Initiative for the Historical Social Sciences (IHSS)
Fall 2016 (download in PDF format)
Thursday, September 29th, 2:30 - 3:50 PM, SBS N320, "The Time of Empire: History and Chronology in the Development of Empire", Krishan Kumar, University Professor and William r. Kenan Jr., Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
Wednesday, October 26th, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "Governmentality in the East", Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University
Spring 2015 (download in PDF format)
Visiting Lecturer -Thursday, March 10th, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, "The Color Line and the Borderline: Reconstructing Race and Nation in Mexico and the U.S., 1865-1925”, Karl Jacoby, Columbia University, Department of History
SBU Faculty Workshop: Wednesday, April 6th, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “The U.S. Military and State-Building Projects, 1898 - 2003", Ian Roxborough, Stony Brook University - Sociology and History Departments
SBU Faculty Workshop: Wednesday, April 27th, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "City as Nation: Ethiopia's Search for a Modern Nation: 1896 - 1975", Shimelis Gulema, Stony Brook University, Department of Africana Studies
SBU Faculty Workshop - Wednesday, November 18th, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, SBS N320, "What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day? Historical Method in Theory and Practice” Nicholas Wilson, Stony Brook University - Sociology Department
SBU Faculty Workshop - Wednesday, February 18th, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, "From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook University - History Department, co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center
SBU Faculty Workshop: New Directions - Wednesday, March 11th, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “Curbing Religious Freedoms for State Security: The Old Cities of Northern Nigeria in the Era of Decolonization" Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook University - History Department, co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
New Interdisciplinary Perspectives - Wednesday, April 15th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, SBS N320, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists" Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, co-sponsored by the History Department
Thursday, September 18th, 2:30 - 3:50 PM, SBS N403, "Who's Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank", Steven Skiena, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Stony Brook University - Department of Computer Science
Tuesday, October 14th, 2:30 - 3:50 PM, SBS N403, "The Family Act Goes to School - The Marx Brothers, Vaudeville, and Americanization", Rick DesRochers, Associate Professor, Long Island University-Post Campus - Theatre Department (co-sponsored by Stony Brook Theatre Arts Department)
Wednesday, February 12th, 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM, SBS N320, "Surveillance, Security, Divinity" Lawrence Frohman, Stony Brook University - History Department
Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00 Noon - 1:20 PM, SBS N320, "Battlegrounds of Masculinity: Latino Servicemen, Zoot Suiters, and Farmworkers in World War II" Lori Flores, Stony Brook University - History Department
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM, SBS N320, "Rehabilitation, 'Boundary Objects' and Local Activism in Narcotics Policy, New York, 1951-70" Samuel K. Roberts, Columbia University - History, Sociomedical Sciences; Chair, Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Tuesday, September 24th, 2:30 - 3:50 PM, SBS N405, "Imperium in imperio: Martyrdom, the Roman Empire, and the Creation of Christian Sovereignty" Clayton Fordahl, Stony Brook University - Sociology Department
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2:30 - 3:50 PM, SBS N320, "Slaves of the State Revolt: The Prisoners' Rights Movement and the Construction of the Carceral State" Robert Chase, Stony Brook University - History Department
Wednesday, October 30th, 4:30 PM, SBS N320, "From Emma Goldman to Edward Snowden: How Denationalization of "Radical" Americans Reshaped American Citizenship" Patrick Weil, CNRS and Yale Law, Co-Sponsored by the History Department
Tuesday, March 26th, 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM, SBS N320, New Directions in Historical Social Science - "The Big Picture in Migration History, and Why it Matters" Adam McKeown, Columbia University - History Department
Thursday, September 20th, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, Humanities Institute
Graduate Student Workshop - "Dissertation Funding for the Humanities & Social Sciences from the SSRC"
Daniella Sarnoff, SSRC
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, SBS N-320
"The Jew in the Crowd: Surveillance and Urban Society in Late Medieval Religious Imagery"
Sara Lipton, Stony Brook University - History Department
Tuesday, February 14, 12:50 PM - 2:10 PM, SBS N320
New Interdisciplinary Perspectives - "Why a World of Many Flags: Privateering and the Strange Sovereignty of The Provincial Oriental"
Lauren Benton, New York University - History Department
Wednesday, March 14, 12:50 PM to 2:00 PM, SBS N403
