Recent Events

in the Sociology Department


Thanks to all who participated in the Department's 43rd Annual Theodore G. Standing Lecture: "Neighborhood Inequality and the New Social Transformation of the American City" presented by Dr. Robert J. Sampson (Harvard University, Director of Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study). Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Paul Meadows Excellence in Teaching Award (Nicole Michaud Wild), and the 2013 Paul Meadows Excellence in Research Award (Slywia Piatkowska), and the 2013 Allen E. Liska Dissertation Award (Kelly McGeever).

The Department's Group on Deviance Studies (or GODS) meets to discuss a wide range of topics, including ongoing research conducted by faculty or students, provocative and influential publications in contemporary literature, and professional issues of interest to graduate students. They welcome students from all areas in the discipline to participate. The last meeting (Spring, 2011) was titled ‘Demystifying the Job Market Experience.’ The next meeting's (October, 2012) theme will be ‘publishing.’ Faculty will discuss the ins and outs of getting work published, and will address the following questions: How do I know if a paper has a legitimate shot at publication? How do I choose a journal? At what point should I give my work to a faculty member for comments? How does the publication process work? Any tips for responding to reviewers?

The Department's Urban Group (coordinated by Sam Garrow and Joe Gibbons) fosters the interest in the study of cities among students and faculty. Its 2011-12 activities included viewing Occupy Wall Street documentaries produced by local filmmakers, a talk from Brown University's Hillary Silver and a walking tour of Albany's South End Neighborhood.

Thanks to all who participated in the Department's 42nd Annual Theodore G. Standing Lecture: "The Bureaucratic Administration of Social Research Ethics: Sociologists' Encounters with Campus IRB's" presented by Dr. Sarah Babb (Boston College). Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Paul Meadows Excellence in Teaching Award (Allen Wong), and the 2012 Paul Meadows Excellence in Research Award (Michelle Zagura), and the 2012 Allen E. Liska Dissertation Award (Renee Overdyke).

The Department's 2011-2012 Teaching Committee (Kathy Trent, Chair) luncheon series included discussions on “Senior Seminars, Oral Discourse and Writing Intensive Courses," “Class Activities and Participation,” "Student Assessment," "Classroom Management," "Lecture and Discussion," and "Teaching On-line Courses".

The Sociology Department's Annual BBQ was last held at Zai Liang's (Graduate Studies Chair) home. This festive outdoor event brings together faculty and graduate students to celebrate autumn and gear up for the remainder of our busy fall semester. The Department also holds an annual Graduate Student Brunch in the fall and International Dinner in the winter and other gatherings throughout the year.

The Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) under the leadership of 2011 President Christine Bose and 2011 Program Chair Gwen Moore, planned and organized sessions for the ESS annual meeting which was held in Philadelphia from February 24-27, 2011 at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel. In choosing the conference theme of “Intersectionalities and Complex Inequalities” for the Annual Meeting, Professor Bose created fourteen presidential thematic panels related to intersectionality, including sessions on Measuring Intersectionality, Intersectionality in Disability Studies, Embodiment, New Questions for Global Women’s Movements, New Scholarship on Latinos, Cultural Boundaries and Power, and many more. Bose and members of the Program Committee also organized or sponsored well-attended sessions on China; Transnationalism, Gender and Sexuality; Children of Immigrants; and “Coloring Outside the Lines” on LGBTQ issues. Professors Bose and Moore were thrilled that Patricia Hill Collins agreed to be the Friday night plenary speaker, discussing “Black Feminism, Intersectionality, and Social Justice,” after a panel of distinguished scholars discussed the impact of Hill Collins’ writings on both younger and foundational feminist scholars, and in a variety of areas of research. The combination of the conference theme and this special plenary attracted over 1350 people to attend this year’s ESS meetings, drawing the largest and most diverse audience in recent years.To join ESS, see its website: