team on the Detroit Informal Worker's Initiative project.   He is pictured at right working with Dr. Swider. 

Sociology Graduate Student Organization (SocGSO)

Mentors Needed

Graduate students, please consider becoming a mentor.  Admissions for Fall 2015 are complete and a large number of incoming graduate students will enter our graduate program.  Please click on flyer below if interested. 

 

Upcoming SocGSO Events:
  • Writing Group -- March 14, 11am-2pm, Manoogian Hall Polish Room (1st floor)
  • GSO Monthly Meeting & Social Hour -- March 26 starting at 4:30pm in the Grad Student Lounge (2282 FAB) followed by Social Hour at Honest John's, 488 Selden.

See the SocGSO webpage at http://clas.wayne.edu/Sociology/SocGSO-and-The-Detroit-Sociologist for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

    Department News at a Glance -- February 9, 2015

Just the Headlines

 

Congratulations to Associate Professor Dr. Heidi Gottfried.  Her new book, The Reproductive Bargain: Deciphering the Enigma of Japanese Capitalism, has gone into production; it should be available in hardcover this Spring, and in paperback by next summer.  

 

In addition, Dr. Gottfried is one of the invited speakers for the conference Women's International Human Rights in Contested Public Spaces, This international gathering will be held February 23-24 at The Minerva Center for Human Rights of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among other speakers attending are Canadian Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella and Israeli Supreme Court Justice Daphna Barak-Erez.  Dr. Gottfried will present her paper entitled: "Why Worker's Rights are not Women's Rights,"

 

 

Off Topic

 

"The Challenges and Controversies of the Ebola Epidemic:  Experiences from a Provider and Patient," A talk by Dr. Craig Spencer, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University, Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Wayne State University medical school alumnus, presented by Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, February 17, 2015 at 3-5pm.

 Articles/Publications/Conferences

 

 

Dr. Zachary Brewster presented his research as part of the Humanities Brown Bag Colloquium Series on February 4, 2015.  His talk was titled "Morality Goes to Work:  Linking Individual Morality to Various Workplace Behaviors and Attitudes."   This research was done in collaboration with Jonathan  R. Brauer (University of Nebraska Omaha) and Michael Lynn (Cornell University).

 

 

Wayne State Sociology PhD Alumnus Desire J.M. Anastasia's co-authored Essential Criminology Fourth Edition was recently released by Westview Press.  This publication was co-authored with Mark M. Lanier and with Stuart Henry who served as Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayne State University.   Desire is currently a full-time tenure-track professor of Sociology at Metropolitan State University of Denver as well as an online/hybrid instructor of criminal justice course at San Diego State University. 

 

PhD Candidate Charles Bell's research paper titled "School Personnel Training Efforts in Child Psychopharmacology" has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation.   on school personnel training efforts in child psychopharmacology has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation. In addition he has been asked to participate in the article review process for the journal.

 

 FYI

 

For the 2015 calendar year, Dr. Zachary W. Brewster will serve as Undergraduate Director and Dr. Janet R. Hankin will serve as Graduate Director. 

 


 

Sociology Cares now has a webpage  so you can view upcoming volunteer opportunities, events and photos (click on image above).  Presently there are two volunteer opportunities: 

  • Focus Hope, 9a-12N, February 28th
  • Forgotten Harvest, 1-4pm,  April 24th

We need volunteers for Forgotten Harvest on April 24, 2015.  Please visit our website for further information or register at:  https://forms.wayne.edu/54d252ea8269a/.  Thank you. 

Student Success

 

Sterling Jackson successfully defended his Master's Thesis titled Race/Ethnicity and Youth Perception of School Safety on Friday, February 6, 2015.   He is currently the executive director of the non-profit organization, Young Men & Women in Transition Inc. (http://www.ymwit.org/).  This NPO is aimed at aiding young black men in becoming productive adult citizens. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rola Bazzi-Gates recently  passed her dissertation proposal.  Her dissertation title is "The Effect of Arab American Parental Involvement in Activities that Support the Academic Performance of their Children during the Elementary School Years."  Rola is currently enrolled in dual programs at WSU working on her specialist education degree in Administration in the education department along with her PhD in sociology.  Rola plans to graduate this coming August 2015.

