During the years 2009-2011, advanced Ph.D. students (post second year; N=25-30 per year) had 65 publications, including 53 articles and chapters, delivered 122 papers at national or regional meetings, and received 26 awards from national or specialty professional groups. During the 2010-2011 academic year, six of the SBU Sociology graduate students were active in the professional job market: four accepted offers of tenure track jobs at research universities and one received an ACLS post-doctoral fellowship. Check out our Ph.D.s currently on the market.
External Grants and Awards
Jamie Sommer has been named a 2017 Horowitz Foundation Award Recipient (2017)
Suzan Walters received the Beth Hess Memorial Award from the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) (2017)
Cliff Leek has been elected President of the American Men's Studies Association (2017)
Aarushi Bhandari is awarded the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (2016)
Andrew Hargrove received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship which carries three years of full funding to support his research on water, well-being, and globalization (2016)
Suzan Walters received the 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in the ASA section, Disability and Society (2015)
Florencia Arancibia has been awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council (2015)
Suzan Walters was named a 2014 Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award Recipient by SAGE (2014)
Kenneth Pierce has received the Jean Harvey Slappy Fellowship by the Marcus Garvey Foundation (2014)
Florencia Arancibia was awarded an Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship (2014)
Sasha Rodriguez was awarded the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship (2014)
Tarun Banerjee was a winner of the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Graduate Student Paper Award competition (2014)
Tarun Banerjee was given an award for Outstanding Author Contribution by Emerald Group Publishing's Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2014)
Juhi Tyagi was named a Junior Fellow (for Doctoral Dissertation Research) by the American Institute of Indian Studies (13-14)
Tarun Banerjee (with Michael Schwartz) received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant (2013)
Michael Restivo (with Arnout van de Rijt) received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant (2013)
Fernanda Page-Poma won a SSRC Drugs, Security and Democracy fellowship (2012)
Josh Murray (with Michael Schwartz) won an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant (2011)
Department and University Awards
Vanessa Lynn received the Joyce Turner Dissertation Fellowship Award (2017)
Suzan Walters was awarded the Mildred and Herbert Weisinger Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
Clayton Fordahl won the David Street Paper Award for the best qualitative and/or theory graduate student paper (2016)
Helena Darwin won the Rose Laub Coser Award for best graduate student theory and/or research paper in gender studies (2016)
Heidi Rademacher received the Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award (2016)
Clayton Fordahl won the 2015 Judith Tanur Dissertation Fellowship Award (2015)
Hyang-Gi Song was awarded the Center for Korean Studies graduate fellowship (2014)
Tarun Banerjee received the Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award (2014)
Bethany Coston received the Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award (2014)
Sasha Rodriguez received the Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship Award (2014)
Amanda Kennedy received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (2014)
Cheryl Llewellyn received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (2013)
Cheryl Llewellyn received the Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award (2013)
Fernanda Page-Poma won the 2012 Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship Award (2012)
Rachel Kalish wins President's Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student (2012)
Michael Restivo won the 2012 Tanur Dissertation Fellowship Award (2012)
Brooke Ellison, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Josh Murray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University
Gary Maynard, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Amy Braksmajer, Research Associate, School of Nursing, University of Rochester
Paul Bugyi, Lecturer in Sociology, SUNY-Old Westbury
Bethany Coston, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Virginia Commenwealth University
Misty Curreli, Instructor of Sociology, Suffolk County Community College
Amy Graglia, Research Manager, Quonundrums (Aptos, CA)
Rachel Kalish, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Old Westbury
Lauren Pandolfelli, Statistician, Evidence & Data for Gender Equality, United Nations Statistics Division
Michael Restivo, Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Geneseo
Florencia Arancibia, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Argentine National Scientific and Technical Research Council
Tarun Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Deidre Caputo-Levine, Visiting Assistant Professor of Culture & Society, Drake University
Cheryl Llewellyn, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Kenneth Pierce, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Passaic County Community College
Eric Shircliff, Lecturer, St. Joseph's College
Amanda Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Women's Studies, Curry College
Fernanda Page-Poma, Researcher/Advisor in Social Scienes applied to Defense, National School of Defense, Argentina
Sasha Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University
Gianmarco Savio, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, St. Lawrence University
Juhi Tyagi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, M.S. Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Delhi University and Max Weber Center for Advance Cultural & Social Studies, University of Erfurt
Gabriela Vaillant Gonzalez, Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences and Politics, Catholic University of Uruguay
Prita Lal, Assistant Professor, Evergreen State College
Clifford Leek, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado
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News & Events
|•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."
|•IHSS will present Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia, University Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, September 29, 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM, SBS N320, "The Time of Empire: History and Chronology in the Development of Empire."
• Memories in the Discipline will present Anna Di Lellio, New School for Social Research, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in International Relations , September 14, 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM, Poetry Center-Humanities Building, Film and Discussion: "Thinking of You." Co-sponsored with the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, September 7, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403 "Organized Hypocrisy in the World Bank: A Cross-National Analysis of Access to Water."
|• Carrie Shandra receives a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for her project entitled, "The New Bottom Rung? Internship Vacancies and Hiring in the Entry Level Job Market."
• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Nicholas Wilson, Wednesday, May 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Where Interest and Passion Unite to Confound All Order: Corruption as State Formation in Early Colonial British India, 1757-1786."
|• Ph.D. student Aarushi Bhandari is awarded the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
• Tiffany Joseph has been named one of five Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellows for 2016 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
• Tiffany Joseph receives an American Sociological Association Fund to Advance the Discipline Grant
• Rebekah Burroway receives a SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award.
•IHSS will present Shimelis Gulema, Stony Brook University, Department of Africana Studies, April 27, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "City as Nation: Ethiopia's Search for a Modern Nation, 1896 - 1975."
•Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Department of Sociology; Harvard University, Senior Research Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations, April 13, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N405, "Artifact and Allegiances: How Museums put the Nation and the World on Display."
•IHSS will present Ian Roxborough, Stony Brook University, Department of Sociology, April 6, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, "The US Military and State-building Projects, 1898 - 2003."
•Ph.D. student Andrew Hargrove has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship carries three years of full funding to support his research on water, well-being, and globalization.
|•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Professor Emeritis Ivan Chase, Wednesday, February 3, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "the Fragility of Individual-Based Explanations of Social Hierarchies: A Test Using Animal Pecking Orders."
|•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Carrie Shandra, Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "How Does Disability 'Steal Time'? Health, Social Disparities, and the Disability Gap in Time Use."|
|•IHSS will present Nicholas Wilson, Stony Brook Department Sociology, November 18, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, SBS N320, “What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day? Historical Method in Theory and Practice|
|•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, October 28, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Culture and Power in Cross-National Carbon Dioxide Emissions."|
|•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones, Wednesday, September 16, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "The Paradox of Weak Ties in 55 Countries."
•Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Cliff Leek, Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Men and Masculinities in International Development: Are Fears Becoming Realities?"
|•Ph.D. student Suzan Walters receives the 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in the ASA section, Disability and Society, for her paper, "Caregiving and HIV: Accounts of Resisting Individualism, Privatization, and Cuts in Social Spending."
•Jennifer Heerwig and Josh Murray (Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt and SBU Sociology alumni) awarded $33,000 grant by the Russell Sage Foundation to support their project entitled "Partisanship, Unity, and Inter-Corporate Networks: Political Donations of the Corporate Elite, 1980 - 2014."
|•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Professor Ian Roxborough, Wednesday, April 22, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Human Aspects of Military Operations: Intra-Organizational Debate and Spontaneous Sociology."
•IHSS will present Miriam L. Kingsberg, University of Colorado; ACLS Ryskamp Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, April 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, “Fieldwork, Ethnology, and Empire: the Making of Japan's ‘Transwar Generation’ of Social Scientists” - Co-sponsored by the History Department
•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Associate Professor Timothy P. Moran and Ph.D. student Sofia Boutillier, Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Saying Happiness While Doing Inequality: Wealth, Neoliberalism, and the New York Times."
|•Philip Kasinitz, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 25, 2015, 1:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration, Diversity and Citizenship: The Changing Terrain of Racial Justice."
•Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY, March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM, SBS N403, "Immigration and the Remaking of New York."
•IHSS will present Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook Department of History, March 11, 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” - Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Department
|•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Ph.D. student Carolyn Coburn, Wednesday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Water, Sanitation, and Female Secondary School Enrollment: A Cross-National Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Nations."|
|•IHSS will present Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook Department of History & Sociology, February 18, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N320, “From Teonanácatl to Miami Vice: Latin America’s Contribution to World Drug Culture” - Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center|
|•Sociology Brown Bag series presents Assistant Professor Kristen Shorette, Wednesday, February 4, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Global Institutions and the Persistence of Cross-National Health Disparities across the Global South."|
Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356, tel.: +1 (631) 632-7700