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Spring 2022 Colloquium Schedule

Monday, April 4th, 2:3o PM, SBS N-403
Allison Pugh

Allison Pugh, University of Virginia

The Stratification of Human Contact: The Present and Future of Connective Labor

Allison Pugh is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Virginia. Her 2015 book The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity (Oxford) is a study of the broader impacts of job precariousness. Her book Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture (University of California Press 2009) received four honors from the American Sociological Association and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills award. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.  She is writing a book for Princeton University Press about the standardization of interpersonal work.

Wednesday, April 6th, 1:oo PM, SBS N-403
Tim Liao

Tim Liao, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Life Course Trajectory Class Crystallization

Tim F. Liao is Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and East Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is Head of the Department of Sociology. He also served as Director of the Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies from 2016 to 2019 and Head of Sociology from 2004 to 2009.    His research interests include demography, life course research, methodology, social photography, and collective memory. He is a 2013-2014 Center for Advanced Study associate at the University of Illinois, a 2017-2018 Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences fellow (Stanford University).    He is a Deputy Editor of  Demography, an Associate Editor of  Advances in Life Course Research, and  serves on the Executive Committee of the Sequence Analysis Association as well as on the  American Sociological Review  and  The Sociological Quarterly Editorial Boards. He is the 2021 winner of American Sociological Association Methodology’s Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award.
Monday, April 11th, 1:oo PM, SBS N-403
Prema Kurien

Prema Kurien, Syracuse University The Racial Paradigm and Anti-Caste Activism in the U.S.

Dr. Prema Kurien is Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University as well as the Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. She is a scholar of international migration, race, ethnicity, and religion. Dr. Kurien adopts a transnational approach in her work and has also done research in India, to show how a variety of global factors, including developments in the country of origin, play a profound role in shaping community structures, cultures, and activism profiles of immigrants and even the second generation. She is the author of three award-winning sole-authored books, Kaleidoscopic Ethnicity: International Migration and the Reconstruction of Community Identities in India (2002), A Place at the Multicultural Table: The Development of an American Hinduism (2007), and Ethnic Church Meets Mega Church: Indian American Christianity in Motion (2017). She is currently completing her next book, Claiming Citizenship: Race, Religion, and Belonging among New Ethnic Americans and is also writing from her project, “Religious Minorities in the US and Canada: Divergent Patterns of Political Involvement and Activism.” Her work has been recognized with a Contribution to the Field award (in Asian/Asian American Studies), three book awards, and three article awards and she has received postdoctoral fellowships and grants from a wide variety of sources. 

Wednesday, April 13th, 1:oo PM, SBS N-403
Biray Kollouglu

Biray Kolluoğlu, Boğaziçi University

Social Assemblages in Flux: Global Health and Education

Biray Kolluoglu is a professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy Graduate Program at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

Kolluoglu has completed her doctoral studies at the Department of Sociology, Binghamton University. Kolluoglu has been a junior fellow in Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin in 2004 and a fellow in the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM) in 2019-2020. She is the editor-in-chief of  New Perspectives on Turkey.

Kolluoglu’s research and publications have centered around urban sociology, sociology of space and memory, port cities, historical sociology and sociology of education. She is currently working on culture and education in Turkey and is interested in platformization in the health sector.

Wednesday, April 20th, 1:oo PM, SBS N-406
Dana Weinberg

Dana Weinberg, CUNY Queens College and The Graduate Center

From Anti-Vaxxer Moms to Militia Men: Social Media Influence Operations and Narrative Weaponization

Dana Beth Weinberg, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and The Graduate Center-City University of New York and Director of the New War Research Consortium. She holds a PhD from Harvard University. Her current work focuses on digital disruption and the impact on work and social lives, social media influence operations, and the weaponization of narrative for influence and radicalization. She is the author of  Code Green: Money-Driven Hospitals and the Dismantling of Nursing.


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Spring 2022 Newsletter

May 2022

  • Nicholas H. Wilson has received a $20,000 Stony Brook Foundation Trustees Faculty Award to pursue research, scholarship and creative art.  Recipients are chosen with an emphasis on the quality of research and publications and scholarship, the institutional impact of achievements and potential for continued professional growth, and the clarity, quality and significance of long-term future research, scholarship and creative activity and their probably impact upon SBU and the scholarly community within the discipline.

September 2021

  • Oyeronke Oyewumi has received the Distinguished Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the United States.  Established in the 1980s, the award recognizes and honors "scholars who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African Studies and service to thr Africanist community."

June 2021

  • In the recent American Sociological Association election, Crystal Fleming was elected to a three year term as an at-large member of Council, which is the governing body of the association. 