 

 

MA Candidate Robin West Smith has replaced Monita Hollis-Mungo as Graduate Student Representative.  Robin is a speaker, author and WSU adjunct faculty in Urban Studies and Planning. 

 

 

 

Save the Date: April 23, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 
  
 

    Department News at a Glance -- January 23, 2015

 

Just the Headlines

Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Swider recently returned from a productive trip to China where she was invited to speak at Beijing University of Technology in Beijing, the South China Normal University in Guangzhou and at the International Symposium on Social Migrant Workers in Hong Kong.  Additionally, Dr. Swider was invited to meet with the Ford Foundation as a participant in a multi-country research project where she was appointed China Principal Investigator. 

Faculty News

 

Congratulations to Dr. Krista Brumley who was recently approved by the Dean and College P & T Committee to be promoted to Associate Professor with continuing tenure.  Now on to the University Promotion and Tenure Committee!

 

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Adjunct Instructor, Dr. Jennifer Lawson accepted a position as Senior Administrator at DTE Energy Foundation. 

In the News 

 

Dr. Zachary W. Brewster's co-authored article with Michael Lynn on racial disparity in restaurant tipping appeared in The Conversation (January 20, 2015) and was reprinted in The Washington Post (January 21, 2015).   

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Phd alum Deborah Charbonneau is part of team at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and department of oncology at Wayne State University that was awarded at $1.8 million grant to study how Internet-based and mobile technologies are used by cancer survivors once their treatment has ended.   The article appeared in The Detroit Free Press, Business leaders in the news section.

  

 

 

Dr. Sarah Swider was quoted in a January 7, 2015 article in The Guardian on her perspective of Detroit's economy.  

 

 

Save the Date: April 23, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

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In Case you Missed It

 

Associate Professor Dr. David Fasenfest was interviewed by Globo Networks of Brazil in June 2014 concerning the decline in Detroit and the problems facing labor in the U.S.  The broadcast aired nationally in Brazil.  Below is an excerpt:

 

 

 

 

Student Success

 

New PhD Candidates:  Congratulations to Saad Alzeer, Gregory Hicks, Dennis Savard and Kaleema Sumareh who passed the written preliminary examination in January and achieved Doctoral Candidacy Status.

 

 

 Articles/Publications/Conferences

 

Associate Professor Dr. R. Khari Brown's had two articles accepted in press:

Brown,  R. Khari, Duff, R. (in press).  The Impact of Urbanicity and Worship Attendance on Support for Racial Diversity among White, black and Hispanic American.  Journal of Religion and Society.

Brown R. Khari, Brown R. (in press).  Race, Religion and Political Leanings.  Review of Religious Research.

 

 

A glimpse of the Sociology Department during 2014:

Charles Bell, PhD student, recently published an article in Sociology Compass titled "The Hidden Side of Zero Tolerance Policies:  The  African American Perspective."   Below is a video abstract of the article.

 

In addition, Charles' proposal titled "A Social-Ecological Model for Black School Discipline Disproportionality" has been accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Masculinities in New York City which runs from March 6-8th.  

 

 
    Department News at a Glance --  December 16, 2014

Just the Headlines

Dr. Heather E. Dillaway and Dr. Cathy Lysack were awarded the 2014 Outstanding Profesional Paper Publications Award by the National Council on Family Relations for their paper “’My doctor told me I can still have children but...’: Contradictions in women’s reproductive health experiences after spinal cord injury.” Chapter 8 in Reframing Reproduction. Palgrave McMillan Publishers, p. 135-149.  

