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Sociology letter from the chair

table of contents 1. Introduction 2. Faculty Spotlight 3. Graduate Cohort 4-5. Cohort cont. 6-7. Once A Bruin 8-9. SUA 10-11. Publications 12-13. News & Achievements 14. Summer Courses 15. Thank you 16. Credits/Editor’s Note

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Dear Friends, Sociology has been buzzing and blooming with exciting initiatives. Departmental alumnus Kal Penn has been teaching a Fiat Lux seminar on how presidential candidates engage young voters. Kal Penn took his class of undergraduate students to LAX during President Obama’s recent visit to Los Angeles to experience first-hand how a presidential visit works. A major bonus: President Obama greeted the students and spent time hearing about their class experience at UCLA. A visit with the President and guest appearances with White House staff will make this course unforgettable for the students. We developed the Bruin-in-Residence program with alumnus and Sociology Board of Visitors member David Kitnick and launched it in April with David serving as the inaugural Bruin-in-Residence. This one-week emersion program provides a visiting professional the opportunity to support our students through guest lecturing and career mentorship while building connections between the academic classrooms at UCLA and the professional community. It was an enriching experience for our students and faculty – and we enjoyed having a loyal Bruin in the department with us for the week. The department also celebrated the work of one of its most distinguished researchers: Professor Lynne Zucker. Professor Zucker is a leading organizational sociologist and founder of institutional theory whose current interests involve the effect of scientific innovations and star scientists on firms. Her work has been cited more than 20,000 times and crosses over to management and business communities. At the celebration, four experts in the field commented on her academic work and then Professor Zucker responded to her interlocutors. As you can see in the newsletter, our graduate students remain active in researching, publishing and teaching. We are very proud that our students obtained three highly prestigious NSF graduate research fellowships: congratulations to Richard Hong, Carla Salazar Gonzalez, and Amber Villalobos. Also, big congratulations to Marie Berry. She has been selected by the Deans of the UCLA College of Letters and Science to receive a 2013-14 Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Student Award. This award recognizes outstanding graduate students for exemplary academic achievement, research, and service to the campus and the community. And the graduate students are not only doing well in fellowships but find jobs in this highly competitive market in academia and beyond. We are sad to see three faculty retire: Professor David Halle, Professor Nicky Hart, and Distinguished Professor Mick Mann. Professor Halle has been an expert on urban sociology and culture. Professor Hart’s work has mapped and explained inequalities in health. Distinguished Professor Mann is a world-authority on macro-political sociology. He has been documenting theorizing the history of power in societies from prehistory to the present. They have made invaluable contributions to the department and the broader UCLA community. We will miss them greatly but wish them all the best in this new phase of life. Stay in touch. Go Bruins,

Stefan Timmermans Professor and Chair


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Lauren Duquette-Rury









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We are delighted to welcome Lauren Duquette-Rury, Assistant Professor, to the UCLA Department of Sociology. Lauren completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, graduating with honors with a B.A. in International Studies. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. With a background in economic development and political economy, Lauren worked for the USDA and in economic consulting before returning to graduate school. However, once in Political Science she realized that most of what she wanted to examine was already being studied in the field of Sociology. “I wanted to know about the social processes that affect political and economic outcomes. As I started to dive into the sociology literature on international migration and development during graduate school, I was thrilled to find that political sociology and migration studies scholars were deeply engaged in conversations that I wanted to be a part of. So I followed my curiosity and tried to root my work at the intersection of the disciplines.” Lauren’s work examines the consequences of international migration on democracy, development, and statesociety relations in migrant countries of origin and destination. Her primary research investigates the impact of migration on sending countries, however she is also equally interested in the other side of the migratory circuit: destination countries. She was a department nominee for the Juan Linz Award for Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy, and the Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics from the American Political Science Association. Currently, Lauren has a book manuscript and three papers in the works, exploring how pre-migration social and political ties affect Latino immigrant political participation in the United States, how exposure to migration affects political interest and engagement of non-migrant citizens in Mexico and the political consequences for local democracy of migrant cross-border remittance investment in their places of origin. Lauren grew up in Miami, Florida. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, crafting, flea markets, and refinishing furniture. Lauren was a modern dancer for most of her life. To this day, she still enjoys taking dance classes, especially hip hop. She likes playing with her 1-year old son, Maxwell, spending time with her husband, Aaron, two cats David Bowie and Lily, and her 10 -year old chihuahua, Nelly.


graduate cohort

Back row: Zachary Griffen, Kyle Nelson, Eduardo Duran Second Row: Pei Palmgren, Michael Tran, Richard Hong, Andrew Herman Third Row: Jacob Thomas, Michelle Berman, Caroline Tietbohl, Yotala Oszkay Febres-Cordero, Elizabeth Gonzalez Front Row: Danielle Callendar, Clara Bergen, Hanna Jun, Amber Villalobos, Carla Salazar Gonzalez Eduardo is from Los Angeles, California. He received his B.A. in Sociology from UCLA in 2012. His academic interests include political sociology, cultural sociology, social theory and ethnographic methods. In his spare time, he enjoys building guitar amplifiers.

Eduardo Duran

Danielle is from the city of brotherly love and sisterly comfort, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! She received her B.A. in Africana Studies from Wellesley College. Danielle’s research interests focus on social stratification, education, and demography, and she is most intrigued by the dynamic relationship between individual educational mobility and its effects on population characteristics. Aside from academic interests, she enjoys watching TV, reality shows especially, reading, baking and cooking, and exploring LA with friends.

Danielle Callendar

Michelle is originally from Edison, New Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. Her academic interests are economic and cultural sociology. She is particularly interested in the production and consumption of visual media. In her spare time Michelle likes to cook, watch movies, and attend concerts.

Michelle Berman

Clara Bergen

Clara was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent her childhood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Statistics here at UCLA. Clara is studying micro-interactional processes that have macro-social effects, and she has an interest in studying institutional talk, specifically physician/patient communications in the primary care setting, as well as educational and mass media. Her interests include drawing and painting, eating breakfast foods, and walking in LA, and she is looking forward to adopting a dog in June.


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Yotala Febres-Cordero Oszkay

Yotala ,“Tala,” was born in San Rafael, California, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her M.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) and her B.A. in English with an Emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of WisconsinMadison. Her academic interests are social movements and organizations. Tala’s previous master’s thesis was on mobilization in the Wisconsin protests of 2011. She is currently interested in the politics of the “sharing economy”--how sharing economy innovators (Airbnb, Lyft, etc.) and incumbent groups (taxi companies, hotels, etc.) are mobilizing to influence policy-making around these services in various municipalities. Tala enjoys yoga, hiking, movies, cooking, traveling, and eating.

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Andrew Herman

Zachary Griffen

Hanna is a proud New Yorker from Flushing. After receiving her B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese Studies from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she worked for the YWCA of Queens where she taught at an after-school academy. She is currently interested in nationalism, race and ethnicity, diaspora, international migration, and religion. In her free time she enjoys music, working with youth, traveling, and learning new languages.

Andrew is from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of British Columbia and his M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. His research includes ethnicity and adaptive systems. His personal interests are all things Chicago Cubs, biking, and his wife, Sharon.

Kyle is originally from WinstonSalem, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies and English from Vassar College, and his M.A. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research. His research interests include community and urban sociology, housing inequality, neighborhood change, and social theory. He is currently conducting ethnographic research on residential eviction and legal institutions in Los Angeles. Outside of graduate school, Kyle enjoys spending time with his partner and his family, hiking, biking, reading about cities, watching movies and basketball, and exploring Los Angeles. Before returning to school, he was a community organizer, paralegal, and basketball scout.

Kyle Nelson

Richard Hong

Richard is from San Jose, California. He received his B.A. in Political Science - International Relations and Latin American Studies with a minor in International Migration Studies from UCSD. Richard’s studies at UCLA focus on international migration, and in particular, migrations that occur between two developing nations, or south-south migration. He enjoys cooking, camping, and traveling; his most memorable camping trip was in Tierra del Fuego, where he ended up near the southern tip of South America.

Zach was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Anthropology, as well as an M.A. in International Affairs, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Zach is interested in the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of science, and the sociology of culture. He is currently studying how the organization of economic and statistical expertise affects public policy in education and child development. In college, he competed in cross country and track and field, and currently spends much of his free time running, and eating as much food as possible.

Hanna Jun

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth Gonzalez was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Elizabeth graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology. Her academic interests revolve around international migration, race/ethnicity, and the burgeoning Latino population of the U.S., specifically Mexican Americans. These interests have arisen out of personal experiences as the child of immigrant parents and her upbringing in Arizona, where the issue of immigration has grown increasingly polemical in recent years. When she is not busy with academic work, she enjoys reading, cooking, playing video games, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

graduate cohorts continued Michael Tran

Jacob Thomas

Caroline is originally from the Bay Area, and grew up in Dublin, California. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley, graduating with distinction. After her undergraduate education Caroline worked as a Research Assistant at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where she became interested in the intricacies of interaction in health care settings. Her current interests include ethnography, aging, changing roles and expectations in health care, and conversation analysis. For fun Caroline enjoys cooking, traveling, and hiking.

Michael grew up all over the Eastside of Los Angeles, including Monterey Park, and El Monte. He left LA to receive his B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Social Science at UCI. He also received an M.S. in Sociology at the University of Oregon. While studying at UCI, Michael’s concentration was demographics and social analysis. At UCLA his academic interests are race and media (particularly in film), and contemporary U.S. immigration. Outside of studying, his interests include movies, video games, and reading fiction.

Amber is a native of Mercedes, Texas, a small town in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. In 2011 she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors. While at UT-Austin, she was affiliated with the Population Research Center where she conducted quantitative research on educational inequality. Post grad, she returned home to the Rio Grande Valley with Teach For America where she served as a 4th grade bilingual teacher. She greatly enjoyed her time as a teacher and keeps in touch with her former students and their families. Her time in the classroom further fueled her academic interests in social stratification and inequality, and the sociology of education. Accordingly, she is interested in studying the causes and consequences of the educational achievement gap between underserved students and their more advantaged peers. Outside of school, Amber enjoys exploring Los Angeles and spending time with her partner, Todd, and her dog Otis.

Amber Villalobos

Carla Salazar Gonzalez

Carla is from Paramount, California. She received her B.A. in Sociology (with honors) and M.A. in Demographic and Social Analysis from UCI. Prior to coming to UCLA, Carla was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico. Her research interests include social demography, stratification, race and ethnicity, and international migration. When Carla is not studying sociology, she enjoys good food and conversation, community outreach, and salsa dancing.

Jacob hails from Berkeley, California. He received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major (Globalization) from UC Berkeley and his M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. His academic interests include international migration, social stratification, visa applicants and policies, sociology of travel and tourism, social networks and mixed methods research. Jacob’s personal interests include creative writing, independent travel, Asian and Western bodywork, yoga, meditation, dancing, bicycling, literature, cinema and art.

Caroline Tietbohl

Pei Palmgren

Pei is originally from St. Peter, Minnesota although he grew up in Davis, California, He received his B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and his M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU. Before coming to UCLA, he worked for over four years researching refugee, migration, and human rights, and as an NGO fundraiser and advocate in Bangkok, Thailand. His academic interests are international migration, displacement, development, urban sociology and ethnographic methods. He enjoys reading novels, running, and traveling.


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David Kitnick UCLA Bruin in Residence 2014 David spent several days in the department where he lectured on entrepeneurship and the application of his sociology degree to his success. David also held office hours and gave career advice to many undergraduates majoring across the division of Social Sciences. We thank David for his time, energy, and enthusiasm as our first Bruin in Residence.


The UCLA Department of Sociology is pleased to announce the department’s first ever Board of Visitors. Mitch Berman Chief Executive Officer, XillianTV Susan Kellogg President of Contemporary Brands Coalition, VF Corporation David Kitnick President and Founder, Rosewood Homes John Kobara Executive Vice President and COO, California Community Foundation Michael Rouse Vice President - Diversity, Philanthropy & Community Affairs, Toyota 6 Spring Newsletter 05.16.14 | edition 7


Actor, Sociology alumnus, and former commencement speaker, Kalpen Modi is currently teaching the Fiat Lux: Hope, Change, and Fistbumps: Young Americans and Obama Presidency. This class is an exploration of several youth-related issues and challenges of governance in the president’s first term with topics such as the Afforadable Care Act, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and youth summer jobs. His students even had the opportunity to meet the president while on a short trip to Los Angeles in May.


Kalpen Modi Sociology Instructor


This spring quarter the department has seen a tremendous level of involvement from some of our most notable alumni. From instructing courses to hosting office hours for our undergraduates, their role furthers UCLA’s mission of teaching, research, and service, while simultaneously laying a strong foundation of engagment for current and future generations of students and alumni.


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#SUA [sociology undergraduate association]

The Sociology Undergraduate Association (or SUA) has had a very busy and successful year, with about 100 members, including an executive board headed by five students. SUA spearheaded a variety of programs to assist their fellow undergraduates in sociological endeavors, both academic and non-academic. Their programs included Tea with TAs, Midterm Study Sessions, and “Marketing Yourself For a Career” workshop. Their newest project is the SUA mentorship program - where sociology students could better connect with fellow classmates or professors based on their research or areas of study. “The purpose behind SUA is, really, to give resources to students who want to pursue Sociology academically or as a career,” said Ariel Hsieh, current president of SUA. “My favorite program of the year was definitely starting up the student mentorship program. I was overwhelmed by the response. It was awesome for me to know that we are providing a resource that benefits the department as a whole.” “We hope to continue the SUA Mentorship program next year and have it implemented every quarter,” said future president Sujin Oh. “We also want to offer more events for Sociology students to get involved, and we would like to make the midterm/final study sessions a regular occurrence. One of our goals is to expand our “Sociological Imagination Blog,” which is contributed to by guest members and our executive board.” For more information about SUA, check out their instagram (@uclasua), facebook page ( sociologyundergraduateassociation), twitter (@UCLASUA) and their website (



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SUA Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, May 20th: Honors Research Presentations 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. [Haines 279]

Monday, May 26th: Mentorship Appreciation Luncheon [faculty center ]

Tuesday, June 3rd: Finals Study Session 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


1. SUA Executive Board (from left to right): Stephanie Tan (Social Media Coordinator), James Wang (Outreach Coordinator), Ariel Hsieh (President), Tiffany Neman (Vice President), Sujin Oh (Treasurer), Rosa Celestino (Photographer). 2. Tiffany Neman and Mimi Nguyen respond to several questions at one of the Midterm Study Sessions. “As a transfer student, it was hard to meet other people at UCLA and expand my social network and SUA enabled me to meet other like-minded Sociology majors,” said Tiffany. 3. The Executive Board lets off some steam and poses for a goofy photo. 4. TAs and undergrads alike gather in Haines 279 for the “Tea with TAs” event. 5. President Ariel Hsieh and Future President Sujin Oh greet prospective students on Bruin Day.

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advisor e t a u d a r g er d n :u

Simbi Mahlanza

She was an Orientation Counselor for two summers, the thought of being an undergrad advisor never crossed Simbi’s mind, until a close friend encouraged her to apply to the position of undergraduate advisor in the School of Arts and Architecture. Some of her favorite moments in this position include, “seeing an excited student get their dream internship/job or seeing happy students after they switch to the Sociology major from a major that they were not doing well in.” In her spare time she likes to dance, sing karaoke, and watch movies.


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ladder and emeriti faculty Jennie Brand

Abigail Saguy

Lauren Duquette-Rury

Stambolis‐Ruhstorfer, Michael and Abigail C. Saguy. Forthcoming. “Telling Your Homosexuality: France and the Cultural Limits of ‘Coming Out.’” Sociological Forum. 29:4.

Brand, Jennie E. and Juli Simon Thomas. Forthcoming. “Job Displacement Among Single Mothers: Effects on Children’s Outcomes in Young Adulthood.” American Journal of Sociology 119(5).

Duquette-Rury, Lauren. 2014. “Collective Remittances and Transnational Coproduction: The 3 × 1 Program for Migrants and Household Access to Public Goods in Mexico.”

