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College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Sociology

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Greetings from the   Department of Sociology  in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University!

We are excited about the start of the new academic year! We hope that by beginning a new tradition of sending out these e-newsletters, we can better keep you informed of our activities.  In this issue, we are highlighting some of the terrific members in our Department. 

Crystal FlemingOver the last year, Associate Professor   Crystal Fleming  has been on a book tour promoting her latest book,   How to Be Less Stupid about Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide . The positive publicity generated by her book and tour has led to additional media attention for Professor Fleming, who was asked to comment on white nationalism and racism for media outlets such as   Newsweek , C-Span, France 24, and Aljazeera. She has also maintained her presence with op-ed pieces in places such as   VOX, Newsweek, The Root  and   Huffington Post. Building on this wave of success, Professor Fleming currently has three book projects underway and will continue to publish and present in both academic and more mainstream venues. We are privileged to have a faculty member who brings public acclaim to our Department!

Aarushi BhandariSimilarly,   Aarushi Bhandari, one of our graduate students, recently received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF DDRI). This is an extremely competitive and prestigious PhD grant, which allows Aarushi to complete her dissertation addressing inequalities in accessing information and communication technologies across developing countries. Of course, the NSF DDRI comes on the heels of many other successes – from other fellowship wins, conference publications, and highly placed publications. Because of her achievements and the critical topics she addresses, we expect she will have much job market potential in the upcoming year. We also look forward to hearing about and reading future research!

India PaganFinally, junior sociology major India Pagan is not only a star basketball player, but also a star sociology student. As a player for the Puerto Rican national basketball team, she has had the opportunity to travel around the world and work with others, as well as bring attention to and represent Stony Brook University. Most impressive is that alongside her demanding basketball schedule, India continues to shine as one of our top sociology students! After dedicating her time to a basketball career, she hopes to use her sociology degree to work with kids, possibly as a social worker. We are honored to have such dedicated students like India! Read her story   here

Resources for faculty and students support and strengthen the educational experience. The Department of Sociology depends on our alumni and friends to support our students as they focus on research opportunities and provide seed money for summer intensive experiences.

Your generosity, whether it’s the renewal of your support or the decision to give for the first time, allows us to do what we do best – innovative, creative research and teaching that’s the hallmark of a great public research university. I hope you’ll consider investing in our faculty and students by   making a gift  today or speaking with Christopher Scarpati, Director of Development, at (631) 632-1202 or

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Wishing you all the best,

Kathleen M. Fallon
Professor and Chair