 

Save the Date--April 23, 2015 

 

 

  

Off Topic

Dr. Errol Liverpool (Social Psychology; SOC 4100) took part in serving students at the Late Night Breakfast in the Towers Residential Suites Cafe on Wednesday, December 10th.  The all you can eat breakfast was a welcome study break for students, filled with lots of activities and dancing.  

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Sociology Cares

In the News

 

Amanda Levitt, MA graduate student and GTA, has been named one of  ravishly.com's   "Ladies we Love:   Movers, Shakers and Glass-Ceiling Breakers" as noted fat activist and researcher.  "Fat politics is about the dehumanization of fat peopole and the structural/institutional discrimination that is found within our society," said Levitt.   

Addtionally, Levitt was interviewed for a November 28, 2014 article in Detroit Free Press, "As Drivers Get Fatter, so do Crash Dummies," as the founder of fatbodypolitics.com.   

 

Robin West Smith, MA student and adjunct in Urban Studies, was quoted in an article for  INSIGHT Magazine regarding the bankruptcy, decline and rise of Detroit.  The article is titled "A Tale of Three Cities" by Sheryl Nance-Nash.     

Sociology Cares volunteers packed 1,450 boxes of food at Focus Hope Saturday morning, December 6th.  The group consisted of many undergrad students (who came with their parents, family and friends) as well as faculty, Drs. Hankin, Merolla and Jacobs, and grad students.  We had so many volunteers we are able to send a smaller group to help the Arthritis Foundation at the Jingle Bell Run that same morning.  

Student Success

Congratulations to PhD students Shelytia Cocroft and Rondrell Taylor as they passed their dissertation proposal oral examinations earlier this month.  Shelytia's dissertation is titled "Cognitive Health and African American Elders: Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior."  Rondrell's dissertation is titled "Affirming Expectations:  African American Men's Perception os of Trust in Physicians."   Both students' specializations are medical sociology. 

 

William "Chuck" Jackson received his doctoral degree at on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the commencement ceremony.   He is pictured on the left with his faculty advisor Dr. David Merolla who was present to place the doctoral hood.  Congratulations once again to Dr. Willliam Jackson. 

During the last 30 days, Sociology Cares volunteers have packed 3500 pounds of food at Forgotten Harvest, 1,450 boxes at Focus Hope and collected 45 pounds of food donations for Gleaners Food Bank.

Thank you to everyone that helped.   You do make a difference.  

Tis the Season

The Sociology holiday party was held on Friday, December 5th at Tony V's Tavern.  A good time was had by all.  Here are a few photos. 

 

 

 

 
    Department News at a Glance  -- November 25, 2014

Just the Headlines

The newly formed Sociology Cares group packed 3500 pounds of meat sticks at Forgotten Harvest on Nov. 21st.  The group of 14 packed excess meat sticks donated from ConAgra (food that would normally otherwise go to waste) into family-sized packages for distribution to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and domestic shelters, children's homes, senior centers and  group homes throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Pictured below are some of the volunteers.

 

Left to Right:  Ian Palmer, Megan Petersen, Dennis Savard, Joseph Byle, Julianne Meiu, Heather Dillaway, Idasia Sellers, Patrick Nefcy and Laconia McNear

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Around Campus

Several sociology professors together with Advisor Stacie Moser participated in various campus activites last week incuding Discover Your Major, Undergraduate Research Fair and Scholars Day. Pictured below are some of the professors particpating--Dr. Krista Brumley with Dr. Janet R. Hankin and Dr. Shirin Montazer and Dr. Jessica Penwell Barnett at Scholars Day.

 

Publications/Articles/Conferences

Dr. David M. Merolla presented a paper "Investigating the Effects of Role and Social Identity on Sustained Interest in Science Education" at the UC Riverside/Kent State University Identity Theory Conference in Riverside, California on November 15, 2014.

