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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")

Karyn Loscocco has been appointed Visiting Professor at University of Pisa for the Spring 2011 semester. She is consulting on survey research, teaching a graduate seminar, and engaging in collaborative research on gender, work and family.

Zai Liang and Glenn Deane received a two-year grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to study new patterns of immigrant settlement in non-gateway destinations in the U.S.

Steven Messner has been elected President of the American Society of Criminology for 2010-11.

Angie Y. Chung made a brief televised interview appearance on MSNBC News “Tale of Two Cities for Immigration” ( May 26, 2010), where she discussed Korean immigration to Palisades Park, NJ.

Ryan King's article "Conservatism, Institutionalism, and the Social Control of Intergroup Conflict," (2008) received the 2009 Distinguished Article Award from the Sociology of Law section of the American Sociological Association.

Jeremy Pais has been awarded a NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant for his project entitled “Multiethnic Populations, Career Trajectories, and Socioeconomic Mobility” -- a comprehensive assessment of the effect of immigration and increasing ethnic diversity on intragenerational socioeconomic mobility among race, ethnic, and gender groups in the post-civil rights era.

Reese Kelly is one of seven 2009 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies selected from a nationwide competition.  Reese was also co-chair of the Queer UAlbany Graduate Students organization. A section from his thesis entitled "Border-Crossing: Transgender Identity Management" won the 2008 New York State Sociological Association Graduate Student Paper Award.

Congratulations to Christine E. Bose who was elected as the Eastern Sociological Society 2011 President/President-elect. Her new book "Global Gender Research" has recently been released by Routledge.

Samantha Friedman has received an NIH grant entitled, "Cybersegregation: Is Neil a More Desirable Tenant than Tyrone or Jorge?." From 2008 through 2010, she and Gregory D. Squires (George Washington University) will conduct audits of the electronic housing markets in Boston, MA and Dallas, TX.

Congratulations to Karen Tejada for receiving the Jackie McLean Fellowship, a competitive 1-year visiting faculty fellowship at the University at Hartford.