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Recent Grants and Awards



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.

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

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.

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

Jessica Kim  has received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to complete her doctoral dissertation entitled, "The Diffusion of Democratic Norms: Examining How Democracy INGO Strategies Contribute to Hybrid Regimes" (2020)


Ivan Chase, Professor Emeritus, and his co-authors Raphael Duoady and Diana K. Padilla were featured in a 12/13/19 New York Times article " Even Hermit Crabs Have Wealth Inequality" which discusses their study, " A comparison of wealth inequality in humans and non-humans", being published in the journal Physica A in January 2020

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.

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

Catherine Marrone has received the 2019 College of Arts & Sciences Godfrey Excellence in Teaching Award.

Catherine Marrone has received the 2019 College of Arts & Sciences Godfrey Excellence in Teaching Award.Jason Jones -- with colleagues from Ohio State, Michigan, and Cornell Universities is part of a team that was selected to receive data and funding from the Social Science Research Council to study information sharing on Facebook.  For more information see: "Understanding Problematic Sharing Behavior on Facebook"

Sophia Boutilier has been awarded the P.E.O. Scholar award, a merit-based award recognizingacademic excellence and achievement by women in doctoral-level programs (2019).

Sophia Boutilier, Doctoral Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2019).

Andrew Hargrove, 5th Annual Duck Family Graduate Workshop in environmental Politics and Governance, scholarship to attend and invitations to present, University of Washington Seattle (2019).

Robert Cserni, Solidarity Fund for the 14th ESA Conference, European Sociological Association (2019).

Jamie Puglin and Helana Darwin are recipients of the 2019 SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award.

Helana Darwin has received the SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award (2019).

Aarushi Bhandari has received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to complete her doctoral dissertation entitled, "Mobile Phone Distribution and Global Food Security" (2019).

Michael Lenmark received funding from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) to present his paper, "Immigration, Xenophobia, and the Redistribution of Wealth: A Study of Public Opinion" at the annual conference in Toronto (2019).


Carrie Shandra  -- Russell Sage Foundation, Visiting Scholar Program. "Market, Employer, and Student Trends in Internship Vacancies, Hiring, and Participation." 2018-2019, $46,000. -- $20,000

Jennifer Heerwig -- Russell Sage Foundation, Visiting Scholar Program. "Bringing Elites back In: Investigating the Long-Term Political Behavior of the American Corporate Elite."  2018-2019

Carrie Shandra  -- Pathways Through College Research Network, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 2018-2019, $8,000

Helana Darwin received the Robert J. McNamara Award for the most outstanding article by a graduate student, Association for the Sociology of Religion (2018).

Helana Darwin won the ASA Consumer and Consumption Graduate Student Paper Award (2018).

Helana Darwin, 2018 Gallagher Travel Grant, Association for the Sociology of Religion (2018).

Jamie Puglin, American Sociological Association Student Forum Travel Award (2018).

Deniz Ilhan, Ralph A. Gallagher Travel Grant, Association for the Sociology of Religion (2018).

Jamie Sommer has been awarded a United Nations Constitutional Research Fellowship, 3-month Spronsored Fellowship in Global governance, Brussels, Belgium (2018).

Jessica Kim received the Clogg Scholarship to participate in the 2018 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research (2018).

Kevin McElrath was awarded the 2018 Education Problems Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems Graduate Student Paper Competition Award (2018).

Jamie Sommer, 4tn Annual Duck Family Graduate Workshop in Environmental Politics and Governance, scholarship to attend and invitation to present, University of Washington, Seattle (2018).

Suzan Walters, 2018 Research Fellow, Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse, University of Southern California.


Jennifer Heerwig -- Massiver Data Institute Seed Grant, Georgetown University.  Project title: "The Seattle Voucher Experiment: Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy." July 2017 ($38,000)

Nick Rogers, Travel Fellowship to the 2017 Political Networks Annual Conference, Columbus, OH (2017).

Idil Akin has received an Austrian Government Award Ernst Mach Worldwide Fellowship (2017).

Suzan Walters has received the Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award in Medical Sociology (2017).

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).