 

Dr. David Fasenfest presented a talk "Limits to Social Sustainability:  An Unattainable Goal?" as part of the Humanities Center Brown Bag Colloquium Series on November 18, 2014. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. R. Khari Brown, and Political Science Professor Dr. Jeff Grynaviski presented a joint workshop for graduate students called "Getting Published" which provided valuable information on submitting journal articles for publication.  Also participating were Dr. Heather Dillaway and Sharon F. Lean (Graduate Director, Political Science). 

Undergraduate Capstone student Egla Kishta helps out on Research Day.

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Sociology Cares is hosting a Food Drive for Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan through Wednesday, December 10th.  If you can, please drop off non-perishable food items outside the Department Office #2228 to help.  In deperate need are canned meats (e.g. canned ham, tuna, stews and soups), canned fruits and vegetables, cereral and peanut butter.

Student Success

Sociology Major, Jazmine Williams has been accepted into the Master's Program for Social Work.  She will begin graduate school in Fall 2015.  Congratulations Jazmine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Save the Date--April 23, 2015

 
    Department News at a Glance -- November 11, 2014

Just the Headlines

 

Dr. Sarah Swider, Dr. David Fasenfest, Kaleema Sumareh and Dr. Janet Hankin joined Dr. William Julius Wilson as presenters at the Humanities Center "re:  the city" Fall symposium on October 31, 2104.

In the News

 

Dr. David M. Merolla appeared on WDIV Local 4 News Monday, November 10th in a segment with reporter Evrod Cassimy titled "What's in a Name?" where he discussed the effects names have on all aspects of one's life.  

Publications/Articles/Conferences

 

Dr. Krista Brumley's article "The Gendered Ideal Worker Narrative:  Professional Women's and Men's Work Experiences in the New Economy at a Mexican Company,"  appeared in the current, December 2014 issue of Gender & Society.  It was published online before print on August 19, 2014. 

 

 

Dr. Jessica Penwell Barnett presented her paper "Sex on the Autism Spectrum:  What Sex Educators and Therpaists Need to Know" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality in Omaha, NE on November 8th. 

 

Congratulations to PhD student William Carrington on his election to the Pontiac School Board on Tuesday, November 4th. 

 

Student Success

MA Student Braelin Setttle's thesis has been selected by the Graduate School to represent Wayne State University's nomination for the 2015 Midwestern Association of  Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Master's Thesis Award in the social science category.  Her thesis was selected from a record number of nominations and is titled "Defying Mandatory Motherhood:  The Social Experiences of Childfree Women." 

 

Works in Progress/Under Review

 

Dr. Heidi Gottfried has a book-length project "The Reproduction Bargain:  Deciphering the Enigma of Japanese Capitalism" under contract with Brill. 

 

Save the date for our annual Student Research and Award Day, Thursday, April 23, 2015. 

 

 
    Department News at a Glance  --  Week of October 27, 2014

Just the Headlines

Dr. Sarah Swider, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has a forthcoming book tentatively titled “Building China and the making of a new working class,” under contract with Cornell University Press.  The book looks beyond China's global cities new modern façade to the behind-the-scenes work on construction sites across these cities, revealing how they are being built by migrants who are part of a large and fast-growing informal urban workforce. Dr. Swider does extensive ethnographic research on migrant workers in China and has research interests in gender, global inequality and immigration, social movements, and asian studies. 

Off Topic

Save the date for our annual Student Research and Award Day, Thursday, April 23, 2015. 

 

-- In Memory of Mary Cay Sengstock --

The Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect dedicated a special issue to the memory of late sociology professor Dr. Mary Cay Sengstock.   The In Memoriam article is written by Dr. Melanie Hwalek, a colleague, collaborator, former student and friend of Dr. Sengstock's. 

Publications/Articles/Conferences

 

Kaleema Sumareh, PhD graduate student and Rumble Fellow, presented at the 44th Annual Association of Black Sociologists Conference on Friday October 24, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.  Her paper entitled:  "Human Agency and Activism: Exploring Activists Belief that Welfare Rights are Human Rights" is based on her master’s thesis on the state of the contemporary welfare rights movement.