September 2020

  • Jennifer Heerwig, has received a Piper Foundation Research Grant for her work on democracy vouchers, "Comparing Small Donor Public Financing Systems: The Effects of Matching Funds and Democracy Vouchers on Donor Diversity.

June 2020

  • Yongjun Zhang, with his co-author Jeremy E. Fiel, is the co-winner of the 2020 James Coleman Best Article Award in the ASA Sociology of Education Section for his article, "With All Deliberate Speed:  The Reversal of Court-Ordered School Desegregation, 1970-2013." AJS 124(6): 1685-1719 .

  May 2020

  • Crystal Fleming, has received a Stony Brook Mid-Career Diversity Award, recognizing a faculty member at the mid-career stage who has a strong record of research and service while also advancing Stony Brook's goals of a diverse and inclusive campus.


March 2020

  • Sarah Bush, (Yale University) Sociology Departmental Colloquium Speaker, March 4th, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, SBS N403: "Gender Quotas and International Reputation"

January 2020

  • Michael Schwartz, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, has received the American Sociological Association's 2020 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching.

December 2019

October 2019

  • Ivan Chase, Professor Emeritus, has received the best paper award in the 2019 Visualization in Data Science section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conference for his paper entitled, "PeckVis: A Visual Analytics Tool to Analyze Dominance Hierarchies in Small Groups."  The authors are Darius Coelho, Ivan Chase, and Klaus Mueller.
  • Said Arjomand   Distinguished Service Professor, Stony Brook University) Sociology Department Book Presentation, "Revolution: Structure and Meaning in World History".

June 2019

  • Carrie Shandra has been elected Chair of the Disability and Society Section of the American Sociological Association for 2019-2020.

April 2019

March 2019

  • Sarah Cowan (New York University), Sociology Departmental Colloquim Speaker, March 6th, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, SBS N403: "Intergroup Contact and Competing Allegiances in a Complex World."
  • Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi  (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Sociology Departmental Colloqium Speaker, March 27th, 1:00-12:30 PM, SBS N403:  "We Hereby Neglect:  The Israeli Hall of Independence and the Social Construction of Commemoration."

February 2019

  • Jochem Kotthaus (University of Dortmund)), Sociology Departmental Colloqium Speaker, February 6th, 1:00-2:30 PM, SBS N403:  "The Transformation of Mundane Knowledge.  Reflections on the Globalization of Sport Fans."

  • Nitsan Chorev (Brown University), Sociology Department Colloquium Speaker, February 11th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, SBS N403: "Making Medicines in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda:  Toward a Sociology of Developmental Foreign Aid."

Past Events and News

October 2018

  • Yasemin Besen-Cassino (Montclair State University), Sociology Departmental Colloqium Speaker, October 1st, 1:00-12:30 PM, SBS N403: "The Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap."

September 2018

  • Sociology Brown Bag Series, Monday, September 10th, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Discussion of two papers and the connections between them:  Kevin McElrath, "College Preparation Intensity and Socioeconomic Background: A Mechanism for Equal Access?" and Kristen Shorette, "Degrees of Change: Publicly  Educated Legislators' Support for Higher Education Spending in the US

April 2018

  • Rachel Sherman (The New School), April 16th, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, SBS N403"A Very Expensive Ordinary Life:  Consumption and Moral Legitimacy among New York Elites ."

March 2018

February 2018

  • Julian Go (Boston University), Sociology Departmental Colloqium Speaker, February 28th, 1-2:30 PM, SBS N403

November 2017

  • Brian Powell (Indiana University Bloomington and Russell Sage Foundation), Sociology Departmental Colloqium Speaker, November 29th, 1-2:15 PM, SBS N403
  • Crystal Fleming has been selected as one of the inaugural group of faculty to participate in the SBU Leadership Academy Fellows program.
  • Jennifer Heerwig has been selected to be a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
  • Carrie Shandra has been selected to be a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
  • Jason Jones and John Shandra have received Stony Brook FAHSS (Faculty in the Arts, Humanities, and lettered Social Sciences) Research and Interdisciplinary Initiatives Awards

October 2017

  • Shamus Khan, Sociology Departmental Colloqium Speaker, October 16th, 1-2:15 PM, SBS N403
  • Suzie Walters, Sociology Departmental Brown-Bag Series, October 18th, 1-2:15PM, SBS N405
  • Kent HendersonSociology Departmental Brown-Bag Series, October 25th, 1-2:15PM, SBS N403

September 2017

  • Richard Lachmann, Initiative for Historical Social Science, September 20th, 1-2:15, SBS N320

June 2017

  • 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.

May 2017

  • 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."


April 2017
        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."  
March 2017
        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."
December 2016
        Nicholas Hoover Wilson selected as a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook University for 2017-2018.  
November 2016 
        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."
October 2016
       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."