Jerome Rabow

Rabow, J., Dhillon, M., Han, V., and Moore, J. “Consciousness and transformation in the classroom.”

Rabow, Jerome, Venieris, Pauline Y., and Dhillon, Manpreet. 2014. “Ending Racism In America; One Microaggression at a Time: Students Speak of Pain, Hope, and Change.” Kendall Hunt, 2014. Rabow, J. “Blasphemy into Alchemy: A Teaching Moment.” Academic Exchange Quarterly Summer 2013: Volume 17, Issue 2.

Gabriel Rossman

Rossman, Gabriel and Oliver Schilke. 2014. “Close, But No Cigar: The Bimodal Rewards to Prize-Seeking” with Oliver Schilke. American Sociological Review 79:86–108.

Rossman, Gabriel. 2014. “The Diffusion of the Legitimate and the Diffusion of Legitimacy.” Sociological Science 1:49–69. Rossman, Gabriel. 2014. “Obfuscatory Relational Work and Disreputable Exchange.” Sociological Theory 32: 43-63.


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Esparza, Nicole, Edward Walker, and Gabriel Rossman. 2014. “Trade Associations and the Legitimation of Entrepreneurial Movements: Collective Action in the Emerging Gourmet Food Truck Industry.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 43:143S-162S.

Saguy, Abigail C., David Frederick, and Kjerstin Gruys. In Press. “Reporting Risk, Producing Prejudice: How News Reporting on Obesity Shapes Attitudes about Health Risk, Policy, and Prejudice.” Social Science and Medicine.

Ed Walker

Walker, Edward T. 2014. Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Walker, Edward T. and Christopher M. Rea. Forthcoming 2014. “The Political Mobilization of Firms and Industries.” Annual Review of Sociology 40. Esparza, Nicole, Edward T. Walker and Gabriel Rossman. Forthcoming. “Trade Associations and the Legitimation of Entrepreneurial Movements: Collective Action in the Emerging Gourmet Food Truck Industry.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. King, Brayden G. and Edward T. Walker. Forthcoming. “Winning Hearts and Minds: Field Theory and the Three Dimensions of Strategy.” Strategic Organization. Walker, Edward T. Forthcoming. “Global Corporate Resistance to Public Pressures: Corporate Stakeholder Mobilization in the U.S., Norway, Germany, and France.” To appear in Corporate Social Responsibility in a Globalizing World, eds. Kiyoteru Tsutsui and Alwyn Lim. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.


publications graduate students

Rene Almeling (alumna)

“The Unregulated Industry of the Sperm Industry,” NY Times. November 2013. She was published on the website of Genetics in Medicine, the official journal of the American College of Genetics and Genomics.

Marie Berry

Her article, “There Is No Hope To Get A Better Life: How Rwanda’s remakable, two-decade march from genocide has left women behind,” was published on

Gustav Brown

“Does Framing Matter? Institutional Constraints on Framing in Two Cases of Intrastate Violence,” was accepted for publication in the journal Mobilization, 2014.

Laura Enriquez

“ ‘Undocumented and Citizen Students Unite’: Building a Cross-Status Coalition through Shared Ideology,” was published in the May 2014 issue of Social Problems.

Nazgol Ghandnoosh (alumna)

“Can We Wait 88 Years to End Mass Incarceration?,” Huffington Post. December 2013.

Chase Raymond

“Entitlement to Language: Calling 911 without English,” was published in this month’s issue of the journal Language in Society and was also picked up by an academic blog based on language-based inequalities. 2013.

Oliver Schilke

(1) Rossman, Gabriel, & Oliver Schilke. Forthcoming. “Close, but no cigar: the bimodal rewards to prize-seeking.” American Sociological Review. (2) Schilke, Oliver, Martin Reimann, & Karen S. Cook. Forthcoming. “Effect of relationship experience on trust recovery following a breach.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (3) Schilke, Oliver, & Karen S. Cook. Conditionally Accepted. “Sources of alliance partner trustworthiness: integrating calculative and relational perspectives.” Strategic Management Journal, October 08, 2013

Juli Simon Thomas

(1) Brand, Jennie E. and Juli Simon Thomas. Forthcoming. “Job Displacement Among Single Mothers: Effects on Children’s Outcomes in Young Adulthood.” American Journal of Sociology. (2) Brand, Jennie E. and Juli Simon Thomas. 2013. “Causal Effect Heterogeneity.” Pp. 189-214 in Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research, Stephen L. Morgan ed., Springer Series, October 8, 2013.

Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer Laura Loeb

“Call and Response: An Anatomy of Religious Practice” was accepted for publication at Discourse Studies, 2014.

Hasan Mahmud

“It’s My Money: Social Class and the Perception of Remittance among Bangladeshi Migrants in Japan,” was accepted for publication in the journal Current Sociology. January 29, 2014.

Zeynep Ozgen

“Ethnic boundaries in ‘non-ethnic’ Turkey: Constructivist theory and the reproduction of diversity,” was accepted for publication at Theory and Society. 2014.

“How to Describe it? Why the Term ‘Coming Out’ Means Different Things in the U.S. and France,” was recently accepted for publication at Sociological Forum. This paper is co-authored by Abigail Saguy. “Labels of love : How migrants negotiate (or not) the culture of sexual identity,” was published in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

Alex Tate

“Cancer-related infertility and young women: strategies for discussing fertility preservation,” was recently published in Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships across Disciplines, edited by T. Woodruff, M. Clayman, and K. E. Waimey. Alexandra’s chapter was co-authored with Karrie Ann Snyder.


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news achievements ladder and emeriti faculty

Jennie Brand - featured in

UCLA Newsroom’s article “After single moms get laid off, their kids may suffer for years,” and quoted in the LA Times article “A single mom’s job loss may haunt children for years, study says”

Michael Mann

Barrington Moore Book Award Co-Winner, Comparative and Historical Sociology Section [ASA Conference 2013]

Mignon Moore

Gabriel Rossman -

featured in the Toronto Star’s article “Makers of Oscar-bait movies risk bombing with public,” cited in Slate’s article “The Most (and Least) Oscar-Bait-y Movies Ever, According to Science,” and quoted in the Washington Post’s article “Chasing Oscar nominations is like gambling in the lottery.” Gabriel was also featured in UCLA Newsroom’s article “Should we make a film that audiences enjoy or nab an Oscar nomination?”

Distinguished Contribution Darnell Hunt - featured to Scholarship Book Award Abigail Saguy - quoted in in UCLA Newsroom’s article Honorable Mention, Race, Zócalo Public Square’s article “Hollywood failing to keep up Gender and Class Section [ASA “Humiliating Fat People Is with rapidly increasing diversity, Conference 2013] Hazardous to Our Health” and UCLA study warns.” He was Ruth Milkman - Public quoted in the NY Times article quoted in the Daily Variety’s “In Struggle With Weight, Taft article “Show Business Diversity Understanding of Sociology Award [ASA Conference 2013] Used a Modern Diet” Trailing U.S. Demographics, UCLA Report Shows” and quoted Judith Seltzer - quoted in in the LA Times article “Film, the Washington Times article TV industry’s diversity doesn’t “As families become more look like America’s, report says.” complicated, more grandparents Darnell was also interviewed for care for kids, study says” Take Two (KPCC) piece “UCLA report shows Hollywood’s Stefan Timmermans entertainment industry still lacks cited in NPR’s article “Screening diversity.” For Disease Can Jerome Rabow - quoted in Newborns Ivan Light - featured Leave Families In Limbo” the LA Times article, “Whites in article “6 think race equality is nearer than Economists Every Entrepreneur blacks do, study finds”. Should Know About”

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Ed Walker - presented

with the UCLA Faculty Career Development Award, promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure and cited in NPR’s article “Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo”

Andreas Wimmer -

awarded The Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book Honorable Mention by the Sociology of Culture Section [ASA Conference 2013], presented with Best Book Award by the Peace, War & Social Conflict Section [ASA Conference 2013], received the Barrington Moore Book Award Honorable Mention from the Comparative and Historical and Sociology Section [ASA Conference 2013]

Min Zhou

- featured in UCLA Today’s article “UCLA sociologist zeroes in on what motivates ‘tiger moms’”


news achievements graduate students

Marie Berry - awarded the

Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Student Award. 20132014. Her article, “There Is No Hope To Get A Better Life: How Rwanda’s remakable, twodecade march from genocide has left women behind,” was published on

Clara Bergen & Pei Palmgren - received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2014.

