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The Department of Sociology at the University at Albany invites applications for a tenure track position to begin Fall 2015 at the rank of beginning or advanced Assistant Professor with competitive salary. The department will consider candidates whose primary area of specialization is crime/law/deviance. Candidates who use either quantitative or qualitative methods are encouraged to apply. We seek candidates who demonstrate the potential for excellence in research, including pursuit of external funding and who exhibit a strong commitment to teaching and service. PhD required by date of appointment. Degrees must be from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization. Applicants should send a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, and three letters of reference; finalists will be asked to provide additional materials related to research and teaching. Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population.The University at Albany is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/IRCA/ADA employer. Applicants should submit an application to Review of applications will begin October 15 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be addressed to: Nancy Denton, Chair, Department of Sociology at

The Urban China Research Network, co-directed by Professors Zai Liang and John Logan (Brown University), hosted the “International Conference on Contemporary Urban China Research” on May 9-10, 2014 at the UAlbany Alumni House.  The conference was a collaborative effort with colleagues from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.   Graduate students from Sun Yat-sen University and UAlbany presented papers that addressed key issues surrounding urban growth and development in China.  Prominent experts served as discussants for the sessions.  The final afternoon of the conference included a tour of the city of Albany, guided by Professor John Pipken from the Department of Geography and Planning.  After the conclusion of the conference, Professor Liang conducted a three-day field trip in New York City with the Chinese visitors. The Conference was co-hosted by Zai Liang and Steven Messner.

Elizabeth Popp Berman's new book, Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine (Princeton University Press 2012) was awarded two section awards from the American Sociological Association in 2013, the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work, and the Pierre Bourdieu Award from the Sociology of Education Section.

Elizabeth Popp Berman’s article, “Explaining the Move toward the Market in U.S. Academic Science: How Institutional Logics Can Change without Institutional Entrepreneurs,” was Co-winner of the 2013 Star-Nelkin Paper Award, Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology, American Sociological Association.

Joanna Dreby’s article, “The Burden of Deportation on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families.” was the winner of the Best Article Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2013.

Angie Y. Chung was selected as a Provosts Fellow on Internationalization Collaborations and Initiatives (2013) that will help support a research study on East Asian international students at the University at Albany.

Christine Bose has been honored by Sociologists for Women in Society with its Distinguished Feminist Lecturer Award for 2014. She will give a lecture on global gender inequalities at the 2014 annual summer meeting, and also present this lecture on two different campuses during 2014-2015.

Samantha Friedman's recent study published in the journal Demography (August, 2013), found that while blacks have had steadily increasing success in achieving home ownership, it has not been enough for them to gain proximity to whites and attendant opportunities to accrue wealth.

Joanna Dreby was recently interviewed and quoted by American Public Media's Marketplace Economy program on a peice called "Is Immigration Reform Sexist?" Her expertise on was needed in response to the high-profile Senate bill to overhaul immigration policy which would change the way green cards are awarded in this country. (June, 2013)

Samantha Friedman led the first-ever national U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) study examining housing discrimination against same-sex couples in the private rental market. The study, led by Friedman and conducted by M. Davis and Company (MDAC), measures the treatment same-sex couples receive compared to otherwise similar heterosexual couples from rental agents when inquiring about rental units advertised online. (June, 2013)

Steve Messner presented a Keynote Address at the 4th Annual Conference of the Asian Criminological Society in Seoul, Korea (August, 2012) titled “Social Institutions, Theory Development, and the Promise of Comparative Criminological Research.”  In his address, he discussed how findings from recent studies of crime and delinquency based on data from Asian societies can stimulate the elaboration and transformation of theories developed within the context of Western cultures.The President of the Society is UAblany Sociology Department graduate alumni, Jianhong Liu.

Elizabeth Popp-Berman's new 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. (

Lauren Porter and Matt Vogel were awarded the 2011 First Prize for the Gene Carte Paper Award by the American Society of Criminology for their outstanding scholarly contribution to the field of criminology: “Residential Mobility and Delinquent Peers Revisited: Causation or Selection?”

UAlbany Sociology PhD student Dean Weld was quoted in a YNN Your News Now article regarding recent deductions to the Federal Pell Grant. Weld stated that, "Grad students are living poor and struggling just to get advanced degrees, when jobs aren't necessarily waiting for them." (8/04/2011; "Pell Grant Funding Comes at Students' Expense")