Department News

  • Graduate Student Awards

    This year’s crop of graduate student awards is really impressive, and indicate the breadth of student expertise and achievements in areas relating to globalization, urban development, and gender. We expect very similar achievements in our rapidly growing field of environment and health; stay tuned for that. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating the following students.

    • Jesse Fenichel, we just learned, was awarded a Fulbright to conduct dissertation research in the Philippines.

    His research focuses on the outsourcing of legal processing work in the global south, part of his larger study of the transformation of the contemporary legal profession –he himself holds a JD from NYU.

    • Yingchan Zhang has won an SSRC predoctoral fellowship.

    Her research focuses on the role of return migration to Chinese cities, and the policies Chinese cities employ to recruit and utilize skilled immigrant labor in their plans for economic development. Yingchan previously won a best paper award for her work in this field).

    • Firzuzeh Shokooh Valle has won a very competitive ASA Minority Fellowship (which is ordinarily dominated by applicants from public ivies).

    Firuzeh’s research centers on the use of social media by feminist groups in post-colonial conditions). It provides a full year’s stipend for her (with the college generously providing tuition and benefits.

  • Prof. Berna Turam awarded IJURR Best Article Prize


    This article explores and theorizes the ways in which urban space and political contestations are mapped onto each other. The ethnography illustrates the multifaceted transformations in a notoriously secularist neighborhood of ̇Istanbul, Tes ̧vikiye, as it first turns into a high-consumption locality in the post-1980s, then into a high-conflict urban space in the new millennium on the arrival of Muslim high-spenders, particularly headscarved women. Aiming to fill the gap left by the absence of spatial analysis from political science and political sociology, I argue that the urban neighborhood becomes central for political contestation when both government and opposition fail to protect and secure liberties and rights. Now that devout Muslims are integrated into highly contested urban sites and share bourgeois lifestyles, ordinary people act in defense of their ‘sphere’ of freedom and privacy. This new territoriality is largely symptomatic of increasing fears of losing freedom, privacy and social status. This spatial defensiveness is reinforced by people’s decreasing trust in, and increasing demands from, the state for the protection and security of their rights and liberties. My overarching argument is that exclusive attention to the bipolar clash between devout Muslims and secularists under the rubric of ‘neighborhood wars’ obscures multipolar conflicts around the discontents stemming from authoritarianism and democratization.

  • Professor Liza Weinstein

    Check out the op-ed written by Prof. Liza Weinstein in today’s Indian Express national edition



  • Using Science to Foster Environmental Social Action

  • Professor Len Albright

    Check out Professor Len Albright’s story on affordable housing.

  • Renaissance Park Location

    The following faculty members from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology have moved to Renaissance Park (RP).

    Faculty member-New office number

    Mindelyn Buford-201E
    Anthony Jones-225H
    Jeff Juris-215N
    Alan Klein-215G
    Doreen Lee-215J
    Nina Sylvanus-210N
    Silvia Dominguez-210N
    Liza Weinstein-215M
    Kathrin Zippel-225F

    For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 500 Holmes Hall at 617-373-2686.

  • Congratulations to Yingchan Zhang

    Yingchan Zhang has won the Karen R. Polenske Best Student Paper Award. The paper is titled “Becoming The Next Global Cities and Generating the New Middle Class? The Cases of China and India.” Yingchan will be attending the 2013 International Association for China Planning Conference in Shanghai and will receive the award at the end of the conference.

  • Middle-class parents in the Boston Public Schools

    See Chase Billingham and Professor Shelley McDonough Kimelberg’s article in the Boston Globe.

  • Professor Len Albright

    Check out Professor Len Albright’s article in the April 7 Boston Globe about changes and ecology of population in Massachusetts.

  • Chris Cook (2007 major in Sociology) Named Principal

    From time to time, we feature stories about our recent alumni and the career paths they have blazed, whether in business, public policy, the non-profit world, or education. In this vein, we are pleased to broadcast (read: boast about) the recent accomplishments of Chris Cook, a 2007 major in sociology, who was recently named Principal of the Community Charter School of Cambridge, a 7th-12th grade preparatory school with a distinguished history. Chris has longstanding experience as a teacher, and has already demonstrated an exemplary vision regarding the contours of educational institutions today. Congratulations to Chris!

    For a detailed story on Chris’s career at CCSC, point your browser here. Chris’s ambitious vision for charter schools has come to the attention of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, which featured his work in a recent article (which can be found here).

  • Professor Arnold Arluke

    West Roxbury Resident One of Best 300 College Professors by Princeton Review

  • Katrina Uhly, 2012 Council for European Studies Fellow

    Third-year sociology Ph.D. student Katrina Uhly has been named a 2012 Council for European Studies Fellow. This fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, includes a stipend of $4,000 to conduct pre-dissertation fieldwork in Europe, as well as travel support for attending and presenting at the 2014 CES International Conference for Europeanists in Washington, D.C. Katrina’s work focuses on the more

  • Maryam Talieh, Sociology Major

    Discovering the world through experiential learning

  • Professor Linda Blum

    3Q’s: Is make-up a stepping stone for working women?

  • Professor Jeffrey Juris

    3Q’s: Walking out for financial and social change

  • PhD Graduate now Director of Africana Studies

    Paul Khalil Saucier, a 2008 PhD Graduate, has recently been appointed the director of Africana Studies at Rhode Island College. In addition to earning his new position, Saucier has also edited a new collection entitled Native Tongues: An African Hip Hop Reader.

    For more information on his publication, please click here.

  • Professor Gordana Rabrenovic

    3Qs: Preventing protests from turning violent

  • Professor Jack Levin

    3Qs: The mindset behind mass murder

  • Assistant Professor Silvia Dominguez

    “Creating Networks for Survival and Mobility” written by Silvia Dominguez and Celeste Watkins and appearing in Social Problems (2003) is being used in the training of service providers at the Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston, MA.

    Silvia Dominguez has been contacted by the National Association of Social Workers to develop two courses, one based on Getting Ahead and another based on the article she published with Tammi Arford in the Health Sociology Review in 2010. These courses aim at illustrating how to use social network-based interventions for both community and individual interventions to decrease health disparities. These courses will be available online as continuing education credits for Licensed Social Workers.

    “Acculturation of Host Individuals: Immigrants and Personal Networks,” co-written with Isidro Maya-Jariego and published by Community Psychology in 2008, receive international attention appearing in the following German and Spanish academic websites:,

    Dominguez’s participation in the development of the mental health polity for Liberia has brought her national and international recognition. She was featured in the Northeastern University Impact Magazine, which is diffused to high schools all over the United States as well as internationally. The article about her experience in Liberia demonstrates how her global experience enhances her teaching. In addition, she appeared NU News and Physorg, a multi-disciplinary academic news website: and

    In March of 2011. Dominguez was invited to a Meet the Author session at Snell Library, Northeastern University where she talked to a packed audience about Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Publish Housing and Immigrant Networks.

  • Professor Matthew O. Hunt

    Associate Professor of Sociology, Matthew O. Hunt, co-authored an article titled “Concentrated Disadvantage and Beliefs about the Causes of Poverty: A Multi-level Analysis” in the Summer 2011 issue of Sociological Perspectives.