 

Coincidentally, both Dr. Krista Brumley and Dr. Zachary Brewster appeared in the same issue of Sociological Inquiry, Volume 84, Issue 3, November  2014.  Their articles were published online first:  “Organizational Commitment over the Gendered Life Course at a Mexican Company,” by Brumley and “Black-White Earnings Gap among Restaurant Servers:  A Replication, Extension, and Exploration of Consumer Racial Discrimination in Tipping” by Brewster and Michael Lynn.

Graduate student Amanda Levitt and Dr. Zachary Brewster presented a paper, “At the Intersection of Food and Fat:  Exploring the Link Between Obesity and Customers’ Experiences in Full-service Restaurants,” at the Michigan Sociological Association Conference in Muskegon, MI on October 25, 2014. 

Dr. Janet Hankin, Professor and Chair, together with PhD alum Deborah Charbonneau, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science and Sandra L. King, MSA and Sociology PhD Candidate presented their research examining six major newspapers' coverage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the Humanities Center Brown Bag Lunch Series on October 22nd.    As a side note, Dr. Charbonneau is part of a research team that was recently awarded funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for the project “eHealth Activity among African American and White Cancer Survivors.” 

Graduate student Robin West Smith presented initial research on her MA Thesis Subject:  Social Problem or Social Condition:  A Content Analysis of the Local Print Media Framing of the Pensioners in Detroit’s Municipal Bankruptcy at the ASA 2104 Media Conference earlier this year.

The Michigan Sociological Review honored late Professor Mary Cay Sengstock in a memorial article written by Jay Weinstein in their Fall 2014 issue.

 

 

 

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Dr. Heather Dillaway, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Master’s Program at the Graduate School joined fellow Graduate School  personnel  in serving free cider and donuts to students on Gullen Mall Wednesday, Oct. 22nd.   She is pictured below with fellow Associate Dean of PhD Programs, Ken Jackson.

Student Success

Congratulations to William Charles Jackson, sociology doctoral candidate, for successfully defending his dissertation on October 23, 2014.  The title of his work is "The Circle of Courage:  Childhood Socialization in the 21st Century.  Dr. Jackson's dissertation committee members included Wayne State professors Dr. David M. Merolla, Dr. Zachary W. Brewster, Dr. R. Khari Brown, as well as Dr. Larry Brendtro, Dean of Starr Commonwealth Learning Network and senior editor of Reclaiming Children and Youth. 

Happy 1st Birthday Hailey!  Academic Advisor Stacie Moser's beautiful daughter turned one on October 22nd.

 

Works in Progress, Under Review and in the News

 

 PhD alum, Lari Warren-Jeanpierre, and Dr. Heather Dillaway have had some interesting media attention surrounding their recent article on aging African American women with HIV.  With co-authors from Georgetown University, Warren-Jeanpierre and Dillaway published an analysis of focus group data in Summer 2014 in the journal, AIDS Patient Care and STDs. In their analysis Warren-Jeanpierre and Dillaway argue that women with HIV are actually sometimes finding HIV easier to handle than other comorbidities as they age. After living with HIV for many years, some women may learn how to manage this illness fairly well but other health conditions, such as diabetes, may be harder to navigate. The authors are getting some interesting press on this article because this finding is seen as controversial to some. The idea that women with HIV are more than just their illness and may be thinking about other aspects of their health besides HIV has been surprising to some readers. The good news, though, is that people are reading this article!

 

Don't forget:  Save the date for our annual Student Research and Award Day, Thursday, April 23, 2015. 

 

 

 
    Department News at a Glance  --  Week of October 20, 2014

Just the Headlines

Please welcome Visiting Scholar Dr. Ali A.Hadi Alshawi Almarri, Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at Qatar University.  Dr. Alshawi will be continuing his research on Civil Society in Qatar, which includes the unique aspects of state and society in the petroleum-rich nations of the Arabian Peninsula.  We look forward to the exchange of knowledge and academic experiences with Dr. Alshawi.  His office is #2254. 