Stony Brook Faculty Workshop- "What can the Arab Revolution of 2011 and the Iranian Revolution of 1979 add to the Comparative Sociology of Revolution"
Said Arjomand , Stony Brook University - Sociology Department
Wednesday, September 28th, 12:50 PM to 2:00 PM, SBS N-320
Faculty Workshop - "The Third World in the Two Germanys: An Entangled History of the Cold War and Decolonization"
Young-Sun Hong, Stony Brook University - History Department
Wednesday, October 19th, 12:50 PM to 2:00 PM, SBS N-320
New Interdisciplinary Perspectives - "Why State Strength and Weakness Persist: The Social Origins of State Power in 20th Century Latin America"
Hillel Soifer, Temple University - Department of Political Science
News & Events
|• Michael Schwartz, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus. and our alumnus Josh Murray (Vanderbilt University) have won the outstanding article award for the ASA Marxist Sociology Section for their paper, "Moral Economy, Structural Leverage, and Organizational Efficacy: Class Formation and the Great Fling Sit-Down Strike, 1936-37." Critical Historical Studies|
|• Tiffany Joseph (with co-author Helen Marrow) has received the Donald W. Light Award for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology. The award was received for their paper, "Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants' (Non) Access to Care after Healthcare Reforms." Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies
|•Carrie Shandra has been awarded a grant under the Department of Labor Scholars Program for a project on Job Characteristics and Job Retention of Young Workers With Disabilities|
|• Jennifer Heerwig (with collaborator Brian McCabe) has been awarded a seed grant from
Georgetown's McCourt School Massive Data Institute for their project,
"The Seattle Voucher Experiment: Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy."
|• Arnout van de Rijt with our Alumni Eran Shor (McGill University) was awarded the bests paper award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Studies section of the ASA for their co-authored paper (Eran Shor, Arnoug van de Rijt, Alex Mitsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena), "A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News." American Sociological Review
|• Carrie Shandra was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award from the ASA Section on Disability and Society for her paper "Benefactors and Beneficiaries? Disability and Care to Others" forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family
|• Rebekah Burroway has received an "Outstanding Author Contribution" from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for her paper "Empowering Women, Strengthening Children: A Multi-Level Analysis of Gender Inequality and Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries" published in Advances in Gender Research|
|• Amy Hsin, Queens College, Department of Sociology, May 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403,"The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students: Evidence from a Large Public University."
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Tiffany Joseph, Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Growing Citizen-Noncitizen Divide: Life along the Documentation Status Continuum."|
|• Transforming Sociology (program), Sociology Graduate Student Conference, March 31, 2017, Center for Global Studies at Stony Brook University
|• Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, Department of Sociology, March 29th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Do Marital and Kin Support Enhance (or Undermine) Older Adults' Well-Being? New Evidence from the DUST Study."
|• Nicholas Hoover Wilson selected as a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook University for 2017-2018.|
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Helena Darwin, Wednesday, November 30th, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Doing Genderqueer"|
|•Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Sociology, November 14th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Education and the Transition Through Adulthood to Midlife in the New Economy."
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones,
Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "An Audit Study of Public School Principals: Evidence for Selective Response."
|• Mindfulness and Diversity: Mind-Body Approaches for Enhancing Awareness and Well-Being, Friday, October 28th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For information and to register, please go to
•IHSS will present Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, October 26, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "Governmentality in the East."
•Stewart Hoover, University of Colorado-Boulder, Director of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, October 24th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Does God Make the Man? Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity"
•Josh Pacewicz, Brown University, Department of Sociology, October 10th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Partisans & Partners: The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society."
Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356, tel.: +1 (631) 632-7700