Laura Enriquez - quoted

in KPCC’s article “Cross-status romance: When one partner has papers and the other doesn’t, it’s complicated,” 2014.

Kjerstin Gruys - received

the “Thinking Matters” Post-doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University starting August. She was also presented with the Thomson Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Honorable Mention by the Organizations, Occupation and Work Section [ASA Conference 2013]. Also at the ASA Conference 2013, Kjerstin received the Best Graduate Student Paper, Honorable Mention by the Labor and Labor Movements/Critical Sociology Sections and was presented with the Best Student Paper Award by the Consumers & Consumption Section, she was interviewed on ABC7 San Francisco, 2014.

Thomas Soehl’s article,

“Inheriting the Homeland? Intergenerational Transmission of Cross-Border Ties in Migrant Families,” co-authored with UCLA Professor Roger Waldinger and originally published in the November issue of the American Journal of Sociology, has been honored with the 2013 Reuben HIll Award from the National Council on Family Relations. This highly prestigious award is presented to the authors of the best research article from the prior year which makes a substantial and significant contribution to the family research and theory.

David Fitzgerald (alumnus)- received the

Award for Public Sociology in International Migration from the International Migration Section [ASA Conference 2013].

Richard Hong, Carla Salazar Gonzalez, and Amber Villalobos awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2014.

Chase Raymond & Anne White - received the Graduate Student Paper Award from the Ethnomethodology & Conversation Analysis Section [ASA Conference 2013].

Elena Shih - presented

with the Graduate Student Paper Award by the Asia and Asian America Section [ASA Conference 2013].


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June 23-August 1


SOC 1: INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY (ONLINE AND IN-PERSON). Survey of characteristics of social life, processes of social interaction, and tools of sociological investigation. SOC M5; SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF BLACK COMMUNITIES. Analysis and interpretation of social organization of black communities, with a focus on origins and development of black communities, competing theories and research findings, defining characteristics and contemporary issues. SOC 20: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS. Introduction to methods used in contemporary sociological research, with focus on issues of research design, data collection, and analysis of data. Fieldwork may be required. SOC 101: DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY. Comparative survey of basic concepts and theories in sociology from 1850 to 1920. SOC 102: CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY. Critical examination of significant theoretical formulations from 1920 to present.


SOC 132: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. Survey of contribution of sociologists to theory and research in social psychology, including theories of social control; conformity and deviation; reference groups; and interaction process. SOC 134: CULTURE AND PERSONALITY. Theories of relation of variations in personality to culture and group life, in primitive and modern societies, and influence of social role on behavior. SOC 156: RACE AND ETHNICITY IN AMERICAN LIFE. Role of race and ethnicity in the U.S., including interplay between racial and ethnic structures and meanings.

SOC 168: ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY. Sociological analysis of organizations and their social environment. Introduction to basic theories, concepts, methods, and research on behavior of organizations in society. SOC 170: MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY. Provides majors in sociology and other social sciences, as well as students preparing for health sciences careers, with understanding of health-seeking behavior and interpersonal and organizational relations that are involved in receipt and delivery of health services. SOC 180A: SPORT, SELF, AND SOCIETY. Study of selected topics of sociological interest.

August 4-September 12


SOC 102: CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY. Critical examination of significant theoretical formulations from 1920 to present. SOC 113: STATISTICAL AND COMPUTER METHODS FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH. Continuation of Statistics 10, covering more advanced statistical techniques such as multiple regression, analysis of variance, or factor analysis. Content varies. Students learn how to use computer and write papers analyzing prepared data sets. SOC 126: STUDY OF NORMS. Properties of norms, of normatively governed conduct, of lay and professional methods for describing, producing, using, and validating norms in contrasting settings of socially organized activities; relevance of these properties for programmatic problems of analytic sociology. Fieldwork required.