 

Please also welcome incoming Master students  Randall Wyatt, Catina Polk and Christina Soliz and incoming PhD students Charles Bell and Dennis Savard together with our new Graduate Teaching Assistants: Jenny Lendrum (SOC 2000),  Amanda Levitt (SOC 2020), Michael Sabbagh (SOC 2000) Dennis Savard (TA-R. Khari Brown SOC 4996), and Christian Genesky (TA-Janet Hankin SOC 4996).

Off Topic

Karl Marx step aside.  Dr. Brewster’s beard is gaining fame.  Currently he is second in the Best Beard in Sociology contest by the Sociology Job Market Rumors.   If you’re so inclined, you can vote for him at http://www.socjobrumors.com/topic/best-beard-in-sociology.

Publications/Articles/Conferences

Dr. Krista Brumley’s  article “The Gendered Ideal Worker Narrative:  Professional Women’s and Men’s Work Experiences in the New Economy at a Mexican Company” was published in Gender & Society (online first) August, 2014.   

 

Dr. Zachary Brewster together with PhD Candidate Shelytia Cocroft and Michael Lynn published an article on racial profiling in Sociological Forum, “Consumer Racial Profiling in U.S. Restaurants: Exploring Subtle Forms of Service Discrimination against Black Diners.”

 

Sociology BA Alumna and current medical student at Wayne State, Toni H. Lupro co-authored and published her first paper in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, titled “Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Maternal and Child Positive Behaviors in Daily Life Among Youth With Asthma” in August, 2014. 

 

Based on her Master’s thesis work, PhD Candidate Victoria Velding published an article in Youth & Society titled "Depicting femininity: Conflicting Messages in a “Tween” Magazine"

Congratulations to Sara Goodman for her second place finish in Jeopardy.  Sara gave a very respectable performance, answering the Final Jeopardy question and most her questions correct.  She was beat out by a competitor who entered the final round with more money from answering the Double Jeopardy question.  Sara is the daughter of Sociology Chair, Dr. Janet Hankin and Prof. of Economics, Dr. Allen Goodman.  Congratulations Sara you made us all proud!   

Student Success

 

Master’s Degree awarded -- Richard Blair successfully defended his thesis “Recipe for Disaster?  An Exploration of Work-Family Spillover Conversations in Food Memoirs,” on October 6th.  Richard is pictured alongside his advisor, Dr. Heather Dillaway.  His committee also consisted of Dr. Krista Brumley and Dr. Zachary Brewster.    

 

PhD Candidates:  Congratulations to the following students that achieved Doctoral Candidacy Status, Fall 2014:  Abdulaziz Fahad Alkaltham, Joseph Byle, Amanda Draft, Sandra Lee King, Jenny Lendrum and Anabel Stoeckle

PhD Candidate William A. Carrington is running for Pontiac School Board. Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.  http://www.williamacarrington.com

Works in Progress, Under Review and in the News

 

Dr. Michelle R. Jacobs has a forthcoming article in Qualitative Sociology, “Urban American Indian Identity:  Negotiating Indianness in Northeast Ohio.” She is also working on a book “Weeding out Wannabees: the Urban American Indian Experience.”  Her book prospectus will be reviewed December, 2014.

Pacific Standard Magazine (PSmag) cited Dr. Zachary Brewster and Michael Lynn’s research on the black/white earnings gap in restaurant workers.  The PSsmag article written by columnist Tom Jacobs, September 4, 2014, appears in the Finding Section of the magazine and is based upon Brewster and Lynn’s published article in Sociological Inquiry, "Black-White Earnings Gap among Restaurant Servers: A Replication, Extension, and Exploration of Consumer Racial Discrimination in Tipping,” (online first), July 2014.   
 

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