Faculty Achievements

in the Sociology Department

The Department of Sociology at UAlbany is very proud its extensive faculty acheivements. Many of our faculty have received University awards and other recognition for their teaching, research, and academic service. It is our faculty’s strong record of scholarly accomplishment that has led to increasing national recognition and stature for the Department.


Recent Faculty Achievements

Joanna Dreby's article “The Burden of Deportation on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families” published in the Journal of Marriage and Family 2012 (volume 74, pages 829-45) is the recipient of the Best Article Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2013.

Karyn Loscocco taught a course titled "Women and Men in Cultural Context" in Florence, Italy (May - June, 2012). The course was offered through the Office of International Education, Study Abroad and Exchanges (http://www.albany.edu/intled/). It provided a great chance to build cross cultural competence and counted as credit earned toward either the Sociology or Women's Studies major and minors at UAlbany.

Ryan King and Joachim Savelsberg's book, American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011) has been selected as the recipient of the SSSP Theory Division’s 2012 Outstanding Book Award.

Joanna Dreby's, report "The Burden of Deportation on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families" in The Journal of Marriage and Family (August, 2012) finds that children in Mexican families, whether or not they have had a family member deported, were prone to emotional distress, fears of separation and associating immigration with illegal activity. It was also featured in the Albany Times Union (July 7, 2011). (http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/America-is-better-than-this-3700449.php)

Elizabeth Popp-Berman's book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine (Princeton University Press 2012) was awarded the President’s Book Award by the Social Science History Association. (http://www.ssha.org/awards/award-winners/157-2011-presidents-book-award-winner)

David Wagner taken over authorship of the new editions of the Wallace & Wolf text on Contemporary Sociological Theory for Pearson (October, 2011).

Samantha Friedman has served as an Advisory Editor for the journal Social Problems since 2008.  Her term ends in 2011.

Steven Messner has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2011.

Scott South (and Kyle Crowder) recently received two grants from NIH, one to study the spatial dynamics of neighborhood effects and one to study the influence of metropolitan area characteristics on inter-neighborhood migration.

Kathy Trent and Scott South recently received a grant from NIH to study the effects of imbalanced sex ratios on family life in China.

Hayward Derrick Horton received the 2008 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Black Caucus of the Public Employee Federation for his research on "Diversity in the New York State Government Workforce".

Angie Y. Chung spent the 2008 fall semester as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at Yonsei University, Korea.

Steve Messner spent the 2008 spring semester at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld, Germany. He is a member of a research group studying the control of violence.

Research by Donald Hernandez on "Racial-Ethnic Inequality in Child Well-Being from 1985-2004" was featured in a front page story by USA TODAY

Hayward Derrick Horton was promoted to Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the University at Albany. He is the first individual in the history of the institution to hold this post. He also continues his responsibility as Professor of Sociology.

Congratulations to Ryan King co-recipient of the 2007 ASA Culture Section Best Paper Award.

Congratulations to Steven Messner recipient of the 2007 Collins Fellow award.

Congratulations to Karyn Loscocco recipient of the 2006-2007 College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Teaching Award.

Congratulations to David Wagner recipient of the University at Albany's 2006-2007 Excellence in Academic Service Award.

Angie Y. Chung will be releasing her book "Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics" with Stanford University Press next year. The study explores the dynamics of ethnic political solidarity between immigrant and second-generation Korean American organizations in Koreatown amidst increasing class polarization, intergenerational tensions, and residential dispersal. She was also recently elected secretary-treasurer for the International Migration Section of the ASA.

An article about Karyn Loscocco's Upstate New York Small Business project and her research on the gender gap in small business success appeared in the April 2006 issue of The Albany Business Review.

Ryan King received the 2006 Law and Society Association Best Article Award

Hayward Derrick Horton is a recipient of both the Univeristy at Albany's 2005-2006 Excellence in Academic Service Award and the 2005-2006 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service .

Steve Messner has been selected to receive a 2006 SUNY Research Foundation Research & Scholarship Award.

Donald J. Hernandez was awarded a Presidential Citation by the American Psychological Association on February 2, 2006, to recognize and commend his "...distinguished contributions to the health and well-being of immigrant children and their families..."

Congratulations to Chris Bose for being elected President Elect of the Sociologists for Women in Society for 2005 and President for 2006.