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Fall 2017 Department of Sociology Newsletter

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"On behalf of all our colleagues in the Department of Sociology, we are delighted to present the inaugural edition of our new series of newsletters..."

Nicholas Smith Selected for National Leadership Program to Build Health Equity

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith, a Sociology department graduate student at Indiana University will join a diverse group of scholars from across the country to collaboratively tackle persistent health challenges by creating innovative solutions through their research. The Health Policy Research Scholars program is led by George Washington University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Calarco receives ASA Early Career Award

Jess Calarco

Assistant Professor Jessica Calarco is the 2017 recipient of the Doris Entwisle Early Career Award from the Sociology of Education Section of the ASA…

Okamoto receives Wells Endowed Professorship

Dina Okamoto

Dina Okamoto has been selected as a recipient of the Herman B. Wells Endowed Professorship for research excellence and commitment to advancing the understanding of race and ethnicity among IU faculty and students...


Public Sociology Forum

Rashawn Ray

Public Sociology Forum welcomes Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Maryland, College Park. On Friday, March 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM in KSISR 100, he will present his talk entitled “The Black Lives Matter Movement in the United States: The Pursuit of Racial Equality in Policing.” Dr. Ray's research and teaching interests focus on the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington in 2010, and has published over 40 books, journal articles, book chapters, and opinion editorials.

The 2018 Karl F. Schuessler Lecture

Michael Sobel

2018 Karl F. Schuessler Lecture welcomes Michael Sobel, Professor in Department of Statistics at Columbia University in the City of New York on April 6, 2018. Professor Sobel’s research interests are Causal Inference, fMRI, and Social Statistics. A reception will follow the lecture, time TBA.

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