Carrie Shandra  -- Russell Sage Foundation -- $20,000

Aarushi Bhandari, Ph.D. student -- P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

Tiffany Joseph  -- Named one of five Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellows for 2016, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Tiffany Joseph  -- American Sociological Association Fund to Advance the Discipline Grant

Rebekah Burroway  -- SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award

Andrew Hargrove, Ph.D. Student -- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Jennifer Heerwig  and   Josh Murray  (Asst. Professor, Vanderbilt and SBU Sociology Alumni) -- Russel Sage Foundation Grant -- $33,000

Jason Jones  (Co-PI with   Jie Gao, Department of Computer Science) -- NSF AitF -- $720,000

Oyeronke Oyewumi  -- South African National University Fellowship -- $30,000

Tiffany Joseph  and Ph.D. Student Clayton Fordahl -- Graduate Fellowship and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences -- $20,000

Suzan Walters, Ph.D. student -- American Sociological Association 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award, Disability and Society Section


Oyeronke Oyewumi  --  Fulbright Scholar Grant

Rebekah Burroway,   Cathy Marrone, and   Carrie Shandra  -- Dean's Funds for Excellence awards

Sasha Rodriguez, Ph.D. student -- American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship

Bethany Coston, Ph.D. student -- Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award

Sasha Rodriguez, Ph.D. student -- Faculty-Staff Dissertation Fellowship

Amanda Kennedy, PhD. student -- President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Sociology Major Neha Kinariwalla --   Gates Cambridge University Fellowship

Tarun Banerjee, Ph.D. student -- Judith Tanur Dissertation Research Award

Crystal Fleming  -- Career Enhancement Fellowship from the   Woodrow Wilson Foundation


Recent years

Arnout van de Rijt --   Research grant  --  NSF  -- $274,769

Tarun Banerjee  and   Michael Schwartz  -- Dissertation Improvement Grant --  NSF  -- $12,000

Michael Restivo  and   Arnout van de Rijt  -- Dissertation Improvement Grant --  NSF  -- $12,000

Michael Kimmel --   John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  grant for a Center for the Study of Men & Masculinities -- $300,000

Carrie Shandra  -- Emerging Investigator Award -- DRC & SSA -- $30,000

Arnout van de Rijt  and Robert J. Harrison -- Research Initiatives Seed Grant -- SBU & BNL -- $38,260

Rebekah Burroway  --   TALENT grant  -- Stony Brook University   Teaching, Learning & Technology  -- $6,000

Tarun Banerjee,   Rebekah Burroway  and   Michael Schwartz  --   FAD award  --   ASA  /   NSF  -- $7,000

Crystal Fleming  -- 2012  Georges Lavau Dissertation Award  --   APSA French Politics Group

Lori Scarlatos, Alexander Orlov,   Arnout van de Rijt  and David Tonjes --   Innovative Instruction Technology Grant  -- SUNY -- $60,000

Michael Schwartz  -- 2012   Carla B. Howery Award for Developing Teacher Scholars  --   ASA

Arnout van de Rijt  and Steven Skiena --   Seed Grant for Survey Research  --   SBU Center for Survey Research  -- $10,000

Carrie Shandra --   Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship  --   National Academy of Education  -- $55,000

Carrie Shandra  --   FAD award  --   ASA  /   NSF  -- $7,000

Joshua Murray and  Michael Schwartz  --   Dissertation Improvement Grant  --   NSF  -- $3,635

Joshua Murray,  Arnout van de Rijt  and   John Shandra  --   FAD award  --   ASA  /   NSF  -- $7,000

Arnout van de Rijt  --   Freeman Award for Distinguished Young Scholar  --   INSNA

Vincent Buskens and   Arnout van de Rijt  --   Prize for Best Article  --   European Academy of Sociology  -- €500

Arnout van de Rijt  (with Jie Gao & Steven Skiena) --   Interdisciplinary Initiatives Fund  (2x) --   FAHSS  -- $10,000

Tomothy Moran, Javier Auyero and   Michael Schwartz  -- Research Grant --   NSF  -- $245,235

Ken Feldman  --   Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award  --   Association for the Study of Higher Education

Eran Shor and  Michael Schwartz  --   Dissertation Improvement Grant  --   NSF  -- $12,000

Judith Tanur  --   Innovators Award  --   American Association for Public Opinion Research

Judith Tanur --   Dean’s Award for Graduate Student Mentoring  --   SBU