SOC 129: SOCIOLOGY OF TIME. Conceptualizations of time seen from scientific, philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives.

SOC M162: SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER. Examination of processes by which gender is socially constructed. Topics include distinction between biological sex and sociological gender, causes and consequences of gender inequality, and recent changes in gender relations in modern industrial societies.

summer sessions 2014

SOC 1: INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY (IN-PERSON). Survey of characteristics of social life, processes of social interaction, and tools of sociological investigation.

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SOC 111: SOCIAL NETWORKS. Analysis of how social networks create social structure, how social actors utilize them, and their unexpected effects.

SOC 145: SOCIOLOGY OF DEVIANT BEHAVIOR. Examination of leading sociological approaches to study of deviation and general survey of major types of deviation in American society. SOC 147A: SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME. Sociological theories of social origins, organization, and meanings of crime and criminal behaviors. SOC M148: SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL ILLNESS. Analysis of major sociological and social psychological models of madness. Study of social processes involved in production, recognition, labeling, and treatment of mental illness. SOC 156: RACE AND ETHNICITY IN AMERICAN LIFE. Role of race and ethnicity in the U.S., including interplay between racial and ethnic structures and meanings.

SOC 169: LAW AND SOCIETY. Specific topics may include law in preindustrial and industrialized societies, legalization of contemporary social relations, participants’ experiences of legal processes, lay perceptions of justice, social movements toward equal justice, roles of lawyers and judges, social impact of court decisions. SOC M175: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION. Study of how U.S. educational system both promotes socioeconomic opportunities and maintains socioeconomic inequalities. SOC 182: POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY. Contributions to sociology to study of politics, including analysis of political aspects of social systems, social context of action, and social bases of power.

The UCLA Sociology department is training the next generation of sociology teachers and researchers. Our graduate students win professional awards, are published in the leading journals, and obtain jobs in other top sociology departments. The competition for promising graduate students is strong and requires financial resources. You can help! We are pleased to announce the Next Generation of Sociology Leaders Fund to support our talented graduate students. Funds received by the department will go to the direct support of graduate student research through a formal application process based on need and merit. Funds will be used for direct research costs and conference travel support. You CAN make a difference in a student’s life at a critical point in time. In addition, we have established the Sociology for the 21st Century Fund to support undergraduate students in Sociology. Every dollar received by the department will be used to support undergraduates in their pursuit of a meaningful education in Sociology. One way we are using these funds is to ramp up the undergraduate Honors Program. Individualized attention to undergraduates through the Honors Program allows students to learn research methodology in more depth and to push students beyond the traditional boundaries of learning. These highly motivated students are the ones who will move into leadership positions after their education and you will know you helped provide the stepping stones of their success! There are few funds available to undergraduates for research or conference support so you can make a significant difference in an individual’s education and life trajectory. You may also contribute to the Sociology’s Chair’s Discretionary Fund. These funds strengthen our ability to attract and retain top faculty and to train the best graduate and undergraduate students. They support a variety of academic endeavors such as our active colloquia series, our faculty student working groups and departmental conferences. We provide research seed funds for promising, high-risk research projects. Annual gifts above $1,000 to the Chair’s Discretionary Fund, in addition to providing vital funds to our department, also qualify the donor for membership into the Chancellor’s Circle, while a gift above $2,500 gives you membership to the Chancellor’s Associates. For additional information and to donate, please visit:, or contact Peter Evans at

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This newsletter was created for the UCLA Department of Sociology and assembled with care by Herumi Ann Baylon. Special thank you to Michael Rupic and to all of our contributors and editors: the 2013-2014 graduate cohort, Lauren Duquette-Rury, Peter Evans, Michelle Fielder, Wendy Fujinami, Simbi Mahlanza, the members of SUA, Tira Okamoto, Michael ONeill, and Stefan Timmermans.

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Spring Newsletter 05.16.14 | edition 7

Sociology spring newsletter 2014  
Sociology spring newsletter 2014